University of North Texas

College of Visual Arts and Design

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  • Art Education faculty members Chris Bain and Nadine Kalin served on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Art Education, one of the most prestigious journals in the field.

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  • CVAD offers regular opportunities to study and travel in countries such as China, England, Ireland, Russia, and Scotland.

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  • CVAD‘s Texas Fashion Collection includes over 15,000 fabulous dresses by designers such as Balenciaga, Dior, de la Renta, and many others.

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  • CVAD Art Education alum Susan Gabbard is the former president of the National Art Education Association.

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  • CVAD‘s Texas Fashion Collection includes over 15,000 fabulous dresses by designers such as Balenciaga, Dior, de la Renta, and many others.

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  • Interior Design MFA student Greta Buehrle was named one of two IDEC Foundation Graduate Scholars for 2009.

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Fashion Design

Pre-Major

All students admitted into UNT who wish to major in an art discipline will be designated as a pre-major in their chosen discipline until they complete the requirements to be accepted as a major. Pre-Fashion majors must meet the following criteria for admission to the Fashion Design Major:

  • Complete at least 30 hours of college courses (includes those listed below) and:
    • Complete ART 1200 or 1301, 1440, 1450, 1500, 1510, and ADES 1550 with a grade of C or better. Once completed students are eligible to receive codes for ADES 1560 and 2550.
    • Complete ADES 1560 and 2550 with a grade of C or better.
    • Submit and pass the Fashion Design Entry Portfolio Review at the end of ADES 2550.
    • Have at least a 2.50 GPA on the required Art courses.
    • Have a minimum 2.25 UNT grade point average.

Overview

The goal of the BFA in Fashion Design is to give the student the professional skills to take a fashion design idea from sketch to finished garment. Skills taught in the program include flat patternmaking, draping, fashion sketching, industrial sewing and computer aided design. Design development is taught through an emphasis on art research, fashion history and trend analysis.

An MFA in Fashion Design enables the individual to pursue a career in teaching at the university level. The structure of the program is one of independent study, with the student working individually with various College of Visual Arts and Design (CVAD) faculty members. A problem in lieu of thesis and the resultant. The MFA degree program culminates in a gallery exhibition of the student?s work as a problem in lieu of thesis.

The College of Visual Arts and Design is home to the Texas Fashion Collection a museum quality collection of over 15,000 articles of historic clothing and accessories. It is an invaluable resource for the students and faculty of the Fashion Design Program.

Recent BFA graduates in Fashion Design at UNT have landed prestigious design positions for companies such as Dillards, Liz Claiborne , Fossil, Sag Harbor, Talbots, Tandy Brands, Panhandle Slim, Dickies, Gloria Vanderbilt, and Calvin Klein.
MFA graduates typically progress into teaching at the college level. Two of our recent graduates are currently in tenure-track positions in the Fashion Design department at Kent State University.

See the Winter 2011 UNT Research magazine article on the Fashion Design program.

Undergraduate Program

The Fashion Design BFA program required curriculum includes Intro to Fashion Design an overview of the industry and the career paths within. There are Six Fashion Design core classes which teach Design, Patternmaking, flat and draped methods, and Fitting. There are courses in Industrial Sewing, Fashion Drawing, Fashion History to 1865 and 20th Century Fashion, as well as Computers in Fashion with the Gerber system for design and patternmaking. Professional Practices taken the last semester prepares the student for the job market, with portfolio preparation, job search and interview techniques. Electives in the area include Accessories, Fashion Studio, Fashion in New York, and Internship.

The BFA in fashion design prepares the student for a career as a fashion designer, illustrator, or many production positions in the fashion industry. The program educates students to create designs that are both innovative and current, while being marketable and suitable for manufacture. Students will learn how to develop designs for target markets, while studying construction, patternmaking, draping, tailoring, illustration, computerized patternmaking and fashion history. When students complete their degree they will have all the skills and tools necessary to make their fashion vision a reality.

Graduate Program

The Fashion Design MFA program curriculum is based on independent study. The student is required to have a concentrated area of study, focusing on a specific topic in fashion design and its related fields. The minor field of study must be chosen within the College of Visual Arts and Design. Students, who apply for admission, must have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or its equivalent in fashion design, and must have worked in the fashion design industry for at least two years.

The MFA Graduates will be able to effectively teach Fashion Design and its technical skills at the university level; have expertise in patternmaking, construction, fitting, design and draping skills; a well defined philosophy of design; and a strong base of understanding of historic costume. Graduates will be proficient in research methodologies, trend study and predictions as well as presentation techniques.

