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B.S. in Fashion Studies


This degree was developed for students who want to investigate the many career areas within the fashion industry. Opportunities abound, inside and outside the classroom for hands-on learning experiences.

Come join the current Tarleton State University Fashion Studies students to discover where you would fit into the $385.7 billion U.S. fashion industry. Your coursework will excite and awaken your mind to the career possibilities awaiting you after graduation.

Step Into Fashion

This student-centered program will welcome you, encourage your growth, and assist you along the path to your satisfying career somewhere in the global community of fashion.

We believe the course offerings specific to Fashion Studies and those from other fine arts areas will give our graduates the necessary skills, content knowledge, and hands-on opportunities (some through a variety of service projects incorporated in the required coursework) to stand out among other employment candidates.

Meaningful internships and well-executed portfolios will be key items in obtaining Fashion Studies positions with manufacturers, retailers with private labels, and lesser-known designers who need assistance in growing their brands. Tarleton’s Fashion Studies graduates will be well equipped to move into other areas of the industry after internships and assistantship experiences.

Designed With You in Mind

Possible career paths for graduates with a B.S. in Fashion Studies include:

  • Design workroom positions: Assistant Designer, Pattern Maker, Production Specialist with skills in Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Sample Production Director.
  • Textile development positions: Offer entry-level positions such as Fabric Designer (woven or non-woven materials), Print Designer, and Textile Forecaster.
  • Buyer and retail positions: Visual Merchandiser and Media Specialist.
  • Public relations positions: This is where creative graduates who have the knowledge and skills to use technologies to encourage product selling in both wholesale and retail markets are needed. An example of this is fashion bloggers, who make the connection between lifestyle and fashion items.
  • Careers with the runway: Fashion journalist, photographer, model, trend forecaster, and event coordinator for shows and exhibitions.
  • Careers with collections: Industry museums and private fashion collectors hire creative Fashion Studies students to direct, curate, procure, and manage historic or current costume collections.
  • Cosmetic positions: Product developer in makeup and fragrances and Promotional Media Specialists.
  • Other career segments: Apparel, Accessories, Textiles, Knitwear and more.


Related Programs

Not what you were looking for? Tarleton State University offers over 100 different degrees and certifications that may be of interest to you, including:

Plan Your Future

Female student working with fabric


All Fashion Studies students are require to complete a semester-long internship within their chosen sector of the fashion industry. In recent years, internships have been successfully completed with companies such as:

  • JCPenney
  • Tiger J
  • Banson NYC
  • Dillard's
  • Nordstrom
  • Kohl's
  • Anthropologie
  • Macy's
Fashion Studies students on study away trip in New York City

Cultural Immersion

Part of our program's goal for students is to expose them to different fashion cultures. Study abroad and study away trips are a great way for students to learn and embrace fashion trends from different areas around the world. We offer a study away trip to New York City every even year, as well as a study abroad trip to Paris every odd year. For more information about these trips, contact Dr. Karol Blaylock.

Four girls modeling professional clothes

Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Career counseling and My Plan
  • DEI - Delta Epsilon Iota, Career Services Honor Society
  • Handshake
  • Mock interviews
  • Resume assistance

And much more!

Program Objectives

  • Provide an academically challenging education where learning is grounded in real-world experiences and effective teaching, research, creative endeavors, and service.
  • Prepare students with the necessary skill sets for a successful career in the fashion industry.
  • Encourage, inspire, and lead students through exceptional learning experiences developed as hands-on learning experiences inside and outside the classroom.

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
FASH 1309 Fashion and Culture
FASH 2303 Technical Design
FASH 2305 Fashion Research and Design
FASH 3301 Fashion History
FASH 3309 Fashion Curation and Exhibition
FASH 3327 Comparative International Fashion
FASH 4308 Fashion Forecasting
FASH 4383 Fashion Portfolio
FASH 4384 Fashion Internship

Facilities and Features

Fashion Studies students at Kleinfeld's Bridal Store in New York City

Alternative Learning Experiences (ALE)

In addition to the cultural immersion you will gain from our study abroad and study away trips, you will also have the opportunity to earn an Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) credit.

  • Study away trip experience: Study tour of the New York City Fashion Market Center
  • Study abroad trip experience: Study tour of the Paris, France Fashion Market Center
Student compiling fashion measurements

Collaboration Lab

This creative suite allows you to:

  • Collaborate with peers,
  • Design and print your own fabric patterns,
  • Utilize sewing stations and have access to state-of-the-art technology, including 3-D printers.
Fashion student working on a design with a professor

Expert Faculty

Dr. Karol Blaylock brings 15 years of entrepreneurial experience in the childrenswear and giftware industries. Her areas of expertise are in:

  • Couture finishing techniques,
  • Fashion specific areas of history,
  • Business and culture.

Her greatest professional joy is seeing her students succeed.