Graduate School of Fashion
Cameras flash, models strut, and the spotlight is on inventive styles. The glamour and fast
pace of the fashion industry are legendary. New ideas and designs hit the runway every season. With
such constant creative energy flowing, designers must respond quickly to changes in the fashion
Academy of Art University's School of Fashion MFA program fuses cutting-edge ideas and
technology with timeless artistry. As the only school to be invited to show at New York Fashion
Week, the Academy offers students the ultimate opportunity to get their collections seen.
In a unique, career-building program, Academy of Art University's Fashion graduate school
combines European technique, New York industry savvy and California cool. Graduate fashion students
pursuing their masters degree at the Academy build a compelling portfolio, regardless of the path
they choose – Fashion Design, Textile Design, Knitwear Design, Fashion Merchandising and Marketing
or Fashion Journalism.
Hands-on classes, professional opportunities, state-of-the-art facilities and flexible graduate
fashion programs all guide students in achieving their creative potential.
Graduate Studio Fashion Courses
Focusing on hands-on experience, studio courses in Academy of Art University's
graduate fashion school are targeted to different creative fields and interests. Whether
they pursue a masters degree in fashion marketing and merchandising, fashion design or any other
career path, students learn from professionals in the industry.
Studio classes guide designers in achieving a mastery of fundamentals and developing their
personal style. Fashion graduate students use pattern, color, fabric, and design much as a painter
wields a paintbrush to amaze and inspire.
School of Fashion graduate classes:
- Textile Design
- Active Sportswear Design
- Visual Merchandising
- And More!
Professional Fashion Opportunities
With incredible connections to industry leaders, Academy of Art University incorporates
real-world opportunities in fashion design, marketing, merchandising and more into its programs.
The Academy's instructors – all working professionals – offer insight into the fashion industry far
exceeding what can be found at other fashion graduate colleges or fashion merchandising and
Fashion career opportunities include:
- Fashion Design Career
- Textile Design Career
- Textile Designer
- Knitwear Design Career
- Knitwear Designer
- Knitwear Merchandising and Marketing
- Knitwear Accessory Designer
- Fashion Merchandising and Marketing Career
- Fashion Marketing Career
- Store Manager
- Store Planner
- Product Developer
- Fashion Journalism Career
- Beauty Industry Career
- And More!
New York Fashion Week
Currently the only fashion graduate school invited to present during New York Fashion Week,
Academy of Art University shows graduate collections each February and September. These highly
acclaimed shows launch lines and careers, gaining valuable exposure for students and their
Graduation Fashion Show
Each Spring, industry leaders, press, and fashionistas descend upon San Francisco to see the
newest crop of talent at Academy of Art University's Graduation Fashion Show. Internships,
full-time positions and scholarships are awarded by guests who are fashion icons.
Gallery Store Merchandising and Marketing
In a prime downtown San Francisco location, Academy of Art University's 79 Gallery offers
students pursuing a masters degree in fashion merchandising and marketing the opportunity to create
window displays for a well-trafficked boutique. Designers catch the eyes of thousands of passersby
daily – an amazing opportunity for students in a fashion marketing and merchandising school.
School of Fashion's State-of-the-Art Facilities
With an inspiring urban backdrop, Academy of Art University's San Francisco campus is the best
environment for emerging fashion designers. The Academy has world-class fashion facilities, from latest in
digital drafting equipment to industrial-grade knitting machines and more.
Graduate Classes Online & in San Francisco
With fashion graduate classes available online and in San Francisco, Academy of Art University's
Fashion graduate school has flexible programs for completing a masters degree in fashion. Unlike
other online fashion design programs, the Academy's online classes engage students through an interactive format,
with hands-on assignments and demo videos available to watch whenever it is convenient.
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