Dec 09, 2023  
Course Catalog 2021-2022 
Course Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

LEAPS: Global Fashion Industry

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LEAPS (Liberal Arts and Professional Success)

The LEAPS programs are an optional component of the Compass General Education Curriculum.  Please see the LEAPS (Liberal Arts and Professional Success) section of the Compass Curriculum for more information.

Global Fashion Industry

“Global Fashion Industry” provides the theoretical background and practical skills to help students access the professional world of fashion and understand its global dimension. Students will learn how fashion is the last step of a long transnational supply, manufacturing, and distribution chain that includes manufacturing and sourcing fabrics, designing and patroning, and sewing the garments. Most of these steps occur in multiple countries. Fashion markets and sales, of course, are also international. Finally, students will come to understand the historical nature of fashion and the careers that exist in preserving this cultural heritage.

Potential Careers:

The fashion industry is massive and extensive. From haute couture houses to fast fashion´s ready to wear, the industry offers a steady number of career opportunities that liberal arts students will be uniquely suited for taking on. Some jobs we have already mentioned above: copy-writing, buyer in national and international markets, project management, marketing, retail coordination, or social media manager. This LEAPS will not focus on providing students with the highly technical and specialized skills of designing, patroning, or cutting and sewing. Instead, students will engage in the careers that make fashion possible. This may mean participating in the actual production of fashion for retail but also ancillary fields of fashion media (magazines, blogs, podcasts, community management of social media, writers and producers for TV shows) or conservation (working for museums as curators, event organizers, or social media managers) 

Graphic Design, Fashion Photography, Photo Editing, Advertisement, Fashion copywriting, Marketing, Sales management, Fashion/Style consultants, Video Editing for Social Media, Fashion Journalism, Visual Merchandiser, Make-up artist, Talent Agent, Stylist, Event Manager, Studio/ Commercial Photographer, Window Stylist, Area Brand Coordinator, Stage Management, Fashion Product Specialist, E-Commerce assistant stylist, Fashion merchandising, Fashion Production, Advertising, Fashion Promoting, Fashion show production, Fashion displaying, Sourcing, Apparel Quality Assessment, Retail Buying.

Completion Requirements:

5 courses required to complete; between three and four semesters.

Experiental Component

Students in this LEAP will be expected to engage with a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. 

Experiential learning is a crucial component of this LEAP. Experiential learning encompasses a wide variety of enriching opportunities for students, including fashion-related service-learning, volunteering, student organization or other forms of campus involvement, faculty-led research and projects, experiential study abroad, student employment/work-study, and internships. Internships will give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths. 

Students will be expected in consultation with the LEAP coordinator to fulfill the requirements necessary for taking on an internship. This may include holding F1, J1, or M1 visas, or holding a valid passport if the internship is abroad. 

This LEAP adheres to the Fair Labor Standards issued by the Department of Labor ( and it follows the following criteria: 

The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform. 

The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings. The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications. There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework. 

  • There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience. 
  • There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor. 
  • There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.

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