University is a place where students come to grow. They do this by challenging current beliefs, learning about new approaches, and most of all broadening their horizons. The fashion industry is a sector of society that is not always seen as important. However fashion has affected the fabric of our society just as much as a traditional history course might. Did you know that wars have been fought over access to raw materials such as diamond ring settings used to make jewelry and textiles used to create garments?
UWA should offer fashion courses because it will make it a better school and a leader in a space that still is trying to find it’s home. The following reasons explain why UWA should offer courses in fashion design, history, and merchandising.
Reason #1. Attracts a Diverse Student Body
A University is only as good as the students who decide to attend. Diversity in course offerings plays an important role in student’s decision to enroll at a University. Offering Fashion courses will attract people from all different sectors of society creating a more interesting campus experience for current and future UWA students.
Reason #2. Jewelry Design can be a lucrative market.
A course in Jewelry design particularly how to create custom jewelry and fashion jewelry can teach students about artistry and entrepreneurship. While creating various designs one can learn how best to market and sell their pieces to different audiences.
Reason #3. Fashion is relevant to everyone
There are many areas of society that are touched by the fashion industry in both negative and positive ways. The fashion industry is the 2nd largest polluter on the planet contributing greatly to global warming, contaminated water systems, and waste. The more courses being taught relating to fashion and it’s environmental impact can increase knowledge of these problems. Increased knowledge can lead to the development of a solution.
Reason #4. Students can learn Art.
Did you know that machines are taking more and more jobs that people use to do. People are needed that know how to use a needle to create intricate designs that are too detailed for a robot to make. UWA can fill this gap in the market by creating courses where students learn the ins and outs of this type of work.
Whether it’s diversifying the student body, staying globally relevant, and creating a workforce that’s ready for the world’s challenges, fashion design courses are necessary for the growth of the university. These reasons are only just a few. There are endless ways knowledge in fashion can make our world better for the present and especially the future.
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