The apparel design and retail merchandising program at Saint Catherine University emphasizes a solid liberal arts education, offering more liberal arts classes than a majority of similar fashion programs at land grand universities.
St. Catherine University’s fashion program is designed with the principle that students should cultivate a strong sense of religious and ethical values as they advance through the curriculum and beyond as graduates. This approach allows students to have an ethical eye towards issues related to the fashion industry. This way, graduates will have the tools they need to advocate for ethical and socially responsible practices in the industry. The fashion program encourages and supports students in developing critical thinking and technical skills along with intellectual curiosity, leadership, and a professional approach to their craft.
You will learn how to design a collection, create eco-friendly fashion and carry out ethical manufacturing. Upcycling, sustainable design, local sourcing, workers' rights and fair trade are frequent discussion topics in classes.
You will use fashion design software and 3D prototyping, such as Optitex, WindowsWear, Photoshop, Illustrator and CAD for design and merchandising.
Courses in art, business and communications are required, while study abroad is encouraged. You may participate in 10- to 21-day programs in London, Paris, Florence, India or other locations.
During senior year, you’ll present a collection at St. Kate's annual Katwalk fashion show, recognized in Twin Cities fashion circles as an event to spot rising stars. You’ll graduate with three portfolios to share with future employers: a department portfolio, a student portfolio and an e-portfolio — essential to marketing yourself in this information age.