Department of Fashion and Design
Kathy Bates, Assistant Professor and Interim Chair
The mission of the Department of Fashion and Design is to enable inspiration, creation, and renovation as a means to serve the community. Our heart is to support the five major pillars of the University (Faith, Community, Knowledge, Innovation, and Service) by training the next generation of designers, managers, and merchandisers to impact the world. The Department incorporates programs in four areas to provide a synergistic design playground- Fashion Merchandising, Interior Design, Fashion Design, and Entertainment Design.
Distinctives of the Department of Fashion and Design
Fashion Merchandising/Fashion Design
The Fashion Merchandising Program at Lipscomb is an interdisciplinary program including fashion, design, as well as business. Students receive training in all areas of the fashion and apparel industry, including selection, design, construction, history, current trends, manufacturing and retail merchandising.
The Fashion Design Program places an emphasis on textiles and their uses in apparel and the home. Students study construction, textiles, pattern design and fundamentals of fashion for consumers.
One of the popular aspects of these programs is the New York Study Tour. Students visit design houses, retailers, museums and the Fashion Institute of Technology as part of this course. This popular travel course provides an excellent opportunity for students to see the fashion industry at work, as well as to network with designers and manufacturers for potential internships.
Students are also able to connect with local fashion professionals and have the opportunity to study leaders in the fashion industry. Many opportunities exist within the local community for internships, employment and connections with local leaders in the fields of fashion design and retailing.
The collection of Halston pieces, a generous donation to Lipscomb, includes historic designer garments from the legendary House of Halston, as well as patterns, notes, scrapbooks and videos of the iconic designer.
Career Opportunities in Fashion Merchandising and Fashion Design
Students who choose a major in family and consumer sciences at Lipscomb may select an area of concentration in which they are particularly interested. There are numerous career opportunities in this field.
- Pattern Maker
- Accessories Designer
- Product Developer
- Sales Representative
- Pattern Grader
- Costume Designer
- Fashion Designer
- Fashion Illustrator
- Sample Maker
- Shoe Designer
- Textile Artist
- Visual Merchandising
- Fashion Coordinator
- Boutique Owner
- Retail Merchandiser
- Fashion Publication Editor
- Public Relations Specialist
- Graphic Designer
- Account Executive
- Computer-Aided Design Specialist
- Fashion Forecaster
- Fashion Entrepreneur
Program of Study RequirementsMajorMinor