Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design


Introduction

Beverly Hills Design Institute offers a specialized degree in Fashion Design. As fashion is inspired by the unlimited creativity and high fashion design techniques of Haute Couture, so should fashion design education.

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fashion Design program develops research skills and conceptual design criteria techniques required to create balanced complex collections ranging from junior lines to the level of haute couture reflecting unlimited creativity. Emphasis is placed on innovative design solutions that reach beyond popular forecasts through analysis of different eras, daily social lives, and historical parallels to bridge the gap from imagination to experience thus presenting appropriate clothing for many events of creativity. A series of creative manual and digital collections will be developed. Emphasis is placed on sustaining source of creativity, trend forecasting, creative textile enhancement, developing creative collections with accessories and fashion show production reflecting the high fashion aesthetics of fine line, silhouette, body proportions, and elegance. Graduates possess immediately operational skills that are equivalent to Head Designer or Creative Director positions.

Beverly Hills Design Institute understands that highly specialized techniques bring successful design careers when strong design identities and creativity are nourished into a unique brand. In an intimate setting, we guarantee the upmost attention to you as a highly valuable designer.

Objectives

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fashion Design program is designed to offer qualified students the opportunity to prepare for professional positions as fashion designers, assistant designers, technical designers, stylists, fashion executives and haute couture educators.  The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fashion Design program draws from an unlimited source of creativity and bring a range of high fashion design techniques to build collections and lines.  Students will develop:

  • Professional Portfolio
  • High Fashion Industry-specific technical expertise
  • Foster creativity
  • Career focus
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Computer Literacy
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • A global perspective

Graduation Requirements

  • A total of 192 quarter credit hour program of study, including 54 general education quarter credit hours, which should be completed within the normal length of 16 quarters within 5.33 academic years of study, and no more than 24 quarters within 8 academic years for a full time student.
  • A passing grade in all courses and a minimum cumulated grade point average of C (2.0) upon completion of the program.

Curriculum

In addition to the curriculum of the Associate of Arts Degree in Fashion Design, students will have to pass the following courses for the Bachelor graduation.

Prerequisite: BUSI 2000 OR FASH 1000

This course is designed for students who ultimately are going to open and run their own businesses, with an emphasis on the fashion industry. The course will take the student from the basics of choosing a legal business form, through accounting for Management, Financial Planning, Basics of Income Tax, Investment Management and Wealth Building, Branding and Trademarks, Marketing and Sales, and a wealth of information on the process of developing effective business habits that lead to success. We will examine the entire process of Motivation, Discipline, Time Management, Goal Setting, Proven Success Strategies, and other like subjects.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: FASH 1013

A practical study of corset design referencing a bountiful source of historical facts applied in a sophisticated manner to develop a modernized corset design.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: FASH 1013

Students learn the importance of how a balanced collection is developed through meetings and discussions with experienced designers. A study of ancient 4th to 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th century fashion is examined. Students utilize the resources and research techniques necessary to keep pace with changing fashion trends, and to differentiate the levels of fashion, ranging from Junior lines to Haute Couture. Emphasis is placed on eco-friendly and recyclable fashion collections.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: FASH 1013

As an advanced course, it develops student strategies, research skills, as well as conceptual and design criteria techniques required creating a fashion collection. Students will explore historical fashion from the 17th and 18th centuries and learn to adapt it to a modern collection. Fashion sketches are presented in design groups emphasizing detail, silhouette, fabrication, and color. This course is a prerequisite for the Gallery Fashion Show class.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: FASH 1013

An excellent preparatory course for the Grand Fashion Show where students will display unlimited creativity in establishing the most complex fashion design collection as well as Three Dimensional draping. Students will research iconic fashion from the 20’s and 30’s and adapt it to modern fashion. Various reputable designers will also come to work with the students individually or within a group setting.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: FASH 2031

An advanced class that offers students hands-on experience in preparing fabric and print concepts, story boards, and color presentations using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: None

A course that emphasizes the importance of accessorizing to fashion by incorporating beauty through the creation of buttons, buckles, corsages, brooches, and more.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

FASH 4091 SENIOR CREATIVE DESIGN LABORATORY I

Prerequisite: FASH 2021

Students are offered an intensive learning environment that draws on their creative impulses and cultural influences to present innovative design solutions that reach beyond popular forecasts. Students will work intensively on creating a collection of sportswear by utilizing resources from museum collections, fashion publications, retailers, and forecasting services with an emphasis on the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s fashion eras, and forward.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: FASH 2021

This course reviews the collaboration process among designers, suppliers, merchandisers, and business partners in the creation of a fashion collection. The course teaches this process from both an analytical and a creative approach, covering the areas of research, concept, planning, style development, assortment, balance, item development and final presentation. Furthermore, students will participate in the development of an active wear collection. This course emphasizes original design sketches of full fashion collections and explores the components that form the cohesiveness of a collection as well as elements that introduce individual creativity and diversity. Students will develop both trade sketch and storyboard techniques with a flow from a modern to futuristic outlook on apparel design.      

