As a degree objective in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Fashion Design BA is not intended to be solely a “job-training” program. However, the range of potential employment opportunities is impressive. These opportunities include but are not limited to the following: apparel design, accessories design, technical design, pattern making, product design, computer aided and technical drawing, merchandising, theatrical costuming, and wardrobe management. Graduates from the program will be considered for entry-level positions in these areas in many geographic locales. Former graduates have secured positions ranging in location from Midwest cities like Indianapolis, IN, Chicago, IL, and Columbus, OH, and other distant locations from New York to San Francisco and Minneapolis to New Orleans.
Internship experiences are a very important part of preparing yourself for your first job upon graduation. Students are encouraged to apply for internship opportunities during summer breaks or the school year (as your schedule permits). The university provides opportunities for networking with professionals through the Career Development Center, and some departmental opportunities for exposure come through Retail Studies Organization events, field trips and guest speakers. The department also offers credit for internship experiences that have formalized programs and processes through Y398 Internship in Professional Practice (see College Bulletin).