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  • Fashion Design

    Woodbury University

    Educating the next generation of creative professionals

  • Fashion Design

    Woodbury University

    Educating the next generation of creative professionals

  • Fashion Design

    Woodbury University

    Educating the next generation of creative professionals

  • Fashion Design

    Woodbury University

    Educating the next generation of creative professionals

EXPLORE FASHON DESIGN
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Fashion Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts Fashion Design

Woodbury Fashion Design students learn the art of fashion design through the study of design process, aesthetics, and fashion history and theory. They are prepared through a sequenced curriculum that develops the expertise required to enter multiple areas of the professional design world. Students begin in the first year with design foundation courses exploring the formal principles of design and color, as well as studio courses that teach clothing construction and beginning design. Second-year courses explore costume history, fashion drawing and illustration, computer-aided design, and textiles, among others. Second-year students design and create swimwear for men and women that can be juried into Woodbury’s annual fashion show. Third-year students continue in building core skills, while also learning to drape and create design groups. In the second semester, they construct a junior separates collection under the direction of a design mentor; and these outfits can also be juried into the fashion show. Seniors explore the world of couture and advanced draping, as well as an intense study of the business of fashion and professional practice. They also create their own collections under the guidance of the department chair, Kathryn Hagen. Senior Review provides an opportunity for seniors to talk about their work and display their collections to a jury of fashion professionals who approve their inclusion in the fashion show. Students also have the opportunity to explore additional design categories like shoes or children’s wear. The culmination of their fashion education is the creation of an industry-level portfolio that will open doors to their dream jobs!

The Mission

The Department of Fashion Design is committed to the development of students’ unique creative voices as evidenced by articulate expression, effective visuals, aesthetic sophistication, and innovative design. The integrated curriculum of cutting-edge learning systems taught by fashion professionals applies directly to industry requirements. A strong grasp of fashion history, theory, and the cultural relevance of clothing encourages design output generated by inspiration and research rather than trends. Graduates, having mastered an array of technical, collaborative, and problem-solving skills, will be a resilient and ethical force in this competitive and rapidly changing global industry.

The Pillars

Our program is built upon these four pillars:

Transdisciplinarity: Thinking and acting holistically by bridging multiple perspectives and practices.

Design Thinking: Creating impactful solutions by linking needs and functions to limits and possibilities.

Entrepreneurship: Pursuing visionary opportunities to realize innovative knowledge, practice or product.

Civic Engagement: Strengthening communities by actively applying critical knowledge, skills and values.

 

NEWS & EVENTS

  • Patrick Nickel: Fly Your Flag Reception

    Fly Your Flag Reception:  Saturday, November 22, 5:00...

  • Fashion Design Fall Reception

    Join us for a reception celebrating fashion and costume design student work. Costume Design-...

  • Interpreting the Art of Elegance - Fashion Prints in the Age of Louis XIV

    Please join the Costume Society of America Western Region for a series of illustrated lectures and...

  • 2014 Fashion Meets the Phil

    The Burbank Philharmonic opens its 24th season with “Fashion Meets the Phil” To continue...

  • French Fashion by Costume Design Historian, Maxwell Barr

    Drop by as historic costume designer Maxwell Barr explores Rococo fashion in the prosperous world...

  • Woodbury MCD to host Mediated City Los Angeles Conference

    Woodbury University is pleased to host “Mediated City,” the second part of a two-stage conference...

  • Congratulations to Monique Long, Fashion Design Alumna

    Fashion Design alumna Monique Long ('86) just celebrated her 15th year as a Costume Designer for...

  • Woodbury Fashion Design Student competes for the new reality TV show "America's It Girl"

    Our student, Michaela Wells is a contestant on the new reality show "America's It Girl" airing...

  • 2014 Fashion Design Grad makes the cover of Apparel News

    Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Congratulations to all the fashion and costume design seniors...

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    NEWS & EVENTS

  • Patrick Nickel: Fly Your Flag Reception

    Fly Your Flag Reception:  Saturday, November 22, 5:00...

  • Fashion Design Fall Reception

    Join us for a reception celebrating fashion and costume design student work. Costume Design-...

  • Interpreting the Art of Elegance - Fashion Prints in the Age of Louis XIV

    Please join the Costume Society of America Western Region for a series of illustrated lectures and...

  • 2014 Fashion Meets the Phil

    The Burbank Philharmonic opens its 24th season with “Fashion Meets the Phil” To continue...

