Academy of Couture Art

Introduction

“HIGHEST TECHNIQUE, HIGHEST CREATIVITY, HIGHEST MIND”

Dearest Future Life Designers,

The seeds of success in any field include the following components: Imagination, Inspiration, Creation, and Transformation.

Congratulations on your decision to seek a life career of creativity and achievement in the rewarding, yet challenging world of Design. I believe that a commitment to a higher education reflects a commitment to a higher purpose.

When in doubt or at a crossroads in my life, I have always turned to my faith in a higher power to find the wisdom to choose the right life path.

I went through such challenging time at the beginning of my career as a Fashion Designer. Upon graduation with a degree in fashion, I found myself with neither the practical training needed, nor the support necessary to secure a promising position in the fashion industry. It took me several years of higher education and a succession of unrewarding positions, to become a successful designer.

Through this long and difficult journey, I learned what it takes to be a life-long expert professional in the Fashion Industry.

Now that I have realized my primary goal and had the opportunity for many years to prepare future successful designers, I set mission to share with you my vision of fashion education and business in order to ease your path to success.

Through your journey at Academy of Couture Art, you will find, not only the opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for a freshly graduated professional to be recognized as exceptional, but also to translate rapidly your creativity, talent and dedication into a successful career.

Be assured that we are not only committed to guide you during your preparation at ACA, and your first steps in the industry, but also for your entire career development in the professional world.

Your success is our success.

With care,

Sonia Été

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Institutional Vision

Where quality education translates into rewarding career opportunities

To provide an education of excellence that transforms unique creators into life-long professionals who design the world with the essence of Haute Couture.

Academy of Couture Art was founded as a higher institution of learning to teach the principles and techniques of fashion that go above and beyond those ordinarily taught in the United States, by providing instruction combining European Haute Couture and American fashion. Unique to American fashion education, ACA teaches Pattern Design and Fashion Design separately with faculty active in the industry.

Located at the heart of one of the Fashion and Entertainment centers of the World, in the prestigious Flynt Building in Beverly Hills, the Academy of Couture Art offers innovative, challenging, and flexible fashion education programs that prepare a diverse student population for professional excellence in design, fashion, and business.

Mission Statement

Academy of Couture Art has set mission to serve employers, and their communities by preparing a diverse and qualified student population to become responsible professionals committed to lifelong learning and equipped with a firm academic foundation and career-specific competencies.

Academy of Couture Art offers innovative, challenging, and flexible fashion education programs to enrich the community through creations that raise the level of originality, aesthetic, quality, intelligence and sophistication.

To achieve this goal, Academy of Couture Art follows, conveys, and promotes the essence, principles, and concept of Haute Couture translated by the research of Beauty, Harmony, Elegance, Perfection, and Uniqueness.

The market place is becoming more diversified, specific, personalized, and fostering micro-markets that target individually clients with a growing need for products fitting better their unique personality.

Academy of Couture Art responds to this demand by preparing exceptionally talented individuals to become highly specialized experts and life-long enterprising professionals, who are capable of critical thinking, problem solving, market analysis, and the business acumen to serve not only companies, at any level of their industry, but also to create their own brand, and develop the niche market that fits perfectly their unique creativity.

Academy of Couture Art nurtures professionals with hands-on, student-centered programs and innovative teaching techniques focusing on student learning outcomes that develop confidence, sense of belonging and purpose.

As the result, Academy of Couture Art constitutes a family of artists, designers, creators and leaders empowering each other, and dedicated to bring quality, values and prosperity to the community.

Goal and Values

“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.” Matthew 12:33

The ultimate goal of ACA is to be recognized as the reputable source of choice for employers of the fashion industry who search for exceptional professionals.

Here are the values we cherish:

SEED: We believe that everyone is a seed with a unique purpose that reveals itself through passion and dreams. When listened to and followed, they make us a messenger on a mission, who travels an amazing journey leading to a fulfilling life of achievement.

PLANT: Since a seed needs fertile soil to grow into a beautiful tree bearing exceptional fruits, we are proud to offer a rich nurturing environment that fosters innovation, imagination and exciting discoveries that transform this uniqueness into a life passion.

TREE: If passion is the energy and motivation that leads to creativity, we encourage professionalism, commitment, accountability and dedication as the solid roots for this creativity to become reality.

FLOWERS: We praise ethic, loyalty, honesty, integrity, generosity, gentleness, compassion, wisdom, and respect, as the beautiful values and qualities necessary to interact, attract fruitful partnerships and develop the key element of success: REPUTATION.

FRUITS: We honor the noble positive and constructive attitude of serving others to fill the needs of the community, and contributing to its happiness while being rewarded with pride, self-esteem, sense of belonging and deserved recognition.

SEEDS: Above all, we recommend seeking the ultimate satisfaction of planting the seeds for the future, bringing innovative solutions to the world, and building our legacy which translates into a deep feeling of mission accomplished.

SEED – PLANT – TREE – FLOWERS – FRUITS – SEEDS

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Why ACA

An open door to the Fashion Industry

Innovative teaching style

Our teaching style is unique to America: We teach pattern design and fashion design separately to fulfill the Fashion Industry’s demand for highly specialized professionals.

Experiencing the Industry

Our Corporate Work Study Scholarship Program provides a unique combination of financial support, work experience (group of 5 motivated students who rotate their internship 1 day per week), individual mentoring, including hands-on experience, and specialized coursework to learn industrial techniques and students’ professional skills in the Fashion Industry.

“Debut” in the Industry

At the end of each degree program, Fashion Design and Pattern Design students join together to create the “Cell Manufacturing” and prepare a professional fashion show.

