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Are there any really good colleges to go to for Fashion Design?

I plan on going into fashion design, and I'm struggling trying to find the right college to attend #fashion-design #college #fashion


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Hi Gabby,

I would recommend researching schools near you, or states that you would like to go to school in and see which ones offer a fashion program.

Also, here are some of the best schools for fashion and design per https://fashionista.com/2011/07/the-top-20-fashion-schools-in-the-united-states-the-fashionista-ranking

1. PARSONS, THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN* (NEW YORK)

Programs: Fashion Design, Fashion Studies, Fashion Marketing 

Number of students: Undergrads: 4,191; Graduate: 555; fashion design: 1,087; fashion marketing: 384 

Tuition: $38,510 

Famous Students/Grads: Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Narciso Rodriguez, Alexander Wang, Anna Sui, Jason Wu, Jenna Lyons (J.Crew), Chris Benz, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez (Proenza Schouler), Behnaz Sarafpour, Doo Ri Chung, Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock (Vena Cava), Flora Gill and Alexa Adams (Ohne Titel), Prabal Gurung, Steven Meisel, Thakoon Panichgul, Carmen Marc Valvo

2. FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (FIT)* (NEW YORK)

Programs: Design, Business, Marketing, Illustration, Styling, etc. 

Number of Students: 10,386 

Tuition: $5,168 (NYC/NYC residents); $13,550 for out-of-state residents 

Misc: Very comprehensive programs. Part of the SUNY network 

Famous Grads: Reem Acra, Francisco Costa, Nina Garcia, Carolina Herrera, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, Ralph Rucci 

The Bottom Line: In addition to fashion design, FIT offers fashion marketing, business, textiles, visual arts and countless other fashion-related degrees. The lecture series and FIT museum are exceptional. Valerie Steele, as Chief Curator of the Museum of FIT, gives this school a brainy credibility.

3. PRATT (BROOKLYN, NY)

Programs: Fashion Design 

Number of Students: Total undergrads in art & design program: 2,100; Fashion: 169 

Tuition: $37,500 

Misc: Part of a larger design school, so you can combine arts studies. 

Famous Grads: Jeremy Scott, Betsey Johnson (didn't graduate from Pratt), Andy and Debb 

The Bottom Line: Pratt has shed its image as an up-and-coming fashion design program and become a force to be reckoned with, which is why it's jumped up in our rating. Its student shows are getting more attention lately, and are attracting such luminaries as Vogue personalities and well-known designers. It's also one of the few design programs that offers electives in fashion editorial/magazine publishing.

The Bottom Line: Parsons is a fashion design powerhouse, and they have turned out tons of marquee name talent, particularly in the past 10 years. Many of their famous grads are now part of the faculty. Workshops and critiques by Donna Karan and the Proenza Schouler guys? Events like these are commonplace. Most of the faculty members work in the areas in which they teach. The students we spoke to raved about their instructors. What’s more, the school has partnered with many retailers and corporations (like LVMH) with the aim of getting student work seen and critiqued.

2. FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (FIT)* (NEW YORK)

Programs: Design, Business, Marketing, Illustration, Styling, etc. 

Number of Students: 10,386 

Tuition: $5,168 (NYC/NYC residents); $13,550 for out-of-state residents 

Misc: Very comprehensive programs. Part of the SUNY network 

Famous Grads: Reem Acra, Francisco Costa, Nina Garcia, Carolina Herrera, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, Ralph Rucci 

The Bottom Line: In addition to fashion design, FIT offers fashion marketing, business, textiles, visual arts and countless other fashion-related degrees. The lecture series and FIT museum are exceptional. Valerie Steele, as Chief Curator of the Museum of FIT, gives this school a brainy credibility. 

3. PRATT (BROOKLYN, NY)

Programs: Fashion Design 

Number of Students: Total undergrads in art & design program: 2,100; Fashion: 169 

Tuition: $37,500 

Misc: Part of a larger design school, so you can combine arts studies. 

Famous Grads: Jeremy Scott, Betsey Johnson (didn't graduate from Pratt), Andy and Debb 

The Bottom Line: Pratt has shed its image as an up-and-coming fashion design program and become a force to be reckoned with, which is why it's jumped up in our rating. Its student shows are getting more attention lately, and are attracting such luminaries as Vogue personalities and well-known designers. It's also one of the few design programs that offers electives in fashion editorial/magazine publishing.

4. KENT STATE UNIVERSITY* (KENT, OH)

Programs: Fashion Design; Fashion Merchandising 

Number of Students: Undergrads: 18,000; Fashion students: 200/year graduate from the school. 

