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Department of
Fashion Studies (FS)

Housed within the Faculty of Fashion Studies (FFS), the Department of Fashion Studies is a part of a rich, interdisciplinary community at BUFT. This department connects faculty and students across its programs to provide innovative course offerings, technical resources, research opportunities, creative projects, and community collaborations. The Department of Fashion Studies has a vision of nurturing students to become leading fashion makers, thinkers and doers equipped to systemically transform the Bangladeshi and global fashion system, as well as respond to and instigate new ideas in the ever-evolving fashion landscape.

It aims to transform the fashion industry by centering modern ideas, inclusive, decolonized and sustainable approaches to fashion through our teaching, research and creative activities as well as, our industry and community partnerships. The transformation is fueled by changes in industry, education, and culture. We value new creative design processes, techniques and methods that recognize and honor tradition while critically challenging convention and social norms, with a global perspective.

Vision of the department

As we enter the third decade of the twenty-first century, new skills, knowledge, practices and paradigms are required for continued leadership in the fashion industry. The Department of Fashion Studies prepares students for the future by equipping aspiring fashion creatives with the motto ‘RE-DESIGN THE WORLD’. As a fashion institution, we consider how to integrate design, sustainability and future production technology and practices that protect users and the earth through the combined use of technology, local craft and quality over newness and speed, how to decolonize the fashion industry and foster Indigenous fashion resurgence, how to support non-binary fashion collections, as well as what impact we want our work to have on the fashion industry and the world today, tomorrow and for the next seven generations. By centering new worldviews and actions, the Department of Fashion Studies will further BUFT’s legacy of leadership in the fashion industry.

Mission of the Department

  • M 1: The Department aims to transform the fashion industry by centering technology driven, inclusive, decolonized and sustainable approaches to fashion through our teaching, research and creative activities as well as, our industry and community partnerships.

  • M 2: Promoting new creative design processes, techniques and methods that recognize and honor tradition while critically challenging convention and social norms, with a global perspective.

  • M 3: To nurture students to become leading fashion makers, thinkers and doers equipped to systemically transform the Bangladeshi and global fashion system, as well as respond to and instigate new ideas in the ever-evolving fashion landscape.

Program of Study

Fashion is a fast-moving and diverse international industry. It has historical and social and significance, often underpinning our cultural values. B.A. in Fashion studies program at BUFT recognizes this climate of diversity and cultural importance. Encouraging innovation and originality, the course will support student’s creative, practical and intellectual development. It will enable students to take advantage of the wide range of opportunities the industry can offer. The B.A. in Fashion Studies integrate inclusive, decolonized and sustainable perspectives throughout our curriculum, research, and creative activities as well as industry and community partnerships. Gain hands-on experience with 250 hours of internship and career-focused workshops integrated into the program. We nurture students to become leading fashion designers, creatives and business leaders by encouraging you to hone your creativity and connecting you with the global fashion industry.

The B.A. in Fashion Studies curriculum offers opportunities for interdisciplinary work and collaboration. This is formulated to provide a microcosm of the professional fashion design world. The nature of this work will give students valuable insight into their future role in the industry. The curriculum is also flexible and provides scope for professional networking. B.A. in Fashion studies focuses on active learning through project-based enquiry. Collaborative projects may involve cross-pathway teams, as well as work with external professionals, sponsoring companies and organizations.

The program consists of eight academic semesters and a total of 161 credits. Each semester is subdivided into modules from the fields of: Majors, Deepening Specializations, Interdisciplinary Minors and General Electives.Academic Majors are the academic disciplines or program-related courses which the undergraduate students formally complete. Students are allowed to deepen their understanding of their core majors through a Deepening Specialization, which gives them a further edge in specific industries. Interdisciplinary Minors provide individuated pathways that would permit students to acquire multidisciplinary skill sets and opt for a group of subjects that complement studies in one’s major or explore an unrelated area of intellectual interest. General Electives are offered to the students to help them enhance their personality and develop interests in specific areas like values, personality development and character building, soft skills, communication skills, critical thinking skills, professional ethics etc.

The program creates a learning environment in which innovation is nurtured across four distinct but closely related pathways. Through this structure, we encourage versatile fashion specialists who can solve problems creatively. We aim to equip you with in-depth knowledge of your chosen field as well as a wider breadth of the industry. Alongside your specialism, you will learn about the social, economic and cultural factors which impact on the professional realm in which you will work.

Subjects Taught

Category wise courses and credits summary

# Category No. of Courses Credits Percentage
1 General Electives 13 30.00 20.50
2 Majors 22 64.00 43.50
3 Deepening Specializations 10 31.00 21.00
4 Interdisciplinary Minors 09 22.00 15.00
Total 54 147.00 100.00

Increased industry interaction for students through classroom lectures, tutorials, projects, field trips/factory visits, in-plant training/internships and part transaction in industry environment is the focus of the structured OBE curriculum. The contact hours are regulated to around 24 hours per week, giving increased time for tutorials, practical sessions, studio practices, group works and self-study to the students.