For Professional Designers and Pattern Designers

Our school is also the solution for the graduates and professionals who are dissatisfied with their education or feel the need to broaden their knowledge and refine their techniques and skills in order to set them apart in the competitive American and worldwide fashion industry.

Join the “Venture Group™”and become owner of your business

A “Venture Group”, consisting of Professionals from different fields of our Community and interested in investing in promising talent, offers our highly gifted Graduate students the opportunity to start their own business.

Become a member of the “Couture Guild International”

The Couture Guild International: Research, Support and Recognition Center.

The Couture Guild International is a Web based portal linking the design community and exposing their work to the General Public. It provides information to and about designers and their work, offering its members the opportunity to interact and share valuable resources.

A Path to Success

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Programs

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Bachelor

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fashion Design

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Los Angeles

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fashion Design program is designed to offer qualified students the opportunity to prepare for professional positions as fashion designers, assistant designers, technical designers, stylists, fashion executives and haute couture educators. [+]

“HIGHEST TECHNIQUE, HIGHEST CREATIVITY, HIGHEST MIND” Academy of Couture Art offers a specialized degree in Fashion Design. As fashion is inspired by the unlimited creativity and high fashion design techniques of Haute Couture, so should fashion design education. The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fashion Design program develops research skills and conceptual design criteria techniques required to create balanced complex collections ranging from junior lines to the level of haute couture reflecting unlimited creativity. Emphasis is placed on innovative design solutions that reach beyond popular forecasts through analysis of different eras, daily social lives, and historical parallels to bridge the gap from imagination to experience thus presenting appropriate clothing for many events of creativity. A series of creative manual and digital collections will be developed. Emphasis is placed on sustaining source of creativity, trend forecasting, creative textile enhancement, developing creative collections with accessories and fashion show production reflecting the high fashion aesthetics of fine line, silhouette, body proportions, and elegance. Graduates possess immediately operational skills that are equivalent to Head Designer or Creative Director positions. Academy of Couture Art understands that highly specialized techniques bring successful design careers when strong design identities and creativity are nourished into a unique brand. In an intimate setting, we guarantee the upmost attention to you as a highly valuable designer. BAFD Objectives The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fashion Design program is designed to offer qualified students the opportunity to prepare for professional positions as fashion designers, assistant designers, technical designers, stylists, fashion executives and haute couture educators. The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fashion Design program draw from an unlimited source of creativity and bring a range of high fashion design techniques to build collections and lines. Students will develop: Professional Portfolio High Fashion Industry-specific technical expertise Foster creativity Career focus Effective oral and written communication skills Critical Thinking Computer Literacy Ability to work independently and as part of a team A global perspective BAFD Graduation Requirements A total of 192 quarter credit hour program of study, including 54 general education quarter credit hours, which should be completed within the normal length of 16 quarters within 5.33 academic years of study, and no more than 24 quarters within 8 academic years for a full time student. A passing grade in all courses and a minimum cumulated grade point average of C (2.0) upon completion of the program. Schedule Winter 2015-16 Quarter – January - March Spring 2016 Quarter – April – June Summer 2016 Quarter – July - September Fall 2016 Quarter – October - December [-]

Bachelor of Science Degree in Pattern Design

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Los Angeles

The Bachelor of Science in Pattern Design program elevates fundamental pattern making techniques to display perfect anatomical fit and efficient manual and digital production of advanced tailored flat pattern and three dimensional draping master pattern drafting. [+]

“HIGHEST TECHNIQUE, HIGHEST CREATIVITY, HIGHEST MIND” Academy of Couture Art offers a specialized degree in Pattern Design. As fashion is inspired by the unlimited creativity and high fashion design techniques of Haute Couture, so should fashion design education. The Bachelor of Science in Pattern Design program elevates fundamental pattern making techniques to display perfect anatomical fit and efficient manual and digital production of advanced tailored flat pattern and three dimensional draping master pattern drafting. Students will display high level of creativity in the production process with focus on creating master patterns that do not compromise fashion designers’ creativity in the production process. Emphasis is placed on developing students’ ability to follow the energy and minds of future fashion designers. Students will produce conceptual and balanced pattern design collections of advanced tailored designs. Stress is placed on sharpening aesthetic eye to the fine line and silhouette of the elegant fashion body. Graduates possess immediately operational skills that are equivalent to Head Pattern Designer positions. Academy of Couture Art understands that highly specialized techniques bring successful design careers when design identities, impeccable fit production techniques, and unlimited creativity are nourished into a unique brand. In an intimate setting, we guarantee the upmost attention to you as a highly valuable designer. BSPD Objectives The Bachelor of Science Degree in Pattern Design program offers qualified students the opportunity to be outstanding professionals in the career field of Pattern Design as patternmakers of apparel and accessories and as haute couture educators who offer elegant production techniques and carry out fashion designs accurately without compromising design aesthetics. Students will develop: Professional Portfolio Foster creativity Effective oral and written communication skills Critical Thinking Computer Literacy Fashion Industry-specific technical expertise Career focus Ability to work independently and as part of a team A global perspective BSPD Graduation Requirements A total of 192 quarter credit hour program of study, including 54 general education quarter credit hours, which should be completed within the normal length of 16 quarters within 5.33 academic years of study, and no more than 24 quarters within 8 academic years for a full time student. A passing grade in all courses and a minimum cumulated grade point average of C (2.0) upon completion of the program. Schedule Winter 2015-16 Quarter – January - March Spring 2016 Quarter – April – June Summer 2016 Quarter – July - September Fall 2016 Quarter – October - December [-]