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Apparel Design Portfolio Requirement

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Admission to the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies as an undergraduate student in the Apparel Design major is a two-part process.

Part 1: Students must complete the common application to the University and

Part 2: Submit an application to the department via slideroom.

The application to the department that is submitted via slideroom consists of:

1. Applicant Information

Please tell us a little about yourself and your interest in  the Apparel Design program.

    1. Why are you interested in becoming a fashion designer?
    2. What are your future goals as a fashion designer?
    3. What skills will you bring with you to The University of Delaware?
    4. How will your attendance at The University of Delaware facilitate your goals?

2. Portfolio Assignment Attachments

The following portfolio assignment will assess your basic skills as well as your ability to follow instructions. Design a group of three looks that would fulfill your wardrobe needs for an imagined campus visit to Newark, Delaware to visit The University of Delaware Fashion and Apparel Studies Department.

    1. Concept Statement

In a concept statement of up to 250 words you will determine your destination and activities. Determine your wardrobe needs and apply them to your three looks. Concept Statement: the concept statement is a short, descriptive, and memorable statement that tries to capture the intention or purpose of your project. After someone reads your concept statement they should be able visualize what you stated, the mood, tone, images and essence of your project. They should see it in their mind.

    1. Mood Board

Present a mood board of your Blue Hen Campus Visit concept. Include color and fabric swatches, inspiration images including photocopies or magazine clippings that coordinate with your theme.

A mood board is a type of poster design that may consist of images, text, and samples of objects in a composition of the choice of the mood board creator. Designers and others use mood boards to develop their design concepts and to communicate to other members of the design team.

    1. Figure Croquis

Communicate the look and feel of your story and illustrate your group of three looks on figure croquis sketches. Draw original designs using the medium of your choice. Design sketches are to be on full-length fashion figures with back views. The word croquis comes from French and means simply "sketch". In fashion, the term refers to a quick sketch of a figure (typically 9 heads tall as this is the accepted proportions for fashion illustration) with a loose drawing of the clothes that are being designed. Often a large number of croquis drawings will be created for one finished look, which is fully drawn and finished. Combine all croquis images into one document for submission. This may be as a pdf, jpg or ppt file.

The information and attachments should be uploaded to the UD/Fashion and Apparel Studies Digital Portfolio website (Slideroom) and will be evaluated by a faculty committee.

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  • Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies
  • 211 Alison Hall West
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-8714
  • fashion-studies@udel.edu