Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Fashion Design

General

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Program Description

The School of Fashion offers ten BFA degree programs, each designed to prepare you for work in the fashion industry. They are Design, Knitwear Design, Textile Design, Costume Design, Footwear & Accessory Design, Fashion Styling, Fashion Product Development, Fashion Visual Merchandising, Fashion Merchandising, and Fashion Marketing. Students in these BFA programs may choose an emphasis in Fashion Design or 3D Design Pattern Making. Coursework combines excellence in design, artistic production, and innovative technology to provide students with the skills necessary to fully realize their creative visions.

Semester 1

  • FSH 100: Drawing for Fashion
    Core / 3 Units
  • FSH 111: Introduction to Fashion
    Core / 3 Units
  • FSH 120: Color Science and Fabric Technology
    Core / 3 Units
  • FSH 164: Fashion Sewing Techniques
    Core / 3 Units

Semester 2

  • FSH 102: Drawing for Fashion 2
    Core / 3 Units
  • FSH 140: Introduction to Costume Design
    Major / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • FSH 187: Introduction to Knitwear
    Core / 3 Units
  • FSH 274: Applied Textiles 1
    Core / 3 Units
  • LA 108: Composition for the Artist
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 244: History of Fashion
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units / Recommended for summer

Semester 3

  • FSH 101: Fashion Design 1
    Core / 3 Units
  • FSH 112: Drawing for Fashion 3
    Core / 3 Units
  • FSH 220: Construction/Draping/Flat Pattern 1
    Core / 3 Units
  • LA 120: Art History Through the 15th Century
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 291: Designing Careers
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units

Semester 4

  • FSH 109: Introduction to Fashion Product Design
    Major / 3 Units /Recommended for summer
  • FSH 221: Fashion Design 2
    Major / 3 Units
  • FSH 230: Construction/Draping/Flat Pattern 2
    Major / 3 Units
  • FSH 266: Computers for Fashion
    Core / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • FSH 311: Millinery
    Major / 3 Units
  • LA 121: Art History Through the 19th Century
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 202: English Composition: Creative Persuasion & Argument
    Liberal Arts /3 Units

Semester 5

  • FSH 240: The Classical Tutu: Introduction
    Elective / 3 Units
  • FSH 262: Fashion Design 3
    Major / 3 Units
  • FSH 330: Construction/Draping/Flat Pattern 3
    Major / 3 Units
  • LA 110: Writing the Short Story
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 119: Fabric and Fiber Technology
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units

Semester 6

  • FSH 331: Construction/Draping/Flat Pattern 4
    Major / 3 Units
  • FSH 335: Computerized Patternmaking
    Major / 3 Units
  • FSH 340: Fashion Design 4
    Major / 3 Units
  • FSH 456: Fashion Portfolio
    Major / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • LA ###: Any LA course
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • LA 171: Western Civilization
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 255: College Math
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units

Semester 7

  • FSH 337: Construction/Draping/Flat Pattern 5
    Core / 3 Units
  • FSH 430: Fashion Design 5
    Major / 3 Units
  • LA 117: Survey of Landscape Architecture
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 127: Topics in World Art
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units

Semester 8

  • FSH 400: Construction/Draping/Flat Pattern 6: Senior Collection
    Major /3 Units
  • FSH 465: Fashion Design 6: Senior Collection
    Major / 3 Units
  • LA ###: Any LA course
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • N/A: Any Course
    Elective / 3 Units

Unit Requirements

Degree Requirements

BFA Fashion Degree Requirements

  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 107 Writing for the Multilingual Artist or 108 Composition for the Artist
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA and the following general education requirements:
  • 1 Written Communication: Composition
  • 1 Written Communication: Critical Thinking
  • 1 Written Communication: Context & Style
  • 2 Art Historical Awareness: Western Art
  • 2 Art Historical Awareness: Surveys
  • 1 Historical Awareness
  • 1 Quantitative Literacy
  • 1 Cultural Ideas & Influences
  • 1 Employment Communications & Practices

After the above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Research and Concept Development

  • Produce creative and original designs
  • Select concepts appropriate for the market and customer, building on the analysis of design and market research
  • Generate ideas that are coherently related to the chosen concept as well as to one another
  • Conduct thorough design research, as evidenced in the sketchbook
  • Demonstrate evidence of trialing and self-editing designs
  • Propose designs that are possible to translate from 2D to 3D
  • Relate silhouettes, color, and fabric, details, and styling to the design concept
  • Produce croquis that use color to indicate color and fabric

Visual Presentation Skills

  • Create professional and organized presentations that reflect an individual/personal style
  • Effectively communicate their design concepts and philosophy two-dimensionally
  • Produce accurate and detailed technical drawings that include supportive information, where appropriate

Technical Skills

  • Work effectively with industry-standard software
  • (3D Design) Draft flat patterns and drape 3D designs

Verbal and Written Presentation Skills

  • Clearly express their ideas utilizing fashion industry vocabulary

Professional Readiness

  • Create a relevant and original portfolio and collateral materials which can be used to market themselves to the industry

Academy of Art University Learning Outcome

Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.

Last updated Apr 2020

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For nearly 90 years, artists and designers have called Academy of Art University their home. Founded in San Francisco and family owned since 1929, it is the largest private art and design university i ... Read More

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