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Fashion Design Studies Minor

Apparel technology, production and distribution are global, and the fashion knowledge and business training are fundamental for successful fashion professionals in this highly competitive, fast-paced world.

A minor in fashion studies provides the underpinning history and theories of fashion design as a progenitor of a social and material culture that is integrated within and reective of the essence of time, place and people.

The contemporary and multi-media practice of the fashion design industry is introduced and explored. Design thinking and problem solving, along with collaborative work are part of fashion design culture and are components of this minor.
To be considered for the Fashion Design Studies minor, students must have completed two semesters of college level course work, earning a university cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.


Students must take 21 required semester hours of credits. Four courses are required:

  • Sources of Modern Design
  • Design Thinking and Problem Solving
  • History of Fashion 2
  • Collaborative Studio

Students also choose three electives from courses such as, but not limited to:

  • Industry theory and practice
  • Textiles
  • Fashion marketing and brand development
  • Global design issues
  • Fashion in the public eye
  • The business of fashion


To apply, students can turn in a completed application to the DAAP Student Affairs Office, 5470 Aronoff.