Harper College

Fashion Studies

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Start your career in the fashion industry

Look at what you are wearing right now. All apparel must be created by someone who has knowledge of color, fabric and style and can visualize the design, construct the finished garment and bring it to the market in order to entice someone like you to purchase it.

Harper's Fashion Studies Program offers courses in construction, pattern making and design, textiles, illustration, visual merchandising, and trend forecasting. You will receive real-world experience through the Annual Student Fashion Show. The event features students’ original work, and Studio V: A professional, student-run boutique offering locally designed work jewelry, fashion items, accessories, sculpture, art and original pieces.

Earn a career-ready degree

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is designed to prepare you for immediate entry into this career field. This is one degree with different areas of specialization. Coursework in the AAS may also prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university. To learn more, visit our Transfer Information page or see your advisor.

Earn a workforce credential

Jumpstart your career by learning new skills through a certificate program. Many of Harper's certificates are stackable to a degree program through additional coursework.

Flexible program options

Explore Fashion Careers

Learn more about career outcomes for Harper's Fashion Studies degree/certificate programs. Each career profile offers a complete picture on the local job market, including salaries, open positions, top local employers and more. To learn more, visit our Fashion Studies Careers page.


Next steps

For more information about starting your fashion studies at Harper, please contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or fill out our request information form.

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Last Updated: 4/25/24