Qa_faqs | Do we offer certificates, diplomas and degrees?

The University of Fashion is more like a library (or a tutor) than a traditional school. Our subscribers come to us to learn at their own pace, not to get a formal educational credential. As a result, we don't award certificates, degrees or diplomas.

Yet, we offer the exact same fashion lectures and "how-to" demonstrations as the best fashion schools, because all of our lessons are taught by professional fashion designers or fashion college professors.

Every University of Fashion lesson will teach you how to make all or part of a garment, pattern, drawing or special project. Simply buy the fabrics and tools needed for a lesson (every lesson supplies this list), and then follow along with our instructor to make that lesson's featured garment or project. Our students demonstrate their knowledge of fashion design by proving their mastery. They show prospective employers or school admissions officers actual, sewn, cut, printed or drawn two- and three-dimensional samples of the projects they've created from our lessons.

When our students apply for pattern making or other designer jobs, or apply to great fashion schools, they send along photographs and/or actual samples of their work along with their resumes, portfolios and cover letters. When applying for admission to fashion schools, our students create and provide comprehensive portfolios of their work. The schools expect you to have this. We even have a lesson on how to make an effective fashion school portfolio!

Our students cite their University of Fashion experience in their resumés or CV's in a variety of ways, for example:

- University of Fashion (2015-2016): completed 3 projects/lessons ("Name of Lesson 1", "Name of Lesson 2" and "Name of Lesson 3"), or

- University of Fashion (2015-2016): Completed multiple lessons in Pattern making and Draping

- University of Fashion (2015-2016): Completed all lessons in Draping, Sewing and CAD

Many students want to encourage prospective employers to ask to see their work So, they add "3-D samples of all projects available for review" or "Photographs available for review" to their resumés.

We've all met people with decidedly deficient skills who had impressive degrees or certificates. But, University of Fashion students never disappoint, because they can actually prove they know what they're talking about!

Oh, by the way, here's a list of famous designers that never got a fashion certificate or graduated with a degree from a fashion college.

  • Coco Chanel
  • Karl Lagerfeld
  • Liz Claiborne
  • Pierre Cardin
  • Donatello Versace
  • Bonnie Cashin
  • Halston
  • Azzedine Alaïa
  • Joseph Altazurra
  • Ron Chereskin
  • Giorgio di Sant’Angelo
  • Gianfranco Ferre
  • Phillip Lim
  • Bob Mackie
  • Liliana Orcas Casabal
  • Franco Moschino
  • Molyneux
  • Carol Lim & Humberto Leon
  • Jean Patou
  • Guy Paulin
  • Charlotte Ronson
  • Rachel Roy
  • L’Wren Scott
  • Hedi Slimane
  • Elie Tahari
  • Richard Tyler
  • John Varvatos
  • Charles Frederick Worth
  • Sonia Rykiel
  • Elsa Schiaparelli
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Laura Ashley
  • Christian Dior
  • Oscar de la Renta
  • Perry Ellis
  • Hubert de Givenchy
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Christian Lacroix
  • Jeanne Lanvin
  • Miuccia Prada
  • Cristóbal Balenciaga
  • Victoria Beckham
  • Anne Marie Beretta
  • Lily Daché
  • Sir Hardy Amies
  • Tom Ford
  • Guy Laroche
  • Issey Miyake
  • Thierry Mugler
  • Jean Muir
  • Lily Pulitzer
  • Paco Rabanne
  • Nina Ricci
  • Jil Sander
  • Olivier Theyskens
  • Emanuel Ungaro
  • Madeleine Vionnet
  • Vivienne Westwood
  • Raf Simons
  • Jessica Simpson
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Calvin Klein
  • Geoffrey Beene
  • Michael Kors
  • Kenneth Cole
  • Rudi Gernreich
  • Gianni Versace
  • Vera Wang
  • Diane Von Furstenberg
  • Gloria Vanderbilt
  • Christopher Bailey
  • Thom Browne
  • Tory Burch
  • Oleg Cassini
  • Nino Cerutti
  • Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Rei Kawakubo
  • André Courrèges
  • Eileen Fisher
  • Madame Grès
  • Carolina Herrera
  • Charles James
  • Pauline Trigère
  • Carlos Miele
  • Mary Kate & Ashley Olson
  • Jeanne Paquin
  • Paul Poiret
  • Emilio Pucci
  • Marcus Wainwright & David Neville
  • Kate and Laura Mulleavy

The University of Fashion can help you to become a happy, successful fashion design!

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