As a University of Massachusetts Amherst student, you may not be aware of all the fashion-related courses that are being offered. Here are some fabulous classes to register for this fall if you’re interested in fashion or fashion merchandising:
Note that although the Isenberg marketing classes are only open on SPIRE to Isenberg, Economics and BDIC (Design-Your-Own-Major) students, if you email a professor expressing interest or visit the class on the first day, you might just have a chance at enrollment, provided there’s physical space in the classroom.
Even if you have not completed a class prerequisite, just let the professor know your relevant experience, willingness to work hard and dedication to the course material. If you don’t get a reply from the professor, email them again with a follow-up (it’s easy for professors to miss emails as they get hundreds per day), or go talk to the instructor in person. You’re able to enroll in virtually any class you want with permission from an instructor.
The final fashion show gives students amazing hands-on experience. My class created a theme for our fashion show, titled “Reinvention: A Fashion Showcase,” and it was held in Flavin Auditorium in Isenberg December 2017. I was able to experience recruiting my friends as models, establishing a budget for makeup and clothing for the models, scheduling model practices via Facebook, creating posters for the show, compiling a music playlist and decorating the auditorium.Ever wanted to put on a fashion show instead of taking a final exam? Look no further. In this class you will have the opportunity to read fashion magazines, make a collage of your favorite fashion and beauty brands, put together a portfolio of the outfits you wear every week, read interesting texts about the history of fashion, and you might even have a guest speaker from TJX or New York Fashion Week come in to share fashion career advice!