Tuition: Ohio resident: $9,030; Non-Ohio resident: $16,900 

Misc: Has a garment center studio in NYC where 120 students/year go to study. 

The Bottom Line: With study-abroad programs in Paris and Milan, a huge endowment for scholarships, and a high-profile program allowing you to complete a fashion-focused undergraduate and MBA in fashion-focused business in just five years, this school is one of the top American fashion schools and keeps getting better. 

5. ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY* (SAN FRANCISCO, CA)

Programs: Fashion Design, Knitwear Design, Textile Design, Fashion Journalism and Fashion Merchandising & Marketing 

Number of Students: School: 17,000; Fashion students: 2,700 

Tuition: $17,760 

The Bottom Line: The only fashion school that shows at NY Fashion Week, and they have good fashion journalism, merchandising and business programs. Plus, we love their smart student fashion blog

6. SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN* (SAVANNAH, GA) 

Programs: Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing & Management, Accessories Design 

Number of Students: All undergrad programs: 9,800; Fashion students (includes non-design majors): 940

Tuition: $30,510 

Misc: Andre Leon Talley is on the Board of Directors and a Lifetime Achievement Award is given in his name every year. 

The Bottom Line: The new-ish dean, Michael Fink, is turning SCAD into a fashion powerhouse, with lots of new industry connections and faculty hires. Check out "SCAD Style" to see the high-level activities happening there. The Luxury and Fashion Management program is a standout, and pretty unique; you won't find many comparable programs. 


7. RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN* (PROVIDENCE, RI)

Programs: Apparel Design, Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Textiles 

Number of Students: Undergrads: 1,940; Fashion/apparel/textiles/jewelry: 200 

Tuition: $39,000 

Misc: You can cross-register at Brown University. 

Famous Grads: Nicole Miller, Sari Gueron, Philip Crangi, Marcia Patmos, Sarah Welsh & Madeline Davy (formerly of Octopi)

The Bottom Line: One of the most respected design schools in the world, their profile as a fashion design school is only getting rosier. This is a pure design school. While small, their fashion design is still on the national radar; last fall RISD partnered with Elle magazine and showed a student fashion show at New York Fashion Week. 

8. DREXEL UNIVERSITY* (PHILADELPHIA, PA)

Programs: Fashion Design, Design & Merchandising 

Number of Students: Undergrads in media arts and design: 2,800; Fashion: 120 Design and Merchandising: 260 

Tuition: $39,700 

The Bottom Line: Many students have won national and international awards, and gone on to study at the Chambre Syndicale and nabbed huge jobs in France. There's a sophomore year study abroad program at the London College of Fashion. The Design & Merchandising program includes a rigorous business component to prepare you for the biz. 

9. OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN *(LOS ANGELES, CA)

Programs: Fashion Design 

Number of Students: Undergrads: 1,200; Fashion students: 180 

Tuition: $34,450 

Famous Grads: Rick Owens (didn’t graduate--dropped out), Cynthia Vincent 

The Bottom Line: Otis is one of the top U.S. design programs in the country, so you're going to be surrounded by design experts. They have a fashion design mentorship program headlined by top designers. 

10. COLUMBUS COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN* (COLUMBUS, OH)

Programs: Fashion Design 

Number of Students: Undergrads: 1,291; Fashion: 122 

Tuition: $26,112 

The Bottom Line: Ohio for some reason has three fantastic fashion design programs, and this is one of them. Again, this is another pure design school so if you're looking for fashion business or marketing, look elsewhere. Limited Brands is headquartered in Ohio, and they frequently sponsor activities--and hire grads--from this small Midwestern design gem. 

11. CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF ARTS* (SAN FRANCISCO AND OAKLAND, CA) 

Programs: Fashion Design, Textiles, Jewelry Design 

Number of Students: Undergrads: 1,640; Fashion students: 65 (#'s from 2010

Tuition: $36,960 

The Bottom Line: A CFDA-affiliated school, its students have won many industry awards and landed jobs with marquee-name labels and companies. One of the fashion design school's 2011 grads was honored with Surface magazine's "Emerging Talent" award. The design world watches this school. 

12. UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI* (CINCINNATI, OH)

Programs: Fashion Design (combined w/Product Development) 

Number of Students: Undergrads: 24,000; Fashion Programs: 315 

Tuition: OH residents: $10,065; Out of state: $24,588 

Famous Grads: Stan Herman (former CFDA president) 

The Bottom Line: The design program, in general, consistently ranks as one of the best in the nation. While this is a fashion design program, there's a strong focus on business and marketing aspects. 

