Fashion Design - A.F.A. Degree

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The purpose of The Associate of Fine Arts Degree/Fashion Design Option at Sussex County Community College seeks to assist students in becoming professionals in the field of art and design. This program nurtures artistic freedom and creativity while developing a strong sense of artistic discipline. Students are encouraged to be inventive within the framework of a traditional approach to both two and three dimensional art forms. Our curriculum is designed to lead a student though a series of visual challenges enabling the student to master the medium and be cognizant of traditional methods of creativity. To become tomorrow’s visionary means understanding the significance of one’s own time and place defined by the limitless possibilities of personal expression within the boundaries of a universal aesthetic language. Commitment to a balanced learning process, prepares students for a four-year institution or a career in the creative arts. The primary objective is to provide an environment in which students can achieve a degree of professionalism as technically competent and creatively fluent.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Utilize the elements and principles of design and composition.
  • Analyze the aesthetic implications of fashion design.
  • Examine connections between theory and practice in the field of design.
  • Construct garments from personal designs based on current design trends, art historical concepts, social, political, or cultural influences.
  • Create a portfolio of artwork.

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Courses for this program

This is a recommended program course sequence for students who wish to complete their associate degree in two years. Part-time students and students starting in the spring or summer semesters can meet with an Advisor to customize their plan.

Code Course Name Credits
Fall - First Year
COLL101 Foundations for Success 3
ENGL101 English Composition I 3
ARTA103 Art History I 3
ARTA101 Basic Design 3
GTEC000 Technology Gen Ed Requirement* 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - First Year
ENGL201 Effective Speaking 3
ARTA104 Art History II 3
ARTA108 Basic Drawing 3
ARTA110 Introduction to Color 3
GRAD107 Drawing for Designers 3
Total Semester Credits
Fall - Second Year
DESN202 Fashion Construction I 3
SOCA101 Introduction to Sociology 3
ARTA150 Life Drawing I 3
GRAD105 Vector Graphics and Page Design 3
ARTA002 Studio Art Elective* 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - Second Year
DESN203 Fashion Construction II 3
ARTA107 History of Contemporary Art 3
GRAD230 Directed Themes in Illustration 3
ARTA260 Portfolio Development 3
ARTA002 Studio Art Elective* 3
Total Semester Credits

*General Education & Elective courses: Choose from the list of approved courses in the College Catalog.

Students may choose to first take some developmental courses that are designed to prepare students for the college level coursework in their academic plan. This may add to the students’ completion time.

The number of credits students take each semester will determine when the student will complete his/her program of study.