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.
FSH 105: Introduction to the Fashion Business
FSH 120: Color Science and Fabric Technology
FSH 184: Styling
FSH 188: Editorial Makeup & Hair Styling
FSH 168: Digital Tools for Fashion Media
FSH 252: Visual Merchandising 1
LA 108: Composition for the Artist
LA 120: Art History Through the 15th Century
LA 244: History of Fashion
PH 103: Digital Photography for Artists
FSH 108: Foundations of Fashion Journalism
FSH 145: Fashion Marketing 1
FSH 280: Personal Styling
LA 291: Designing Careers
FSH 274: Applied Textiles 1
FSH 297: Visual Merchandising: Tools & Materials
FSH 391: Fashion Product Styling
LA 121: Art History Through the 19th Century
LA 202: English Composition: Creative Persuasion & Argument
PH 145: Shot on Mobile
FSH 284: Photo Shoot Production for Stylists
FSH 352: Visual Merchandising: Space Planning and Directives
LA 110: Writing the Short Story
LA 147: History of Photography
FSH 109: Introduction to Fashion Product Design
FSH 308: Fashion Film Production
FSH 377: Visual Merchandising 2
FSH 384: Menswear Styling
LA 233: Popular Topics in Health, Nutrition, & Physiology
LA 245: History of Jewelry and Metal Arts from Around the World
FSH 472: Visual Merchandising 3
FSH 478: Editorial Styling
LA 292: Programming & Culture
LA 410: E-Commerce
FSH 109: Introduction to Fashion Product Design
FSH 484: Styling Portfolio & Promotional Strategies
LA 218: Blogging: Content Creation & Promotion
LA 359: Urban Sociology
LA 382: Film History 3: Contemporary Cinema
BFA Fashion Styling Degree Requirements
A 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.
Program Learning Outcomes
Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:
Research and Concept Development
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.
Visual Presentation Skills
Create professional and organized presentations that reflect an individual/personal style.
Demonstrate advanced skills in pinning, steaming, folding, and propping fashion products
Demonstrate basic skills in photography, composition, lighting, make-up artistry, and hairstyling
Verbal and Written Presentation Skills
Clearly express their ideas utilizing fashion industry vocabulary.
Competently pitch their ideas
Intelligently discuss major fashion movements and the work of key stylists, designers, photographers, and magazines
Design the visual aesthetic of pictures for fashion photoshoots, including clothes, accessories, backdrops, props, photographic styles, location, hair, make-up, and models
Manage production for commercial or fashion editorial photo shoots: crew, contracts, permits, transportation, catering, equipment
Assemble and coordinate creative teams for photoshoots, and conduct casting of models
Work effectively in a team
Assemble a network of vendors and showrooms to source clothes, accessories, and props
Create a relevant and original portfolio and collateral materials that can be used to market themselves to the industry
Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:
Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.