College for Creative Studies works with Shinola to develop fashion accessories design program

Associated Press

The College for Creative Studies is working with a business that makes watches and other goods in Detroit on plans for a degree program in fashion accessories design, officials said Thursday.

The bachelor of fine arts program is scheduled to begin starting in the fall of 2015 at the Detroit school. The four-year program will aim to educate students in the creation, design and manufacturing of products such as handbags, leather goods and footwear.

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The College for Creative Studies is working on developing the curriculum with Shinola, which makes watches, bicycles and leather goods.

"To be able to partner with Shinola ... ensures that are students will be equipped with the necessary tools to succeed," Richard L. Rogers, the school's president, said in a statement.

The program also will cover topics such as trends forecasting and market research, fabrication techniques, supply chain management, branding, marketing and merchandising. Shinola plans to offer scholarships and opportunities for firsthand industry experience.