CCS Announces new Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Fashion Accessories Design in collaboration with Shinola

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CCS will offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree program in Fashion Accessories Design beginning in fall 2015.  One of only a few programs in existence in the country, CCS BFA in Fashion Accessories Design is a four-year course of study that educates students in the creation, design, and manufacturing of products that carry fashion brands across a range of consumer goods, including handbags, leather goods, accessories hardware, and footwear. The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA) is supportive of the program and advising CCS and Shinola as they develop the program curriculum to support the next generation of fashion accessories designers.

Fashion accessories represent a major global industry segment ($51 billion annually in the US alone) that is currently underserved. The curriculum will offer a unique opportunity to combine education in design, technology, and research to prepare graduates to excel at 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 trends forecasting and market research, fabrication techniques from handwork to large-scale manufacturing, supply chain management, branding, marketing, and merchandising.

The Fashion Accessories Design program builds upon CCS’s existing strengths in product design and the crafts disciplines, as well as its existing ties with industry partners, which include many of the world’s leading brands and creative economy companies. This program has been developed and will be offered in collaboration with Shinola, a Detroit-based company that produces watches, bicycles, leather goods, and journals.  Shinola will provide scholarships to ensure that the most talented students can attend this program as the incoming class. Shinola will also provide opportunities for first-hand industry experience and guidance to all students in the program. In addition, the Fashion Accessories Design program is supported by an Advisory Council that represents a broad cross-section of industry professionals.  

The Advisory Council includes:

Francesca Amfitheatrof, Tiffany & Co.
Lauren Bush Lauren, Feed Projects and Lauren Pierce Atelier
Linda Dresner, LINDA DRESNER
Catherine Forbes, The Forbes Company / Somerset Collection
Jen Guarino, Shinola
Heather Joyce-Velez,
Tom Kartsotis, Shinola
Steven Kolb, Council of Fashion Designers of America
Ashley Olsen, Dualstar Entertainment Group
Lisa Smilor, Council of Fashion Designers of America
John Varvatos, John Varvatos


For more information about the program, go here.

Applications are now being accepted for fall 2015. Begin your application here or call 313-664-7425.