The fashion industry is involved with the design, manufacturing and merchandising of apparel and accessories. Fashion designers communicate ideas three-dimensionally through their knowledge of color, fabric and silhouette. Today’s fashion designer must lead the marketplace by producing beauty and excellence in design.
In the program, students learn to ideate, sketch, pattern, sew, and produce garments at quality levels. The emphasis is on both the form and the function of a design, its expression, and how it moves and fits the body. Students must learn a wide array of skills in preparation for work in a fast-paced global economy. In spring of their third year of study, students may choose to focus on fashion realization or fashion development.
Degree: B.S. in Design
Duration: 5.0 Years
Location: West Campus
College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
School of Design
DAAP Student Affairs
College of DAAP
P.O. Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016
The College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati seeks to attract, enroll and graduate academically talented students of varied and diverse backgrounds. Success in our programs is largely dependent upon sound academic preparation. However, in multidisciplinary programs like those in DAAP, students’ insight and perspective are greatly enhanced by exposure to students from different backgrounds, geographies and co-curricular interests. DAAP has designed an admissions review process and a timetable to support these goals.
Freshman applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.
Admission criteria for fashion design varies based on the relative strength of test scores, class rank and GPA. Please see the Freshman Class Profile for this major in the Quick Facts sidebar on this page for the range of academic credentials typically accepted into this program. Portfolios are not a component of the application. For high school students, the priority deadline is December 1 for the following academic year.
Freshmen applying to this program should also have completed the following college-preparatory subjects:
- 4 units of English
- 4 units of math
- 3 units of science
- 5 units of electives*
*Elective units must include one or any combination of foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education or additional core courses not otherwise required.
Domestic and international freshmen priority deadline for programs in the School of Design: Applicants who submit a complete application by 5 pm on December 1 will be pooled and reviewed for selection. Consideration of the applicants' personal statements and statements of co-curricular activities will be factored into the admissions decisions. Applicants who submit a complete application by 5 pm on December 1 will be notified of selection decisions by February 15. Please do not call prior to this date regarding a decision on your application. Applications received after December 1 may be considered on a space-available basis.
Students seeking to transfer from other colleges and programs at UC or another regionally accredited university or college should submit a complete application for admission by the priority deadline of March 1 for the following academic year. International transfer students have a priority deadline of March 1 for the following academic year.
The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
All programs in the UC School of Design are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).