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Master of Science in Fashion Design

Master of Science in Fashion Design

  • QS World University Rankings
    651-700
The MS in Fashion Design is a full-time program that stresses the development of the aesthetic and philosophical concepts of fashion design and the technical skills to support research and experimentation in these concepts. A typical graduate sequence may consist of seven terms of graduate courses and five terms of prerequisite coursework, beginning with the summer term accelerated design and drawing courses. The goal of the MS program in fashion design is to integrate the understanding of design with the construction of clothing so that the final products answer physical, aesthetic, psychological, and social needs within the context of contemporary fashion and industrial limitations. The curriculum is structured so that studio, laboratory, and classroom work give the graduate student a directed experience in the study of aesthetics, criticism, and contemporary art concepts; contemporary and historic art and design; traditional and current fashion technology; the discipline of drawing; and the making of art. A required industry internship affords the graduate student direct experience in a workplace of their choice. This comprehensive approach provides the basis for a broad range of employment in the fashion industry and in education. Other professional opportunities lie in merchandising, costume design, curatorial work, and computer-aided design. The faculty of the Department of Design includes art historians, CAD specialists, designers, fiber artists, merchandising specialists, new materials and processes researchers, painters, and sculptors. The department also draws on practicing professionals as adjunct professors for specialized coursework and for critique of student work. A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to students after completing the first year. The Fashion and Design and Merchandising programs produce a professionally juried annual fashion show which provides competitive fashion industry and department awards and excellent exposure for the graduate students' design thesis. Drexel students can participate in the activities of the Fashion Group of Philadelphia, the local chapter of an international fashion industry organization. The Fox Historic Costume Collection, a rich resource of inspiration, is located in the URBN Center. Philadelphia has many fine museums and galleries and is an affordable bus ride to New York City. Students are encouraged to attend local and regional fashion events.