I am currently attending the Academy of Couture Art for a BS in Pattern Design. I have earned an AA in Fashion Design from a different fashion trade school I studied at prior to ACA. From the first day of class I INSTANTLY saw the difference from an American Fashion School (FIDM, Academy of Art, Art Institute, etc) to a high-end couture academy. The pattern design program is impeccable and the student learns every curve of the body, and how to create nearly perfect patterns on the first try... I know, I gasped too! I couldn't believe that it didn't take 5-8 fittings for the garment to fit right. The techniques you learn at this school are priceless. Prior to attending ACA, I had very limited confidence in my designs and pattern making skills. 3 quarters into the program, I managed to make 2 wedding gowns within 3 months!!! The instructors are very hands on and are ALWAYS available to help the student. Attending this school has been the best decision I've done to further my career to do what I love.