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Fashion University Undergraduate Programs

From the hottest trends of the season to timeless classics, fashion is all about glamour, style and individuality. Academy of Art University’s School of Fashion is unlike any other fashion college or university program, combining the glitz of runway fashion design with the business and marketing savvy needed to succeed in this ever-changing field.

Whether a student dreams of becoming a fashion designer, merchandiser or journalist, Academy of Art University prepares them for a rewarding career. Undergraduate programs at the Academy guide students in developing their collections, techniques and unique style.


Fashion Associates and Bachelors Programs

Academy of Art University offers accredited Associates and Bachelors degrees, which include a career pathway focus in Fashion Design, Textile Design, Knitwear Design, Fashion Merchandising and Marketing, Fashion Journalism or Fashion Styling. With a faculty of working fashion designers, merchandisers and more, the Academy’s undergraduate programs give students better experience and insight into the field than other fashion colleges and schools.

School of Fashion undergraduate classes:

  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Merchandising and Marketing
  • Knitwear Design
  • Fashion Journalism
  • Fashion Styling
  • Menswear Design
  • Textile Design
  • Active Sportswear Design
  • Visual Merchandising
  • And More!

Professional Fashion Opportunities

Every fashion design college offers students the ability to study fashion. Academy of Art University offers students the opportunity to define fashion, bringing innovative ideas to life and getting their work seen. As a top fashion university, the Academy launches collections as well as careers.

Fashion career opportunities include:

  • Fashion Design Career
    • Fashion Designer
    • Product Manager
    • Pattern Maker
  • Textile Design Career
    • Textile Designer
    • Forecaster
  • Knitwear Design Career
    • Knitwear Designer
    • Knitwear Merchandising and Marketing
    • Knitwear Accessory Designer
  • Fashion Merchandising and Marketing Career
  • Fashion Marketing Career
    • Buyer
    • Store Manager
    • Store Planner
    • Product Developer
  • Fashion Journalism Career
    • Fashion Journalist
  • Beauty Industry Career
    • Fashion Stylist
    • Cosmetics and Fragrance
    • Product Development
  • And More!

Fashion Shows – As the only fashion design university invited to show at New York Fashion Week, Academy of Art University offers students the chance to gain priceless exposure for their fashion designs. Students present collections in New York each Spring and Fall. In addition, the Academy hosts its Graduation Fashion Show in San Francisco each Spring, attracting crowds of fashion icons like menswear designer Patrik Ervell, British fashion designer Keanan Duffty, and quirky designer and retailer Walter Van Beirendonck.

Real-World Experience & Acclaim – Academy of Art University weaves projects for actual clients into many of its classes. Students have worked with Abercrombie & Fitch, Eco Citizen, Banana Republic and more. Each year, students are also encouraged to develop work for international textile and fashion design contests like Surtex’s Designext Competition, the Shell Students Design Award and the World of Wearable Art Awards. Through these projects and contests, students get their fashion designs and more seen by industry leaders.

one eighty – For students pursuing a diploma for fashion journalism, Academy of Art University is a top fashion university, offering an incredible training ground through one eighty magazine. The magazine, published by the School of Fashion and written by students, debuts in Spring and Fall at New York Fashion Week.

French Exchange Program – Through the Sister City Scholarship, Academy of Art University awards scholarships to fashion students to study at two of the best fashion colleges in Paris: Studio Berçot and L’Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. Exchange programs are also available with schools in cities such as Bangalore, India and Wellington, New Zealand among others.


School of Fashion Facilities

With its campus in the heart of San Francisco, Academy of Art University provides students with an inspiring environment and access to a growing fashion industry within the city. The Academy has world-class fashion facilities, from the latest in digital drafting equipment to industrial-grade knitting machines and more. Using these state-of-the-art tools students bring their designs and ideas to life.


Classes Online & in San Francisco

With classes available online and in San Francisco, Academy of Art University’s School of Fashion major offers flexible programs for completing an Associate of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. The Academy’s online fashion school classes engage students through an interactive format, with hands-on assignments and demonstration videos.

Regardless of how they earn their diploma, each student graduates ready to drive future trends in fashion design and more.

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