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Sarah Cullen
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Already known as a leader in the music and healthcare industries, Nashville is quickly emerging as a hub for technology and a home for aspiring creatives and entrepreneurs. With the growth of Nashville students have unrivaled access to established fashion businesses in the city and is one of the most exciting markets to intern and pursue a career as an alum.

The Fashion Design and Merchandising BFA programs prepare students to compete successfully in the demanding fashion industry through the practical skills and experiential learning they have gained in our well-rounded program that intertwines design, business and the latest technologies. Graduates use their advanced skills with fortune 500 companies and others that include, but not limited to, Dollar General, Tractor Supply, Genesco, Inc., Workwear Outfitters, ABLE, Kirkland's, Hanesbrands, Inc., Starboard Cruise Services, Natural Life, Tao Footwear and Johnathan Kayne.

Collaborations are at the core of the fashion program. The fashion program has partnered with organizations ranging from GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center to Eastman Chemical CompanyAtelier & RepairsGoodwill Industries of Middle TennesseeNew Dialect Dance Company and Olah, Inc.

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Upon completion of the Fashion Design and Merchandising programs, graduates will:

  • Demonstrate an advanced skill level of design that meets professional standards in the fashion industry and specialized markets
  • Attain knowledge of design and how it correlates to successfully producing a quality product to the end consumer
  • Proficiently communicate their ideas through a full range of written, verbal and technological skills
  • Execute decisions in the fashion industry using design thinking to analyze, conceptualize and solve problems
  • Acquire the business acumen necessary to compete in the global world of fashion