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Fashion Design

The future is yours to create
The Art Institutes can help you prepare for it.

Start making a name for yourself.

Your hands-on learning will be guided by talented and experienced instructors. But your fashion design education is all about bringing out your own individual style as you work through design challenges drawn from the real world and explore what it takes to take styles from concept to consumer.

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What you can learn

You’ll start with fundamentals like color theory, fashion drawing, patternmaking, accessory design and life drawing, then begin to add to your skills. Courses can include:

  • Patternmaking
  • Technical drawing
  • Fashion drawing
  • Sewing techniques
  • Event & fashion show production
  • Trends & concepts in apparel
  • Current designers
  • Digital textile design
  • Business ownership
  • Concept development
  • Product development
  • Merchandise management
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See the work of our Fashion Design students.

Shoes designed by Andrea Vivas

Fashion Design student Andrea Vivas met the challenge of creating a summer canvas resort collection by hand-making several pairs of shoes. Get insights from her and her instructor.

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Fashion Design by Lina Palacios'

Also take a look at the complete menswear look that student Lina Palacios created for her class project.

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Follow our alumni's path to success.

Alumni success stories

Fashion design graduates from The Art Institutes system of schools have the credentials to help create the next wave of fashion, from online boutiques to blogs to the development of sustainable materials. With our education programs, you can join our nationwide community of alumni who are helping shape the future.


Gustavo Cadile’s gorgeous dresses are worn by celebrities all over the world. Read the inspiring story of this graduate of the Fashion Design program at Miami International University of Art & Design. And watch our TV spot that features his creations.

Explore our alumni from all programs

Notable alumni

Learn more from some of our grads who’ve made a name for themselves as they talk about their education, their careers, what Create Tomorrow means to them, and their advice for aspiring creative professionals.

Calvin Tran

Calvin Tran

Fashion Designer

Hear Calvin's story

Karey Uhler

Karey Uhler

Graphic Designer

Hear Karey's story

Stig Asmussen

Stig Asmussen

Creative Director, Sony Computer Entertainment

Hear Stig's story

Tiffany Derry

Tiffany Derry

Executive Chef and Owner, Private Social

Hear Tiffany's story

Nathan Shriver

Nathan Shriver

Creative Director, Under Armour, Inc.

Hear Nathan's story

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