This is the preliminary (or launch) version of the 2024-2025 VCU Bulletin. We may add courses that expose our students to cutting-edge content and transformative learning. We may also add content to the general education program that focuses on racial literacy and a racial literacy graduation requirement, and may receive notification of additional program approvals after the launch. The final edition and full PDF version will include these updates and will be available in August prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

The fashion design curriculum offers technical and design courses that provide skills required in the fashion industry. Individual designs are presented in two-dimensional form, developed and perfected through techniques used in the fashion industry, and then executed in final and three-dimensional form in fabrics appropriate to the design. Junior design students are encouraged to complete internships in the fashion industry in New York City. Internships provide not only experience but industry contacts, and are strongly recommended. They may be conducted primarily during the summer semester.

Study abroad programs are readily available for fashion design majors.

Student learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  1. Utilize problem-solving skills: Students will demonstrate skill in completing studio projects in draping, pattern making and fashion drawing utilizing competencies practiced in studio courses.
  2. Apply investigative and research skills: Students will complete original research and exhibit creative investigation in applied project development.
  3. Implement industry standard technology: Students create and present design and illustration projects utilizing industry standard computer software.
  4. Professionalism: Fashion design students exhibit professional oral and visual presentation skills, including critical feedback.