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Program Overview

Program Overview

Study fashion design in Nashville, where the industry is thriving. We'll put you in the center of the action, with excellent internship and employment opportunities. Local businesses are an extension of our classrooms. We have the experts and connections you need to develop your skills. Immerse yourself in a personal, spiritually-minded fashion community. You'll have access to our historic archive including Halston, a world-renowned designer. Our collection includes historic garments from every decade since 1890 — including designer clothes. 

Search through our scrapbooks and hundreds of clothing patterns (think Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Liza Minnelli and more) for inspiration. Take part in fashion shows. Study abroad opportunities include a two-week fashion course in Florence, Italy, along with a one-week New York study tour.



Fashion and Design Core (6 hours):

  • AR 1723 - New Media Studio
  • FD 1323 - Basic Design

Fashion Design Core (39 hours):

  • FD 1011 - Professional Orientation
  • FD 1113 - Clothing Construction I
  • FD 1123 - Clothing Construction II
  • FD 2113 - Textiles
  • FD 2133 - Fashion Industry
  • FD 3103 - History of Costume
  • FD 3123 - Display and Promotion
  • FD 3133 - Flat Pattern Design
  • FD 3143 - 20th Century Fashion
  • FD 3153 - Draping
  • FD 404V - Internship in Fashion and Design
  • FD 4092 - Senior Seminar
  • AR 1213 - Color Theory
  • AR 1063 - Figure Drawing

Fashion Design Major Electives (9 hours):

  • ENT 2503 - An Introduction to Business
  • FD 37nV - Special Topics
  • FD 400V - Travel
  • FD 401V - Independent Study and Research
  • FD 404V - Internship in Fashion and Design
  • IT 2223 - Web Application Development I
  • MK 3503 - Principles of Marketing

Student to Faculty Ratio


Become more competitive in the job market with an internship related to your interests. You’ll gain experience and boost your exposure. An internship will also help you learn whether you’ve chosen a career you’ll enjoy.

Study Abroad

See the world — whether it’s Italy, Austria, Costa Rica, England or another country. Career opportunities will open for you as you sharpen your foreign language skills. Gain the international experience and cross-cultural communication skills you’ll need in our global economy.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.

Our Faculty

  • Sissy Simmons headshot

    Sissy Simmons

    Assistant Professor and Department Chair

    Sissy Simmons received her M.Ed. from Belmont University. She has been sewing and designing since she was a child, and to this day she enjoys learning new sewing skills and...

    Meet Sissy Simmons

Career Paths

Fashion Designers

Fashion designers create original clothing, accessories, and footwear. They sketch designs, select fabrics and patterns, and give instructions on how to make the products they design.