Alongside apparel, the accessories sector is an important topic in the fashion industry in its own right. It is one of the largest industries worldwide and is a fast-moving, multi-faceted and internationally operating sector. Accessory design stands for the development of creative, intelligent and sustainable solutions for all sectors. It demands a high degree of creativity in addition to an understanding of craftsmanship or manufacturing technology. Accessories such as shoes, bags, belts, glasses, scarves, etc. are one of the segments with the highest turnover in the fashion sector. Both as an own market segment of the companies and as an additional business and image carrier through licensing. The job description of the accessory designer moves in the area of tension between personal and general style of expression, between commerce and applied art, own vision and current consumer needs as well as different cultural needs. The task is to develop concepts for designer and brand collections as well as fashionable offerings for the industry that meet consumer demands.
The aim of the course is to train creative designers with their own signature, who are able to combine individuality, quality craftsmanship and technical know-how in their concepts, to deal with problems in a positive way and to work in a solution-oriented manner, acting both as a specialist in the field of accessories and reflecting a sense of fashion and lifestyles as a whole.
Due to its diversity, the field of accessory design offers the opportunity to realize creative ideas as well as functional demands. Therefore, the professional career of graduates is very versatile: designer or product manager in all areas of accessories, at large and medium-sized companies as well as design coordinator between licensor and licensee. Individual fashion demands also offer good career opportunities for independent accessories designers and creative stylists. Due to the high demand for professional presentation of accessories and fashion, e.g. at fashion shows, exhibitions or for advertising photos, graduates can also work in advertising, press and styling agencies. Other possible career fields include fashion consulting and trend consulting, as well as public relations and journalism specializing in accessories. These require a high level of understanding of social and economic developments, of the creative processes of design, and a trained perceptiveness to define the demands of the market and describe them for buyers and end consumers. The theoretical training subjects also support these professional skills. The Accessory Design training takes into account the complex demands of the individual sectors.