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Fashion School: Facility Highlights

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The state-of-the-art facilities at Academy of Art University’s School of Fashion feature the same cutting-edge equipment that top fashion houses use.

Location

Fashion School - Location

Located near San Francisco’s Union Square, a world-renowned fashion shopping district, the School of Fashion provides a training ground that is unique and inspirational. There are seven areas of specialization: Fashion Design (includes women’s wear, menswear and costume design), Knitwear Design, Textile Design, Fashion Journalism, Fashion Styling, Merchandising and Visual Merchandising.


Fashion Facilities & Equipment

Facilities & Equipment

Whether they are in the graduate fashion program or pursuing an Associate or Bachelor degree in fashion, students use everything from the latest in digital patternmaking to industrial-grade knitting machines and more to bring their designs and ideas to life.


Fashion Design

Fashion Design

Students pursuing a Fashion Design degree have access to all the tools they need for creating fresh, new collections for men and women. Using cutting-edge facilities, students create the incredible clothing and wearable art that garners accolades at New York Fashion Week and the Graduation Fashion Show in San Francisco. Facilities include:

  • Gerber computerized patternmaking systems – Software, digitizer and plotter for developing computer-generated patternmaking and grading
  • Fusing press – Machine for fusing fabrics to interfacing which stabilizes and stiffens fabrics for tailoring
  • Industrial sewing machines – For constructing woven and cut & sewn knit garments
  • Leather sewing machines – Heavy‐duty machines for constructing leather garments and accessories
  • Over 120 women’s and men’s dress forms – Used for draping and building garments directly on the form. Recent additions to the department include eight new sportswear dress forms in our MFA Fashion School studio

Knitwear Design

Knitwear Design

Students in the Knitwear Design program use industry-grade knitting machines and more to create innovative constructed garments and striking knit patterns.

Facilities include:

  • Two Stoll industrial knitting machines, 7–gauge and 12–gauge – Sample and production knitting machines that create every knit structure and garment style for full fashion and cut & sew knits

Textile Design

Textile Design

At Academy of Art University, Textile Designers can print both swatches of their designs as well as repeat yardage. With the Academy’s state-of-the-art equipment, students create fabrics that are used in runway shows in New York and San Francisco as well as national and international competitions, gaining them incredible exposure for their work.

Facilities include:

  • 6 large print tables, 4 of which can be used for repeat yardage printing
  • 2 large Heat Transfer Presses
  • 2 Screen Printing Exposure Units
  • 700 plus silkscreens in various sizes

Merchandising

Merchandising

A focus on real-world experience drives the Fashion Merchandising program at Academy of Art University. Students have everything they need to succeed at the Academy and beyond.

 

Fashion Facilities include:

Library

Library

Fashion students have access to the following resources found in the University’s Library:

  • Numerous illustration titles
  • Macs with scanners and Photoshop
  • Wide-screen DVD theater
  • Print and digital stock photography and illustrations
  • Over 30 Internet computers
  • 300 screenplays
  • 13 electronic research databases
  • Online access to thousands of images
  • Virtual Reference

 


Digital Facilities

Fashion students have access to the following equipment found in the University’s shared Mac Lab and classrooms:

Classrooms

Classrooms

Our classrooms offer the latest in digital workstations, software and new media technology. Our Mac Lab is the largest such facility on the West Coast. Graduate students have access to a state-of-the-art Usability Lab for testing their projects to ensure optimal user experience and functionality.


Hardware

Fashion students have access to the following equipment found in the University’s shared Mac Lab and classrooms:

Hardware

  • iMac workstations
  • Xserve servers
  • Wacom drawing tablets
  • Hi-res LCD projectors in all classrooms
  • Flatbed scanners
  • Ricoh Fiery color laser printers
  • Wireless networking in all classrooms and Mac Lab Nikon D90 and D7000 SLR cameras
  • M-Audio Keystation MIDI controllers
  • Wireless networking in all classrooms and Mac Labs

Software


Software

  • Acrobat Pro
  • Fireworks
  • Flash
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Lightroom
  • Omnigraffle
  • Painter
  • Poser
  • Photoshop
  • Suitcase Fusion
  • Toast
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