This is the preliminary (or launch) version of the 2021-2022 VCU Bulletin. This edition includes all programs and courses approved by the publication deadline; however we may receive notification of additional program approvals after the launch. The final edition and full PDF version will include these updates and will be available in August prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

Deidra Arrington
Associate professor and chair

arts.vcu.edu/fashion

The Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising offers two programs. The fashion design concentration leads to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and the fashion merchandising concentration leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Both concentrations are extremely time-consuming. Students are expected to put class attendance and study time above other campus activities or employment.

All students are required to have a laptop computer. The department can provide specifications.

Students must take classes in the sequence prescribed by the department and adhere to all prerequisites. Failure to comply can lengthen the number of semesters necessary for completion of degree requirements.

Internships provide not only experience but industry contacts, and are strongly recommended. They may be conducted primarily during the summer semester.