The Associate in Applied Science degree in Fashion Styling is designed for students who have an interest in gaining an in depth understanding of the diverse professional path careers undertaken by a fashion stylist within the industry, as well as key notions in visual research and the editorial industries.
Core classes range from resources such as fashion shows, photography, visual merchandising and advertising campaigns.
Graduates will be prepared for entry level positions in the fashion industry. This program also prepares students with the key skills for entry onto the school’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Fashion Styling.
The Associate in Applied Science in Fashion Styling degree aims to provide a solid base in key skills of the fashion styling industry.
Alongside general education requirements the program provides students the chance to engage in the fashion industry from both a creative and business perspective enhancing the students’ skills, and encouraging them on how to rationalize ideas and develop their ability to visualize and communicate creative outcomes proficiently. This unique program forms multidisciplinary profiles capable of pursuing and developing diverse career paths a fashion stylist can undertake in professional practice such as: Trend Forecasting, Advertising and Visual Merchandising.
Over the course of five semesters, students are presented with exciting new challenges that will improve their critical independent thinking and develop their creative and fashion communication skills through digital media such as websites, blogs and social networks (from the history to the current Social Media influences).
Students will also gain an understanding of sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry. Visual and verbal communication skills will be developed and supported through the use of digital technologies, as well as gaining an in depth understanding of the new media environments and their contemporary applications. Through creative and visual research students discover the world of trends, and the role and influence of visual representation.
Participants are as well introduced to a brief historical overview to the emergence of criticism as well as looking at criticism in practice, investigating how to write for blogs, national press, and fashion magazines.
Cultural and historical analysis of art and dress further contextualizes and underpins the development of creative skills.
Students gain an understanding of the business of fashion, looking at marketing principles, practices, communication strategies and merchandising. Managers with both communication and management skills are rare. Today companies recognize and acknowledge the way fashion professionals ‘think’ as a strategic asset, an alternative to traditional management methods and approaches toward company growth.
- History of dress & costume
- Fashion styling
- Visual research
- Trend Forecasting
- Art and Cultural contexts
- Creative research
- General education studies