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Fashion Design

Fashion Design Associate of Applied Science

The Art Institute of New York City can help you prepare for it.

Program Overview

In the Fashion Design program, you’ll develop skills in design and patternmaking. You’ll learn both traditional and computer-generated design as you develop your own sense of design and style. Graduates are prepared to seek entry-level employment such as costume designer, assistant fashion buyer, fashion designer, or seamstress.
Fashion Design

Program Description

The Fashion Design program at The Art Institute of New York City offers students a strong foundation of industry-standard professional skills and technical knowledge necessary for entry into the ever-evolving world of fashion. Students are exposed to, and encouraged, to integrate and implement both the creative and business aspects of the industry into their design decisions. Throughout the program, Fashion Design students will have the opportunity to gain and apply knowledge in a practical environment with the guidance of faculty and industry professionals. Students are expected to achieve competencies and develop skills in basic to advanced designing, sketching, sewing, flat-pattern drafting, draping, computer-aided designing, and creating professional portfolios. Upon graduating from the program, students are prepared to seek entry-level positions such as design assistant, production assistant, assistant grader, private label assistant designer, assistant stylist, assistant technical designer, trim coordinator, and sourcing coordinator.

Comprehensive understanding of the history, terminology, business practices, and careers of the industry
• Implement designs from concept to consumer
• Identify and solve design problems and create solutions
• Develop technical proficiency in patternmaking, sewing, draping, and design using both traditional methods and computer methods
• Understand the regulations and laws that apply to the textile and apparel industry
• Acquire an awareness of contemporary topics in the fashion industry, while utilizing and applying the use of research resources such as the library, museums, professionally acceptable Internet tools, and professional associations
• Create a professional, industry-standard portfolio that incorporates a body of work that is focused and branded with a personal vision
• Prepare students for a lifetime of continuous learning by giving them the skills and tools of inquiry, research, analysis, and communications while learning to place individual subjects into larger contexts
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Students need to meet all requirements. The Art Grant is not offered at all Art Institute schools and the grant amounts vary by location; check with the school you’re considering attending for exceptions and details.

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