  • French Fashion by Costume Design Historian, Maxwell Barr

    Drop by as historic costume designer Maxwell Barr explores Rococo fashion in the prosperous world...

  • Woodbury MCD to host Mediated City Los Angeles Conference

    Woodbury University is pleased to host “Mediated City,” the second part of a two-stage conference...

  • Congratulations to Monique Long, Fashion Design Alumna

    Fashion Design alumna Monique Long ('86) just celebrated her 15th year as a Costume Designer for...

  • Woodbury Fashion Design Student competes for the new reality TV show "America's It Girl"

    Our student, Michaela Wells is a contestant on the new reality show "America's It Girl" airing...

  • 2014 Fashion Design Grad makes the cover of Apparel News

    Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Congratulations to all the fashion and costume design seniors...

  • 2014 Runway Show

    Woodbury University Fashion Design is a four-year accredited BFA program focusing on classic illustration methods, cutting-edge design, and world-class construction techniques.

    Development of the individual design voice and vision of each student drives every aspect of the program.

    The department’s new Costume Design track encompasses stage and screen with a concentrated emphasis on character development, period construction, digital and manual sketching, as well as an on-set production lab.

    Contact Admissions for information regarding Woodbury’s progressive fashion training or register for an invitation to an upcoming runway event.

    Fashion Design at Woodbury

    The Fashion Design program is a professional degree with a curriculum designed to prepare graduates through a solid understanding and mastery of the expertise required to enter professional practice in the exciting and competitive fashion industry. It provides students with a thorough comprehension of the design process through critical and creative thinking, theoretical and historical study, along with conceptual and experimental exploration. Design mentors have been added to upper-level construction classes to guide the students to reach their full potential in their collections which will be shown in the fashion show at the end of the year.

    Students emerge from Woodbury’s Fashion Design program with the knowledge, tools, and networking skills necessary to build a successful career.

    Woodbury’s internship model combines theory with practice by offering real world experience. Through these internships, Woodbury students gain valuable workplace experience that build marketable skills prior to graduation.

    If you are interested in applying to WU, click the Apply button on this page. Questions? Click Live Chat or the Info button. Prefer to speak to someone? Just give us a call. To get on our emailing list, enter your contact information.

    Chair:

    Kathryn Hagen
    Phone: 818-394-3336
    Email: kathryn.hagen@woodbury.edu

    Administrative Assistant:

    Stephanie Tito
    Phone: 818-252-5215
    Email: stephanie.tito@woodbury.edu

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    FashionDesign FACULTY

    Woodbury University takes pride in its accomplished faculty and intimate, family-like atmosphere. In addition to teaching, our faculty continue to work as professionals in their fields, passing along the latest technology, trends, and strategies in the current market to WU students. We foster close mentoring relationships between faculty and student. Through this individual attention, we are able to know you as a person, and best help you find your path to success.

    Curriculum

    The Fashion Design program is a professional degree with a curriculum designed to prepare graduates through a solid understanding and mastery of the expertise required to enter professional practice in the exciting and competitive fashion industry. It provides students with a thorough comprehension of the design process through critical and creative thinking, theoretical and historical study, along with conceptual and experimental exploration. Design mentors have been added to upper-level construction classes to guide the students to reach their full potential in their collections which will be shown in the fashion show at the end of the year.

    Foundation
    FOUN 102 Design and Composition
    This course introduces students to the elements and principles of design and to the processes of design thinking. Formal visual properties of line, shape, form, pattern, value, texture, and sequence are studied in their relationship to content and compositional organizing systems. Studio exercises using various media explore concepts of balance, harmony, repetition, rhythm, scale, and time in two, three, and four-dimensional organizations. Emphasis is placed on developing creative design concepts, gaining practical problem-solving skills, and communicating project solutions visually and verbally. Examples of historical and professional art and design are presented so that students may recognize their influence on contemporary design and to relate their own design efforts to a larger cultural context. Studio. 3 units. Prerequisites: None.

    FOUN 103 Color and Composition
    This course investigates the principles, properties and interactions of color as well as the cultural and psychological implications of color across disciplines. A variety of media and sources are introduced through weekly exercises. Students will develop a working knowledge of additive and subtractive color systems, color mixing, and approaches to color harmony as well as an understanding of practical issues such as color matching, correction, and forecasting. Design thinking as it applies to visual communication is also considered in this course as an agent for mindfulness and engagement. Studio. 3 Units. Prerequisites: None.

