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Myron E. Ullman Jr. School of Design

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Fashion Design Studies

The fashion industry is involved with the design, manufacturing and merchandising of apparel and accessories. Fashion communicates ideas three-dimensionally with color, fabric and silhouette.

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 reflective 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.

Degree: Completion of Academic Minor

Full-time program duration: 2.5 Years

Location: West Campus

Contact Information:

College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
DAAP Student Affairs
PO Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016

Admission Requirements

Freshman applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Admission criteria for fashion design varies based on the relative strength of test scores, class rank and GPA. Please see the Freshman Class Profile for this major in the Quick Facts sidebar on this page for the range of academic credentials typically accepted into this program. Portfolios are not a component of the application. For high school students, the priority deadline is December 1 for the following academic year.

Freshmen applying to this program should also have completed the following college-preparatory subjects:

  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of math
  • 3 units of science
  • 5 units of electives*

*Elective units must include one or any combination of foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education or additional core courses not otherwise required.


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The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

All degree programs in the UC School of Design are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

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