The annual Woodbury Fashion Show showcases students of the Fashion Program. Sophomores show swimwear creations, juniors show young, unconstructed, cutting-edge separates, while the seniors display their elaborate and labor-intensive collections. Awards are given to top seniors for excellence and innovation.
Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts
Program Learning Outcomes
NASAD, National Association of Schools of Art and Design; WASC, Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Kathryn Hagen, M.F.A.
Woodbury Fashion Design students learn the art of fashion design through the study of design process, aesthetics, and fashion history and theory. They are prepared through a sequenced curriculum that develops the expertise required to enter multiple areas of the professional design world. Students begin in the first year with design foundation courses exploring the formal principles of design and color, as well as studio courses that teach clothing construction and beginning design. Second-year courses explore costume history, fashion drawing and illustration, computer-aided design, and textiles, among others. Second-year students design and create swimwear for men and women that can be juried into Woodbury’s annual fashion show. Third-year students continue in building core skills, while also learning to drape and create design groups. In the second semester, they construct a junior separates collection under the direction of a design mentor; and these outfits can also be juried into the fashion show. Seniors explore the world of couture and advanced draping, as well as an intense study of the business of fashion and professional practice. They also create their own collections under the guidance of well-known LA designer Eduardo Lucero. Senior Review provides an opportunity for seniors to talk about their work and display their collections to a jury of fashion professionals who approve their inclusion in the fashion show. Students also have the opportunity to explore additional design categories like shoes or children’s wear. The culmination of their fashion education is the creation of an industry-level portfolio that will open doors to their dream jobs!
All fashion students are required to complete an internship with a professional design firm. This provides them with solid industry experience and knowledge and also helps to create a network of business connections that they can draw upon when they graduate.
In addition, there is a minor in Costume Design that provides students with exciting opportunities to create clothing for theater and also to collaborate with Woodbury film students.
Fashion Study Collection
Students have the opportunity to interact with the Woodbury Fashion Study Collection, a museum-quality collection of more than 6000 pieces, some dating back to the early 1800s.
Small class size allows for individual attention from the professional faculty, and educational experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, provide students with the ability to understand and create effective and engaging visual communication solutions that have won both national and local awards. Students will experience current art and design events in the Los Angeles area by attending lectures, museums, galleries, and exhibitions exploring a variety of topics including social and cultural issues. They can choose a summer study abroad experience which have included destinations like London, Turkey, Antwerp, and Paris. They will grow as professionals through required career experiences and internships. Woodbury’s Burbank, California, location, in the heart of the media capital, offers numerous internship opportunities at exciting companies like BCBG and Guess.
The Department of Fashion Design is committed to the development of students’ unique creative voices as evidenced by articulate expression, effective visuals, aesthetic sophistication, and innovative design. The integrated curriculum of cutting-edge learning systems taught by fashion professionals applies directly to industry requirements. A strong grasp of fashion history, theory, and the cultural relevance of clothing encourages design output generated by inspiration and research rather than trends. Graduates, having mastered an array of technical, collaborative, and problem-solving skills, will be a resilient and ethical force in this competitive and rapidly changing global industry.
Students upon graduation will have mastered six areas of study:
DESIGN: An understanding of the design process that effectively uses aesthetic elements as well as research and applied conceptual thinking to develop contemporary designs that are both functional and inventive.
REPRESENTATION: Ability to use a variety of media to communicate design ideas including relevant drawing and digital skills, writing, and verbal proficiency.
3-D CONSTRUCTION: Knowledge and skills in pattern-drafting, sewing, and draping, and the use of industry-standard tools, materials, techniques and processes sufficient to produce work from sketch, draft, or specifications to industry-quality finished product.
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE: Ability to determine design priorities, meet deadlines, define and evaluate criteria, interface with global markets, manage and coordinate multiple platforms, and communicate effectively and productively with involved peers and personnel at all stages of the design process.
CRITICAL THINKING: Ability to research, analyze, and generate abstract ideas based on multiple historical, cultural, and theoretical contexts of fashion and identity.