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BA, BFA and Minor degrees offered in Traditional formats

As a fashion design student at Lindenwood University, you will build your digital and traditional portfolios with design projects from courses using industry-standard design applications.

Fashion reflects the political mood, economic conditions, technical achievements, aesthetic standards, and social milieu of a given culture. The Lindenwood University Fashion Department will prepare you to succeed in this rich, cultural environment.

In the Fashion Design program, your courses will incorporate design, sewing, fashion illustrating, flat patternmaking and draping, computer-aided design, garment construction and fit, industry software knowledge, and conceptual and critical thinking.

As a fashion design student at Lindenwood University, you will build your digital and traditional portfolios with design projects from courses using industry-standard design applications. You will learn both traditional and computer-generated design as you develop your own sense of design and style. Lindenwood’s Fashion Design program combines creativity and technical expertise to prepare you for a career as a design professional.

The Lindenwood University Fashion Design program has evolved through the years to respond and challenge the growing field of fashion. Our program provides practical and technical skills to prepare students for the competitive fashion industry. Our program combines traditional techniques such as professional draping, patternmaking, and sewing with new-age technology in computer aided design (CAD) for apparel, textiles, and patternmaking.

Earning a Fashion Degree at Lindenwood University

Lindenwood University offers a bachelor of arts in fashion design, a bachelor of fine arts in fashion design, a bachelor of science in fashion business and entrepreneurship, and a minor in fashion design.

The BA degree requires 57 credit hours and the BFA requires 90 credit hours in a series of fashion-based courses.

During your first year, you will develop a foundation for art and design to understand the different approaches in this discipline. Courses include 2D and 3D design, basic drawing, figure drawing, and introduction to graphic design. 

During your second and third year, you will develop unique design skills through experimental design and by designing a mini collection using special construction techniques, computer-aided design, and theoretical approaches found in historical costume.

Your senior year is focused on the thesis project and individual portfolio. You will produce finished senior collections and graduate portfolios reflecting your personal design philosophies. Your work will be reviewed by a jury of industry professionals and considered for student awards in various categories vital to the fashion industry.

Three-Year Fast Track, BS in Fashion Business and Entrepreneurship

Lindenwood is now offering a specialized track that allows students pursuing a BS in fashion business and entrepreneurship to complete their education in three years. This is a great option for students interested in accelerating their education, while saving a quarter of the cost. Students will take the same classes that are included in the traditional four-year track, but with the added flexibility of online and on-ground coursework. Flexibility is maximized by offering options to take eight week courses or traditional 16 week courses. 

Interested students will have their first term fees for taking over 18 credit hours waived. To be considered, students must also have at least a 3.3 GPA that should be maintained throughout the accelerated track.

What You Can Do with a Fashion Design Degree from Lindenwood University

Fashion designers work for apparel companies, retailers, theater or dance companies, and design firms—the opportunities are truly endless. Lindenwood has a high success rate of job placement after graduation, and our alumni work in the following companies: Aeropostale, Funky Soul, Nordstrom, Dillards, St. Louis Fashion Week, Missouri Fashion Week, Weissman Costumes, Lori Coulter Swimwear, Before and Again, and Maurices. Several have gone on to create their own brands, such as Five at Seven, Suzanne Lay, Trang Nguyen, Andy J. Designs, and Pink Sheep Heiress, just to name a few. Many have been invited to showcase in runway shows internationally and the New York Lingerie Fashion Week.

When you have a degree in fashion design from Lindenwood University, you will develop skills that not only apply to fashion but to a variety of careers. Please see the Occupational Outlook Handbook at the Bureau of Labor Statistics website for information relevant to your career path.

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