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

Diploma in Fashion Design

Quarter Credit Hours:
90
Timeframe:
6 Quarters

Gainful Employment

Outcomes

Diploma in Fashion Design

Outcomes

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/3102 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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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

  • 	alumni-courtney-nina-dizon

    Courtney Dizon

    Audio Production , 2012

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    Courtney Dizon
    Courtney-Nina Dizon is working as a sound engineer, music teacher, and manager at C.C. Infinite Music & Entertainment Group in Richmond, British Columbia. “I am a music teacher and I teach children of all ages piano, guitar, drums, bass, violin, flute, dance, bands, and live sound.” As the head sound engineer at C.C. Infinite Music & Entertainment Group, Courtney-Nina records local artists and develops local talent. “I am responsible for the business side of things—handling new and existing students, scheduling, and coordinating events and performances across the lower mainland.” She says that having her own business allows her to be flexible with her schedule. “The Art Institute of Vancouver gave me the skills and knowledge to take my passion to the next level. I used to only be a music teacher, but enrolling in [the school] allowed me to discover and fine tune my skills as a sound engineer.”

    Courtney-Nina finds inspiration in the music of Alicia Keys and The Eagles and recommends that current students take networking seriously. “I am still very close friends with everyone from my graduating class. We have collaborated on a few projects and we support each other during CD release parties and other events. Your experience in the music industry will be more rewarding when you collaborate with others.”

    Courtney-Nina, who in2012 earned an Independent Recording Arts Certificate from The Art Institute of Vancouver, says that her education prepared her for her career. “[It provided] hands-on learning. I was able to speak the same lingo and understand the lingo of producers who are in the music industry working with artists that we hear on the radio.”

    See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info. Read More...
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    Dexter Dolores

    Interior Design , 2008

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    Dexter Dolores
    Dexter Dolores is working as a self-employed interior designer at Dexter Dolores Interiors in Vancouver, British Columbia. He says that a typical day involves sourcing, meeting with clients or trades, running errands for projects—and lots of emails. “I enjoy the unpredictability of my career. Interior design, as a profession, requires so much multi-tasking that one moment you're a creative mind, the next you’re a project manager or casual laborer. Sometimes you're all three at the same time.” Dexter admits that interior design is a fast paced industry—but says that the changes keep things interesting. “I enjoy seeing my designs come to life and seeing or hearing people enjoy the spaces I've put together. At the core of what we all do as designers is creating, not just for creation sake, but for the enjoyment of those who will be interacting with it.”

    He’s proud to have taken the leap of starting his own company after working for a prestigious firm. “[I created] high-end residential interior design projects for a few years and although it was fantastic to be able to have such a great opportunity in a market that few young interior designers get to work in, I knew I wanted to grow in my own ways as a designer.” He received support from friends and family, which helped to solidify his decision to go out on his own. Dexter adds that he was a finalist and won the title of “Urban Barn's Next Top Designer 2014.” “That was a fantastic experience and it was definitely career shifting for me. I'm proud of accomplishing that and I know that there are so many more milestones to reach.” Dexter finds his creative inspiration in everything from photos to the work of others that he admires. “Other times even just touching or looking at a material, such as cabinet hardware, natural stone or inventive tile patterns can spark an exciting train of design ideas.”

    Dexter, who in 2008 earned an Interior Design Diploma from The Art Institute of Vancouver, says that his education helped him to launch his career. “The instructors are creative professionals who are currently working in their chosen industries*. My education was never strictly theoretical or academic. It had, almost always, a sense of real time, as if I were learning from an employer or a career mentor.” He adds that following his graduation, he kept in touch with his program’s director and that he enjoys bumping into instructors and feeling the passion that they have for interior design. Dexter recommends that budding interior designers be open to learning. “I went in with an enthusiasm to learn the program and study the different paths I could take upon graduation. By being open to whatever was to be thrown at me, my excitement remained throughout my whole time at the school and more so going into the working world.”

    See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/4484 or program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.
    *Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors. Read More...
  • alumni-natalie-diaz

    Natalie Diaz

    Visual Effects & Motion Graphics , 2006

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    Natalie Diaz
    Natalia is working in Gastown, British Columbia as a compositor for Psyop, a company that uses animation, design, illustration, 3D, 2D and live action production to help brands connect with consumers. She’s responsible for compositing final shots using 2D and 3D elements.

    Natalia’s projects include working on shots, setting up contact sheets, color grade shots, and matching computer graphics to plates. She’s worked on Oscar-nominated films and was nominated for a Gemini Award, given by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television to recognize the achievements of Canada's television industry. Natalia looks to Guillermo del Toro and Steven Spielberg for creative inspiration and says that the creative process of “painting” film is the best part of her job. She adds that a big trend in her industry is working in 4K resolution.

    Natalia, who in 2006 earned a Visual Effects & Foundation for Design Diploma from The Art Institute of Vancouver, says that her education helped her to understand the basic concepts and techniques needed to start her career. She recommends that current students be prepared for an industry that requires hard work and dedication. “Be prepared and don’t stop creating and experimenting. Enjoy your art and get really good at it.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/146 or program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info. Read More...

