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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Fashion and Design

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Department of Fashion and Design

David Hardy, Assistant Professor and Academic Chair
Kathy A. Bates, Assistant Professor

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/Textiles and Apparel

The Fashion Merchandising Program at Lipscomb is an interdisciplinary program including Fashion and 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, textile chemistry, pattern design and fundamentals of fashion for today’s consumers.

One of the popular aspects of these programs is the New York Study Tour. Students visit design houses, market shows, retailers, museums and the Fashion Institute of Technology as part of this course. This popular travel course providesan 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, donated to Lipscomb, includes historic designer garments from the legendary House of Halston, as well as patterns, notes, scrapbooks and videos of iconic designers. 

Entertainment Design

The Entertainment and Design Program at Lipscomb is an exciting and innovative way to prepare yourself for the career path of the future. From areas of specialty including Theatre, Film, Industrials / Events / Amusement Parks, or anything in the area of Performing Arts Management; there are

many opportunities for you to engage in the Entertainment Industry, a bustling $31 billion revenue industry; also, an industry in need of believer- artists at the foundation of design and production.

Study to become an artist in areas of costume design, lighting design, media design, scenic design, sound design, or some combination. These artists have vibrant futures in front of them with the ability to easily network and offer design services to help the next company, customer, or event be successful and transform lives.

A popular experience for students in the Entertainment Design Program is the opportunity to study abroad in London. Students may get the opportunity to spend 4 or 5 weeks abroad where they will experience live design, see creation at its finest in the acclaimed museums of London, and have their lives transformed in many other ways.

Students are also able to connect with resources in other departments and colleges on campus which open doors for design in areas such as film and production, video game development, website interactivity, music industry and concerts, and many, many more. The possibilities to be one of the next believer artists are many! 

Career Opportunities

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.

Career Opportunities in Fashion Merchandising and Fashion Design 
  • Clothing Pattern Maker
  • Fashion Sales Representative
  • Accessories Designer
  • Product Manager
  • Showroom Sales Representative
  • Pattern Grader
  • Costume Designer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Sample Maker
  • Shoe Designer
  • Textile Artist
  • Fashion Buyer
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Fashion Coordinator and Fashion Director 
  • Boutique Owner

  • Retail Merchandiser
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Fashion Stylists
  • Fashion Editor
  • Fashion Public Relations Specialist
  • Fashion Writer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Fashion Runway Model 
  • Account Executive
  • Apparel Business Owner
  • Computer-Aided Designer
  • Embroidery Designer
  • Fashion Colorist
  • Fabric Librarian
  • Fashion Forecaster
Career Opportunities in Entertainment Design
  • Production Designer

  • Event Coordinator

  • Lighting Designer

  • Scenic Designer

  • Projections Designer

  • Live Audio Engineer

  • Sound Designer

  • Industrial and Event Designer

  • Facilities Manager

  • Costume Designer

  • Digital or Media Graphic Designer

  • Electrician

  • Audio Technician

  • Carpenter

  • Scenic Painter

  • Wardrobe

  • Costume Shop Manager

  • Design Consultant

  • Media Sales

  • Recreation  

  • Amusement Parks
  • Consulting
  • Key Grip
  • Best Boy
  • Gaffer
  • Artistic Director
  • Marketing Manager for Arts Organizations
  • Technical Director
  • Production Coordinator
  • Props and Special Effects
  • Stage Manager
  • Venue Manager
  • Commercials
  • Television
  • Corporate / Industrial
  • Production Technicians
  • Research and Development for Vendors
  • Sales Managers for Technical Companies 

Program of Study Requirements


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