The mission of the Department of Fashion is to provide students with an environment in which they can develop and nurture creativity, gain aesthetic, intellectual and professional competence in both the knowledge and skills of the fashion field and cultivate a humanistic and ethical understanding of fashion as a business and as an art form.

The fashion design program includes comprehensive study in design, pattern making, research, appropriate fit and fabric selection, fashion trending, and illustration that prepares students to work in the fashion industry or as entrepreneurs in the design field. Each year students construct original creations from concept to runway for our annual fashion show. Highlights of the program include:

  • The latest computer-aided technology that is used to create textile prints, visualize them on garment designs in 3-D, and print on fabric.
  • Courses such as Specialty Markets in which students investigate a wide variety of clothing markets and courses such as Senior Collection in which students articulate their own design voice.
  • The dyeing, distressing, and surface manipulation of fabrics.
  • Opportunities for costume design and to assist in costuming Performing Arts Center productions.
  • Specialized sewing equipment such as an embroidery machine used by students to create unique stitched designs.
  • A close association with the community and opportunities to participate in area fashion shows and design competitions.
Fashion Design Minor

Fashion Design minors complete 3 fashion core courses and 4 fashion studio electives.

At Dominican, we pride ourselves on graduating well-rounded individuals. Our students are encouraged to tailor their studies to their interests. For many, that means choosing a minor that complements their major work. Following are some options to consider:

  • Art
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Foreign Language
  • Theatre Arts
  • Business
  • Communications: Journalism or Corporate Communication
Career Opportunities

Fashion graduates can pursue an array of careers in the fashion and retail industries and with leading museums. Possible apparel career positions range from developing and manufacturing specific fashion items to promotion, publicity or sales at either the wholesale or retail levels.

Careers in the apparel design field include:

  • Colorist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Textile designer
  • Market analyst
  • Product developer
  • Quality control inspector or manager
  • Sales representative
  • Stylist
  • Fashion designer
  • Sketcher
  • Sample maker
  • Pattern maker
  • Pattern grader
For more information, please contact:

Jose Blanco
Department Chair
Fashion Design & Merchandising

Tracy Jennings
Discipline Director
Fashion Design


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