Faculty & Staff

Diana Beard | Lecturer

diana.beard@unt.edu

Bio to come

Li-Fen Anny Chang | Associate Professor

li-fen.chang@unt.edu

Li-Fen Anny Chang teaches fashion design courses in sewing, illustration, patternmaking, and draping. She came from fashion industry in Taipei and was assistant designer for Graffiti Sportswear (headquarter in Los Angeles, CA) and the designer for Arrow Shirts Company. Before joining the University of North Texas, she taught at Wade College and worked in Dallas apparel companies including Jerrell, National Spirit Group, and Ann Tobias Company. Her designs were chosen and exhibited at the Queen Sirikit Institute of Sericulture of Thailand in Bangkok Thailand, the YWCA RAGS Guild Wearable Art Sale and Juried Gallery in Tacoma WA, Surface Design Association in Kansas City MO, "Dress to Thrill" Yeiser Art Center in Paducah KY, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston TX, International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) annual conferences in Bellevue WA, Schaumburg IL, Portland OR, and New York City. She received fashion design recognitions and awards from Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand, YWCA RAGS, Texas Make It With Wool, American Heart Association, ITAA, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, National Make It Yourself With Wool, Texas Food & Fiber Commission, and B E C A - Bridge for Emerging Contemporary Art "CURATE THIS! 2010" International Public Vote for the Top 15 Vote Receiving Artists, Architects + Designers. She remains active in her field through creative projects, exhibitions, freelancing, and professional organization participation. Her research and expertise are focused on

  • creative apparel designs, one-of-a-kind wearable art
  • couture sewing and draping
  • personal fitting and designing
  • international study, fashion design exchange programs

Marian O'Rourke-Kaplan | Associate Professor + Grad Coordinator

orourke@unt.edu

Marian O'Rourke-Kaplan, Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs and Associate Professor in the Fashion Design program. She had a 20+year apparel industry career as a designer, production manager and operations manager prior to joining the University of North Texas’s faculty. The courses she often teaches include patternmaking, draping, conceptual design, sewing construction, tailoring, and professional practices.

In her industry career she was a designer for several firms over a period of 12 years in which her responsibilities included product design, fabric sourcing, group merchandising, first pattern and often stock pattern creation for 5 ready-to-wear markets a year. She was also responsible for costing, fitting and specifications for production of the lines. She worked as operations manager for 4 years in which she oversaw day-to-day operations for a small designer manufacturer. Responsible for marketing in the Dallas & New York markets, costing, production scheduling and monitoring, fabric & trim purchasing, negotiating advertising contracts and artwork selection as well as arranging and styling photo shoots, seasonal fashion show production and supervision of 7 employees. She resourced fabric and researched trends in New York, California, Paris, Milan, London and Frankfurt.

For 4 years she created and marketed a designer line of sleepwear and loungewear for the plus size market under her own label MOR Originals. She designed, developed patterns and prototypes for three seasonal markets a year. She marketed the line nationally through plus size market trade shows in New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, as well as direct marketing to target stores and clientele through road sales and catalog.

While at UNT, Marian has maintained a consistent record of custom design working with individual clients on development of original designs for special occasion and bridal use, has had many opportunities to act as a consultant to small start up apparel operations. She is active in professional Associations, ASDP and ITAA participating in design competitions and committee work.

Currently she serves as the Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs. In this position she oversees the Student Services office , where undergraduate advising takes place. She is Chair of the Academic Committee and the Core Oversight committee, a member of the Executive Committee within CVAD. She is also a member of University Curriculum Committee, Associate Deans’ Council, and the Graduate Council university-wide committees. In addition she teaches a course each semester in the Fashion Design program.

Janie Stidham, Ph.D | Associate Professor + Undergrad Coordinator

janie.stidham@unt.edu

Janie Kirk Stidham is an Associate Professor in the College of Visual Arts and Design and the Fashion Design Program Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Fashion Design from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Fashion and Textiles from Texas Woman's University. Before coming to the University of North Texas, Dr. Stidham spent 12 years working in the fashion industry. She has worked in design and production for several womanswear and childrenswear manufacturers in the Dallas area. She remains active in her field through organizations such as the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA), the Surface Design Association, and the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals. Her interests are focused on the use of modern textiles and alternative materials in the creation of fashion. In the Fall of 2008 Dr. Stidham is presenting a creative teaching paper at the Annual ITAA conference in Chicago Illinois titled “Exploring Material Alternatives in Fashion Design: Creating Eco-Fashion.” She will also be exhibiting one of her recent designs “Arctic Bliss” at the 2008 International Textile and Apparel Association Design Exhibition.

Myra Walker | Professor + Director, Texas Fashion Collection

myra.walker@unt.edu

Professor Myra Walker has been at the Texas Fashion Collection at UNT since 1987, where she teaches courses in fashion history and fashion accessories. Walker founded Fashion on Main, a new fashion gallery to showcase the Texas Fashion Collection in the fall of 2006 in the Universities Center at Dallas. The current exhibition, Promenade of Style :The Caralee Biery Smith Collection opens in September 2008. Walker is a member of the Costume Society of America and the American Association of Museums. In 2007, Myra Wallkerwas the guest curator at the Meadows Museum at SMU for an exhibition entitled Balenciaga and His Legacy: Haute Couture from the Texas Fashion Collection, and wrote an exhibition catalog of the same title published in by Yale University Press, UK.

TBA | Administrative Coordinator I

940-565-3621| design@unt.edu

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