Family, Consumer and Nutritional Sciences (FCSN) Vision and Mission

Vision - To be an innovative department renowned for rigorous, diverse programs of study steeped in the Catholic liberal arts tradition and distinguished by exemplary graduates responsibly engaged in the world.

Mission - Founded first on Catholic liberal arts tradition and offering rigorous programs of study, the Family, Consumer and Nutritional Sciences (FCNS) department educates women to be professional, ethical leaders. Grounded in science, the students become content experts with an innovative mindset and professional voice. The curriculum empowers students to understand and reflect upon the multi-faceted issues facing individuals and families today, challenging graduates to advocate for the dear neighbor without distinction in a socially responsible manner. Strong inter-professional and community collaborations prepare women for transformational leadership, life-long learning and a commitment to sustainability in the global context.

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Using Your Degree

St. Kate's apparel design major gives you a strong foundation in textile science, garment construction, fashion history and sustainable design, as well as a global perspective on dress.

You'll also be able to transform your hand sketches to the computer, an important skill to have with computer-aided design (CAD) being widespread in the apparel industry. We use CAD software in our classes for design, pattern making, grading, technical specifications and estimating the cost of production.

Our alumnae include:

  • Liz Heim, senior designer at Anchor Blue Retail Group
  • Amanda Bush-Natzel, founder and CEO, Amanda Christine Designs
  • Stephanie Lesko, freelance apparel designer and assistant product manager, Bon Ton Stores, Inc.
  • Marcy Tilton, designer, Vogue American Designer patterns
  • Britta Feuerhelm, lead designer, Barefaced Femme Apparel Co., and assistant buyer for women's cut and sew knits collections, Christopher & Banks
  • Isabelle Felson, production manager and design assistant, KoKoon
  • Jessica Palkowitsch, marketing manager and former technical designer, Target Corp.

Portfolios to attract employers

When you graduate from St. Kate's apparel design major, you'll have three portfolios to share with future employers: a department portfolio, a student portfolio and an e-portfolio. A collection of your best work is often the deciding factor in getting a job, and the e-portfolio is essential to marketing yourself in this information age.

Career Fair

St. Kate's Annual Career Opportunities Fair is the largest of any private college or university in Minnesota, with promising possibilities for full-time positions, part-time jobs and internships. Click here for information about other fairs, including the Fashion Group Foundation Career Day.

Graduate School

Your apparel design degree from St. Kate's will open doors for graduate work in fashion or design and other fields, including business administration, international relations, journalism, cultural anthropology or museum/archival studies.