Fashion is a cultural phenomenon, not only related to apparel but to the way people first communicate with society through the way of dressing and other choices related to one’s own lifestyle. The fashion industry represents its business expression involving millions of people worldwide. Creativity is a delicate field that implements many different kind of information and requires a deep cultural background; also it requires the ability to use such culture in a personal and original way in order to create innovation.

The program encompasses all the numerous tools needed to prepare students to manage a complete range of tools necessary to face such a complex Industry. The program gives students a connection to all facets of the fashion industry, from product design and development, ultimately focusing on marketing and management. Companies now require employees who possess a variety of managerial skills to scale a business from start-up stage to a more developed business model. Students obtain an understanding of textiles, garment construction, quality criteria and apparel merchandising. Students will also assimilate how to apply concepts necessary for the decision-making they will encounter in their future careers.

Program Vision

The Bachelor program in Fashion Design is aimed to incorporate a curriculum that will develop critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and leadership skills in learners to apply design thinking to solve complex problems in dynamic global fashion industry.

Program Mission

The mission of the Fashion Design Bachelor Degree is to encompass a multifaceted approach to shape the professionals that will shape the Fashion Industry tomorrow both in the Industry and in its deeper cultural side

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Requirments

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The 126 credit curriculum is designed to equip students with a broad based exposure to all aspects of Fashion Design while focusing on specific Concentration areas for rewarding careers in fashion businesses and industries. The diverse range of courses offered in the program introduces students to a wide range of expertise and knowledge in General Education, Fashion Design functional areas and Fashion Design electives. 33 credits in General Education courses for Personal & Professional development, competence in Fashion Design is achieved through the study of 54 credit core courses, and competence in a specific business area is achieved through the study of 21 credit Concentration courses. The 15 credit elective courses and 3 credits for internship are designed to broaden students’ knowledge and perspective of Fashion Design education beyond their field of Concentrations.

Classification of Bachelor Program Course

Requirements Credit Hours Required
General Education Requirements 33
Fashion & Design Core Requirements 54
Fashion Business Management 21
Fashion Business Management Electives 15
Internship 3
Total 126