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: FASH 2031

This course is designed to develop cognitive, creative and problem-solving skills in relation to design development. Emphasis on understanding and evaluating information, developing research skills, and creating a symbolic language for concept-based design solutions.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: FASH 2031

An advanced course that explores the use of digital design tools for developing sophisticated imagery for visual communication. Assignments develop mastery of existing professional design solutions and demonstration of an understanding of typographic, layout and design nuances; then students design and execute original projects.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: None

Students will create a personalized portfolio and presentation binder to be able to collect their best work and a mini collection developed during their studies at the Bachelor level.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: MANU 1001

Components II will allow students to use the knowledge and techniques learned in Components I to further develop their skills with additional materials used as the components of fashion. These materials will include leather, fur, feathers, straw, gems metals and closures. Students will gain a better understanding and develop the techniques required to create the necessary design components that are directly involved in the design of fashion garments. They will discover the many materials, processes and technologies used in the industry today as well as their historic origins. Upon completion of this class, the student will be able to clarify and employ appropriate terminology in working with other designers and manufacturers, as well as taking their original artwork from concept to creation.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: MANU 2010 OR FASH 1013 OR PATT 1022

An intermediate course that explores the world of apparel manufacturing, including production, sourcing, control, planning, costing, resources, allocation and feasibility. Projects including following a product from concept to production and delivery of the product to the retailer.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: MANU 2010 OR FASH 1013 OR PATT 1022

This course is a survey and examination of the various elements that make up the finished design in haute couture sewing as well as fashion in general. From collars and necklines to sleeves, pants and skirts, various elements will be the weekly focus for our discussion. It is a seminar class in which the students will be required to participate by bringing in materials and drawings for discussion.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: MANU 2010 OR FASH 1013 OR PATT 1022

This unique course set up by the President of the Beverly Hills Design Institute explores the symbiotic relationship between pattern design and fashion design while further exploring the comprehensive approach to design requiring experimentation as well as analysis, rambunctiousness, and creativeness along with the diligence and fortitude to produce compelling work. This course is designed as an exercise for upcoming industry experience.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: MANU 2010 OR FASH 1013 OR PATT 1022

This course is a survey and examination of some of the peripheral elements that are a part of haute couture: the accessories that compliment clothing but often make their own fashion statement.  From shoes and handbags to jewelry and hats, various accessory items will be the weekly focus for our discussions. This is a seminar class in which the students will be required to participate by bringing in materials (photographs, actual garments or accessories, and drawings) to share for discussion.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: None

This Course examines the development of dress, adornment, and appearance as a nonverbal mode of communication and explores the meaning of clothing in our global fashion market place. The course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of clothing and society. We will be using tools from the fields of anthropology, sociology, psychology, history and cultural studies to aid us in our examination and criticism of clothing and society. We will be looking in particular at fashion as it relates to social identity, modern history, politics, economy and aesthetics. Lecture and discussions will be key components of the class.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: None

A course designed to develop the student’s ability to fit garments properly to a live model by identifying and examining the different types of managerial models used among apparel companies.

1 CREDIT: 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: PATT 2042 OR FASH 2022

Applies only Bachelor of Arts and advised by a Professional Advisory Board Member and an Executive Member of BHDI, the student will work with a fashion designer as a co-partner to perfect the debut collection, including accessories to present a complete fashion collection.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: Any Fashion or Pattern Course

Applies only to Bachelor of Arts candidates. A cutting edge, intensive course that culminates with the presentation of the final collection. Supported and advised by a Professional Advisory Board Member and an Executive Member of BHDI, the student will work with a fashion designer as a co-partner to perfect the debut collection, including accessories to present a complete fashion collection.

4 CREDITS: 22 LECTURE HOURS / 44 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: PATT 2042 OR FASH 2022

Applies only to Bachelor of Arts candidates. A cutting edge, intensive course that culminates with the presentation of the final collection. Supported and advised by a Professional Advisory Board Member and an Executive Member of BHDI, the student will work with a fashion designer as a co-partner to perfect the debut collection, including accessories to present a complete fashion collection.

4 CREDITS: 22 LECTURE HOURS / 44 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: None

Students will work with mixed media and different textures to transform inexpensive fabrics into creative luxurious designs involving embroidery, beadings, etc. Students will also have the opportunity to work with couture fabric mills individually or within a group. This course will provide full comprehension and knowledge on fabric and assist in preparing for the Grand Fashion Show.

