Online Fashion Design Degree

Online Bachelor of Fine Arts

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Working in the fashion industry takes more than just being a trendsetter with impeccable taste—fashion is art. It’s not just about designing clothing. It’s about creating something that makes a statement. Make your mark on the world’s runway and turn your passion for fashion styling and design into an exciting career at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design.

Online Fashion Design Degree Program Overview

As a student in the Fashion Degree Online Program, you’ll develop your own fashion portfolio while learning innovative techniques to evolve your unique designs. This comprehensive online fashion degree program includes essentials of product development, textile design, sales, merchandising, and fashion marketing, to help you gain an understanding of the consumer culture in fashion design.

You’ll graduate with not only strong communication, business skills, and the ability to forecast industry trends, but you’ll also have developed your own artistic vision!

Fashion models on the runway
A young fashion designer standing next to his mannequin featuring a blouse he's working on

Online Fashion Design Program Highlights

Fashion Illustration

Students explore a range of materials and processes to develop a personal visual communication style and personality. Drawing, illustration and presentation techniques are developed to convey design ideas, fabric textures, prints and patterns and construction details on fashion flats, floats and figures.

Draping + Patternmaking

Students learn to explore creative dimensional forms in relationship to the body through manual and digital patternmaking, draping, construction and production techniques to successfully actualize garment designs.

Textiles + Materiality

Students explore and ideate textile strategies through conceptual and experimental frameworks related to structure and form, colors and patterns, materials and surfaces, environment, and community.

CAD Design

Students learn current and industry appropriate technologies to present concepts and illustrated designs, including production and manufacturing elements such as digital sewing and pattern-making, technical packages, grading, and 3D virtual fittings.

Sustainable Design Thinking

Students demonstrate conscious and sustainable research and diverse design thinking that relates to a broader cultural, socio-economic, historical, and environmental context.

Product Development + Management

Students articulate creative strategies and communicate design ideas professionally through verbal, written, visual, and digital methodologies, while developing business skills to position students as leaders in the fashion industry.

Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts curriculum is an exciting part of every student’s academic and creative journey at RMCAD. These courses provide the opportunity for students to engage with complex questions and ideas to develop critical thinking skills, a global consciousness, and awareness of art historical foundations that are essential for their intellectual, creative, and personal growth.

Global Consciousness

The curious engagement with communities, perspectives, and narratives that do not match our own offers the opportunity to see one’s personal and creative role in our local, national, and global communities. 

Critical Awareness

The willingness to ask questions and resist easy answers & simplistic dualities offers the opportunity to more clearly understand the complexity and multifaceted reality of history, creativity, and human communities. 

Information Literacy

The ability to read closely, critique freely, and seek additional verifiable information offers the opportunity to more holistically discern the veracity of the information that inundates our lives.

Credits pie chart for the Fashion Design BFA course. 51 credits in fashion design, 30 credits in liberal arts, 21 credits in foundations, 15 credits in art history, and 6 credits in electives for a total of 123.

Online Fashion Design Degree Requirements

RMCAD’s Fashion Degree Online curriculum is designed to bring form and function together, with key business and communication skills. You will turn your artistic vision into an innovative portfolio through a student-oriented experience and the convenience of distance learning.

Tech + Tools

RMCAD’s Fashion Design BFA Online Program features a comprehensive curriculum for the self-motivated and passionate student who wants to learn with the flexibility of a virtual setting. Providing students the opportunity to cultivate fashion fluency, an integrated approach to express creativity, and hone technical skills through creative draping and patternmaking approaches and computer-aided design. All while using the culture of fashion with a global context and impact. As a result of this fashion design degree online experience, you will learn the relevance of issues impacting the fashion industry, from social justice and diversity to ethical fashion practices and their environmental impact in order to expand diverse voices, visions and solutions.

Required Equipment

Students in RMCAD’s Online Fashion Design BFA Program will be charged a one-time mandatory equipment fee of $1650.00 in their first academic year. Below is the provided equipment:

  • Juki DDL-8700 High-speed Single Needle Straight Lockstitch Industrial Sewing Machine
  • Professional Female Dress Form with Collapsible Shoulders and Removable Arms

While in fashion courses, you will also be required to purchase an iPad and Apple Pencil and the apps required for specific classes. 

Juki DDL-8700 High-speed Single Needle Straight Lockstitch Industrial Sewing Machine

Fashion Design Careers

As the world evolves, so does fashion, which provides many options for your future. A RMCAD Online Fashion Design Degree doesn’t leave you with one path to success, it gives you choices! With the skills developed in this e-learning bachelor’s degree program, our graduates have the opportunity to launch exciting careers in the following areas.

Potential Career Paths

Student Work + Success

Stories @ RMCAD

Fashion Design Faculty

You’ll be learning from faculty with a history of style and success in the world of fashion design. They’ve worked side-by-side with some of the best and brightest in the industry. As a RMCAD Fashion Design student, you can enjoy immersing yourself in that same well of knowledge and creativity.

Fashion Design Events

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