The PhilaU fashion design program has semester study abroad programs including London, England at the American InterContinental University (AIU) and in Rome at the Center for Architecture and Fashion at UARC.
In addition to full semester study abroad opportunities, we also have partnerships with programs around the world including Milan, Tokyo and Paris for short course and faculty led options.
Through international experiences, fashion design students gain a cross-cultural mindset as they deepen their design skills. They learn to recognize, import and even anticipate trends. It is an education that gives them a competitive edge in fashion's global marketplace.
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Located in the heart of Rome at the beautiful Palazzo Taverna, the Center for Architecture and Fashion at UARC is a truly inspirational program that gives our students first hand experience of Italian fashion, architecture, art, history, and culture. The academic quality of this program is monitored by PhilaU faculty, and it is a perfect fit for for PhilaU fashion design students.
"Rome is a living museum where inspiration flourishes from classical elements and architectural wonders to the lively retail districts that are home to Valentino, Fendi and many other design houses. The 13th century Palazzo Taverna acts as an elegant backdrop for any student with aspirations of working in the fashion industry," said fashion design director Clara Henry.
Studio courses are taught by Italian stylist and costume designer, Antonella Buono. As a designer, Professor Buono will help students navigate the fashion scene in Italy, training students to see design through the Italian eye. In the studio, she will guide students in understanding the design principles and utilizing illustration skills as they relate to concept and line development for a specific market.
While studying at UARC, students live in apartments located in the center of Rome. The apartments are in traditional, well-established neighborhoods, such as Trastevere and Monteverde; lively areas that are full of markets, cafes and restaurants. Students will have a "full immersion" experience as they live and shop among the local Italians.