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Frequently Asked Questions for O'More College of Design Graduates

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Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising Program Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between fashion design and fashion merchandising?Fashion Design Photoshoot 2019
How do I choose which program to pursue? Is there a portfolio review?
When does the term start for the fashion programs?
What laptop/software will I need for my coursework?
I have an associate or bachelor's degree in another field. Can I transfer my current credits toward this degree?

How can I use a B.F.A. degree in Fashion Design? 

How can I use a B.F.A. degree in Fashion Merchandising?

 


What is the difference between fashion design and fashion merchandising? How do I choose which program to pursue?

Fashion Design is the process of creating a product in the area of apparel, outwear, accessories, jewelry, or footwear using critical thinking skills with free-hand or computerized skills with a number of materials for brick and mortar that includes specialty and department stores, or direct to consumer.  Fashion Design is finding a void in the market to meet the needs and wants of individuals in an ever-changing exciting world.  Nothing is more exciting than selling creations to consumers, and seeing your designs displayed in a store, visually merchandised online, or showcased on the runway.

Fashion Merchandising is the business of fashion that includes the analysis, management, marketing and distribution of items with the end goal of maximizing profit.  Students interested in pursuing a degree in Merchandising also need skill sets in digital design to be able to compete with graduates from other top programs.  Professionals in the area of Fashion Merchandising are the backbone to the success of a fashion brand and product.

The curriculum for both the Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising programs begin with the same introductory courses, typically taken in the first semester, which offer students in both areas a foundational understanding of the fashion industry. At the end of the first semester, students typically know if they want to switch their major from Design to Merchandising or vice versa and are encouraged to talk with their advisor in order to do so without falling behind in their coursework.

 


Is there a portfolio review?

There is currently no portfolio review requirement for admission to the O’More School of Design programs.

 


When does the term start for the fashion programs?

Students may begin the Fashion Design or Fashion Merchandising program in the Fall or Spring term. Check Belmont University’s Admissions website for a complete listing of dates and deadlines to apply and enroll.

 


What laptop/software will I need for my coursework?

Students who enroll in the O’More School of Design Fashion Design or Fashion Merchandising program are encouraged to bring a laptop (either PC or Mac) for use in and outside of the classroom.  Many of the courses will require students to have a laptop for in-class projects.  Software needed for coursework includes Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office.  Students may need additional software as they progress through the curriculum.

 


I have an associate or bachelor's degree in another field. Can I transfer my current credits toward this degree?

We have many students who hold associate or bachelor’s degrees prior to enrolling in a program within the O’More School of Design. All credits from a previously earned associate or bachelor's degree programs will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Office of the Registrar and applied as appropriate toward the B.F.A. degree.  In addition, if a student has completed design-based courses at another institution, he or she may be asked to submit class work completed in classes to determine skill level and transferability of courses.

While credits earned from previous coursework may be transferred in, it is important to note that earning a B.F.A. in Fashion Design or Fashion Merchandising in the O’More School of Design will likely take 7-8 semesters as studio and lab courses must be taken sequentially and the curriculum is planned as a four-year degree program.

 


How can I use a B.F.A. degree in Fashion Design?

Graduates of the O’More School of Design Fashion Design program are equipped for careers as technical designers, clothing and accessory designers, pattern makers, product developers, alteration specialists, costume designers, sourcing managers, stylists and creative directors.  Graduates from the Fashion Design program at the O’More School of Design are successfully employed with Fossil, Disney Parks and Resorts, Johnathan Kayne, Natural Life, Hanes, Inc., Ballet Memphis, Carter’s-OshKosh B’gosh, Dollar General, Kirklands, Guess, Inc., Mulberry and Grand, Genesco, Inc., Womanista, Tractor Supply, Banded, ABLE, Taos Footwear, VF Corporation a $12 billon apparel, footwear and accessory company, and owners of fashion-based businesses.

 


How can I use a B.F.A. degree in Fashion Merchandising?

Graduates of the O’More School of Design Fashion Merchandising program are equipped for careers as merchandising coordinators, ecommerce managers, fashion forecasters, retail buyers, merchandise planners, visual merchandisers, wardrobe consultants, wholesale representative, fashion event managers, marketing managers, and product developers.  Alumni are and/or have been employed with companies that include, but not limited to Fruit of the Loom, Dillard’s, Inc., Kirklands, TJX, Inc., Nordstrom, Elizabeth Suzann, Ulta Beauty, VF Corporation a $12 billon apparel, footwear and accessory company, and owners of fashion-based businesses.