A career in fashion design requires an artistic vision, an eye for detail and a thorough knowledge of fashion concepts, techniques and theories. A degree in fashion design can provide future designers with the tools necessary for success. Prospective students have many colleges and universities to choose from when deciding where to complete their studies.
Calilfornia College of the Arts
California College of the Arts offers an undergraduate degree program in fashion design that combines traditional design practices with an innovative focus on sustainability and conceptual thinking. The curriculum combines interdisciplinary studio coursework with guest lectures, field trips and juried reviews. The degree culminates in a senior thesis in which students must present their individual collection in a group runway show.
California College of the Arts 1111 Eighth Street San Francisco, CA 94107 415-703-9500 cca.edu
Academy of Art University
Academy of Art University offers a BFA and an MFA in fashion design at its San Francisco campus as well as an online associate's degree program. The program curriculum includes coursework in fashion design, merchandising, marketing, history of fashion, sustainable design and fashion journalism. Students may specialize in textile design, knitwear design, fashion merchandising or fashion design for men's wear, women's wear and children's wear. Graduating students have the opportunity to present their work during New York Fashion Week.
Academy of Art University Admissions Department 79 New Montgomery Street, 4th Floor San Francisco, CA 94105 800-544-2787 academyart.edu
Fashion Institue of Design and Merchandising
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising offers students the chance to pursue undergraduate degrees in fashion design at one of its four California campuses. Individual majors include fashion design, textile design, costume design, footwear design and fashion merchandising and marketing. The Fashion Institute is a former host for the fashion reality show "Project Runway."
FIDM 919 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90015 800-624-1200 fidm.edu
Otis College of Art and Design
Otis College of Art and Design offers an undergraduate degree program that teaches students the basics of fashion design, pattern-making, textile design, fashion marketing and merchandising and the history of fashion. Students work in teams under the leadership of professional fashion design mentors to create collaborative collections. Student work has previously been featured in Neiman Marcus window displays and the "Los Angeles Times."
Otis College of Art and Design 9045 Lincoln Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90045 310-665-6800 otis.edu
The Fashion Institute of Technology at the State University of New York
The Fashion Institute of Technology at the State University of New York offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees in several areas of study including fashion design, fashion and textile studies, global fashion management, fashion merchandising, menswear and textile design. FIT also offers students the opportunity to study fashion internationally, with study-abroad programs in London, Paris, Hong Kong, Florence and Milan.
Fashion Institute of Technology Seventh Avenue at 27th Street New York, NY 10001 212-217-7999 fitnyc.edu
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