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School of Fashion Design

School of Fashion Design


Fashion Design

Highly career-oriented, this program aims to encourage and prepare students to embrace their style to create their own voice in the vibrant Southern California fashion industry and its many professional opportunities in the field. Our projects and activities mimic a range of careers in fashion design and merchandising - from creating ready-to-wear apparel, costumes, and/or high-end design, to manufacturing, retail, and marketing - in order for students to have industry-based, practical, and hands-on experiences. This includes students’ participation in our yearly fashion show, where they play multiple roles –from creating, illustrating, pitching, and criticizing their design ideas, to producing the hair, makeup, styling, and modeling of their garments. The program also includes many students’ extracurricular activities, such as the promotion and organization of our school’s Halloween Costume Contest and controlling all administrative and operational aspects of the Pop-Up Thrift Store that fashion students manage on-site. Students complete the program with a capstone portfolio to be presented in their chosen academic programs and/or job interviews.


Entrance Criteria
As in all the schools at Renaissance High School for the Arts, students need a driving passion within the school they choose. Regular attendance and scholarly behavior will increase each school's experience by the individual. RHSA is not a spectator school and demands students engage within the community to make a greater whole!  At Renaissance, students learn and DO!

Fashion Design at RHSA

Sample Schedule

Our four-year listed strand is designed to reflect our learning community’s demand, academic requirements, and industry models to maximize students’ experiences in preparation for their next steps within the field. All our pathway courses listed follow the Long Beach School District Visual Arts as well as Career Technical Education guidelines and standards.

Sample Schedule

Grade 9

  • Art 1-2: Foundations of Art
  • English 1-2 Accelerated
  • Algebra 1 or Geometry
  • Biology: The Living Earth
  • Spanish or support class
  • Fitness/Recreation or Dance
  • Arts Elective

Grade 10

  • Introduction to Fashion, Apparel & Design
  • English 3-4 Accelerated
  • Geometry or Algebra 2
  • Modern World History
  • World Language
  • Fitness Recreation or Dance
  • Arts Elective


Grade 11

  • Fashion, Textiles & Apparel
  • English 5-6 or AP English Language
  • Algebra 2 / I.D.S. / Pre Cal
  • U.S. History or AP U.S. History
  • Chemistry in the Earth System
  • Arts Elective
  • Arts Elective or LBCC course


Grade 12

  • Advanced Fashion, Textiles & Apparel
  • Diverse Voices or AP English Literature
  • I.D.S. or Pre Cal
  • U.S. Gov't/AP U.S. Gov't and Economics
  • Arts Elective
  • Arts Elective
  • Arts Elective or LBCC course



"Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening."


– Coco Chanel

Work-Based Learning

  • On Campus Thrift Store
  • Annual Fashion Show

Industry Partners

  • Long Beach City College & California State University at Long Beach (Fashion Departments)
  • Los Angeles Trade Tech College

Meet the Director: Marina Vilhena

Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, I moved to California shortly after high school to continue my education and follow my dream to become an educator in the field of arts. After years of training and experience in the industry, it is my honor to be part of and contribute to our dynamic and diverse learning community at RHSA as a teacher of Visual Arts and Fashion Design.

For More Information

Contact Mrs. Vilhena at or (562) 901-0168