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Fashion Design

Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
4478 Points
4 Years

Program Description

Business of Fashion ranks Thomas Jefferson University as one of the top fashion schools in the world. Through the Fashion Design program you will receive an extraordinary introduction into the fast-paced, creative and energetic fashion industry.

Then, only four short years later, you will have earned the reputation of a TJU fashion design graduate: you will be globally recognized as a team-oriented designer who understands the interrelationship between design, technology, production and business; an individual adept at innovatively responding to the ever-changing needs of the fashion marketplace.

Entry Requirements

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High School Diploma (or equivalent)
English Level
TOEFL (internet based)
Required Documents
Certified Copy of the English Certification
ID Certified Copy
Passport Certified Copy
Academic Reference Letter
Certified Copy of the High School Diploma (or equivalent)
Student Visa

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • GPA: 2.75
  • Applicants must submit official high school transcripts
  • Personal Essay: Submit a writing sample to share more information about yourself
  • Portfolio (Optional)

Conditional Admission:

  • TOEFL: 32 iBT or IELTS: 3.5
  • Accepts OEAT
  • Maximum Credits Available While in ESL: 12

Alternative Proof of English Proficiency Options:

  • Duolingo Exam score: 105
  • Official SAT (minimum EBRW 500) or ACT (minimum English 19) Exam Results
  • Bridge Pathways at Jefferson Certificate: completion of level 5
  • ELS 112 Certificate of Completion
  • Completion of English Composition I & English Composition II at a college or university in the United States with a “C” or better

Important Information:

  • ESL Program: Yes, provided by Bridge English January, March, May, June, August, October entry
  • There may be an additional application fee by this University.


Year 1

Design Essentials (Fall)

Drawing Essentials (Fall)

Fashion Design Research (Spring)

Figure Drawing (Spring)

Survey of the Textile Industry (Fall)

History of Western Art II

Pathways Seminar

Writing Seminar I: Written Communication

Debating U.S. Issues


Process: Integrative Design Process (IDP)

Year 2

Garment Structures (Fall)

Fashion Figure Drawing (Fall)

CAD for Fashion Design (Spring)

Pattern Development I (Spring)

History of Costumes & Textiles (Fall)

History of 20th Century Designers (Spring)

Writing Seminar II- Multimedia Communication

Global Diversity

Scientific Understanding

Dec Systems

Framework: Business Models

Year 3

Pattern Development II (Fall)

Fashion Design (Fall)

Fashion Design Problem Solving (Spring)

Junior Studio (Spring)

Technical Design OR Fashion Illustration I

Advanced CAD to Technical Design or Fashion Illustration I or Advanced CAD


American Diversity

Global Citizenship

Debating Global Issues

Integrative Seminar: Ethnographic Research Methods

Year 4

Apparel Fabric Performance (Spring)

Seminar: Textile and Apparel Industry Issues (Fall)

Collection Development I (Fall)

Collection Development II (Spring)

Apparel CAD/CAM (Spring)

Portfolio Layout and Development

Apparel CAD/CAM

Designated Fashion Design Elective

Capstone Folio Workshop

Free Electives (9 credits)


Employers hire Thomas Jefferson University graduates for their unparalleled skill-set and their ability to hit-the-ground running from day one, including:

  • Urban Outfitters
  • Anthropologie
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Calvin Klein
  • Lilly Pulitzer
  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Nike
  • Old Navy
  • Eileen Fisher
  • Carter's/ OshKosh

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