    FOUN 105 Introduction to Figure Drawing
    Building on the observational drawing skills and methods gained in FOUN 101 Beginning Drawing, students in this course gain a practical understanding of the rhythms, proportions, movement, character, and anatomical structure of the human form. Through in-class study and outside sketchbook practice, additional emphasis is placed on developing the ability to visualize and adapt the human form for use in their design and related disciplines. Studio. 3 units. Prerequisite: FOUN 101 Beginning Drawing (FOUN 104 Drawing Concepts & Composition may be exchanged with FOUN 105 as a FOUN requirement except in the case of Animation majors who are required to take FOUN 104).
    Digital Literacy
    FDES 105 Digital Fashion Design 1
    The computer role in fashion design and its creative potential is the focus of this course. Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop fundamentals will be studied to learn principles of digital designing while simultaneously developing your own drawing techniques. These programs enable the fashion designer to digitally sketch and present fashion collections. The student’s working knowledge of tools and palettes is developed, gaining speed and accuracy in creating flats and sketches. Studio. 3 units. Prerequisites: None.

    FDES 301 Digital Fashion Design 2
    This course focuses on the role of the computer in fashion design and its creative potential. Adobe Photoshop fundamentals will be studied to learn principles of digital designing while simultaneously developing drawing techniques. The student’s working knowledge of Photoshop tools is developed, gaining speed and accuracy in creating design groups. Studio. 2 Units. Prerequisite: FDES 105 Digital Fashion Design 1.

    FDES 363 Digital Portfolio Development
    This course explores the advanced use of Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator for fashion and costume design. Students learn to illustrate complex design groups combining digital and manual skills in preparation for Senior Portfolio. Studio. 3 units. Prerequisite: FDES 301 Digital Fashion Design 2.
    Design Process
    FDES 110 Creating Character
    This course will introduce the costume and fashion design student to the nuances of character development and identity. Whether designing fashion or costume, the student will learn to see, identify, and then practice the art of color, texture, fit, and proportion. Students analyze and interpret a story to understand a specific character or customer, and how to do additional research to enhance their work. They will then learn to translate that research into conceiving the perfect outfits for their muse/character. In addition, students will explore the basic skills needed for drawing and rendering costumes, including depicting specific actors or celebrities. Studio. 2 units. Prerequisites: None.

    FDES 120 Visual Skills 1
    This course provides an introduction to design process, illustration, model drawing, and rendering techniques for fashion figures and technical flats. It functions as a support class for Core Skills, and coordinates skill building with specific design projects. Emphasis is placed on learning basic skills, critique, as well as beginning to develop a personal visual style and design aesthetic. Studio. 3 units. Prerequisite: FOUN 105 Introduction to Figure Drawing.

    FDES 121 Core Skills
    This course is an introduction to the fashion industry, including the basic vocabulary and skills involved in design development. Students will explore personal identity to develop a personal aesthetic code and participate in several team projects to practice peer cooperation. Field research and speakers will enhance the course content and an inspiration sketchbook will be maintained to record the research and visual process. Studio. 2 units. Prerequisites: None.

    FDES 200 Beginning Drawing Lab
    This required course builds on the skills introduced in Visual Skills 1 and 2 and acts as a support drawing class for upper level transfer students. Students draw from the fashion model to refine their understanding of proportion, drape, silhouette and color, as well as the idealized figure. Emphasis is placed on developing a personal visual style, improving composition skills, and using a variety of media. A design sketchbook will enhance the learning process.
    Studio. 1 unit. Prerequisite: FDES 120 Visual Skills 1 or equivalent.

    FDES 220 Visual Skills 2
    This course builds on the skills introduced in Visual Skills 1. Students continue to practice drawing from the fashion model to develop their eye for proportion, drape, silhouette and color. Two design projects are created from direction through final presentation. Emphasis is placed on starting to develop a personal visual style and design aesthetic. Studio. 3 units. Prerequisite: FDES 120 Visual Skills 1.

    FDES 240 Materials
    This course aims at developing core skills in the understanding and identification of textiles and other materials used in garment design. Emphasis is placed on the creation of effective fabric boards relating to specific design direction. Studio. 2 units. Prerequisite: FDES 121 Core Skills.

