Have you ever struggled to find a major or class that fits all your interests? For me, I love Journalism but I also love fashion, yet there is no Fashion-Journalism major. Design Studies 270 allowed me to put the two together and step outside my comfort zone!
What it’s all about?
Design Studies 270 is a class that incorporates all aspects of skill sets that correlate into real-life work. During this class, you spend the semester planning and executing the UW-Threads Fashion Show that goes on at the end of April. Whether you enjoy designing clothes, managing groups of people, photography, marketing, public relations or production, you can find a team that fits your interests.
The logistics of DS 270:
The class size can range from 25 to 35+ students depending on who all decides to join. It is a two-credit class available in the spring semester and is run by Professor Carolyn Kallenborn, who has had great experience in the fashion world. You are participating in a class that gives you experiences that are helpful for building a portfolio and resume.
Why I love it!
This class is great because it is open to all majors and encourages a wide variety of talent to join. Everything from creating the advertisements for the event to creating the look-book and setting up the photo shoots, it is all run by the students. I have always been interested in the fashion world but I was never artistically gifted enough to become a designer. This class opened my eyes to the ways I could incorporate my Journalism and Public Relations major with my love for fashion into one career.
If this sparks your interest, below are various outlets that go into depth about the class and the experience it gives.
https://guide.wisc.edu/courses/ds/ from the UW site