Online Master’s Degree in Fashion Design

An online master’s degree in fashion design may equip individuals with the ability to expand on their own knowledge and expertise in a specific focus area of fashion. In this one to two-year program, students may learn how to anticipate fashion trends, design a fashion collection, and utilize computer programs to create designs. Program coursework may include specialized electives alongside core courses such as history of textiles, design issues and perspectives, and fashion design studio.

Upon graduation, students may either seek employment or pursue a doctoral degree in fashion design. Master’s-level graduates may find employment opportunities in fashion merchandising, fashion styling, and textile design.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Program Length: One to two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment or Doctoral Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 0% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for master’s-level degree programs in fashion design may consist of specialized electives and major-specific classes. These classes may teach students proper draping techniques, how to utilize computer-aided design, and how to design their own fabrics. Core fashion design classes may include the following:

  • Fashion Design Studio
  • History of Textiles
  • Design Issues and Perspectives
  • Textile Science
  • Computer Aided Design for Patternmaking
  • Technical Design
  • Principles of Flat Patterns and Draping

Career Options

Master’s-level graduates may gain employment in publishing, couture design, textile design, fashion journalism, and fashion styling. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in fashion are not projected to change from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Apparel Designer
  • Costume Designer
  • Fashion Director
  • Pattern Designer
  • Textile Designer

Continuing Education

Students who successfully complete a master’s program may wish to continue their studies by enrolling in a doctoral degree program. A doctoral degree in fashion design may provide advanced creative, research, and project management skills which may prepare students for a career in academia.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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