Authors: Chanjuan Chen (University of North Texas) , Kendra Lapolla (Kent State University) , Kim HongYoun Hahn (Kent State University)
The purpose of the study was to deepen the understanding of student learning through a course project that integrated real-world sustainability challenges in an undergraduate apparel design course. Real-world learning opportunities help students gain hands-on experience to link knowledge to action for sustainability. By collaborating with two notable fashion companies in the United States, the project aimed to bridge the gap between theoretical learning gained in the classroom with sustainable challenges the industry is currently facing, such as designing for repairability or pattern efficiency, researching efficient methods of sampling, and sustainably purging obsolete or mutilated samples. Finally, students learned about critical issues in fashion sustainability and enhanced their research abilities to provide solutions for the fashion industry.
Keywords: apparel, pedagogy, sustainability, Real-world Learning
How to Cite: Chen, C. , Lapolla, K. & Hahn, K. H. (2020) “Adopting Real-world Learning Opportunities in Fashion Design Pedagogy for Undergraduate Students”, Sustainability in Fashion. 1(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/susfashion.11419None