"Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening ."
~ Coco Chanel
The School of Fashion
In fashion, you must be unique. The Academy's School of Fashion combines European artisanship with New York industry savvy, California freshness with modern American technology. You'll experience a curriculum designed like no other. This one-of-a-kind learning opportunity at the best fashion school in the country is enhanced by a strong faculty influenced by the distinctive St. Martin's touch.
You'll learn fashion design basics and develop your own fashion career with designers and merchandisers from fashion houses like Versace, Calvin Klein, Givenchy, Claude Montana, and Alexander McQueen.Success in the world of fashion depends on a strong sense of style and an unerring feel for design. These are not innate abilities programmed into the genes at birth; they must be learned, and they must be lived.
In response to the need for experts in the fast growing beauty industry at retail and product development levels, the School of Fashion is proud to announce new courses in the "Business of Beauty". From the history of the beauty industry to current merchandising tactics, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the cosmetics and fragrance business.
The Online School of Fashion
The online School of Fashion currently offers Master of Fine Arts degree programs, Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs, and Associate of Arts degree programs. The Fashion curriculum refines and focuses the student's individual vision and aesthetics for fashion, offering courses in design, merchandising, visual merchandising, textiles, and knitwear. Studio courses hone the student's mastery of fashion industry standards in design and construction.
The program combines design excellence with computer skills, preparing our graduates to launch themselves into the industry upon graduating. Intensive studio and academic courses culminate in the production of a professional fashion collection or portfolio. A student's portfolio demonstrates mastery of the mutually productive elements of individual style and technical expertise.
Selected collections are chosen to be part of the Academy's Annual Fashion Show. Merchandising majors acquire the skills needed to succeed in the fashion industry in buying, product development, retail management, or marketing.
Firms Hiring Academy of Art University Graduates
Louis Vuitton, Max Studio, Gap, Inc, Van Heusen, Nike, Burberry, DKNY, Kenneth Cole, BCBG, Marc Jacobs.
More Information on Programs
Check the Online Course Schedule to see which courses are being offered next semester. If you are interested in the online Fashion program or other online programs, please contact us:
Course Hardware Requirements
While the majority of classes in any online degree we offer can be completed on either a Macintosh or PC computer, the individual online degree description pages on this web site will notify you if that particular degree offers any classes requiring software that is only available on either a Macintosh or PC computer. The icons below will also be shown on the online degree pages that offer such classes.
It is recommended that online students refer to these description pages for the degree that they are pursuing prior to purchasing a new computer.
The School of Fashion Design, located a few blocks from downtown San Francisco and Union Square, houses four areas of specialization: Fashion Design for Women's wear, Men's wear and Children's wear, Textile design, Knitwear design and Fashion Merchandising and Marketing.
Facilities include (3) 10-yard textile repeating print tables, 300 silk screens, Industrial Heat transfer Press, Yardage steamer, a Vacuum table, 10 single harness-weaving looms, 11 pattern drafting tables, digital pattern drafting table and plotter, 75 collapsible dress forms, 11 industrial steaming and pressing stations, 45 Industrial sewing machines, including single needle, flat lock and over lockers. Recent additions to the department include eight new sportswear dress forms in our MFA studio.
The department also provides 2 Stoll America Industrial Knitting production machines, 16 single bed and 10 double bed knitting machines, 2 industrial linkers and 2 domestic linkers.