I'm ready to make a name for myself.
In your case, clothes don’t just cover you. They define you. They tell the world who you are and express your unique sense of style. That’s something you share with the creative professionals who take fashion from concept to consumer. If you also share their talent and tenacity, you may be able to join them. Our Fashion Design degree programs can help you start a career in an industry of global influences, trends, and markets. We’ll help you build skills in traditional and computer-generated design and pattern-making as you begin to shape your future. It’s a hands-on education designed to help you work through design challenges drawn from the real world.
If you’re more into the hats, shoes, jewelry, handbags and belts that complete the outfit, consider our Associate's Degree in Apparel and Accessory Design. You’ll take your ideas from sketch to finished product as you have the opportunity to learn the creative and business sides of this segment of the industry.
In either program, you’ll be surrounded and inspired by other talented, creatively driven students. And you’ll be pushed, challenged, and, above all else, supported by experienced faculty*. It’s not a walk in the park. It’s a journey toward doing what you love.
*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty & instructors.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design
See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/3668 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.
Taking risks is nothing new for me.It takes more than a love of fashion to carve out a career in such a highly competitive field. It takes confidence, drive, and hard work. And it takes the skills our program can help you build. You’ll start with fundamentals like color theory, fashion drawing, pattern-making, accessory design, and life drawing, then begin to add to your skills in areas including fabric and fiber selection, color trend analysis, and target market research. You’ll explore concept development, technical drawing and design, specialty design markets, and product development. You’ll study current designers, apparel trends & concepts, and managing the apparel product development process. See our gainful employment pages for possible careers that match the program that interests you.
Meet Our Alumni
Lachelle CunninghamCulinary Arts , 2014
"[My education provided] networking and business connections with classmates, chefs, and other associates."Read More
Executive Chef at Breaking Bread Café
Lachelle Cunningham is the executive chef at Breaking Bread Café in North Minneapolis, Minnesota. She also serves on the executive leadership at Appetite for Change—a food just organization focused on social enterprise and business development to support the north Minneapolis community.
At the café, Lachelle oversees front of house and back of house, as well as the catering staff, systems, and policy/procedure development and implementation. She also handles event management. Lachelle adds that the best part of her job is being creative and connected with food.
Lachelle takes pride in learning more about the food business and being engaged in community service. She hopes that her work will inspire others including cooks, entrepreneurs, and her own family and children. Lachelle looks to her staff, other chefs, cooking shows, and her business partners for inspiration—and singles out her family for the support that they provide to her.
Lachelle has won awards for her work, including “Best of Bacon & Beer Classic,” The Art Institutes International Minnesota’s culinary portfolio show “Best of Savory” category, and “2014 NDC Small Business of the Year.” She’s excited to have built a successful brand called “Chelles’ Kitchen” and is proud to have launched Breaking Bread Café and Catering, which was recently named the city’s “Best Soul Food” by CityPages Minneapolis/St. Paul. In addition to these commendations, Lachelle is proud to have two of her recipes published within the cookbook Tasting Minnesota.
Lachelle, who in 2014 earned an Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts from The Art Institutes International Minnesota, says that her education provided the technical skills she needed to enter the culinary industry. “[It also provided] networking and business connections with classmates, chefs, and other associates.” Lachelle recommends that current students pursue their culinary goals. “Set your goals high and don’t settle for less. Stay connected to the food and your creativity.”
See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/211 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.Read More...
Lindsay BusslerInterior Design , 2005
"It is especially rewarding to see how a remodel changes the lives of the clients. I love seeing how the remodel impacts their everyday life as well as seeing how proud they are of their new space."Read More
Lead Interior Designer for Finished Basement CompanyRead More...
Matt MyersDigital Filmmaking & Video Production , 2013
"In my eyes, the most beneficial part of learning video is actually going out and making videos, and [my education] helped me to discover that I can only become as good as the amount of practice I put into learning my medium."Read More
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What Will I Study?
I want to share my sense of style with the world.
The rigorous Fashion Design curriculum is grounded in the realities of the creative side of fashion. The focus in on building the tools to compete in an industry that rewards those who help move fashion forward. You'll study:
- Technical Drawing
- Fashion Drawing
- Sewing Techniques
- Event & Fashion Show Production
- Trends & Concepts in Apparel
- Current Designers
- Textile Fundamentals
- Fundamentals of Business
- Concept Development
- Product Development
- Merchandise Management
- Apparel and Accessory
- Sketching and illustration
- Pattern-making and draping
- Garment construction
- Critical analysis
- Computer aided design
- Clothing design
- Clothing design
I'm looking for my proving ground.
At The Art Institutes system of schools, creativity is our core, our calling, our culture. Our Fashion Design degree programs are built on that creative foundation. It’s also built on our knowledge that a creative career is not for the faint of heart. And that today’s fashion industry is as full of challenges as it is brimming with opportunities. It’s tough out there, so it’s tough in here. But we’ll support you along every step of your journey. That’s why we provide the mentoring and real-world experience you need to prevail, with faculty* who’ve worked in the field and internship possibilities at successful businesses. You’ll be encouraged and expected to be bold. To take risks. To push yourself and the people around you. It won’t be easy. In fact, it’ll be the hardest thing you’ll ever love.
*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.
I'm challenged by the opportunity to take my ideas and bring them to life. Marlon Munoz
Visual Effects & Motion Graphics, Miami International University of Art & Design, 2008