Program Structure

Concentration Visual Communication

Course Code Course Title Credits Pre-requisites
General Courses 33
ESCS 1101 Essential Skills for College Success 3 None
ACWR 1102 Academic Writing 3 None
MATH 1103 Mathematics 3 None
PRSK 1201 Presentation Skills 3 None
PBSP 1202 Public Speaking 3 ACWR1102
SOAP 1204 Software Applications for Fashion 3 None
ENVS 2105 Environmental Science 3 None
IWAR 2201 Art of Islamic World 3 None
CMSK 3101 Communication skills 3 None
INFM 4101 Informatics 3 None
SSEM 4201 Senior Seminar 3
Core Courses 57
SSFA 1104 Fashion Social Studies 3 None
DWFI 1105 Drawing and Fashion Illustration I 3 None
INMG 1203 Introduction to Management 3 None
ACFI 1205 Foundations of Accounting and Finance 3 MATH 1103
PMGC 2101 Pattern Making And Garment Construction I 3 None
INAC 2102 International Art Culture 3 SSFA 1104
MRKT 2103 Introduction to Marketing 3 INMG 1203
HIFA 2104 History of Fashion 3 SSFA 1104
DISK 2202 Digital Skills 3 SOAP 1204
INRM 2203 Introduction to Research Methods 3 None
FUFD 2204 Fundamentals of Fashion Design 3 HIFA 2104, DWFI 1105, PMGC 2101
GCTS 3102 Global Consumption Trends 3 MRKT 2103
FACL 3103 Fashion Culture 3 HIFA 2104
DISK 3104 Digital Presentation Skills 3 DISK 2202
COBH 3105 Consumer Behavior 3 None
CRTF 3201 Critical Thinking for Fashion 3 None
ENTS 4102 Fashion Entrepreneurship & Innovation 3 GCTS 3102
PTFD 4103 Portfolio Design 3 None
INTR 4104 Internship 3 Minimum 90 credit hours CGPA ≥ 2.0
Concentration Courses 21
DSFD 3202 Digital Skills for Design 3 DISK 2202
VSPR 3204 Visual Studies and Promotion 3 FSHS 3203 or DSFD 3202
FVCS 4105 Fashion Visual Communication Studio 3 VSPR 3204
FVCR 4201 Fashion Visual Communication: Concept Research 3 FVCS 4105
FVDV 4202 Fashion Visual Communication: Development 3 FVCR 4201
FVFI 4203 Fashion Visual Communication: Final Image Representation 3 FVDV 4202
FVSP 4204 Fashion Visual Communication: Thesis Submission and Presentation 3 FVFI 4203
Elective Courses 15
Elective 1 Elective 1 3 DWFI 1105
Elective 2 Elective 2 3 PMGC 2101
Elective 3 Elective 3 AD/FVC 3 None
Elective 4 Elective 4 AD/FVC 3 None
Elective 5 Elective 5 AD/FVC 3 None
Total of Credits 126
Course Code Course Title Credits Pre-requisites
General Courses 33
ESCS 1101 Essential Skills for College Success 3 None
ACWR 1102 Academic Writing 3 None
MATH 1103 Mathematics 3 None
PRSK 1201 Presentation Skills 3 None
PBSP 1202 Public Speaking 3 ACWR1102
SOAP 1204 Software Applications for Fashion 3 None
ENVS 2105 Environmental Science 3 None
IWAR 2201 Art of Islamic World 3 None
CMSK 3101 Communication skills 3 None
INFM 4101 Informatics 3 None
SSEM 4201 Senior Seminar 3
Core Courses 57
SSFA 1104 Fashion Social Studies 3 None
DWFI 1105 Drawing and Fashion Illustration I 3 None
INMG 1203 Introduction to Management 3 None
ACFI 1205 Foundations of Accounting and Finance 3 MATH 1103
PMGC 2101 Pattern Making And Garment Construction I 3 None
INAC 2102 International Art Culture 3 SSFA 1104
MRKT 2103 Introduction to Marketing 3 INMG 1203
HIFA 2104 History of Fashion 3 SSFA 1104
DISK 2202 Digital Skills 3 SOAP 1204
INRM 2203 Introduction to Research Methods 3 None
FUFD 2204 Fundamentals of Fashion Design 3 HIFA 2104, DWFI 1105, PMGC 2101
GCTS 3102 Global Consumption Trends 3 MRKT 2103
FACL 3103 Fashion Culture 3 HIFA 2104
DISK 3104 Digital Presentation Skills 3 DISK 2202
COBH 3105 Consumer Behavior 3 None
CRTF 3201 Critical Thinking for Fashion 3 None
ENTS 4102 Fashion Entrepreneurship & Innovation 3 GCTS 3102
PTFD 4103 Portfolio Design 3 None
INTR 4104 Internship 3 Minimum 90 credit hours CGPA ≥ 2.0
Concentration Courses 21
ACCD 3201 Accessories Design Studio I 3 FUFD 2204
DSFD 3202 Digital Skills for Design 3 DISK 2202
ADST 4105 Accessories Design Studio II 3 ACCD 3201
ADCR 4201 Accessories Design: Concept Research 3 ADST 4105
ADDV 4202 Accessories Design: Development 3 ADCR 4201
ADPT 4203 Accessories Design: Prototyping 3 ADDV 4202
ADSP 4204 Accessories Design: Thesis Submission and Presentation 3 ADPT 4203
Elective Courses 15
Elective 1 Elective 1 3 PMGC 2101
Elective 2 Elective 2 3 DWFI 1105
Elective 3 Elective 3 AD/FVC 3 None
Elective 4 Elective 4 AD/FVC 3 None
Elective 5 Elective 5 AD/FVC 3 None
Total of Credits 126
Course Code Course Title Pre-requisites Credits
FPMG 2205 Fashion Production Management None 3
CIFA 2206 Cinema and Fashion None 3
SUFA 2207 Sustainable Fashion None 3
FBDV 2210 Fashion Business Development None 3
FLFI 2211 Free-Lancing in Fashion Industry None 3
PMGC 3205 Pattern Making and Garment Construction II PMGC 2101 3
FBPH 3207 Fashion Photography None 3
PRMG 3209 Project Management None 3
FASP 3210 Fashion Show Production None 3
FAPI 3211 Fashion Product Innovation None 3
DWFI 3212 Drawing and Fashion Illustration II DWFI 1105 3

Learning and Teaching Strategy

The Bachelor Program in Fashion Design is founded on the principles that the most effective educational experience combines structured teaching and personal development. Courses are designed to offer students the chance to meet both theoretical and practical subjects in an interconnected approach. Students are exposed to a wide range of informative and technical studios often integrated through components of courses. The Program is based upon a series of teaching methods that are including, lectures, open discussions, studio, practice and presentations to compel the variety of subjects and disciplines treated according to their nature and to the skills students will acquire. The progressive move of self-directed and team approach for Projects will take place to support learners developing the ability to work in a professional environment with others and be effective team players and, at the same time to push individual creativity in the definition of one’s own identity.