13. FASHION INSTITUTE OF DESIGN & MERCHANDISING (LOS ANGELES, CA) 

Programs: Fashion Design, Footwear Design, Costume Design, Jewelry Design, Textile Design, Merchandising (Fashion & Beauty Programs) 

Number of Students: 8,000 (all programs are undergrad/all are fashion-related) 

Tuition: $27,000-$36,000 depending on area of study. 

Misc: Most are Associate of Art degrees 

Famous Grads: Monique Lhuillier, Pamela Skaist-Levy (Juicy Couture co-founder), Randolph Duke 


The Bottom Line: A great vocational and design school for practical experience; FIDM also has an incredible career database for placement post-graduation. There are even beauty curricula. One recent grad got hired to tour with Rihanna as a member of her wardrobe team. You can get unique experiences here since LA is a hub of entertainment. 

14. SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO (CHICAGO, IL)

Programs: Fashion Design 

Number of Students: Undergrads: 2,500; Fashion students: 76 undergrads 

Tuition: $35,940 

Misc: Three-year curriculum within a four-year fine arts foundation. 

Famous Grads: Cynthia Rowley, Maria Pinto, Halston, Matthew Ames 

The Bottom Line: With a non-traditional fashion design program, Georgia O'Keefe's alma mater has a serious art and design pedigree. Along with fashion design, you can delve into fiber and material studies and tack on some media studies. This is a truly artsy program with unique experiences available. 

15. MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART (BOSTON, MA)

Programs: Fashion Design, Fibers, Jewelry 

Number of Students: Undergrads: 1752; Fashion Design: 110; Fibers: 39 Metals/Jewelry: 30 

Tuition: MA resident: $9,700; New England resident: $16,600; Out-of-state: $25,400 

The Bottom Line: This is an historic art college with a tidy fashion design program. The school offers a cool partnership with a collective in Brazil that focuses on sustainable products and encourages employment of local women artisans. 

16. OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY (CORVALLIS, OR) : 

Programs: Apparel Design, Merchandising Management 

Number of Students: Undergrads: 720 in the Dept. of Design & Human Development 

Tuition: OR resident: $7,700 Non-resident: $21,450 (based on 15 credit hrs) 

Misc: You can do merchandising management as a minor. 

The Bottom Line: Want to work at a sporty or heritage apparel company? The design and merchandising programs at OSU are feeders for Nike, Pendleton, Adidas, Columbia Sportswear and Eddie Bauer, all of which are headquartered in the outdoorsy Pacific Northwest.

17. UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI (COLUMBIA, MO)

Programs: Textile and Apparel Management--no design!! Offers a concurrent journalism minor

Number of Students: 250 undergrads in Textile & Apparel Management

Tuition: MO residents: $8,500 Non-MO residents: $19,690 

The Bottom Line: This is not a design school, but a very unique program offering insights into the production and business of fashion. It's an award-winning department with internationally respected faculty.

18. COLUMBIA COLLEGE (CHICAGO, IL)

Programs: Fashion Design, Fashion/Retail Management (the two programs have just been combined as Fashion Studies) 

Number of Students:Undergrads: 12,000; Fashion Studies: 850 

Tuition: $20,094 

The Bottom Line: A small program in a big city at a cool arts school. Columbia has a comprehensive journalism program, too. 

19. BAYLOR UNIVERSITY (WACO, TX)

Programs: Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising 

Tuition: $28,720 

Misc: A fashion education within a big, fun traditional U.S. university. Be aware that it also has a Christian educational requirement. 

Famous Grads: Jodi Arnold (Mint label) 

The Bottom Line: Thanks to some generous donors, Baylor has the largest collection of fashion design, merchandising and product development software and technology of any university in North America, including a state-of-the-art fabric printer so students can easily make their own fabrics. 

20. LIM COLLEGE (NEW YORK, NY)

Programs: Fashion Merchandising, Marketing, Management, Visual Merchandising. NO DESIGN 

Number of Students: 1,500 Students 

Tuition: $21,650 

The Bottom Line: LIM will give you thorough preparation for the behind-the-scenes aspects of the fashion business. 

BY CHERYL WISCHHOVER


Thank you so much! Gabby H.

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Katie’s Answer

Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York is a well known school for fashion design. Check out this article for the tops Fashion Design schools: https://fashionista.com/2011/07/the-top-20-fashion-schools-in-the-united-states-the-fashionista-ranking

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Check out https://fashionista.com/2011/07/the-top-20-fashion-schools-in-the-united-states-the-fashionista-ranking and see if any schools interest you

Thank you! Gabby H.

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Hemant’s Answer

FIT, New York is very good. As I am sitting in india National Institute of Fashion Technology popularly known as NIFT is also very good.


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