Fashion Design Hero

FashionDesign

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.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design

Quarter Credit Hours:
180
Timeframe:
12 Quarters

Gainful Employment

Outcomes

Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design

Outcomes

Program Objectives

  • Design: Graduates integrate the art of fashion design with the knowledge of materials and apparel production.
  • Production Skills: Graduates integrate textile knowledge and process skills in the production of garments from concept development to finished product
  • Technology: Graduates effectively employ industry software and equipment to design and produce garments and produce garment technical packages.
  • Context and Critical Thinking: Graduates evaluate interconnections of historical perspectives, global events, forecasting, design, and color to create products relevant to fashion industry business trends.
  • Professionalism: Graduates exemplify professional standards, ethics, and business concepts.
  • Communication: Graduates display the ability to professionally communicate their ideas visually and verbally.

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/2396 for complete Gainful employment information for this degree.

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Classroom Experience

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

  • Cody Shuckhart

    Cody Shuckhart

    Digital Filmmaking & Video Production , 2015

    "The relationships with my teachers and [my fellow] students really helped to prepare me for the real world."

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    Cody Shuckhart

    Cody Shuckhart is a video production assistant for the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. He’s responsible for videography and editing. Cody’s work focuses on the team’s behind-the-scenes show, In the Room, for which he recently won an Emmy Award in the category of “Best Sports Programming - Cinematography.”

    Cody also earned an Emmy for “Best One-Time Special – Photography” for There’s No Place Like Home with Sidney Crosby. Both Emmys were awarded by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Mid-Atlantic Chapter.

    He admits that the long hours of his job were difficult to adjust to. But over time, he’s gotten used to the demanding schedule and is proud of the effort he’s put into building his career. “No company is going to want to hire someone who is only going to put half of the effort in. If you truly want something, you have to go all in,” he says.

    In his current position, Cody works to bring his own style to the videos that he creates. And he’s excited that he was able to transition from an internship position into a full time position with the Pittsburgh Penguins. “Getting hired by the Penguins was huge for me. I could not have planned it any better.” Now, he’s working to promote the new season for the defending Stanley Cup Champions. “I recently completed the Penguins’ newest ticket sale commercial. It was the biggest role I've ever had on any job.”

    Cody, who in 2015 earned an Associate of Science in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, says that his education prepared him for his career—especially the dedication of his instructors. “The relationships with my teachers and [my fellow] students really helped to prepare me for the real world.” Cody recommends that current students stay focused on their goals. “Work hard and always keep going.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/55 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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  • Devin Hipp

    Game Art & Design , 2014

    "My education helped to introduce me to the game art creation workflow. It helped to moderate the steep learning curve and daunting work load [of this industry]."

    Read More
    Devin Hipp

    Devin Hipp is a project manager and 3D artist at Red Leonard Associates in Cincinnati, Ohio. The company is one of the largest manufacturer's representative agencies in North America. He’s responsible for 3D asset creation, architectural modeling and design, and team task delegation. “I am always trying to introduce my team to new techniques and skills I have learned while performing my duties at work, or while practicing on my own time at home. We are constantly sharing new ideas and workflows with each other to try and become more proficient with our projects,” he says.

    After being promoted to a production manager position, Devin was given many responsibilities and tasks that he wasn’t familiar with—creating challenges that he learned to overcome with time and practice. “I felt overwhelmed and wasn't confident in my ability to perform my job adequately. I spent a lot of time asking questions, and even more time studying up on my new responsibilities. I now am much more comfortable and confident.” Devin adds that when opportunities arise, they should be embraced—even if they’re difficult. “There isn't much that can't be overcome with good old fashioned hard work.”

    Devin says that the industry is extremely competitive. “There are countless people wanting the same job you do. If you aren't fully committed to learning the craft and becoming better every day, it's going to be insanely tough to find a job.” To keep himself ahead of the curve, he spends hours of his own time each day learning and practicing game creation. “I came to the school hours early almost every day, sat in a lab, and worked on personal projects. I uninstalled every game I had on my computer to reduce distractions, and just kept my nose to the grindstone.”

