ACC approves degrees in fashion design and technical theater

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees approved two new associate degrees to prepare students for jobs in Austin's growing creative industry.

The Associate of Applied Science in Fashion Design equips students with the skills and experience to transform their fashion ingenuity into jobs in Austin's rapidly-growing fashion industry.

"Students will learn the technical skills required to become designers, buyers, and fashion design entrepreneurs," says Nina Means, director of ACC Fashion Incubator. "They'll work hands-on with some of the most innovative equipment available."

Classes will be held at the college's 7,500-square-foot Fashion Incubator at ACC Highland. Students will take courses in fashion marketing and design and will complete a capstone course in their last semester.

The program is expected to begin fall 2019 with an initial enrollment of 50.

Trustees also approved a new Associate of Applied Science in Technical Theater. The program prepares students for entry-level positions at entertainment venues and production companies. It includes two specializations in make-up artistry and costume technology and scenic construction, lighting, and media technology.

The new degree program addresses the growing needs of Austin's local creative sector.

There are more than 230 entertainment venues and performing arts companies in Austin.

"If you survey the theater owners in town, the biggest thing they lack is someone to help them run their space," says Thomas Nevill, Arts and Digital Media dean.

The program is expected to begin fall 2020 with an initial enrollment of 25.

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