Academy of Art University (San Francisco, CA, United States)

Ryan Roche accepting her CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award in November 2014. Photo: Neilson Barnard for Getty

Ryan Roche accepting her CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award in November 2014. Photo: Neilson Barnard for Getty

Programs: Fashion Design for Womenswear, Menswear and Childrenswear, Technical Design, Textile Design, Knitwear Design, Costume Design, Accessory Design, Fashion Illustration, Fashion Journalism, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Styling, Fashion Merchandising, and Visual Merchandising

Annual Tuition: 
Undergraduate: $19,444
Graduate: $21,840

Famous Grads: Ryan Roche 

What the Students Say:
"Usually the backlash we receive from the school actually comes from dropouts and it's because those dropouts weren't serious about the program or didn't realize how hard our program is. It's all up to you how well you do here and how much effort you put into getting your name out there."

"I am an MA student in the Fashion Journalism program, which is the only one of its kind in the nation. It is fairly new, which also means the school is still working out the kinks. If you plan to attend for fashion journalism, be prepared for a very disorganized administration and rudimentary courses with instructors who lack experience teaching."

"The workload is heavy, don't expect it to be all fun. There are the fundamental classes that everyone has to go through, but it is all beneficial. Towards the end of the semester, your classes will be half the size they were in the beginning."

"Make sure it's exactly what you want to do, if you come to the academy indecisive... don't come just yet because it's a lot of hard work! Time and effort is key to being successful here as a fashion student. If you only give 50% you'll get back 25% of that effort. Being in fashion alone is all about passion. If you love designing, learning and being creative, this school is great! It challenges you to focus on whats important not only in your school work but also as a person."

The Bottom Line:
The only fashion school that shows during New York Fashion Week, and they have good fashion journalism, merchandising, and business programs.

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