    FDES 300 Intermediate Drawing Lab
    This required course is the second in a series of support drawing labs that maintain and build on the skills developed in introduced in Visual Skills 1 and 2. Students draw from the fashion model to refine their understanding of proportion, drape, silhouette and color, as well as the idealized figure. Emphasis is placed on developing a personal visual style, improving composition skills, and using a variety of media. A design sketchbook will enhance the learning process. Studio. 1 unit. Prerequisites:

    FDES 310 LA Fashion
    This course combines design research with advanced illustration techniques and professional practice exploration. Students work with instructors to research the LA fashion industry, creating designs that reflect the youthful Los Angeles aesthetic. Projects provide a sequential series of visual and creative processes and critiques with the outcome being a finished collection of designs that will be built in Junior Collections. Emphasis is also placed on field research and discussions to enhance internship experiences. Studio. 4 units. Prerequisite: FDES 232 Knitwear and Swimwear or equivalent.

    FDES 330 Textile Arts
    This course provides an introduction to various traditional and innovative surface and structural treatments used for aesthetic and functional purposes in apparel design. Studio. 2 units. Prerequsite: FDES 240 Materials or equivalent.

    FDES 400 Professional Practice
    Focusing on the practical and business side of the fashion industry from a designer perspective, this course will address various aspects and processes of both very structured large companies and smaller, more organic businesses. Through lectures, discussions and in-class exercises, the students will learn about design cycle and personal branding. Professional attitude will be graded thorough the semester, such as timeliness, appliance to dress code, preparedness or productive participation. Studio. 2 units. Prerequisites:

    FDES 410 Design and Portfolio Preparation
    This course provides a structured approach to the development of an industry-level portfolio in conjunction with designing a runway quality collection. Instructors will take an individual approach to each student, focusing on their chosen area of emphasis. Design thinking, research, illustration techniques, fabric group development, and advanced digital skills are addressed and will contribute to the efficacy of the final presentation. Studio. 2 units. Prerequisite: FDES 310 LA Fashion.

    FDES 411 Portfolio and Presentation
    Focusing on the entrepreneurial side of the fashion industry from a designer perspective, this course addresses various aspects and processes of both start-up and small, organic businesses, as well as very structured and larger companies. Through lectures, discussions and in-class exercises, the students learn about becoming an entrepreneur, defining personal branding and implementing a successful design cycle. Professional attitude will be emphasized, including timeliness, dress code, preparedness or productive participation.
    Studio. 2 units. Prerequisites: FDES 363, Digital Portfolio Design Studios 1-5.

    History/Theory
    FDES 260 History of Fashion 1
    This course examines Prehistoric, ancient, and traditional world costume through the 16th century CE, emphasizing the origins of clothing and stylistic trends in Asia, Africa, and the Near East. Lecture. 3 units. Prerequisite: WRIT 111 Academic Writing 1.

    FDES 261 History of Fashion 2
    This course explores western costumes from the seventeenth century CE to contemporary times with an emphasis on the twentieth and twenty-first century. Lecture. 3 units. Prerequisite: WRIT 111 Academic Writing 1.

    FDES 320 Art/Fashion Symposium
    A ten-week course designed to take students off-campus to explore relevant museum and gallery shows relating to fashion. Theoretical readings and lectures will enhance discussions of the various shows and exhibits and students will keep a sketchbook of drawings and ideas reflecting on the various activities. Studio. 1 unit. Prerequisites: FDES 260 Fashion History 1 and FDES 261 History of Fashion 2.
    Costume Emphasis
    FDES 110 Creating Character
    This course will introduce the costume and fashion design student to the nuances of character development and identity. Whether designing fashion or costume, the student will learn to see, identify, and then practice the art of color, texture, fit, and proportion. Students analyze and interpret a story to understand a specific character or customer, and how to do additional research to enhance their work. They will then learn to translate that research into conceiving the perfect outfits for their muse/character. In addition, students will explore the basic skills needed for drawing and rendering costumes, including depicting specific actors or celebrities. Studio. 2 units. Prerequisites: None.

    FDES 3XX Costume Design for Film
    This course introduces the elements of analyzing and preparing the costume designs for film scripts, conferring with the director and solidifying character concepts. Studio. 2 units. Prerequisites: None.

    FDES 411 Portfolio and Presentation
    Focusing on the entrepreneurial side of the fashion industry from a designer perspective, this course addresses various aspects and processes of both start-up and small, organic businesses, as well as very structured and larger companies. Through lectures, discussions and in-class exercises, the students learn about becoming an entrepreneur, defining personal branding and implementing a successful design cycle. Professional attitude will be emphasized, including timeliness, dress code, preparedness or productive participation. Studio. 2 units. Prerequisites: FDES 363 Digital Portfolio and Design Studios 1-5.

