To work in fashion today, you’re going to need a top quality education. To that end, here is a list of the top 10 fashion schools in us ranked by jobs provided, programs offered and overall sentiment by fashion industry leaders.
Parsons: The New School for Design
Parsons regarded as one of the top schools in the country, is located in NYC and has over 6,000 students in the fashion, design and marketing programs. Parsons is widely known all over the U.S. for producing some of the most talented fashion majors. Parsons offers degrees in fashion design and fashion marketing, with a particular focus on sustainable design. Parsons offers workshop critiques by fashion icons like Donna Karen and Proenza Schouler and partnerships with companies like LVMH. Tuition starts at $38,541. For more information visit www.newschool.edu/parsons .
Kent State University
Located in Kent Ohio, this school offers study programs in Paris and Milan and operates a garment studio in NYC. Kent State has over 2000 design students focusing on fashion design and accelerated fashion MBA degrees. Tuition for Ohio residences is $9,000. For non residence tuition is $16,000. For more information see www.fashionschool.kent.edu
The Academy of Arts University San Francisco
One of the top fashion design schools in the country, this school offers degrees in fashion design, fashion marketing, fashion journalism and textile design. They are also the first fashion school to show at NY Fashion Week. The School of Fashion has graduates at companies like Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, BCBG and Gap Inc. among others. This school has 17,000 students and 2,600 in fashion programs. Visit www.academyart.edu/fashion-school to know more.
Savanna College of Art and Design
With over 9,800 students, this school features excellent industry connections and job placement. SCAD offers one of the largest and most comprehensive fashion programs in the US with a balanced curriculum of design and construction. Programs offered through the School of Fashion include accessory design, fashion, fashion marketing and management, as well as a luxury and fashion management degree program. See www.scad.edu for more.
Drexel University’s Westphal College of Art and Media Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, which gives its stamp of approval to only the top schools in the county. Drexel offers degrees in fashion design and merchandising. They also offer a partnership with the London College of Fashion for studies abroad. Tuition starts at $39,700. Visit drexel.edu/westphal
Columbus College of Art and Design
Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus Ohio is a private institution founded in 1879. This design school offers strictly fashion design degrees. CCAD is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. It has a partnership with Limited Brands, for sponsored activities and job placement after graduation. Many of the school’s graduates are independent designers and others work for well-known companies such as Limited Brands, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, Tommy Hilfiger, Pepe Jeans of London and many more. Visit www.ccad.edu for more info.
University of Cincinnati
This school offers fashion design/product development degrees. It has over 24,000 student, 222 of them in the fashion program. Tuition for non residence is $24,588; in state tuition is $10,065.
Los Angeles Fashion Institute for Design and Merchandising
FIDM located in California offers various degrees in fashion, footwear, jewelery and textile design as well as merchandising. The school has over 8,000 students and is well connected to the entertainment community. Executives from fashion companies such as Juicy Couture, Guess Inc., Cotton, Inc., and Disney are guest speakers and mentors for Fashion Design students. Tuition starts at $27,000 to $36,000.
Oregon State University
Apparel design and merchandising is this schools specialty with past graduates like Eddie Bauer and designers for Columbia Sportswear. In state tuition is $7,700, otherwise tuition is $21,450.
Located in Chicago, this school offers degrees in fashion design and retail management. This school boosts 850 students, it is well connected to the fashion industry and tuition starts at $20,000
While there are many other schools, these ten continually top the list. Whether you want a dedicated fashion school or a traditional university, you should find a school on this list that will be perfect for your educational needs.
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