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Natasha Andrews, Fashion Design alumnus

Fashion Design

Design Your Way to a New Future

Study Fashion Design in One of the Fastest Growing Fashion Hubs in the U.S

At Belmont, we know that design has the power to transform. Our students are critical thinkers who are socially, historically, and culturally aware, enabling them to solve complex problems through great design.

Our BFA program in Fashion Design offers a balance of practical skills and conceptual exploration, immersing you in technical skills such as textile selection, digital design, draping, portfolio development, apparel manufacturing and technical design.

Small classes and personalized attention facilitate exceptional learning opportunities in design. Seniors present their fashion thesis projects to industry professionals, and potentially at the juried annual Fashion Show.

Next Classes Start: January 5

Format: Full-Term, Some Online

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Natasha Andrews

- Instructor, Fashion Illustration, Belmont University

I chose O’More College of Design and Architecture at Belmont for two reasons. I was working in a company doing secretarial/administrative work and was dissatisfied and knew deep down I couldn't live off the salary I was making for the rest of my life. In the meantime, I needed professional clothes to wear for my current job and while looking for skirts I found myself unable to afford the ones I wanted and I couldn't understand why something, seemingly simple, was so expensive and because of that I decided to teach myself how to create them.  I eventually ran into a wall of questions that couldn't be answered through Youtube and knew of O'More because I lived in the same city and so I enrolled. I should also say while learning on my own I fell in love with sewing and design and knew I could do it for the rest of my life and be satisfied.  

I signed up for the tour and fell in love even more with the atmosphere. I liked the idea that I could get one-on-one help with the questions that would surely arise. When I arrived on campus my first day I had no idea the type of work ethic, determination, resiliency, and discipline I would need in order for me to succeed in the program and soon found out you either bring it with you or prepare for it to be developed.  Initially, I had fear, being that I was older than my peers, that I would be out of touch, but everyone was kind and it became like a family.

Along with that, having to work while going to school proved to be the most challenging aspect. However I figured the freedom and new opportunities that I would gain with my degree outweighed the difficulties I was experiencing.  My plan was to be independent, working for myself and creating garments targeted to my market. While that is still a goal of mine, another aspect of the design process opened up to me and I’m now teaching Fashion Illustration at my alma mater. There are many paths in fashion one can take and I’m so happy that I’ve found a path that truly suits me."



Why Study Fashion Design At Belmont?

  • Our faculty is a combination of experienced educators and practicing professionals with industry connections and an understanding of current trends and technologies.
  • Opportunity to work with and present in annual O’More Fashion Show.
  • BFA programs in Design and Merchandising with focus on business, apparel construction, and latest technologies such as Optitex pattern drafting software.
  • Students intern in Nashville, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin, and London.
  • Annual sponsor of Nashville Design Week, which seeks to unite, celebrate, challenge, and elevate the design community.Classmates with common goals: your adult student peers, average age 31, are motivated, experienced professionals balancing the demands of family, work and school.  

O'More College Of Architecture & Design

In addition to the expertise of our Adult Degree Program staff, you will also have access to expertise of faculty in the O'More College of Architecture & Design, which has provided high-quality design education for more than 50 years.  Check out the virtual tour of the Hitch Hall, where students have access to cutting-edge equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutter, high-speed plotters, EFI/Optitex computerized pattern-drafting and 3D virtual fit software and hardware, and industry-standard manufacturing equipment. 

A faculty advisor will meet with you regularly to discuss your academic, design and career interests, and you will be supported by the Belmont's Center for Career & Professional Development  while you are here and after you graduate! Check out some of our fashion design alumni success stories. 


Given the outstanding professional opportunities you will experience in our Fashion Design program, there are a wide variety of career opportunities available for fashion design graduates, including positions as Technical Designers, Apparel Designers, Product Developers, Pattern Makers, Accessory Designers, Alteration Specialists, Costume Designers, Sourcing Managers, Digital Designers, Wardrobe Stylists and Creative Directors.


Belmont University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Belmont University.