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

  • 	alumni-courtney-nina-dizon

    Courtney Dizon

    Audio Production , 2012

    Read More
    Courtney Dizon
    Courtney-Nina Dizon is working as a sound engineer, music teacher, and manager at C.C. Infinite Music & Entertainment Group in Richmond, British Columbia. “I am a music teacher and I teach children of all ages piano, guitar, drums, bass, violin, flute, dance, bands, and live sound.” As the head sound engineer at C.C. Infinite Music & Entertainment Group, Courtney-Nina records local artists and develops local talent. “I am responsible for the business side of things—handling new and existing students, scheduling, and coordinating events and performances across the lower mainland.” She says that having her own business allows her to be flexible with her schedule. “The Art Institute of Vancouver gave me the skills and knowledge to take my passion to the next level. I used to only be a music teacher, but enrolling in [the school] allowed me to discover and fine tune my skills as a sound engineer.”

    Courtney-Nina finds inspiration in the music of Alicia Keys and The Eagles and recommends that current students take networking seriously. “I am still very close friends with everyone from my graduating class. We have collaborated on a few projects and we support each other during CD release parties and other events. Your experience in the music industry will be more rewarding when you collaborate with others.”

    Courtney-Nina, who in2012 earned an Independent Recording Arts Certificate from The Art Institute of Vancouver, says that her education prepared her for her career. “[It provided] hands-on learning. I was able to speak the same lingo and understand the lingo of producers who are in the music industry working with artists that we hear on the radio.”

    See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info. Read More...
  • 	alumni-dexter-dolores

    Dexter Dolores

    Interior Design , 2008

    Read More
    Dexter Dolores
    Dexter Dolores is working as a self-employed interior designer at Dexter Dolores Interiors in Vancouver, British Columbia. He says that a typical day involves sourcing, meeting with clients or trades, running errands for projects—and lots of emails. “I enjoy the unpredictability of my career. Interior design, as a profession, requires so much multi-tasking that one moment you're a creative mind, the next you’re a project manager or casual laborer. Sometimes you're all three at the same time.” Dexter admits that interior design is a fast paced industry—but says that the changes keep things interesting. “I enjoy seeing my designs come to life and seeing or hearing people enjoy the spaces I've put together. At the core of what we all do as designers is creating, not just for creation sake, but for the enjoyment of those who will be interacting with it.”

    He’s proud to have taken the leap of starting his own company after working for a prestigious firm. “[I created] high-end residential interior design projects for a few years and although it was fantastic to be able to have such a great opportunity in a market that few young interior designers get to work in, I knew I wanted to grow in my own ways as a designer.” He received support from friends and family, which helped to solidify his decision to go out on his own. Dexter adds that he was a finalist and won the title of “Urban Barn's Next Top Designer 2014.” “That was a fantastic experience and it was definitely career shifting for me. I'm proud of accomplishing that and I know that there are so many more milestones to reach.” Dexter finds his creative inspiration in everything from photos to the work of others that he admires. “Other times even just touching or looking at a material, such as cabinet hardware, natural stone or inventive tile patterns can spark an exciting train of design ideas.”

    Dexter, who in 2008 earned an Interior Design Diploma from The Art Institute of Vancouver, says that his education helped him to launch his career. “The instructors are creative professionals who are currently working in their chosen industries*. My education was never strictly theoretical or academic. It had, almost always, a sense of real time, as if I were learning from an employer or a career mentor.” He adds that following his graduation, he kept in touch with his program’s director and that he enjoys bumping into instructors and feeling the passion that they have for interior design. Dexter recommends that budding interior designers be open to learning. “I went in with an enthusiasm to learn the program and study the different paths I could take upon graduation. By being open to whatever was to be thrown at me, my excitement remained throughout my whole time at the school and more so going into the working world.”

    See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/4484 or program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.
    *Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors. Read More...
  • alumni-natalie-diaz

    Natalie Diaz

    Visual Effects & Motion Graphics , 2006

    Read More
    Natalie Diaz
    Natalia is working in Gastown, British Columbia as a compositor for Psyop, a company that uses animation, design, illustration, 3D, 2D and live action production to help brands connect with consumers. She’s responsible for compositing final shots using 2D and 3D elements.

    Natalia’s projects include working on shots, setting up contact sheets, color grade shots, and matching computer graphics to plates. She’s worked on Oscar-nominated films and was nominated for a Gemini Award, given by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television to recognize the achievements of Canada's television industry. Natalia looks to Guillermo del Toro and Steven Spielberg for creative inspiration and says that the creative process of “painting” film is the best part of her job. She adds that a big trend in her industry is working in 4K resolution.

    Natalia, who in 2006 earned a Visual Effects & Foundation for Design Diploma from The Art Institute of Vancouver, says that her education helped her to understand the basic concepts and techniques needed to start her career. She recommends that current students be prepared for an industry that requires hard work and dedication. “Be prepared and don’t stop creating and experimenting. Enjoy your art and get really good at it.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/146 or 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