Fashion Design

Be the trend.

Columbus is home to the third-highest concentration of fashion designers (behind only New York and Los Angeles), putting our Fashion Design students in the heart of a thriving industry and surrounded by tons of opportunities to gain industry experience long before you graduate. Our program works closely with some of the largest and most creative fashion brands in the world as you learn to design real clothing for real people. And it all leads to our annual fashion show, a juried runway show that provides our Fashion Design seniors with the opportunity to design a collection and debut it in front of a crowd of hundreds, including industry professionals and tastemakers.

Beyond aesthetics, our Fashion Design program also provides students with a rich and deep understanding of the business of fashion, so that you can successfully create designs that have purpose and that customers want. And our designers have gone on to launch successful careers in leading fashion companies, both in the US and abroad. Many have also gone on to start their own successful fashion lines, too.

Course Spotlight


Learn the basics of sewing and how to use industry-standard machines in this course, which includes weekly demonstrations and lectures that cover different sewing techniques. You’ll create your own reference book of techniques, such as types of seams, closures, and finishes, and at the end, you’ll use your skills to create a finished garment.

Fashion Design First Year Experience

Academic Year

Fall 2023 - Spring 2024

Freshman Year - Fall

Course Title
CORE1120 2D Creative Practices
CORE1110 Systems of Drawing
CORE1031 Collaboration
FASH2101 Fashion Construction Techniques
ARTH1132 Mod Contemporary -or- ARTH1133 Historical

Freshman Year - Spring

Course Title
CORE1017 Intro to Fashion Design
CORE1211 What Can a Drawing Do
CORE1221 3D Making with Care
ARTH3120 History of Fashion
LIBA1290 Writing & the Arts

Fashion News

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CCAD is here for fashion’s future—and in 2023, we went big, as the annual-favorite CCAD Fashion Show was hosted at an exciting new venue: KEMBA Live! in the Arena District.
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CCAD senior Nat Della Selva (Fashion Design, 2022), has an eye for fashion—and is no slouch when it comes to the business end of the industry, either, recently landing a $7,500 award from the national Fashion Scholarship Fund competition.

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