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Fashion Student Explores Childhood Dream Through Online Program

Jeanne Lovrin is exploring her life-long love of accessories and jewelry thanks to Academy of Art University's online Fashion program.

Jeanne Lovrin's designsAfter earning her BA in Studio Art from Yale University and spending 10 years teaching art and graphic design, Jeanne began earning her graduate degree in fashion design in 2006.

"After many years of creating my own designs I decided to pursue an education in fashion design to make my dream as a designer a reality," she says.

Jeanne chose the Academy's online program after bringing her portfolio to "Academy Day" in New York City. It was there that she learned about the Academy's Fashion school. She appreciated the convenience of the online version, which has allowed her to continue to teach full-time in Connecticut.

Since enrolling, Jeanne has been very impressed with the quality of the program, from its curriculum to its faculty.

"The level of expertise of the faculty continuously impresses me," she says. "Simon Ungless was always a supportive voice reminding me of the big picture. I slowly gained confidence and was able to see my growth as a designer and find my own niche in the fashion industry."

While earning her degree online, Jeanne has also developed sterling silver pendants and lapel pins for the Life Haven, a temporary shelter for homeless women who are pregnant or have small children. The jewelry pieces will be sold to raise money for the organization.

She also expects to graduate in Spring 2010, and hopes to open her own line of fashion accessories and jewelry. For Jeanne, it's a passion that dates back many years.

"As far back as I can remember I have loved fashion, especially accessories," she says. "In one of my favorite pictures from my childhood, I was about 3 years old, wearing black patent leather shoes and carrying a matching patent leather purse. I look seriously proud."

Academy of Art University congratulates Jeanne on working to turn her dream into a reality.


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