The degree program is completed with an 8-week in-plant training/internship which the students do in an industry or a company, followed by the production of a Bachelor's Thesis/Final Year Project.

Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Studies (Code: 511)

The Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Studies Program aims to educate a creative, lateral thinking professional with knowledge from the 'state of the art' computerized machinery to handmade items. The local markets of Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have great scope for home consumption and export of Bangladeshi designed garments and handcrafted items.

Profile of the program
  • Name of the Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Studies, abbreviated as B.A. in Fashion Studies
  • No. of credits: 161
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Courses Start: Spring (January) & Fall (July) each year
  • Standard time to attain the Degree: 4 years (8 semesters, six months each)
  • Minimum grade to attain the Degree: 2.50 in a scale of 4.00

The multidisciplinary nature of textiles provides an opportunity for students to develop strong critical and analytical abilities and become individually creative. The future generations of innovative, creative and highly individual design statements will work as a platform for producing designers with a 'Bangladesh Style', becoming 'Fashion Leaders', not merely copyists and 'followers' of other design.

Career Opportunities

Studying Fashion Studies will open up ranges of scope for students to work in many different fields. After graduating, students may well choose to work in one of the following areas:

  • Fashion Designer
  • Product Developer
  • Fashion Journalist
  • Retailer/ Boutique Owner
  • Costume designer
  • Art & Design Teacher
  • Fashion Merchandizer
  • Visual Merchandizer
  • Fit Technologist
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Pattern /Style Designer

Accreditation of the Program

The syllabus for Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Studies has been designed by reunion textile and fashion academics as per the guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh, accordingly has been verified and approved by the proper authority nominated by the UGC.

Courses

Fashion Orientation

Elements & Principle of Design

Color Theory for designer

Sewing Process & Management

Basic Sewing Construction

Pattern design

Fashion Photography

Fashion Illustration

Computer Application for Design

Material Study & Design

Draping for designer

Digital fashion Illustration

Fashion History

Fashion Styling

Technical Drawing

Garment Assembly

Pattern Grading

Aesthetics of Fashion Art & Design

Textile & Surface Design

CAD

Creative Design Analysis

Term Garment - Craft Inspired

Fashion Marketing

Sustainable Design

Fashion Forecasting

Visual merchandising

Fashion Accessories Design analysis

Product Range Design & Development

Program Education Objectives [PEOs]

The educational objectives of B.A. in Fashion Studies program are as follows:

PEO 1: To produce graduates who are fully equipped with an industry skill set that enables them to be creative and innovative whilst communicating their ideas effectively.
PEO 2: To Critical evaluation of the environmental and social impact of the fashion industry on national and global scale and have a commitment to ethical and environmental considerations, traditional crafts and society when developing design concepts
PEO 3: The ability to analyze problems and generate the problem-solving and concept generating approaches required by the fashion industry for graduate-level employment or postgraduate education by applying current and emerging technologies, with the intention of demonstrating diverse applications to the contemporary fashion industry.

Program Learning Outcomes [PLOs]

B.A. in Fashion Studies graduates will be able to:

PLO 1: Technical knowledge: Apply the knowledge of 2D and 3D design, garment construction and related technologies to the solution of complex technical problems.
PLO 2: Problem analysis: Identify and analyze complex technical problems reaching substantiated conclusions using the technical knowledge.
PLO 3: Design/development of solutions: Conduct accurate analysis of the market, the trends, materials and fabrics, as well as translating ideas and inspiration derived from any form, concept, or art, or simply from their own experiences, successfully combining a personal vision with industry needs, or brand design strategies.
PLO 4: Business knowledge: Use knowledge of management, marketing and entrepreneurship to realize their ideas in the world of fashion.
PLO 5: Usage of modern technology: Learn and apply appropriate techniques, resources, modern technical and IT tools including analysis and 3D modeling technologies to advance the industry and their efforts.
PLO 6: Fashion and society: Apply reasoning informed by the contextual knowledge to assess societal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to the professional design practices.
PLO 7: Environment and sustainability: Understand the impact of the fashion on the environment and create designs that will improve these conditions.
PLO 8: Ethics: Apply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics, responsibilities, and norms of the technical practices.
PLO 9: Collaborative work: Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader in diverse teams, and in multidisciplinary settings.
PLO 10: Communication: Communicate effectively on complex activities related to fashion and design with the community and with society at large, such as, being able to comprehend and write effective reports and design documentation, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear instructions.
PLO 11: Adaptability: Demonstrate ability to rapidly learn new skills and behaviors in response to changing circumstances.
PLO 12: Life-long learning: Recognize the need for, and have the preparation and ability to engage in independent and life-long learning in the broadest context of technological change.

Program Specific Outcomes [PSOs]

B.A. in Fashion Studies graduates will be able to:

PSO 1: Apply the knowledge of clothing design, simulation (manual and digital – 2D, 3D) and clothing construction to create clothing and related products and provide solutions to specific needs when presented with it.
PSO 2: Analyze the impact of fashion products on society and environment in this ever changing world and provide solutions to the problems in their capacity as a designer.
PSO 3: Be adaptable through lifelong learning to stay relevant in the rapidly changing fashion industry.