Art Institutes

Fashion

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Make a name for yourself.

Whether your dream is designing clothes or developing business plans, the fashion industry needs your creativity and passion. Find out where your talents fit.

Program Areas

Fashion Design Program

Fashion Design

You can build skills in traditional and computer-generated design, pattern-making, and more as you have the opportunity to learn to move your vision and style—and future—forward.

Fashion Marketing Management Program

Fashion Marketing & Management

Channel your creativity and business savvy into preparing for a career where you can develop, analyze, and implement sales strategies based on consumer insights and trends.

Meet our Faculty

  • Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing Instructor Mikel Rosen

    Mikel Rosen

    Fashion Marketing & Management

    "Be passionate and professional. And work hard."

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    Mikel Rosen

    Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

    It was in the 1970’s, when I saw Julie Driscoll perform Wheels on Fire and David Bowie create Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

    How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

    I treat every class as if it’s a real-world experience. For students in my Fashion Design class, that means creating a fashion design studio environment. For my Fashion Marketing students, the class mirrors an editorial or event brand-planning laboratory.

    What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

    I use a survey of fashion assignment to introduce both my fashion and marketing students to the industry. It covers fashion topics from all angles—design, marketing, trends, runway, retail, styling, journalism, media—anything related to fashion and style, from the past to the present to where it may go in the future.

    How do you inspire students to push themselves beyond their perceived limits?

    I work with each student individually...I strongly believe each one has their own creative talent, and I spend as long as it takes to find that talent and drive each student beyond their expectations, to new ways of thinking.

    How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?

    This is something I’ve been doing since I start teaching in instructing in 1979. I’ve provided opportunities for Fashion students to work with others in areas as diverse as game planning, culinary, and film. I think it really helps students when they see how their peers from other creative disciplines think and solve problems.

    What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

    I tell them that they have two jobs: earning their degree, and launching a career in the real world.

    What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?

    I would urge them to decide on their career path as soon as possible, and structure their classwork around that goal. Quickly build a professional networking database. Be passionate an professional. And work hard.

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  • Graphic & Web Design Instructor Sharon Kaitner

    Sharon Kaitner, M.Ed.

    Graphic & Web Design

    "Most people sleepwalk through life. Wake up. Get out. Think. Walk around without a phone. Experience life. It all contributes to your art."

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    Sharon Kaitner, M.Ed.

    Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

    There was never a defining moment, but rather a lot of little ones that said, "Here; this is where you feel most alive, this is where you feel most like you."

    How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

    I offer real-world tips and tricks, and shape discussions and critiques with that same sense of reality. But most of all, I try to teach students to think...to connect the dots and find their own way. It's an ongoing conversation. Those who take what’s offered and build on it with their own drive and vision are the ones that succeed.

    What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

    I often like sending design students outside to observe and report, usually as a way of exploring personas and user-centered design. Our location in the Civic Center area of San Francisco offers plenty of people-watching opportunities. Students invent a narrative back-story of a person, which leads to a discussion of how our perceptions affect how we design, whether our observations are enough for an understanding of our target audience, and how to measure and correct for our bias.

    How do you inspire students to push themselves beyond their perceived limits?

    I'll see in those students faces a flash of delight in some new thought as they go off to do more research about what it means to design for their target audience, to go beyond what they think, to realize that there’s so much more to their world. Then they learn more than I could ever hope to teach.

    How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?

    I can help guide them toward the solution, but collaborating with their peers is where they hear whether or not it works, and what other ideas might work better. That’s the way it is in the real world, where people with different points of view all work toward the same goal. They see how each contributes to the success of the project. It's a big part of preparing students for their careers.

    What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

    Anything is possible.

    What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?

    Most people sleepwalk through life. Wake up. Get out. Think. Walk around without a phone. Experience life. It all contributes to your art.

    Anything else you’d like to share?

    I believe in my students so that they will believe in themselves because the hard work comes from within them.

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