    Devin, who in 2014 earned a Bachelor of Science in Game Art & Design from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, credits his strong portfolio, created in school, for helping him to find a position in the game design industry. He recommends that current students actively seek the help of instructors and peers. “A big advantage you gain by going to school is being surrounded by people with similar goals and skill sets. Use your time wisely and absorb as much knowledge as possible.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/41 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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What Will I Study?

Fashion Design Study Section

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:

  • Pattern-making
  • Pattern-making
  • 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
Design topics:
  • Sketching and illustration
  • Pattern-making and draping
  • Garment construction
  • Textiles
  • 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.

 

Meet our Alumni

  • Cody Shuckhart

    Cody Shuckhart

    Digital Filmmaking & Video Production , 2015

    "The relationships with my teachers and [my fellow] students really helped to prepare me for the real world."

    Read More
    Cody Shuckhart

    Cody Shuckhart is a video production assistant for the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. He’s responsible for videography and editing. Cody’s work focuses on the team’s behind-the-scenes show, In the Room, for which he recently won an Emmy Award in the category of “Best Sports Programming - Cinematography.”

    Cody also earned an Emmy for “Best One-Time Special – Photography” for There’s No Place Like Home with Sidney Crosby. Both Emmys were awarded by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Mid-Atlantic Chapter.

    He admits that the long hours of his job were difficult to adjust to. But over time, he’s gotten used to the demanding schedule and is proud of the effort he’s put into building his career. “No company is going to want to hire someone who is only going to put half of the effort in. If you truly want something, you have to go all in,” he says.

    In his current position, Cody works to bring his own style to the videos that he creates. And he’s excited that he was able to transition from an internship position into a full time position with the Pittsburgh Penguins. “Getting hired by the Penguins was huge for me. I could not have planned it any better.” Now, he’s working to promote the new season for the defending Stanley Cup Champions. “I recently completed the Penguins’ newest ticket sale commercial. It was the biggest role I've ever had on any job.”

    Cody, who in 2015 earned an Associate of Science in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, says that his education prepared him for his career—especially the dedication of his instructors. “The relationships with my teachers and [my fellow] students really helped to prepare me for the real world.” Cody recommends that current students stay focused on their goals. “Work hard and always keep going.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/55 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

    Read More...
  • Devin Hipp

    Game Art & Design , 2014

    "My education helped to introduce me to the game art creation workflow. It helped to moderate the steep learning curve and daunting work load [of this industry]."

    Read More
    Devin Hipp

    Devin Hipp is a project manager and 3D artist at Red Leonard Associates in Cincinnati, Ohio. The company is one of the largest manufacturer's representative agencies in North America. He’s responsible for 3D asset creation, architectural modeling and design, and team task delegation. “I am always trying to introduce my team to new techniques and skills I have learned while performing my duties at work, or while practicing on my own time at home. We are constantly sharing new ideas and workflows with each other to try and become more proficient with our projects,” he says.

    After being promoted to a production manager position, Devin was given many responsibilities and tasks that he wasn’t familiar with—creating challenges that he learned to overcome with time and practice. “I felt overwhelmed and wasn't confident in my ability to perform my job adequately. I spent a lot of time asking questions, and even more time studying up on my new responsibilities. I now am much more comfortable and confident.” Devin adds that when opportunities arise, they should be embraced—even if they’re difficult. “There isn't much that can't be overcome with good old fashioned hard work.”

    Devin says that the industry is extremely competitive. “There are countless people wanting the same job you do. If you aren't fully committed to learning the craft and becoming better every day, it's going to be insanely tough to find a job.” To keep himself ahead of the curve, he spends hours of his own time each day learning and practicing game creation. “I came to the school hours early almost every day, sat in a lab, and worked on personal projects. I uninstalled every game I had on my computer to reduce distractions, and just kept my nose to the grindstone.”

    Devin, who in 2014 earned a Bachelor of Science in Game Art & Design from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, credits his strong portfolio, created in school, for helping him to find a position in the game design industry. He recommends that current students actively seek the help of instructors and peers. “A big advantage you gain by going to school is being surrounded by people with similar goals and skill sets. Use your time wisely and absorb as much knowledge as possible.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/41 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

    Read More...
Miami International University of Art & Design alumni Marlon Munoz 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