Wedding Dress Design Courses and Schools

Wedding dress design courses are most commonly offered through fashion design degree programs, and basic fashion prerequisites are often required before taking a wedding dress design class specifically. Continue reading for more information about a fashion design degree program and courses you may take. Schools offering Fashion Design degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

To become a wedding dress designer, you will likely need a degree in fashion design from a community college, university or art school. Some art schools offer master's degrees as well. Your coursework will include classes that teach everything from sketching to dressmaking and may include an internship at a fashion house.

Courses Garment construction, pattern making and hands-on dressmaking practice
Schools Community colleges, universities and art schools
Online Online programs and courses for fashion design are available

Where Can I Find Wedding Dress Design Courses?

Wedding dress design courses are typically incorporated into the curricula of fashion design degree programs. These programs can provide a broad study of the technical skills and industry knowledge necessary to work in a variety of positions in the fashion industry, including as a wedding dress designer. Some courses, like bridal design and evening wear, cover conceptualization and creation of wedding dress designs, while other courses focus on principles of fashion.

Many community colleges and universities offer associate's or bachelor's degree programs in fashion design. Some schools offer 4-year degree programs in fashion design with an emphasis on special occasion design. There also are many art, fashion and design schools that teach fashion design; some of these schools offer master's degree programs.

You can find fashion design degree programs at the following schools, among others:

  • Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, NY)
  • Academy of Art University (San Francisco, CA)
  • Pima Community College (Tuscon, AZ)
  • Salt Lake Community College (UT)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
  • University of North Texas (Denton)
  • Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)

What Might I Learn?

In a fashion design program, you'll likely learn to fine-tune your dressmaking skills through hands-on studio experiences. Some fashion design programs include specialized classes in bridal design and couture, which can teach you to create embellishments, such as bustles and trains. You might also be covering these topics in your program:

  • Textiles
  • Patternmaking
  • Draping
  • Fashion trends
  • Garment construction
  • Sketching
  • Alterations

What Else Will I Do in My Program?

As your progress in your coursework, you might have opportunities to submit your designs to fashion competitions. At most schools, you'll also have the chance to gain professional experience interning with a fashion house or designer. Toward the end of your studies, your school might stage a fashion show where you can show your designs. Additionally, many programs require that you compile a professional portfolio.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Most fashion schools require that you submit a collection of your fashion sketches and pieces of your work prior to admission. Some bridal gown design courses require prerequisite courses in basic fashion design and sewing for haute couture.

Can I Take Classes Online?

Online fashion design classes are available, though not typically in wedding dress design. Some online courses in fashion design may require special software, such as Photoshop or Illustrator. Although you won't have a set class schedule, you'll have to meet assignment deadlines. You'll communicate with your professor via the Internet.

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