Juren Sullivan Center for Fashion Management

Welcome to the Juren Sullivan Center for Fashion Management at the University of the Incarnate Word. One of six departments in the School of Media and Design, the Fashion Management department prepares students with the technical and creative mastery along with industry insight for a world of career opportunities in the business of fashion.


Students seeking a future in fashion – whether as designers, marketers, production managers, forecasters or professionals who fuel and move the fashion industry forward - prepare for success today at UIW. Through a combination of theoretical, historical, contextual and design courses, learners become fluent in the significance and evolving nature of fashion, as well as in the practical techniques of design and the business of merchandising, marketing and management.

Fashion students learn from faculty members who are scholars and industry experts. Working closely with students in small classes, they help them hone their techniques and approaches to design and business. As advisors, faculty guide them through their degree program, supporting their academic journeys.

The department also offers immersive opportunities to learn more about this fast-changing and innovative industry, whether in San Antonio or abroad through the Sister School for Fashion program that introduces students to global trends, practices and the international fashion community.

Throughout their years of study, students have many opportunities to connect with their peers and begin developing key industry contacts. The Fashion Society invites students to learn more about the local fashion industry through meetings, service projects with charitable organizations and opportunities to take part in fashion events.

All degree-seeking students are required to take FMGT 1301: Computer Literacy, which uses Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Hands-on training includes file management techniques, Internet and e-mail software, online library software, word-processing software, presentation software, spreadsheet software and graphics manipulation software with an emphasis in design and retail industry applications. Students gain more in-depth exposure to Adobe products in their Portfolio and Capstone classes.

Students have a more in-depth exposure to Adobe products in FADS 2310: Technical Line Drawing. The class uses Adobe Illustrator to accurately represent and communicate garment details, fabric type, fit and embellishment through illustration. Illustration is the most commonly used form of communication in the fashion industry. It helps to clarify the designer’s idea as well as production information and it eliminates language barrier issues. Illustrator is also a necessary tool for creating a professional portfolio to help in applying for and obtaining a job.

FADS 4310: Knitwear focuses on mass market design. In-depth exposure to Adobe products is covered in FADS 3335: Technical Line Development as well as in the Capstone classes FADS 4330 and 4337 Product Development 1 and 2.

In FADS 2331: Flat Pattern, students are introduced to Accumark, the patternmaking software designed by Gerber Technology, the industry leader in automated and computerized apparel design and production systems. Using Gerber Accumark, students learn to digitize patterns, then manipulate them to create grade rules for different sizes and markers for cutting layers. The patterns are then printed in graded nests, and markers on one of two industry-grade plotters.

The information gained during Flat Pattern is expanded upon in FADS 3332: Patternmaking Software. In this class, students receive advanced training in the use of Gerber's Accumark and YuniquePLM software. Accumark training in this class includes Blender, a 3D animation program that uses avatars to bring designs to life. YuniquePLM is a state-of-the-art industry software that enables businesses to connect creative teams with their supply chains. Students learn to optimize the creative workflow from design through sourcing and production in order to present their original works during interviews to prospective employers whose companies use this exact system.


Bachelor of Science in Fashion Management

The Fashion department offers an industry-driven professional degree preparing students with the scholarly, cultural and practical education they need to enter the workforce upon graduation. Students can further tailor their education by selecting from two specializations:

  • B.S. in Fashion Management with a concentration in Merchandising
  • B.S. in Fashion Management with a concentration in Apparel Production and Design

B.S. in Fashion Management

Fashion Management Program’s Mission Statement.

The mission of the Fashion Management Program is to educate students to become socially responsible, ethical and global professionals within the fashion industry based upon Judeo-Christian values.

Fashion Management Program Goals

  • Match university goal for student retention and graduation in our program.
  • Provide students with access to technology used within the fashion industry.
  • Provide students with opportunities for international experiences.
  • Create more links and partnerships to industry.
  • Train students as professionals who consider sustainability, culture, and global concerns through education and service.
  • Incorporate Catholic Social Justice to understand the need for diversity and inclusion within the fashion industry.