School of Fashion

As a student at Academy of Art’s School of Fashion, you will be equipped with everything you need to pursue the fashion career of your dreams. Trained and mentored by our accomplished faculty, fashion school students at the Academy are encouraged from day one to bring their creative visions to life both in the classroom and on the runway.

We offer degree options that span the entire fashion career spectrum. Our hands-on curriculum covers every aspect of the creative process and teaches students to turn fashion concepts into relevant, responsible, and beautiful work. Whether you are interested in designing and styling garments or developing fashion brands and products—you will gain thorough knowledge of the fashion industry as you prepare to become a part of it.


Fashion Degrees

No matter what your passion is, chances are we have a degree program for you. Interested in the business of fashion? Future fashion entrepreneurs thrive in our fashion-specific business and communications degree programs. Aspiring designer? Learn to turn your fashion concepts into relevant, responsible, and beautiful work. Wherever your interests lie, you can go after the fashion career of your dreams at Academy of Art University's School of Fashion.

Road to Fashion Show

The ability to take your designs and dreams to the runway. That’s what the Academy’s School of Fashion graduates get to experience each spring and fall season as part of their final thesis projects. To shine a light on this thrilling story, we created a three-part video series to illustrate the path of a few of our Fashion Design graduates. Over two full semesters, 23 students opened up to show us the design process from beginning to end, demonstrating the determination and intricate processes needed to transform their initial inspirations into the fashions of the future.

Road to Fashion Show Part 1 - INSPIRATION
Road to Fashion Show Part 2 - PROCESS
Road to Fashion Show Part 3 - RUNWAY

Learn Online

Our revolutionary online courses provide the same rigorous education that we offer on campus with greater flexibility. Our online programs are purpose-built to deliver art and design courses. Study on your own time, at your own pace. Combine online and on-site classes. Find Out More

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The School of Fashion employs nationally and internationally recognized industry professionals as instructors; their connections to and work within the fashion and fashion-related industries helps to maintain the pulse on current industry practices, internship and job openings, and industry contacts.

Featured Stories

Alumni Success - Aviva Stanoff: Exotic & Innovative Surface Design
Student Success - Fashion: Alyssa Watson, When Fashion Meets Technology
Student Success - Fashion: Eden Slezin - A Fashion Story
Alumni Success - A Fashion Journalism Story: Styling for People With Disabilities
Alumni Success - Yenifer Ubiera: Fashion Styling in NYC
Student Success - Fashion, Maria Aalto MET Gala The Art of The In-Between

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Industry Partnership

Supima Cotton

Supima has worked with Academy of Art University students to showcase their designs at their annual fashion show. In addition, Supima has donated fabric for the past two years for students to use in their senior collections.

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Fashion Shows

Since 2005, the School of Fashion has presented collections created by select students and recent graduates during New York Fashion Week. One of the most impressive parts of these shows are the collections created through collaborations in textile, knitwear, and fashion design.


Careers in Fashion

As one of the top art and design schools in the country, Academy of Art University’s fashion school offer graduates a wide range of opportunities to choose from. Our facilities, faculty, and hands-on learning approach are designed to provide you with the tools you need to succeed as a professional in the world of fashion. VIEW ALL CAREERS

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Fashion Designer
Based on your conceptual vision, your grasp of fashion direction, and your ability to anticipate designs that will appeal to consumers, you will transform your fashion inspirations into original collections of clothing. Sketch, select colors and fabrics, and give direction to make the products you design.
As a fashion stylist, you will provide on-set art direction for editorial and catalog fashion shoots and support merchandising strategy with brand and theme-based shoots
Knitwear Designer
You will create ideas for a range of products including sweaters, cardigans, knit jackets and coats, knit dresses, and knit accessories. A wide variety of environments will be open to you - from retail brands, to boutiques, to freelancing and will work with apparel manufacturers to create men's, women's, and children's fashions for the mass market.
Visual Merchandising Director
As a visual merchandising director, you will help promote the image, products, and services of retail and wholesale businesses. You’ll create eye-catching displays using visual and graphic elements, and organize brand-related special events.
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