Fashion Online

The Academy of Art University has one of the top fashion schools in the nation, with the most famous show in the industry. As the only fashion design college to show at New York Fashion Week, Academy of Art University provides students with opportunities to shine for the top talents of the fashion world. Our program provides students with a global vision that combines the design excellence of traditional European fashion with the energy and technology of the modern fashion industry. Top industry professionals teach a curriculum includes coursework in design, merchandising, textiles, and knitwear, providing opportunities for graduates worldwide. Our students also develop the computer skills necessary to launch themselves into the industry upon graduating.

Studio courses hone the student's mastery of fashion industry standards in design and construction, culminating in the production of a professional fashion collection or portfolio. A student's portfolio demonstrates mastery of the mutually productive elements of individual style and technical expertise. Selected collections are chosen to be part of the Academy's annual Fashion Show. Merchandising majors acquire the skills needed to succeed in the fashion industry in buying, product development, retail management, or marketing.


Online Degrees

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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

The program stresses design excellence and computer skills, preparing our graduates to launch themselves into the industry upon graduating. This rigorous program culminates in the production of a professional fashion collection or portfolio. A student's portfolio demonstrates mastery of the mutually productive elements of individual style and technical expertise. Selected collections are chosen to be part of the Academy's annual Fashion Show.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion requires completion of 132 semester units. Students who already have a bachelor's degree can enroll in our streamlined Second Degree program, which requires completion of 66 units with no liberal arts classes or other art electives.

Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Fashion Journalism

The Master of Arts program in Fashion Journalism is a 42 unit program designed to give students advanced training in the mastery of journalism for print, web and other platforms. The streamlined program provides students with an understanding of the fundamentals of the fashion industry, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively and the professional requirements needed to compete successfully in this diverse, challenging and ever-growing field.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree

The Master of Fine Arts degree in Fashion stresses a combination of design excellence and computer skills, preparing MFA candidates to launch themselves into the industry upon graduating. This rigorous program culminates in the production of a professional fashion collection or portfolio.

The program requires collaboration on projects, readying individuals to work with colleagues in their future careers. Students are encouraged to experiment and develop their own ideas in order to achieve a balance between creativity and the reality of the marketplace.

The curriculum focuses on subjects such as market analysis, trend analysis, visual research, design conceptualization, marketing and promotion, product development, line-plan production, computer technology for design, production and professional portfolio presentation.

Subsequent to intensive studio and academic courses, the graduate candidate is guided through directed study resulting in the Final Project—production of a professional fashion collection, portfolio, or merchandising project. Selected collections are chosen to be part of the Academy's annual Fashion Show.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degree

The program combines design excellence with computer skills, preparing our graduates to launch themselves into the industry. Academic courses culminate in the production of a professional fashion portfolio. A student's portfolio demonstrates mastery of the mutually productive elements of individual style and technical expertise. Selected collections are chosen to be part of the Academy's annual Fashion Show.

Online Awards of Completion

The School of Fashion offers Online Awards of Completion as a personal enrichment program for students who want to acquire new knowledge and skills without enrolling in a degree program.

Award of Completion and personal enrichment students may have these courses credited toward a degree at the Academy of Art University pending portfolio review and approval by the department director. Degree seeking students must satisfy existing degree requirements.

The Online Award of Completion requires completion of five undergraduate courses in fashion. All classes are 3 units each unless otherwise noted. Please Note: Online Awards of Completion require that all courses be taken online

Fashion Design Required Courses:
FSH 102: Fashion Illustration 1
FSH 164: Fashion Sewing Techniques
FSH 124: Knitwear Design
FSH 125: Textile Design
FSH 101: Fashion Design 1

Fashion Merchandising Required Courses:
FSH 111: Introduction to the Fashion Business
FSH 145: Consumer Motivation in Fashion
LA 119: Fabric and Fiber Technology
FSH 250: Principles of Buying 1
FSH 252: Visual Merchandising 1

Classes

Not ready for a degree program? Explore our course catalog and take classes based around your interests and schedule. Enhance your knowledge, learn a new skill, or try out a new form of art.

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A staff of more than 60 full-time interactive content producers makes our online program the richest and most comprehensive in fashion education. With simple digital methods for reviewing, critiquing, and grading your work, you are free to learn on your own time, at your own pace. Start your fashion education today.
 

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