What is Fashion Design?


Fashion Design is an organized process of identifying and satisfying consumer desires for fashionable clothing and self-expression. 

Fashion Design at Radford University provides students the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to express their creativity and realize individual design visions. Course work teaches students fundamental creative and technical skill sets including fashion drawing, fashion design, and apparel construction.

Meet Mashail Alghamdi

Fashion Design Major

“When I started school, I didn’t know how to sew or anything. I went with zero experience in fashion. Now, I feel like an expert. I feel like I am competing with the big designers and that is a great thing. I am so glad that I chose Radford.”


Mashail Alghamdi New York Fashion Week

Course Examples

DSNF 105 - Introductory Studio

An introduction to apparel design fundamentals and problem solving techniques to two- and three-dimensional design problems for the fashion design environments. Emphasis is on the design process, including conceptual thinking and creative expression.       

DSNF 202 - Presentation Techniques

Introduction to fashion sketching, design vision and process, target market interpretation, and line development.

DSNF 307 - Integrated Apparel Design

The purpose of this course is to integrate various 2-D and 3-D design processes to create presentation boards and muslin mock-ups to address intermediate-level aesthetic and technical problems of apparel design realization.

DSNF 403 - Senior Showcase and Portfolio

This course is the culminating activity of four years of fashion design or merchandising for design study. Students confront the challenge of designing and developing their individual portfolios, and producing a senior exhibit and fashion show.

Please see the Fashion Design progress sheet for a full list of required courses.

Fashion Fete

2019 Fashion Show

Destiny Howard

New York Fashion Week

Alumni Network

New York Social