Fashion Design and Production
The world of fashion is fast-paced and exciting. To prepare students for a career in fashion design, the fashion courses at Lasell focus on the specialized areas of retail merchandising, clothing design, and visual and promotional design techniques. Other supporting industries such as marketing and advertising are examined through courses in business, textiles, garment design, pattern marking, grading, photography, buying, operations and fashion history. Fashion classes involve using the latest computer-aided design (CAD/CAM) equipment to make production markers and engineer patterns for optimal material use; the fashion design degree includes a solid foundation in both liberal arts and business courses. Through Lasell's Connected Learning philosophy, students aiming for a fashion design degree have ongoing opportunities to apply theoretical concepts of academic studies by working in the field with recognized leaders in the fashion industry. The upper-level professional fashion courses are oriented toward decision-making tasks that students will face when making the transition from college to middle and upper management positions. Students learn how to plan strategically, organize for profitability (using design cost sheets and computer costing technology pertinent to each degree), control design operations, and promote creativity.
Every Fashion Design & Production student, in each of the four years, has contact with industry professionals who provide consultation on academic projects. All fashion students working toward a fashion design degree are involved directly in on- and off-campus fashion show productions as designers, producers, set designers, or stylists. Involvement in professional application projects becomes particularly intensive in the senior year through our capstone Fashion Design courses in Thesis Development and Production or the Internship Seminar and Field Assignment in Fashion Merchandising.
Each student in the Fashion Design major develops an electronic portfolio that documents his or her educational experiences from the first year fashion classes through graduation.
Our graduates pursue careers as fashion designers, technical designers, buyers, and merchandisers. Our graduates are known for their accomplishments and talent, and they are recognized with awards, high-level job placements, and accolades from industry leaders. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion Design and Production from the Fashion Department.