Fashion Studies

New culture revolution
Mentorship by Amber Butchart
The Associate program in Fashion Studies is designed to address the cultural side of fashion. In a contemporary yet disconnected no-logo real world, understanding the deep dynamics of fashion and society is key to accessing and entering the fashion system with polychromatic knowledge conducive to helping the industry in different areas. Transforming concept into text, intangibility into tangibility and one culture into another is the role of the new fashion actor. From communications to events, branding to journalism and business to academy, becoming an independent fashion thinker of tomorrow requires turning into the character that will conceptually curate all processes.

KEY INFORMATION

  • Level: Associate
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Cost:14,000 per year
  • Language: English
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Start:September 28th 2020
End:June 12th 2021

Overview

The program brings into being professionals who are highly specialized and able to perform different roles in the social and cultural environments of fashion: critics, authors, writers, editors, consultants and communicators who manage the most sophisticated aspects of the fashion industry without giving up on creative and strategic thinking. This key figure in the contemporary panorama forecasts the direction of fashion, transforming the intangible into a multifaceted cultural product at the disposal of the multiple actors of the industry.

Candidates with a secondary school (high school) diploma or equivalent are eligible and selected after the admission process. English language proficiency is required. Lessons take place from October to June, amounting to a total of 600 contact hours. The program is completed with an internship in a fashion company at the end of the second year. Each academic year is worth 60 credits.

Study plan

First Year: Definition & Development
Fashion History, Contemporary Art, Aesthetics and Critical Thought, Fashion System, Creative Visual Thinking and Research, Fashion Psychology, Sociology of Imaginary, Fashion Photography, Fashion Writing and Journalism, Materials and Textile Culture, Cultural Industry.

Second Year: Application & Awareness
Fashion Politics, Fashion Branding & Visual Identity, Visual Practice, Fashion Marketing and Strategy, Contemporary Art Dynamics, Contemporary Fashion Dynamics, Cultural Anthropology, Fashion Curation, Fashion Trend Forecasting, Global Market: Demand & Supply.

Project work, seminars, workshops as well as company and museum visits are also included throughout the two-year program.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Associate program, students will be able to:

  • Learn the foundational knowledge in the human and cultural field of fashion to translate theoretical into practical.
  • Understand the mutual connection between the human being, society and the fashion system to implement change in all fashion business areas.
  • Combine a theoretical approach to methodological-operational aspects to interpret the phenomena of fashion.
  • Skillfully and deeply analyze the field of culture and fashion management relating to both humanistic and business system characteristics.
  • Develop undogmatic and critical thoughts about society and fashion.

Career opportunities

Graduates in Fashion Studies are qualified to work as Fashion Theorists and Writers, Fashion Critics, Fashion Consultants, Fashion & Image communicators, Visual Directors, Brand Communicators, Fashion Editors and Fashion Activists.

Mentor for the 2nd year

Amber Butchart
Amber Butchart
Fashion historian, Author and Broadcaster

Amber Butchart is a fashion historian, author and broadcaster who specialises in the historical intersections between dress, politics and culture. She is a former Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London, and is a regular public lecturer at the UK’s leading institutions from the Tate to the V&A, and as far afield as Dubai and Hangzhou. Amber is a National Crime Agency External Advisor as well as a Consultant Forensic Garment Analyst, working on cases that require investigation of clothing and textiles. She also researches and presents documentaries for the BBC, including the six-part series A Stitch in Time for BBC Four that fused biography, art and the history of fashion to explore the lives of historical figures through the clothes they wore. Her publications include The Fashion of Film, Nautical Chic, a history of British fashion illustration for the British Library and her latest book, The Fashion Chronicles: Style Stories of History’s Best Dressed.

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