    FDES 3717 On-Set Costuming

    FDES 3719 Costume Collection 1
    Costume Collection 1 begins the research and design phase of the costumes for the supporting characters to be presented at the Senior Costume Collection. Collaboration, as well as individual growth in design, will be emphasized. Studio. 3 units. Prerequisites: None.

    FDES 3729 Film Project 1

    FDES 4705 Costume Collection 2
    Costume Collection 2 initiates and completes the assembly and construction of costumes for supporting characters in the presentation of the Senior Costume Collection in the year-end fashion show. Collaboration as well as individual growth in design and construction will be emphasized. Studio. 4 units. Prerequisites: WRIT 112 Academic Writing and LSCI 105 Information Theory and Practice.

    Required for Graduation
    FDES 100 Sewing Machine Technology
    Studio. 1 unit. Prerequisite: None.

    FDES 125 Technical Studio 1
    This course is an introduction to basic flat pattern making, draping, and sewing techniques. Muslin and fabric samples are constructed with the use of industry power machines, fitted and completed into finished garments. Studio. 3 units. Prerequisites: None.

    FDES 126 Technical Studio 2
    This course provides a study of creating patterns through draping and drafting techniques and builds on the skills learned on Technical Studio 1. Designs are translated into muslin and fabric directly on the dress form. Complex designs are interpreted through flat pattern techniques, production patterns are developed and graded and markers are made. A coordinated separates group is produced for the final review. Studio. 3 units. Prerequisite: FDES 125 Technical Studio 1.

    FDES 226 Advanced Technical Studio
    This advanced course reviews and reinforces flat pattern, draping, and construction techniques. Special attention is given to development and construction of complex facings, lapels, and closures. Pattern marking and labeling is standardized. Fabrics are researched and purchased, resulting in finished coordinated garments. Design instructors oversee the design process, and the finished group is juried for the show. Studio. 3 units. Prerequisite: FDES 126 Technical Studio 2 or equivalent transfer credit.

    FDES 232 Knitwear and Swimwear
    Knitwear and swimwear markets are researched. Garments for males and females are designed and constructed through advanced draping and advanced pattern-making methods. Finished looks are uried for the fashion show. Studio. 4 units. Prerequisite: FDES 226 Advanced Technical Studio.

    FDES 280 Experimental Draping/Patterns
    Students will explore radical free-form draping techniques, repurposing existing garments, and creating pattern blocks from the resulting details and silhouettes. Sustainability issues will be used to generate projects as will in-depth research of creative influences and historical precedence. Developing industry-level pattern-making skills will be a priority. Studio. 2 units. Prerequisite: FDES 226 Advanced Technical Studio or equivalent.

    FDES 331 Advanced Draping/Tailoring
    This advanced construction course builds on the skills learned in Experimental Draping and Patterning through the study of complex draping techniques, and introduces students to advanced tailoring techniques through the patterning and construction of a tailored jacket and trousers. Studio. 3 units. Prerequisites: FDES 226, Advanced Technical Studio and FDES 280 Experimental Draping or equivalent.

    FDES 332 Junior Collection
    Junior Collection is a studio construction course that builds on the work done in Advanced Draping/Patterning and LA Collections. Students construct two to three outfits from their design groups that can be juried into the runway show. Garments are constructed through draping, tailoring techniques, and sewing procedures. Studio. 3 units. Prerequisite: FDES 331 Advanced Draping/Tailoring.

    FDES 431 Senior Collection 1
    This course involves the design and construction of high fashion and experimental designer garments to create a cohesive collection for the runway. Course includes fabric selection, draping, patternmaking, prototype muslins, model fittings, and high-end construction techniques using professional industry finishes. Studio. 3 units. Prerequisite: Design Studios 1-5.

    FDES 432 Senior Collection 2
    This course continues the design and construction of an innovative, well-merchandised collection, culminating in a Design Review presentation with industry professionals. The capstone projects are showcased in the yearly runway show. Studio. 4 units. Prerequisite: FDES 431 Senior Collection 1.

    STUDENTS ON WOODBURY

    • My experience at Woodbury has been exciting, productive, educational, and way better than any other school I have attended for fashion design.

      Pedro Gonzalez-Curiel

      Junior
    • Due to Woodbury, I interned for such great brands as Max&Mara and Etro, worked with a couture designer Alexis Monsanto and decorated dresses for the Oscars. I am more than sure that by the end of my senior year as a fashion design student at Woodbury, I will be fully prepared for the challenging but very exciting industry of Fashion Design.

      Araksi Balyan

      Senior