Sewing classes can usually be found at schools that offer degree programs in fashion design or other related areas. Students in Georgia may choose to earn a bachelor's or master's degree in a related field, or pursue a minor in fashion or fashion design. Sewing classes offer hands-on training, and many students are able to develop a portfolio of work. Internships may be available and one school offers study abroad opportunities to some students. Sewing coursework may require that students provide some or all of their own tools and equipment. The four schools profiled below include one public and three private colleges and universities. Students will also find a comparison table with school information, degree levels and tuition.
This Gainesville-based women's university offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design. While not required, submission of a portfolio may help students obtain a scholarship.
Sewing-related training can be found through the courses in apparel construction, draping and patternmaking. Specialized apparel courses include those associated with women's, men's and children's clothing.
In addition to the liberal education requirements, students also take classes in the fine arts and complete an internship. The program culminates in the research and development of a fashion collection.
Clark Atlanta University
A historically black university in Atlanta, Clark offers a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion/ Merchandising, with a concentration in design. The program is similar to the one at Brenau University and includes sewing-related courses in apparel construction, draping and flat patternmaking.
Aspiring apparel designers also study costume history and take classes in fashion illustration and drawing. Recommended electives cover topics in computer graphics, consumer behavior and entrepreneurship. Additional degree requirements include portfolio development and a fashion show production.
Unique to the program is the option to spend a semester abroad in, among other cities, Florence, Milan, London or Paris.
Georgia Southern University
At Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, students can earn a specialized Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising and Apparel Design. Relevant facilities include apparel construction and design labs, fully equipped with the most up-to-date graphic arts equipment.
Core requirements cover topics in apparel, fashion illustration, design analysis and textiles. Students also complete an internship and have the option to participate in a fashion study tour in Atlanta or New York.
Savannah College of Art and Design
At the Savannah and Atlanta campuses of this well-known art college, students will find both bachelor's and master's programs in fashion design. State-of-the-art facilities include a fabric and fashion resource room, design studios and sewing labs. Every year, undergraduates and graduates participate in a juried fashion show, an event that has been covered by Women's Wear Daily and The New York Times.
Through the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, students complete a fine arts foundation and a 3-course sequence in apparel development. In addition to classes in fashion design, sketching and technology, students assemble a senior collection and present a portfolio.
At the graduate level, the Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts programs include studio practice courses in collection development.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Sewing Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Brenau University||4-year, private not-for profit; small city|| Minor in Fashion Design,
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design
|Clark Atlanta University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Bachelor of Arts Fashion/Merchandising||$21,945*|
|Georgia Southern University||4-year, public; distant town||Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising and Apparel Design (design emphasis)|| $6,273 (in-state);
|Savannah College of Art and Design||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city|| Minor in Fashion,
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion,
Master of Arts in Fashion,
Master of Fine Arts in Fashion
Source: *NCES College Navigator.