Fashion Design Competencies acquired

The professional figure of a fashion designer is under constant change; mostly dominated by a global market requiring designers to produce ideas and products at a very fast pace. At present the increased number of collections produced during one year is so high that it pushes designers under a creative pressure often not feasible with the purposes of this discipline. Still, within this change, there is a wide space for innovation and diversified approaches. The program is aimed at offering students the technical and creative tools to be able to face such a fast pace professionally and, to make them able to shape new proposals not only in terms of designs but as new business models. Careers for designers are more and more encompassing knowledge of the marketplace so as to make them able to run their own business, both as consultants as well as entrepreneurs. Industry contribution to the program, both in terms of guests and internship will support students to enter this domain with a more concrete approach. Students will also gain a vision upon the most critical issues of the disciplines. This will make them able to state the best practices to face ethical issues, sustainability, and cultural differences in a globalized world. Students will be able to face and develop the online presence of all elements at completion of the program.

Assessments

Courses will be evaluated on a variety of output including: verbal, written, digital, visual presentations as well as more in depth technical presentations such as prototyping ad mock ups. Assignments will be designed to help students develop knowledge, skills and confidence to reach their full potential. A ‘feed forward’ on assessment tasks approach will be adopted to help students improve on their current level of performance for future assessments. Each student will be assigned an advisor who will mentor and monitor student’s progress.

Concentrations

Purpose of the concentration is to provide the requirements of fashion industry for specialized professionals who still have an overall vision and are able to interact and communicate clearly. The program is designed to offer the students the chance to make choices consciously, being tutored in respect of their needs, dreams and skills.
The concentration courses are aimed at individuals wanting to develop entrepreneurial careers and for those who would like to work in the design categories within the fashion trade.

CFD offers two concentration tracks students can choose from. Offering of concentrations will be initiated in a gradual manner. Two concentrations will be offered on cohort basis (the choice of majority of students). The students will be required to choose the area of concentration in the 4th semester.

1. Accessories Design

The concentration in Accessories Design is an answer to the ever-increasing demand and importance of accessories in today’s fashion scenario.

On completion of this concentration, students develop aesthetic sensitivity and experiment with design methodology to trial novel styles using both innovative and standard materials. Students are further equipped with construction techniques, materials technologies and material choices. As the program advances students will be encouraged to make choices and be aware of the sustainable and environmental impact  of  their choices.

Competencies

  • Communicate ideas and information in context to creation of collections.
  • Execute projects using a set of complex technologies to build prototypical solutions to meet market needs
  • Critically evaluate techniques to apply to various typologies of  accessories
  • Design and develop a complete accessories collection.

Careers

The concentration in Accessories Design offers the unique opportunity to become designers for international brands or establish one’s own enterprise. Career options include:

  • Sales Associate
  • Store Manager
  • Graphic Designer
  • Brand Manager
  • Product Designer
  • Shoes and Bags Designer
  • Merchandising
  • Art Director

2. Fashion Visual Communication

The concentration in Fashion Visual Communications equips students with ability to sketch, drape, shape and apply a personal approach not only in stores and front-end retail spaces but also to make film, television, and commercial sets look like authentic visual theatres. Students coordinate and style a broad range of product sketches and floor plans to apply knowledge of color, spatial relations to convey a visual message.

Competencies

  • Conceptualize, create and present a fashion graphic production
  • Build virtual prototypes and use labs and studios to build creative and innovative prototypes
  • Effectively execute projects utilizing self- critique and criticisms of cohorts, industry guests, and faculty in the collaborative studio environment
  • Demonstrate creative and intellectual abilities to apply forward thinking technologies in graphic productions
  • Research and analyze the next generation style and construct it in contemporary fashion

Careers

Fashion Visual Communicators investigate, interpret, conceive and process creative productions through various roles such as:

  • Fashion Merchandise Planner
  • Business Development Manager
  • Associate Buyer
  • Fashion Public Relation Specialist
  • Promotion & Event Coordinator
  • Visual Merchandizing
  • Visual Fashion Brand Communicator
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