Two runway looks and a St. Kate's fashion design major creates a fashion sketch in a classroom.
Fashion Design

College for Women | School of Business

Stay a step ahead of the competition with St. Kate’s fashion design major, offered on our St. Paul, MN campus. In small classes with one-on-one mentorship from expert faculty, learn to transform inspiration into innovative design and make clothes for real bodies — while balancing sustainable, socially responsible practice.

Program Details

Take 32 credits per year to finish your degree in four years.

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Design with a Focus on Ethics and Sustainable Fashion

You’ll learn how to design a collection, create eco-friendly fashion, and carry out ethical manufacturing. Upcycling, sustainable design, local sourcing, workers' rights, and fair trade are frequent discussion topics in classes.

Sustainable practice is incorporated at every level of St. Catherine University’s fashion design program curriculum, from repurposing textiles to creating looks from recycled material. So is technology. You’ll learn to be fashion-forward and digitally innovative!

St. Kate’s Fashion Design and Merchandising Advisory Committee ensures that our highly-ranked fashion programs are relevant and align with industry trends. In fact, this committee — made up of fashion leaders and lovers — is regularly invited to speak in classes.

You’ll graduate with three portfolios to share with future employers: a department portfolio, a student portfolio, and an e-portfolio — essential to marketing yourself in this age of information.

Careers in Fashion Design

When pursuing a degree in fashion design, you'll gain a strong foundation in textile science, garment construction, fashion history, and sustainable design, as well as a global perspective on dress. With a fashion design degree, you can work as a:

  • lead or senior designer for a major label
  • freelance or independent designer
  • buyer for a major corporation
  • production or technical manager for a creative company
  • costume designer for regional theater
  • personal stylist

Getting a bachelor’s degree in fashion design also positions you for graduate work in fashion, design, or other fields, including business, international relations, journalism, cultural anthropology, or museum or archival studies.