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A degree in fashion

Prepare for a range of careers in the rapidly growing and dynamic fashion industry.

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The BA in fashion program at Arizona State University is a distinctly professional, hands-on degree program that prepares you for a range of careers in the rapidly growing and dynamic fashion industry.

Course offerings emphasize key skills sought across the fashion industry such as flat and digital patternmaking and development, technical design, garment construction, merchandising, supply chain management, retail management and branding. All courses are embedded within the principles of sustainability, producing the next generation of environmentally conscious industry leaders. 

The curriculum of lower-division studio and lecture courses guides you in developing a strong foundation of industry acumen, design aesthetics and garment construction valuable for all career paths in the industry.

Upper-division students concentrate in one of three specialized degree tracks: fashion design, fashion business management or fashion studies (view major maps for each track). Each track culminates in a capstone project showcasing the skills you acquired over the course of your degree in preparation for the shift from ASU into a career.

  • Fashion design: The fashion design track equips you with the tools to be successful in design-adjacent career paths in the fashion industry. Career opportunities include creative direction, design, styling, technical design, flat and digital patternmaking, and product development.
  • Fashion business management: Career opportunities for graduating from the fashion business management track include merchandising, buying, trend forecasting, production management and public relations.
  • Fashion studies: Career opportunities for graduating from the fashion studies track include fashion journalism, curation and research.
  • New track coming fall 2024: The apparel technical design and development track will enable students to study the connection between design and production. Tasked with bringing sketches and designs to life, technical designers work closely with designers to create the best possible product. This includes choosing and implementing garment construction techniques and finishes and rectifying fit issues, while maintaining development and production timelines. Technical designers and product developers are highly sought after employees, with an easily scalable career path in a fast-growing field. This fourth track is expected to be added as an option by fall 2024.

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