When celebrities walk the red carpet, no one ever asks Where’d you get those shoes? Who designed that bag? Nice wallet — who’s it by? The real question is, how are you going to change all that?
Fewer than a half dozen schools in the United States focus on accessories design and only one in the Midwest: College for Creative Studies. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Accessories Design at CCS gives you head-to-toe preparation in accessories design — from your first bright idea through design and handwork to product manufacturing and distribution. You’ll learn how to predict trends, market your designs and manage a fashion brand from handbags and small leather goods to footwear and accessories hardware.
Developed in collaboration with Detroit-based company Shinola, offers unparalleled opportunities for real-world experience, including sponsored project studios and access to industry experts.
What Sets Us Apart?
- The CCS Fashion Accessories Design program is the first and only of its kind in the Midwest.
- The curriculum will prepare graduates to excel in all aspects of fashion accessories design from initial concept and design to final product manufacturing and distribution. In addition to a strong focus on creativity and design excellence, the program will cover topics such as trend forecasting and market research, fabrication techniques from handwork to large-scale manufacturing, supply chain management, branding, marketing, and merchandising.
- The CCS Fashion Accessories Design program is supported by an Advisory Council that represents a broad cross-section of the fashion accessories industry and leading brands, whose members include Francesca Amfitheatrof, Tiffany & Co.; Linda Dresner, LINDA DRESNER; Nicole Eisenberg; Catherine Forbes, The Forbes Company / Somerset Collection; Jen Guarino, Shinola; Tom Kartsotis, Shinola; Sara Kozlowski, Council of Fashion Designers of America; Richard Lambertson, Shinola; Lauren Bush Lauren, Feed Projects and Lauren Pierce Atelier; Trish O'Callaghan, Shinola; Ashley Olsen, Dualstar Entertainment Group; Lisa Smilor, Council of Fashion Designers of America; Heather Joyce-Velez, Target.com and John Varvatos.
Gallery of Student Work
Representative Career Choices
Leather Goods Designer
Soft Goods Designer
Color and Materials Specialist