COLLEGE OF EDUCATION & PUBLIC POLICY
DESIGN AREAS OF EMPHASIS
The Apparel Design major studies the conceptualization, design and pre-production of products for
apparel-related industries. Students are required to complete courses in apparel design such as apparel
assembly, flat pattern, draping, fashion drawing and rendering, and computer-aided fashion design. Students
work closely with an apparel company in advanced courses. They may also select from a variety of apparel
electives, including dress and culture, portfolio development, and history of costume. In addition to textiles,
fashion, and design classes, students also complete courses in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences.
These courses help students research and analyze trends, evaluate consumer markets, use technology to
conceptualize, design and produce apparel products, and prepare promotional presentations.
WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT THE PROGRAM?
WHAT IS APPAREL DESIGN? There are many enrichment opportunities available to students who major in
Apparel Design. The department regularly offers Winter Session travel/study
Graduates of the Apparel Design program courses in international market settings. For example, a 4-week European
travel/study course provides students with a global perspective of the fashion
are creative and technical designers with industry. Domestic study programs and short field trips to New York City,
extensive computer-aided design experience. Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. supplement individual courses.
Students may elect to spend one year in New York City as a visiting student at the
Fashion Institute of Technology. Other opportunities that are available to enhance
students’ experiences include internships, supervised placements, and independent studies. A common core
of courses shared with Fashion Merchandising allows students to major in both areas and increases their
opportunities for future employment.
In 1982, the Department was the first in the nation to introduce computer-aided design (CAD) in design
curriculums. State-of-the-art computer-aided design facilities are used extensively throughout the course of
study. The industry-standard CAD system enables students to develop skills in using graphics, product
specification, pattern designing, pattern grading, and marker-making systems to produce advanced design
projects. Graphics systems enhance conceptualization, whereas the remaining systems are used to design
patterns for styles in a range of sizes and prices for specified markets.
The Department is committed to providing effective academic advisement services for its students. Each
student is assigned a faculty advisor who helps in analyzing the student’s personal and educational goals, as
well as provides assistance in planning the most appropriate academic program. Advisors also serve as
resources regarding opportunities for study abroad, field experiences, the undergraduate research program, and
the Dean’s Scholar Program. Advisors may also facilitate employment and graduate study opportunities.
FACILITIES, RESOURCES, AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXPERIENCE
Three studios support the apparel design program, including the apparel product assembly, apparel
design, and CADesign studios. Standard industry equipment (e.g., standardized dress forms, etc.) is
available for student project work.
The recently updated state-of-the-art CADesign Studio provides systems for developing skills in using
graphics, product specification, pattern designing, pattern grading, and marker-making systems. The
Department’s Technology Center creates a mechanism for linking the teaching, research, and service
activities of the Department with industry and business. Students also utilize the department’s Historic
Costume and Textile Collection for design inspiration and research.
Students benefit from the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies’ collaboration with the Center
for Historic Architecture and Design. Opportunities are available for students interested in material culture
and preservation as they relate to apparel design, historic costume, dress and culture, and consumer
The Synergy Club, Fashion Merchandising Club, UDress and The Garment District are student
organizations that help develop leadership skills and enhance career development.
Many Apparel Design graduates enter careers as creative and technical apparel designers, computer-
aided design system managers, pattern makers, design development coordinators, apparel illustrators, and
computer demonstration specialists.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER - The University of Delaware is committed to assuring equal opportunity to all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed,
color, gender, genetic information, age, religion, national origin, veteran or disability status, or sexual orientation in its educational programs, activities, admissions or employment
practices as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable
statutes. Inquiries concerning the above should be referred to the Office of Equity and Inclusion (302) 831-8735, located at 305 Hullihen Hall. 500/9-09
A P P A R E L D E S I G N C U R R I C U L U M
Starting with the first semester, Apparel Design majors have at least one course in the major each term. To earn a Bachelor of Science
degree, students must complete 120 credits and meet specific requirements, as outlined in the University of Delaware Undergraduate Catalog.
Each semester’s course will vary, depending on the student’s interest, background, and academic preparation. The following plan is only one
example; not every student will take every course in the same order. The average number of credits per semester ranges from 12-17.
Winter and Summer sessions may be used to lighten the loads of regular semesters.
FALL SEMESTER UNIV101 (1 cr)
General Chemistry (4 cr.) Fundamental laws of chemical action and the properties, uses and methods of preparation of the more important
elements and their compounds.
College Mathematics and Statistics (3 cr.) This math course is determined by a student’s background, SAT scores, and a math placement
Fashion, Style and Culture (3 cr.) Introduces the concepts of fashion, style, and culture as they relate to how products are conceived and
developed. The impact of cultural contexts and societal diversity on apparel industry practices are considered.
Apparel Product Assembly (3 cr.) Basic clothing construction procedures, fitting techniques, and methods of evaluation for apparel.
Fashion Art Studio (3 cr.) Explore basic design concepts, develop creative design studio skills, and apply them to apparel design and
merchandising specific solutions.
SPRING SEMESTER General Chemistry (4 cr.) A continuation of the fall semester chemistry course.
Critical Reading and Writing (3 cr.) Expository and argumentative composition through analysis of selected readings.
General Psychology (3 cr.) A foundation course in the application of the scientific method to problems of human behavior and experience.
Fashion Drawing and Rendering (3 cr) Drawing from the fashion model; emphasis on rendering clothing character, fabrics and fashion
details using various media; introduction to flat sketching via computer; translation of drawings to finished fashion illustrations.
Fashion Merchandising (3 cr.) An overview of the fashion industry that examines the interrelationship between primary, auxiliary, and
retail fashion markets; trends in fashion retailing, promotion and manufacturing.
SOPHOMORE YEAR Fundamentals of Textiles I (3 cr.) Fundamentals of Textiles II (3 cr.)
Costume History Course (3 cr.) Foreign Language (4 cr.)
Foreign Language (4 cr.) Seminar on Fashion and Sustainability (3 cr)
Apparel Structures (3 cr.) Apparel Design by Flat Pattern (3 cr.)
Multimedia Fashion Presentations (3 cr.) Introduction to Sociology (3 cr.)
JUNIOR YEAR COMM255 or COMM212 (3 cr.) Introduction to Microeconomics (3 cr.)
Arts & Science Group B elective (3 cr.) Apparel Design/Fashion Merchandising Seminar (1 cr.)
Art/Art History/Theatre Course (3 cr.) Art/Art History/Theatre Course (3 cr.)
Fashion Forecasting and Design (3 cr.) Apparel Design by Draping (3 cr.)
Product Development (3 cr.) Arts and Sciences Second Writing Course (3 cr.)
Costume History Course (3 cr)
SENIOR YEAR Social Psychological Aspect of Clothing (3 cr.) Art/ArtHistory/Theater Course (3 cr.)
Professional Portfolio Development (1 cr.) Business Administration Course (3 cr.)
Apparel Collection Development (3 cr.) Costume History Course (3 cr.)
Business Administration Course (3 cr.) Product Development & Management Studio (3 cr.)
Global Apparel and Textile Trade and Elective (3 cr.)
Sourcing (3 cr)
F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N
You are always welcome to come talk with us about our majors and the ways in which we can help you reach your goals.
Please feel free to contact us at:
Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies Admissions Office
211 Alison Hall West 210 South College Avenue
University of Delaware University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716 Newark, DE 19716-6210
Ph: (302) 831-8714 (302) 831-8123
Fax: (302) 831-6081 (302) 831-6905
TDD: (302) 831-4563 (302) 831-4563