Master in Fashion

Academy of Art University

Program Description

Master in Fashion

Academy of Art University

bfa fashion

The MFA Fashion curriculum refines and focuses your individual artistic vision with advanced coursework in design, merchandising textiles, and knitwear. Studio courses hone your knowledge of industry standards, combining design excellence with the mastery of the latest digital tools.

Graduate candidates are guided through a Directed Study which culminates in the production of a fashion collection and portfolio or merchandising project.

MFA Fashion Unit Requirements

  • Major 27 units
  • Directed Study 18 units
  • Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units
  • Electives* 6 units

TOTAL 63 units

*Per director approval

MFA Fashion Degree Requirements

  • Successful completion of Final Thesis Project.
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • A minimum grade of C in all required 63 units.

MFA Fashion - Program Learning Outcomes

Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

MFA Thesis Project

  • Present an original thesis concept worthy of the MFA degree.
  • Demonstrate the feasibility of their thesis project.

Specialty Skills: Design

  • Design Thesis: Create a body of work that will be built into a portfolio, representing an advanced level of achievement and targeted to a specific market segment.
  • Conduct research to develop their creative concept and build a visual story.
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of their market.
  • Communicate their design ideas 2-dimensionally using traditional and/or digital media.
  • Create advanced flat technical specification drawings by hand and by computer.
  • Design collections demonstrating a sophisticated understanding of fashion design and advanced technical skills.

Specialty Skills: 3-Dimensional Design/Technical Design/CDFP

  • Thesis: Create a body of work that will be built into a portfolio, representing an advanced level of achievement and targeted to a specific market segment.
  • Apply advanced 3D design techniques to create clothing to a professional standard.

Specialty Skills: Applied Textile Design

  • Thesis: Create a body of work that will be built into a portfolio, representing an advanced level of achievement and targeted to a specific market segment.
  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of repeats and engineered prints both on paper and fabric.
  • Design surface patterns for a wide variety of end products at an advanced level.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of computer software used in the industry.

Specialty Skills: Knitwear Design & Construction

  • Thesis: Create a body of work that will be built into a portfolio, representing an advanced level of achievement and targeted to a specific market segment.
  • Program and operate computerized industrial knitting machines.
  • At an advanced level: Develop their original design concepts from knit swatches through to garment design, illustrated and rendered to industry standards.
  • At an advanced level: Construct fully-fashioned as well as cut-and-sew knit garments to industry standards.

Specialty Skills: Fashion Merchandising

  • Merchandising Thesis: Research, plan, and write advanced-level project inclusive of a 3-year business plan based on selling product or services. Projects must include a visual component and marketing collateral and may include a prototype.
  • Gather, analyze and organize relevant data to support their projects.
  • Analyze case studies/and or project work, demonstrating critical thinking skills.
  • Make assumptions based on quantifiable research and statistics.
  • Establish realistic financial goals for a fashion business, retail or wholesale.
  • Correctly identify key points in the supply chain and demonstrate that they understand the relationships between its members.
  • Demonstrate command of visual merchandising presentation for fashion product and services.
  • Identify trends and determine what merchandise can be developed, marketed and sold.
  • Written Communication: Express concepts and strategies clearly using professional terminology.
  • Verbal Communication: Clearly convey ideas and concepts using specific fashion industry language.

Collaborative Skills

Collaborate effectively to produce creative projects.

Professional Practices

  • Create a relevant and original portfolio and collateral materials which can be used to market themselves to the industry.

Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status.

The program length is based on graduating in normal time.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at, http://www.academyart.edu/disclosures

BY SUBMITTING THIS FORM, I GIVE CONSENT TO ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY TO RECEIVE AUTODIALED AND/OR PRE-RECORDED TELEMARKETING CALLS, AND TEXT MESSAGES, FROM OR ON BEHALF OF ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY AT THE TELEPHONE NUMBER(S) PROVIDED HERE. I UNDERSTAND THAT MY CONSENT IS NOT A CONDITION OF MY RECEIVING SERVICES FROM ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY. ALL CALLS MAY BE RECORDED FOR QUALITY ASSURANCE.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated March 19, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is
Online
Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
Duration
Duration
2 - 3 years
Full time
Price
Price
982 USD
Information
Deadline
Locations
USA - San Francisco, California
Start date: Sept. 2018
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Dates
Sept. 2018
USA - San Francisco, California
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Price
per unit - 3 units per class.