With a lifetime of experience of fashion, in front of and behind the curtain, I am convinced that Paris should be at the heart of a fashion education. No other place in the world has the diversity you find here – from Haute Couture to Ready-to-Wear to market-driven fashion.
– Donald Potard, Chair of Fashion Design


The art and business of fashion give form and function to clothing, a basic human need, imbuing it with meaning in the ever-evolving language of style. The Fashion Design courses at P.C.A. are intimate and hands-on, allowing for each student to be closely followed by his or her instructor. Our classrooms emulate the working process of a professional design studio from conceptual drawings to the selection of colors and fabrics, as well as pattern-making and the construction of finished garments. Students acquire an understanding of tools, materials, construction techniques and textile design methods, enabling them to express their individual creative visions. Intensive concept and design courses, weekly critiques, workshops with industry professionals and the study of Parisian prêt-à-porter help students to develop originality and acquire an understanding of their craft. Beyond the school atelier, exposure to trade fairs, designer shows and museum exhibitions all foster a keen understanding of the European marketplace. Visiting critics help familiarize students with the design requirements and specificities of various markets, while company-driven projects expose students to the real world challenges they will face in the business of style. Senior year culminates with the construction and presentation of a personal collection and design portfolio.



  • Drawing I
  • 59116_fashion-runway-1024x835.jpgMaterials and Dimensions I
  • City as Studio
  • Introduction to Digital Media I
  • Introduction to Art & Design
  • Critical Thinking & Writing I
  • Drawing II
  • Materials and Dimensions II
  • Introduction To Digital Media II
  • Personal Project
  • Artistic Migrations: Paris
  • Critical Thinking & Writing II

Sophomore Year

  • Fashion Drawing I: Hand
  • Fashion Drawing I: Digital
  • Fashion Research Design Concepts I
  • Pattern Drafting I
  • 3D Fashion Design I
  • History of Fashion in the 20th and 21st Centuries
  • Liberal Studies Elective
  • Fashion Drawing: Hand II
  • Fashion Drawing II: Digital
  • Fashion Research and Design Concepts II
  • Pattern Drafting II
  • 3D Fashion Design II
  • Art History Elective
  • Introduction to Design Studies

Junior Year

  • Junior Design Studio I
  • Digital Fashion Studio I
  • Collection Concepts Development I
  • Textile Identification
  • Introduction To Design Studies
  • Studio Elective
  • Art History Elective
  • Liberal Studies Elective
  • Junior Design Studio II
  • Digital Fashion Studio II
  • Collection Concept Development II
  • Creative and Editorial Photography
  • Liberal Studies Elective
  • Studio Elective
  • Math/Science Elective

Senior Year

  • Senior Design Studio I
  • Fashion Collection Management
  • Studio Elective
  • Liberal Studies Elective
  • Senior Design Studio II
  • Studio Elective
  • Business Practices
  • Liberal Studies Elective

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Last updated November 30, 2018
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