Distance Learning Apparel Design Degree Programs

Find information on distance learning apparel design programs. Keep reading for information on degree options, coursework and career opportunities for graduate students. Schools offering Fashion Design degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Distance Learning Programs Cover Apparel Design?

No programs award specific degrees in apparel design; however, you can earn your Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Master of Fine Arts in Fashion Design. All of these programs are available online, but distance learning Master of Fine Arts programs are much less common.

Online Availability No online programs exist specifically for apparel design degrees; associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees in fashion design are available online (master's are harder to find)
Program Levels Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts
Common Courses Undergraduate: Fashion illustration, fabric types, pattern construction, analyzing fashion trends, merchandising
Graduate: Marketing, trend analysis, fashion research
Possible Careers Fashion journalist, fashion designer, merchandiser and seller, pattern maker, product developer

Which Program is Right for Me?

An Associate of Arts degree can prepare you for entry-level positions in apparel design or for transfer to a Bachelor of Arts program. A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree can also qualify you for an entry-level career, but you can also use it as preparation for a master's degree program. If you have a bachelor's degree in a field outside of fashion or apparel design, you may be able to enroll in a master's degree program that only includes apparel, fashion and textiles courses.

What Will I Learn?

Using computers, fashion industry techniques and a basic knowledge of textiles, you'll learn how to design apparel for a variety of customers and in anticipation of emerging fashion trends. Coursework covers sewing, fashion illustration, various fabric types, color selection and pattern construction. You'll also learn about consumer decision-making, merchandising and apparel business management. All of these elements are universal to undergraduate apparel design programs.

If you're a graduate student working toward your Master of Fine Arts degree, you'll also learn how to predict future trends in apparel design. To build this skill, you'll take courses in fashion research, marketing and trend analysis.

What Careers Are Open to Me?

After you earn a Master of Fine Arts degree, you'll be qualified for professional positions in fashion and apparel design. Graduate programs also allow you to develop a professional portfolio and network with industry professionals. Regardless of what type of program you choose, you'll be able to pursue careers in:

  • Product management
  • Pattern making
  • Merchandising
  • Fashion or knitwear design
  • Product development
  • Fashion journalism

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