Department of Fashion Design. BA degree in Fashion Design (state code 621W20003) in the area of Arts and the field of Design is delivered by the Department of Costume Design, Vilnius Faculty of VAA. The programme of Costume Design was started to teach in 1961 by the Textile Department. While the demand for fashion design professionals on the market was growing, the Academy meanwhile has accumulated sufficient methodological experience and a team of specialist teachers was formed. When adequate resources became available, a Department of Costume Design was founded in 1991. In 1995, when the Lithuanian higher education reform restructured degrees and study cycles, the Department developed two cycles of study programmes, leading to BA and MA degrees. When in 2010, study programmes in Design field within the Arts study area branched off, the study programmes of Fashion Design fell under Design field.
The aims of the study programme, means of delivery of studies and results were compared to other fashion programmes at different international conferences, meetings and exhibitions. Examples of such are: competitions of the international conference of fashion design schools Habitus Baltija (Riga, Latvia), fashion and textile section sessions in the framework of the International CUMULUS conference (Helsinki, Finland), during Open Days ofL’ Ecole Superieure des Arts Appliques Duperre (Paris, France), the International conference and fashion high schools show „I Love International Fashion“ (Ljubljana, Slovenia), etc.
The Department of Costume Design presents best graduation works at the yearly international industry and high school exhibition Baltic Textile and Leather, at LITEXPO venue. Teachers participate in exhibition-accompany in conferences, students participate in showcasing of collections and get their work displayed in the stands of VAA and some companies, like UAB Coat Lietuva and other.
The yearly international young designers’ competition Habitus Baltija in Riga announces the best fashion school; satellite conferences and methodological meetings feature scores of different fashion schools. The aim of attending these meetings is to promote degree programmes in Fashion Design by VAA and to compare the experience and achievements by other fashion teaching high schools. Both teachers of the Department and students are active participants. Students’ practice and student mobility are two other opportunities to promote the degree.