- I love fashion! Is pursuing a degree in fashion design right for me?
It might be, but you need more than a love of fashion to succeed as a fashion designer. While our program has an art/design base in the College of Visual Art and Design, it is also a very technical-based program. Successful students in Fashion Design at UNT are able to achieve proficiency in all required areas: fashion illustration, flat patternmaking, draping, and sewing, while at the same time applying the principles and elements of design to their work.
- What basic skills will help me to be successful in the program?
Fashion Design involves applying critical and creative thinking skills to successfully produce patterns and sewn garments that reflect a conceptual understanding of the elements and principles of design, as well as reflect an understanding of current trends and marketability. Students must be prepared to make verbal, visual, and written presentations to communicate their research and ideas. While being able to draw, think conceptually, and sew are important to being successful, we cannot emphasize enough the importance of time-management skills, focus, and dedication in determining student success.
- How do I get into the Fashion Design program?
Refer to the current curriculum sheet. The curriculum sheet has complete details on the requirements for acceptance into the program.
- Is there a portfolio review?
Yes. An entry portfolio review must be passed at the end of the fall semester, when enrolled in ADES 2550 and ADES 1560. Top-ranked students will be accepted into the program, based on this review. For complete details, please refer to the current curriculum sheet.
- What is the course sequence? How does it work? How long does it take to complete?
The course sequence is detailed in the suggested degree plan. Completion of the curriculum requires a minimum of 3 years at UNT after acceptance into the program. If a student does not pass a review, or fails any course in the Fashion Design program, the length of time to complete the degree will be extended.The courses are offered on a strict fall/spring-semester-only schedule. As a result, if a course is missed or failed in the fall or spring semester, the student is required to wait until the next fall or spring semester to make up the course and continue in the program. This results in a one-year delay in completing the program.
- What happens if I do not pass a portfolio review or fail a course?
A student may retake a course in the fashion-design program one time only and may reattempt to pass a portfolio review one time only.
- Do you have any tips to help me be successful with my course work?
Successful Fashion Design students dedicate 4-5 hours per week per class outside of the class time working on homework assignments and projects. Waiting until the last minute to work on an assignment is never a good idea. Mistakes always happen when you wait until the last minute.
- Be critical of your work! Would you buy it? Would you wear it?
- Allow time to redo parts or redo a project if it turns out poorly.
- Do not waste time chatting in class—it wastes your time and others’ time and is a distraction to others who are paying for the class.
- Be courteous of others and clean up after yourself at the table and machines -- other students will use this space after you.
- Pay attention to your own work, not others. Use your book if are confused and have questions. If during class time, ask the instructor, not other students (they may be just as confused as you are).
- Don’t overload your schedule with lab classes, it will overwhelm you when you have several projects going on at one time.
- Almost all of the skills you will be working on in this program require practice to improve. Try working on sewing, patterns, and sketching outside of class assignments, especially on winter and summer breaks.
- Go easy on extracurricular activities such as sports, clubs, and social life. As fun as all of that can be, it can be detrimental to your education, grades, and ultimately your ability to progress in the program.
- We understand that some students need to work, but be cautious of working too many hours and not having enough time to dedicate to your school work. Work is not an excuse for late assignments, tardies, or absences.
- If you are attending class regularly, paying attention, working diligently, and still struggling, make an appointment with your instructor to see what they suggest you do to improve. Don't wait until you are failing to seek help.
- Will my fashion design courses from another institution count towards my degree in Fashion Design at UNT? What is the process to have those classes reviewed for acceptance?
The content of many fashion design courses at other institutions do not match the content and objectives of the coursework at UNT, even if the course names and descriptions are similar. However, each request is considered individually through work and transcripts reviewed by the fashion design faculty. Students who have taken fashion design courses at outside institutions and who are considering transferring to UNT should contact the Student Services Office (http://art.unt.edu/student-advising.html) at least 6 months prior to the beginning of the semester in which they are planning to enroll. Students should have transcripts reviewed by academic advising prior to meeting with the fashion design faculty for their fashion coursework review. Please refer to the "Application Process for Transfer Students" page found here.
- What kind of jobs can I get with a B.F.A. in Fashion Design from UNT?
Graduates from our program are qualified to begin work as a pattern maker, assistant designer, fashion designer, technical designer, or fashion illustrator. Our graduates are also qualified for positions in many related areas in the fashion design industry, such as sourcing, buying, and project management.
Recent B.F.A. graduates in Fashion Design at UNT have landed prestigious design positions for companies such as Alice + Olivia, Liz Claiborne, Dickies, Dillard’s, Fossil, Haggar, Sag Harbor, JC Penney, Calvin Klein, Reed Krakoff, Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller, Oscar de la Renta, Tandy Brands, Theory, Talbot’s, Gloria Vanderbilt, and White House/Black Market.