Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design


Program Description

Due to the pandemic, we anticipate that some students may have difficulty getting to Paris by the last week of August. For this reason, we have developed a Late Arrival procedure through which you may follow your courses from a distance for up to the 5th week of class. We are also in the process of preparing our campus to comply with the rigorous new health and safety protocols mandated by the French government. We can provide more detailed information on the long list of these safety measures upon request. 

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.

Why is Paris the best place to learn these fashion skills and techniques?

France is an industry leader in cosmetotextiles (Lytess) as well as technology companies (Lectra, Dassault system) and robotics. Furthermore, since the XVII century France has been a leader in luxury products and haute couture, excelling in both creativity and know-how (i.e. technique). French fashion and luxury represent 25% of the world’s total luxury business, with a turnover of 50 Billion euros per year (80% exported), making France the largest actor in the industry.

In Paris, we are able to combine both traditional and technological expertise in order to pave the way to not only create new couture but to improve mass customization, both of which are going to influence creativity and distribution in the near future.

Moreover, Paris is a wonderful place for arts and culture. There are 137 museums, including two fashion museums as well as fashion exhibitions all year round in different venues throughout the city.

Paris is the only place in the world to host 6 Fashion Weeks per year (Haute Couture, Women’s Ready-to-Wear, and Men’s Ready-to-Wear).



  • Drawing I
  • Materials 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

Last updated Jun 2020

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Paris College of Art is a dynamic forum for exchanging ideas, methods and professional experience. Our students and faculty combine curiosity, experimentation and enthusiasm in the pursuit of learning ... Read More

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