Fashion Styling (AA)

Fashion Styling (AA)

The School of Fashion’s AA program offers eight types of degrees: Fashion, Fashion Journalism, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Product Development, Fashion Styling, Fashion Visual Merchandising, and Textile Design. Course offerings include fashion design, menswear, costume design, textiles, knitwear, fashion journalism, merchandising, visual merchandising, styling, fashion marketing, product development and much more.


Associate of Arts (AA) Degree

Available Online

Core Classes

FSH 105 Fashion Business: Concepts Core/3
FSH 108 Foundations of Fashion Journalism Core/3
FSH 120 Color Science & Fabric Technology Core / 3 / Recommended for Summer
FSH 145 Fashion Business: Marketing 1 Core/3
FSH 168 Digital Tools for Fashion Media Core/3
FSH 184 Styling Core/3
FSH 188 Editorial Makeup and Hair Styling Core/3
FSH 252 Visual Merchandising: Retail Spaces & Customer Engagement Core/3
FSH 280 Personal Styling Core/3
PH 103 Digital Photography for Artists Core/3


Unit Requirements

Major Coursework Units
Core 33
Major 6
Liberal Arts 21
Total 60

Degree Requirements


  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 107 Writing for the Multilingual Artist or LA 108 Composition for the Artist.
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA and the following general education requirements:
    3 Art Historical Awareness courses
    1 Written Communication: Composition course
    1 Written Communication: Critical Thinking course
    1 Employment Communications & Practices course

After above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.

Additional Information

Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Research and Concept Development

  • Select concepts appropriate for the market and customer, demonstrating an understanding of design and market research.
  • Generate ideas that are related to the chosen concept as well as to one another.

Visual Presentation Skills

  • Create professional and organized presentations.

Technical Skills

  • Demonstrate skills in pinning, steaming, folding and propping fashion products.
  • Demonstrate basic skills in photography, composition, lighting, make-up artistry and hair styling.

Verbal and Written Presentation Skills

  • Clearly express their ideas utilizing fashion industry vocabulary.

Historical Knowledge

  • Intelligently discuss major fashion movements and the work of key stylists, designers, photographers, and magazines.

Art Direction

  • Design the visual aesthetic of pictures for fashion photo shoots, including: clothes, accessories, backdrops, props, photographic styles, location, hair, make-up, and models.

Collaboration Skills

  • Work effectively in a team.

Professional Readiness

  • Produce basic materials required for an entry-level job search.

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.
  8. Engage with a variety of communities beyond the classroom through internship opportunities, study abroad programs, athletics, student interest clubs as well as collaborative, civic and pro bono projects.

*Semester plans are subject to change at any time. Semester breakdowns displayed are suggested and additional options are available to help customize your educational experience. Speak to an admissions or student services representative for more information. Please see our catalog for more details at:

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