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Fashion

Make a name for yourself.

Whether your dream is designing clothes or developing business plans, the fashion industry needs your creativity and passion. Find out where your talents fit.

Program Areas

Fashion Marketing Management Program

Fashion Marketing & Management

Channel your creativity and business savvy into preparing for a career where you can develop, analyze, and implement sales strategies based on consumer insights and trends.

Meet Our Faculty

  • Debbie Baskerville

    Debbie Baskerville

    Fashion Marketing & Management

    "Grades matter, but learning is the goal."

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    Debbie Baskerville

    Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

    I’ve always loved making things with my hands and observing patterns in the world around me. When I took my first textile design class, those two loves came together.

    How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

    Students often come in with a romanticized idea of the fashion industry, so I stress the fact that it’s mostly hard work. I share my experience working as part of a design team, and how you don’t need to become a famous designer to have a rewarding fashion career. My favorite part of sharing my experience is when I teach our Textiles class—that’s my background and my passion. I want to make sure students leave here with the industry knowledge to impress future employers.

    What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

    I meet each student where they are, then work to advance from that starting place. It’s important to me that they have as many opportunities as possible to learn and grow. So I offer in-depth feedback and suggestions, then allow for revisions and updates. Grades matter, but learning is the goal. We learn better when we don’t just look at something and move on, but put it into practice,

    What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

    Do your research, be realistic about your expectations, and stay well-informed. And don’t be afraid to reach out and ask questions.

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  • Online Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing Instructor Sheena Gao

    Sheena Gao

    Fashion Marketing & Management

    "Like any creative field, the fashion industry is highly dynamic. Be comfortable with yourself and be flexible with change. Ride the creative wave."

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    Sheena Gao

    Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

    There were many moments…the first time I saw the world as a child. The first time I picked up a colored pencil to draw the sun. Seeing my parents’ architecture designs. Being awed by the images of National Geographic and mesmerized by the sound of a symphony. I never doubted my passion for creativity.

    How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

    Rather than relying just on traditional lecture, I try to bring real-life scenarios and challenges into the classroom to help students get a well-rounded understanding of the creative process. They not only gain the knowledge of the subject, but also gain industry-relevant experience. It’s an interactive experience that’s a fun and effective way to learn.

    What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

    I believe in learning by doing. I teach a fashion class called Research and Sourcing Fundamentals. I send students to the garment district after they complete their research, so they can have their designs made by one of the manufactures after all criteria are met. It’s scary for students to go face-to-face with garment industry professionals, but the process gives students the confidence having real-world knowledge. They not only learn the theory, they understand critical things like timeline and communication challenges, quality control, cost control, and specification accuracy.

    What are the benefits of teaching an online course?

    It allows me to share my industry experience and expertise with students across the nation.

    What are the benefits of an online education for students?

    Working online gives anyone who wants to pursue a higher education the flexibility to do so in the comfort of their own home and on their own schedule.

    What are the most student-friendly features of an online education?

    Online classes encourage students to think and learn independently, and give them the freedom to explore their creative spirit. Those students not only learn the course material, they develop more complex problem-solving skills.

    How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?

    We never work in vacuum in the fashion industry; we work with people from many backgrounds. Most of my classes feature team collaboration projects where students learn to work as a team, when to compromise, how to communicate with team members, to put aside their egos to achieve a team goal. It’s all about keeping your eye on the big picture, and it’s key to being successful the profession.

    What’s your one piece of advice for a student embarking on a creative career?

    Like any creative field, the fashion industry is highly dynamic. Be comfortable with yourself and be flexible with change. Ride the creative wave.

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