The UIW Master of Arts with a major in Fashion Design allows students to prepare for careers in both industry and academia. The mainstream practice has been to emphasize academic careers. The proposed program is different in that both industry and academia will receive equal emphasis and the focus of courses in the curriculum will be to learn new skills while refining skills already acquired.
The master program with a major in Fashion Design is unique in the incorporation of teaching methodologies into each class and stressing the importance of the skills necessary in the fashion industry. Students in the master’s program will learn how to teach each of the courses that they are taking to complete their degree and further develop techniques learned in their undergraduate courses. No other master’s program provides graduate students with directive on how to teach the subject matter. This will give graduates of the master’s program a unique advantage, whether entering academia or industry.