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Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree in Fashion

The MFA Fashion curriculum refines and focuses the graduate candidate’s individual vision, with courses in Fashion Design, Merchandising, Textiles and Knitwear. Studio courses hone the student’s mastery of fashion industry standards, combining design excellence with the latest digital tools.

Graduate candidates are guided through directed study, culminating in a final project production of a professional fashion collection and portfolio, or merchandising project.

Learning Outcomes: Degree Breakdowns: MFA Graduation Plan:

MFA Fashion Unit Requirements

Major 27 units
Directed Study 18 units
Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units
Electives* 6 units
TOTAL 63 units
*Per director approval

MFA Fashion Degree Requirements

1 Art Historical Awareness & Aesthetic Sensitivity course
1 Cross Cultural Understanding course
1 Professional Practices & Communications course
1 Major designated Graduate Liberal Arts course

And:
  • Successful completion of Final Thesis Project
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units
Sample Graduation Plan - 63 units
  1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year
FALL
Major
Major
Major
__________
9 units
MIDPOINT PRESENTATION

Major
Major
Graduate Liberal Arts
__________
9 units

Directed Study
Directed Study
Graduate Liberal Arts
__________
9 units
WINTER Intersession
SPRING
Major
Major
Major
__________
9 units

Directed Study
Directed Study
Elective
__________
9 units
FINAL PRESENTATION

Directed Study
Directed Study
__________
6 units
JUNE Intersession
SUMMER
Major
Graduate Liberal Arts
__________
6 units

Elective
Graduate Liberal Arts
__________
6 units
 
Totals 24 units 24 units 15 units
  63 Units Master of Fine Arts in Fashion
NOTES
  • Students are advised to meet with a Student Services Advisor to map an individualized graduation plan
  • Graduate Academic Advisor approval is required for course loads exceeding 12 units for Fall or Spring semesters and exceeding 6 units in Summer semesters
  • Financial Aid is not available for intersessions
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