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Fashion is the prevailing style or groups of styles in clothing and accessories worn by a large group of people at a given time.  In addition, fashion is a social problem.  Hence, fashion is influenced by contemporary art forms like music and other art movements, cultural and social latitudes and varies over time and place. Fashion designers work individually or as a team in designing clothing and accessories.  Designers attempt to satisfy consumers’ desire for functionally and aesthetically acceptable clothing while anticipating changing consumer tastes and desire for newness. The designers must consider the clientele and the occasion.  Fashion designers have a wide range of materials, colours, patterns and styles to work with. Designing apparel and textiles requires competency in artistic and scientific techniques.


Program Courses

Year1 Semester 1

ADF 101

Introduction to Textiles

ADF 103

Introduction to Apparel Design and Construction

ADI 101

History of Art and Design

ADI 103

Art and Design Concepts

ADI 105

Introduction to Free Hand Drawing and Illustration

AEN 105

Communication Skills

UCI 101

Foundations of Information Technology

UCI 103

Word Processing and Design of Presentations


Year 1 Semester 2

ADF 102

Advanced Apparel Design and Construction

ADI 102

Design Communication and Aesthetics

ADI 106

Graphic Design and Illustration

ADI 108

Observation and Imaginative Drawing

AEN 106

Communication skills II

PHT 112

HIV and AIDS Determinants Prevention and Management

UCI 102 

Computer Communication Systems

UCI 104

Data Manipulation and Analysis using Spreadsheets 


Year 2 Semester 1

ADF 201

Fabric Construction and Finishes

ADF 203

Fashion Change and Human Behaviour

ADF 205

Pattern Drafting and Design

ADF 207

Fabric Printing and Dyeing

ADF 209

Introduction to Draping Technique

ADF 211

Introduction to Textiles for Interiors

UCI 201

The Internet and World Wide Web

UCI 203

Desktop Publishing Techniques

Year 2 Semester 2

ADF 202

Design and Construction of Formal Wear

ADF 204

Fabric Printing Techniques

ADF 206 

Historic Textiles and Textiles Conservation

ADF 208

Design and Construction of Children’s Wear

ADI 204

Basic Photography

UCI 202 

Computer Based Information Systems

UCI 204

Relational Database Management Systems


Year 3 Semester 1

ADF 301

Design and Construction of Tailored Apparel

ADF 303

Apparel and Accessories

ADF 305

Experimental Design and Presentation

ADF 307

Creating a Fashion Portfolio

ADF 309

Principles of Merchandizing

UCI 301

Management of Information Technology Project

UCI 303 

Multimedia and Graphics Systems and Applications


Year 3 Semester 2


Textiles for Interiors: Independent Projects 

ADF 304

Laundry and Dry- cleaning of Textile Products

ADF 306

Design and Construction of Teenagers’ Wear and Staff Uniforms

ADF 308

Advanced Merchandising

ADI 302

Research Methodology

UCI 302 

Electronic Commerce

UCI 304

Statistical Data Analysis


Year 3 Semester 3


Industrial Attachment


Year 4 Semester 1

ADF 401

Mass Production of Apparel

ADF 403

Apparel Design and Construction for Special Occasions

ADF 405

Apparel for Special Needs

ADF 407

Pattern Development and Production by Draping

ADF 409

Trends in Textiles and Apparel Industry

ADI 407

Design Project Management

UCI 401

Social and Professional Issues in IT

UCI 403

Information assurance and Security


Year 4 Semester 2

ADF 402

Apparel Design and Construction for Special Needs 

ADF 404

Pattern Drafting and Grading

ADF 406

Design Entrepreneurship

ADF 408

Fabric Dyeing Techniques

ADI 408

Packaging and Advertising

UCI 402

Human-Computer Interaction

UCI 404

Special Topics in Contemporary ICTs  

ADF 412

Industrial attachment


To be eligible, applicants must satisfy the entry requirements for admission to the School of Arts and Social Sciences as stated in the general Maseno University admission regulations.

Duration of the Programme
The duration of the program shall normally be four (4) academic years.
Teaching methods in all units shall include lectures, field trips, seminars, tutorials, discussions, and practical.

Degree Structure
The program offers courses within the degree structure spelled out by the Faculty.