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Fashion Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Your Runway to Success

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Fashion is art. The fashion designer is the artist. The canvas? A world full of people looking for the right paint. To give the people what they want and satisfy your desire to express your artistic vision through fashion, the right fashion design school can be what puts you on the path to that beautiful thing that happens when a career and a passion come together.

Program Overview

As a student in the Fashion Design Program, you’ll develop your own exceptional portfolio while learning innovative techniques to creating unique designs. Essentials of product development, sales, and marketing are taught to help you gain an understanding of the consumer culture in fashion design. This smaller program allows for adaptability in an ever-evolving industry from sustainability to technology. Our small classes allows for one-on-one mentorship and tutoring with industry-experienced instructors.

You’ll graduate with not only strong communication, business skills, and the ability to forecast industry trends, but you’ll have developed your own artistic vision!

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A young fashion designer standing next to his mannequin featuring a blouse he's working on

Program Highlights

Fashion Illustration

Draping + Patternmaking

Textiles + Materials

CAD Design Skills

Sustainable Design Thinking

Product Development + Management

Credits pie chart for the Fashion Design BFA course. 51 credits in fashion design, 30 credits in liberal arts, 21 credits in foundations, 15 credits in art history, and 6 credits in electives for a total of 123.

Degree Requirements

Art Education is the nexus of the cultural expression of yesterday and today, delivered to students in a format that excites and inspires. You’ll learn how to share what you’ve learned by developing core teaching skills and methods that are unique to your style, while tapping into your own creativity with 15 credit hours in the specialized field you choose. Runway and industry opportunities outside of the classroom experience for students allows you to build resumés and portfolios.

* RMCAD offers classes year-round in both on-campus and online delivery formats. At RMCAD, we believe that online learning is an important part of the overall college learning experience. To provide students multiple scheduling options, diverse learning modalities, and experience in the virtual environment, all on-campus students are required to take part in online education.

Tech + Tools

RMCAD’s Fashion Design BFA Program features a comprehensive curriculum and provides students the opportunity to cultivate fashion fluency, an integrated approach to express creativity, and hone technical skills through creative draping and patternmaking approaches and computer-aided design. All while using the culture of fashion with a global context and impact. You will learn the relevance of issues impacting the fashion industry, from social justice and diversity to ethical fashion practices and their environmental impact in order to expand diverse voices, visions and solutions.

Required Equipment

Students in RMCAD’s on-ground Fashion Design BFA Program will be charged a one-time mandatory equipment fee of $1650.00 in their first academic year. Below is the provided equipment:

  • Juki DDL-8700 High-speed Single Needle Straight Lockstitch Industrial Sewing Machine
  • Professional Female Dress Form with Collapsible Shoulders and Removable Arms

While in fashion courses, you will also be required to purchase an iPad and Apple Pencil and a 1/2 scale dress form for the ideation process.

Juki DDL-8700 High-speed Single Needle Straight Lockstitch Industrial Sewing Machine

Fashion Design Careers

As the world evolves, so too does fashion, and it provides many options for your future. A RMCAD Fashion Design Degree doesn’t leave you with one path to success, it gives you choices! Our graduates have the opportunity to launch exciting careers all across the fashion arena. 

Let's Design Your Future NOW

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Fashion Design Faculty

You’ll be learning from faculty with a history of style and success in the world of fashion design. They’ve worked side-by-side with some of the best and brightest in the industry. As a RMCAD fashion design student, you can enjoy immersing yourself in that same well of knowledge and creativity.

Fashion Design Events

Come see what’s evolving on the world’s runway at our next event.


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