Undergrad Catalog

Apparel Design (APPD)

Program Options: B.A., B.S.

St. Kate's apparel design major prepares you for careers in the fashion and apparel industry. In addition to apparel design courses, you will complete an art minor. You will be prepared for careers in theatrical, technical and ready-to-wear/custom design. You can take advantage of the opportunity to study for a semester or year at the London College of Fashion, Acadia Fashion Institute in Florence or other approved study-abroad programs.

You may want to participate in 18- to 21-day off-campus study courses in either Boston/New York City or London/Paris/Florence. On these trips, you will experience first-hand discussions with fashion designers, trend and color forecasters, costume designers for Broadway or the London Theater, fashion magazine editors, buyers, textile wholesalers and manufacturers. You also will attend fashion exhibitions and view collections at major museums.

As an entering first-year student you will be eligible for one of two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 per year for four years. To compete for this scholarship, you must:

  • Maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average
  • Participate in extracurricular activities
  • Apply and be accepted to St Kate's by February 15

See also: Fashion Merchandising.

Major Requirements:

FASH 2050 Textiles with Lab
FASH 2100 Apparel Construction and Analysis
FASH 2150 Sociocultural Aspects of Dress
FASH 3100 History of Costume
FASH 4100 History of Fashion
APPD 3050 Advanced Construction Methods
APPD 3150 Patternmaking I
APPD 4050 Fashion Illustration
APPD 4150 Patternmaking II
APPD 4800 Apparel Design Seminar

Required art minor:
ART 1000 Two-Dimensional Design
ART 1010 Three-Dimensional Design
ART 1200 Drawing
ART 2150 Color
ART 2250 Art and Technology
ARTH 1110 Introduction to Art History: Renaissance Through Modern or ARTH 1150 Ways of Seeing

Recommended supporting courses:
MRCH 3200 Technical Garment Analysis
APPD 4604 Internship

Apparel design majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing FASH 2150. You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing intensive courses (CORE 1000 or 2000, CORE 3990, and one other writing intensive course in this or another department).

Second Major Certificate in Apparel Design  

Students who have received a baccalaureate degree from St. Catherine University or another regionally accredited institution may pursue a second major at St. Catherine. To be awarded the second major (post-baccalaureate) certificate, you must complete all of the requirements for the major, including required supporting courses.  Second major apparel design students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to complete the art minor.

A minimum of one-half of the courses in the major must be completed in residence.  The residency requirement of 48 out of the last 64 credits does not apply to second major certificate students.

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