Fashion Merchandising, Game Production At The International Academy of Design & Technology

September 18, 2007

IADT- Seattle Expands its Curriculum to High Growth Fields

Seattle, WA, September 18, 2007 - The International Academy of Design & Technology in Seattle (IADT - Seattle) announced two brand new programs that will launch on October 8, 2007. The Fashion Merchandising program will award both an Associate of Applied Science and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. The Game Design & Development program will award a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

IADT is offering these new programs due to the increased demand from students who want career training in these very popular fields.The gaming and interactive software industry is growing every year, and game designers exercise a unique blend of art and design skills as well as robust technology expertise. The IADT program has been developed to hone and integrate design talent and technology skills so that a student can successfully meet the demands of a career in the field of Game Design and Development. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook for 2006-2007 cites the growing need for multimedia artists and animators - a demand that will continue to increase as consumers demand ever more realistic computer video games, 3D animation in the movies, and on television.

According to Visual Communication Program and Game Design & Development Chair Greg Anderson, "We worked to create a curriculum that includes in-depth work in the creative aspects of design as well as the technical proficiencies that go into successful game design and development. Our graduates will be able to compete in the marketplace with the right set of skills for this emerging arena."

IADT's new Fashion Merchandising program was developed for students who are interested in the fashion industry, but who are not designers. IAD -Seattle has been offering a Fashion Design program since its opening in 2004, and the new programs in Fashion Merchandising offer students a strong foundation in apparel development – from design concept, to marketing, to sales. The intent of the Fashion Merchandising program is to help students develop a keen eye for design, as well as an instinct for what will sell. Professionals in merchandising must assess market trends and the buyer's needs, develop business plans, manage the buying process, and keep a watchful eye on order fulfillment.

Monir Zandghoreishi, Fashion Design and Merchandise Program Chair at IADT Seattle had this to say about the new program, "Fashion is much more than the fabrics, shapes, colors, textures, and styles that are used to create great garments. Fashion merchandisers make decisions about industry trends, market forecasting and demand, what will sell, and what consumers will buy. I am so proud of our program because it prepares students for industry jobs that complement the work of fashion designers and helps to make our industry strong."

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an associate or bachelor's degree is required for most entry-level positions in fashion. A two or four-year degree from a well-qualified fashion design school will provide new entrants with the best chances of obtaining jobs in the field.

IADT has a national reputation for delivering educational programs created to help students find opportunities and launch successful careers. In addition to Fashion Merchandising and Game Design & Development, IADT Seattle offers programs in Fashion Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Visual Communications, and Digital Media Production.

About IADT – Seattle
The International Academy of Design & Technology provides educational programs that are designed to prepare students for professional opportunities and career success in select design and technology fields. At IADT, students are part of an energetic community that shares ideas, solves problems, and finds new ways to approach work today and in the future. While enrolled at IADT, each student is given an opportunity to grow vocationally, intellectually and professionally.

The Seattle campus of IADT, which opened in 2004, offers a variety of Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in Fashion Design, Interior Design, Visual Communication, Graphic Design, Digital Media Production, Fashion Merchandising and Game Design & Development. The International Academy of Design & Technology is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees. For more information on IADT Seattle, call 206.575.1865 or visit www.iadtseattle.com.