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Fashion Design

Innovation in fashion design results from a rigorous process of developing and editing ideas that address specific design challenges. Students in our program become educated and practiced in all aspects of the design process as they work towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Fashion Design.  With a student to faculty ratio of approximately 13:1, our intensive program features current and visible designers, who serve as mentors, working in tandem with expert, professional faculty to facilitate beneficial learning experiences. In the heart of the Fashion District in Downtown Los Angeles, Fashion Design boasts student access to the largest selection of textiles and notions in the U.S. just outside our doors. With abundant resources and references at their fingertips, students produce original designs and develop collections for their portfolio throughout their studies. In their Junior and Senior years, they have the opportunity to work in teams to create unique designs under the guidance of mentors, emulating professional designers and following the industry's seasonal schedule. Students emerge from our program as creative professionals prepared for the industry. Recent mentors for Juniors and Seniors include Ruben & Isabel Toledo, A|X, Anthropologie, Billabong, Halston, Patagonia, Nike, BCBG, Hurley, Urban Outfitters, Roxy, Disney, Johnny Was, and Cirque du Soleil. Junior and Senior designs are featured at the annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show, and showcased in the Neiman Marcus windows in Beverly Hills.

Fashion Design majors may opt to declare a Sustainability Minor.  Please see Minors for more information.
A proposal to create an area of emphasis in Costume Design within the Fashion Design major is expected to be approved by the beginning of Fall 2014. Students who are interested should inquire in the Fashion Design office.

Visit our blog and see student projects take shape in our studios.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students in the Fashion Design Department will:

  • Expand and perfect their artistic skills to support and enhance their future design careers.
  • Learn necessary technical skills related to clothing construction.
  • Develop a systematic, critical approach to problem solving at all levels of the design process.
  • Acquire extensive professional information regarding fashion design.
  • Demonstrate professionalism by meeting deadlines, effectively collaborating in teams, and working with professional designers.
  • View fashion design in a broader socio economic, historical, and environmental context.
  • Successfully articulate design ideas verbally, visually, and digitally.

 

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