The MFA Fashion curriculum requires that students work together on projects, learning from each other and developing an understanding of various subject areas. This will prepare individuals for working with colleagues in their future professional careers. Students are encouraged to experiment and develop their own ideas in order to achieve a balance between creativity and the reality of the marketplace. Skills are taught in market analysis, trend analysis, visual research, design conceptualization, marketing and promotion, product development, line-plan production, computer technology for design and production and professional portfolio presentation.
Studio courses hone the graduate candidate's mastery of fashion industry standards in design and construction, enhancing design excellence with computer skills, and preparing MFA candidates to launch themselves into the industry upon graduation.
Subsequent to intensive studio and academic courses, the graduate candidate is guided through directed study resulting in the Final Project--production of a professional fashion collection, portfolio, or merchandising project. Selected collections are chosen to be part of the Academy's Annual Fashion Show.