June 2016, Volume 20, Number 3

Academics

Designed for Success

Fashion model
MDC’s new degree in Fashion Design & Merchandising is the only program of its kind offered at a public college or university anywhere in the state.

MDC’s soon-to-be-launched Miami Fashion Institute will help position Miami as an international fashion hub by providing an educational infrastructure to develop a skilled workforce.

The state-of-the-art facility puts students at the cutting-edge of dynamic jobs in the fashion industry with the new degree in Fashion Design & Merchandising, the only program of its kind offered at a public college or university anywhere in the state. The initiative is made possible with the support of a $2 million donation from the Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Foundation.

The curriculum and the latest technology students will encounter as part of this program impart knowledge and skills in product development, fashion forecasting and research, merchandising strategies and retail analysis, creative design, clothing construction and portfolio development.

Miami is a creative and growing global city that is attracting the world’s attention, and major players in the fashion industry are taking notice of all Miami has to offer. High-profile designers such as Naeem Khan, who plans to move production to Miami, and Rene Ruiz, who wants to expand his existing operations in Miami, have both provided feedback on the program and believe it will help the local industry flourish.

With Miami’s fashion industry poised for such growth, MDC’s newest program helps address employers’ needs and demands in areas including merchandising, pattern design, sewing operations, graphic design, business operations, wholesale and retail purchasing, and set and exhibit design, as well as planning and logistics. MDC has formed an international advisory board of designers, manufacturers and retailers, ensuring that both students and the industry will benefit tremendously from this new initiative coming this fall.

For more information, visit mdc.edu/fashion or call 305-237-3675.

— AMS


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