Columbia College Chicago

Fashion Studies

Design an experience that fits you. The Fashion Studies Department offers four programs that offer you flexibility in learning both design and commerce. You can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion Business or Fashion Design, pursue the more immersive Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design, or add to a design-based curriculum with a Fashion Business Minor. Because fashion is a global and dynamic industry, we offer opportunities to study fashion in the field, nationally and internationally.

Majors & Programs

For requirements and more information about these programs, visit the course catalog.


Fashion Business, BA

The Fashion Business BA provides a substantial foundation in business as it applies to consumer behavior, corporate and entrepreneurial venues, and global perspectives in the fashion industry. This 42-credit major affords you the opportunity to explore interdisciplinary course options, including the potential for a minor or a double major.

Fashion Design, BA

The 45-credit major provides training in fashion design and technical skill sets. The flexibility of the program affords opportunities for you to enhance your studies with a minor or a double major in Fashion Business, or explore interdisciplinary course options in photography, journalism, theatre and other areas of interest.

Fashion Design, BFA

The Fashion Design BFA involves an intensive study of the multifaceted global field of fashion design. You’ll develop strong technical skills and creative problem-solving techniques, and you’re encouraged to develop a personal design style. Acceptance into the program is determined by a 3.0 GPA and portfolio review in your sophomore year.

Fashion Business Minor

This 18-credit course of study complements a wide range of fashion-related majors and provides individual flexibility. Students pursuing majors in Theatre, Cinema Art + Science, Photography, Journalism or Interdisciplinary Studies can craft a business study framework that supports their intended profession.

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We’re happy you’re thinking of joining our creative community. We work hard to make our application process as simple and fast as possible, but should you run into any concerns, we're here to help at any time.

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