2 CREDITS: 11 LECTURE HOURS / 22 LAB HOURS

Prerequisite: TEXT 1000

Students will further their understanding of fabric and printing in order to produce fabric from their own original artwork. Students will also be taught various advanced surface treatments on cloth including dyeing and burnout.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: TEXT 1000

Student will further build on their technical skills and broaden their knowledge of printing. Concentration on the compatibility of fabrics to match performance guidelines and their marketability.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: TEXT 1000

Study on textile material with an emphasis on the factors that produce a successful apparel fabric from international markets. Fabric characteristics such as appearance, draping, hand, and performance, as well as sorting of fabrics for different levels of design markets are studied. Students will explore techniques for utilizing computers as a research and design tool.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: None

This course of visual anthropology will be a convergence of studies and practices from the interrelated fields of cultural anthropology, cultural studies and film/media studies. Visual Anthropology includes all cultural anthropological studies of the visual world as well as the transmission of anthropological knowledge by visual means. We will analyze the history, philosophy, ethics, production and consumption of ethnographic and non-ethnographic film and photography, visual culture products, and computer technology within both established institutions and the broader popular culture. Visual anthropology is concerned with the documentation of culture, social institutions and everyday human visual media. It can be used as a tool for ethnographic research, media analysis, studies of material culture, critical engagement with the arts and other forms of cultural display.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: BIOL 1000

An interdisciplinary approach to the study of the environment. The course provides the scientific basis for understanding how environmental systems work. Topics include the basic concepts of ecology, geography and the importance of scientific information, current environmental concerns, ethics, resource use, sustainable development, and conservation, discussion of the economic impact and consequences of the disruptions of natural systems, the importance of public policy, and how environmental issues are linked to our everyday life.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: COMM 2000

This course explores communication variables involved when leaders attempt to influence members to achieve a goal. Topics include power, credibility, motivation, research on leader traits, styles, and situations, and current models of leadership such as transactional, transformational, charismatic, and functional approaches. The different leadership challenges posed by community and institutional settings will also be explored.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: ECON 2000

Reviews the origins of modern international economic theory and discusses present patterns of trade and finance, including the balance of payments and its economic effects, exchange rates, international commodity agreements, and tariff policies. Includes an analysis of the relationship between international economics and current U.S. economic problems.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: ENGL 1000

Principles of critical thinking applied to writing and reading arguments on complex current moral issues and enduring questions; inductive and deductive reasoning; persuasion; introduction to fallacies; analysis and evaluation of appropriate prose models, including those employing methods of argument unique to specific disciplines; selective use of citation and documentation; writing of research papers. Students will also apply conceptual thinking to fashion design blending their creative impulses and cultural influences to present innovative design solutions to reach beyond popular forecasts.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: ENGL 1000

Examines literary works of Western and non-Western civilizations from the 19TH Century through the modern era, works that are important to subsequent writing and thought.  This course will enable you to read and respond to masterpieces of world literature both in class (with help from your instructor and other students) and in writing projects prepared outside of class. You will learn to examine the relevance of these texts for contemporary readers; you will learn ways to get helpful research about the texts, and to analyze the texts with an interpretation that can be justified by examples in that text. The classroom activities will help you to understand the historical and culture contexts of the reading assignments.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: HIST 1000

This course takes students through an assessment of some of the most crucial events impacting the course of world history from 1500-1900.  The class begins with the Columbian exchange and the influence of military, political, religious, and economic colonization on different parts of the globe, namely the Western Hemisphere, the African continent, and Asia.  The course traces different actors and actresses that wrought forth a vision of a new world based on scientific inquiry, religious freedom, individual freedoms, and the subjugation of questionable populations.  Students in this course will witness the evolution of monarchical ruling to that of an elected representative: a global politic that divorces itself from “God given powers” to powers attained, challenged, and preserved through democratic ideals.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: HIST 1000

This course takes students through an assessment of some of the most crucial events impacting the course of world history from 1900 to the present.  The course looks at actors and actresses that helped shape the changing politics of global history.  Students in this course will be exposed to social and economic revolutions that have further divided the global wealth and served as a catalyst for anti-colonial movements.  Special attention will be paid to race, class, gender, and environment.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: PSYC 2000

The purpose of Educational Psychology is to enable you to develop effective learning skills, tools, goals and strategies. The course includes a balance between theory and the experiential application of the material. You will have opportunities to transfer and apply these skills and strategies across your academic program and your life.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS

Prerequisite: SOCI 2000

How do our social structures and relationships shed light on modern ethical problems?  We will look at the intersection of ethics and sociology by discussing how ethical decision making is informed by our values and society at large.  This course includes an overview of major philosophical contributions to the field of ethics.

3 CREDITS: 33 LECTURE HOURS