One program highlight is the annual Spring Fashion Show.
The show runs to two separate audiences and features designs this year from 34 separate designers; and the show is collaboration with several other Drexel University departments. The school is home to nearly 34, students enrolled in more than degree programs across 12 colleges and 65 academic departments. The Department offers several unique programs for aspiring fashion designers.
The schools embrace of innovation is apparent in their increasing inclusion of online study options for students. TATM fashion students have access to spacious studios outfitted with the latest technology to design textile products and fabrics as well as prototypes.
OSU, located about an hour and a half South of Portland, is an international public research university that draws people from all 50 states and more than countries. It is home to more than 30, students enrolled in over undergraduate and plus graduate degree programs across 11 academic colleges.
The apparel design major is a four year program with a redesigned curricular that has an emphasis on outdoor and performance wear with an integration of business principles. Graduates learn about the apparel industry that dominates the Pacific Northwest. All students follow the common design core program, designed to be completed in two years and provides a comprehensive foundation of design concepts. There are a variety of programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers. Program highlights include participation in the Annual Fashion Show, optional membership in the Fashion Show Production Club, the Fashion Styling Club and other organizations, and study abroad opportunities.
The school offers 26 creative majors leading to an AA, BA or BS in the areas of fashion, graphics, interior design or entertainment. There are also annual study tours that will take students to fashion capitals such as New York, Paris, London, Rome, Milan, and more. Chartered in , Baylor University is currently home to 16, students enrolled in more than degree programs across nine colleges and schools.
The Apparel Merchandising program at Baylor focuses on developing skills, including communication, analytical thinking, teamwork, and ethical behavior. These skills help graduates as they apply management, marketing theory and business principles to the global apparel industry. It is home to 33, students enrolled in more than degree and certificate programs through 15 colleges and schools.
Manhattan is known as "The Little Apple" and has avibrant college-town atmosphere. K-State is home to more than 22, students enrolled in plus undergraduate majors and options, and plus graduate study programs, including graduate certificates. ATID offers several programs for aspiring fashion designers. In addition, the Department features mandatory internships, faculty-led study tours in the U.
Graduate offerings include a M. Academy of Art University was established in The school, which had a fall enrollment of 7, students, offers dozens of programs in the areas of art and design. The School of Fashion at Academy of Art offers several programs for aspiring fashion designers.
A BA degree in Fashion Journalism is also offered. The school is home to more than 66, students enrolled more than majors and degrees across 15 colleges and schools. The College of Education and Human Ecology is home to the Department of Human Sciences, which offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers. Finally, merchandising students will have the opportunity to travel to New York City to attend the National Retail Federation's annual student event.
This major affair offers networking opportunities with retail professionals and the chance to meet with recruiters that do not routinely recruit at OSU. The school is home to 36, students enrolled in majors and academic programs across 17 colleges and schools.
Program highlights include the six-week London Study Abroad Program, Maymester programs that include 10 days in China and three weeks in Ghana, and optional membership in student organizations such as the Student Merchandising Association or the Fashion Design Student Association.
The University of Delaware UD was chartered in and it is currently home to more than 20, students enrolled in more than degree programs across seven schools. The FAS department is home to approximately undergraduate majors, split between studies in Apparel Design and Fashion Merchandising.
In the area of graduate studies, the department offers a Master of Science in Fashion and Apparel Studies with thesis and professional project options. There is even an online graduate certificate program Socially Responsible and Sustainable Apparel Business. This award winning degree addresses labor and environmental problems in the global supply chains for the apparel, textile, and footwear industries.
Program highlights include the opportunity to complete an internship at home, overseas, or both and the UD Visiting Student Program. Marist College was founded in It is home to more than 6, students enrolled in more than degree programs and minors across seven schools.
The School of Communication and the Arts offers several programs for aspiring fashion designers. Marist's strength in internship placement, and unusual depth of internship opportunities, derives from our close proximity to New York City.
In the fashion capital of the world, students have access to a wide variety of work environments. The School of Communication and the Arts encourages all students to complete two internships, which will give them a strong advantage when it comes to job opportunities.
Indiana University IU was founded in It houses more than , students, eight campuses, and 20,plus faculty and staff. The fashion design program offers a well-rounded education in the art, philosophy, theory, and process of fashion design in the 21st century.
The curriculum addresses the design process and its relationship to the retail cycle, while also providing hands-on materials learning—including gaining knowledge of fibers, weaves, and finishes used in garment design. The BS in Apparel Merchandising is best suited for those interested in fashion and design but have an aptitude for business. The program s highlight the ability to study abroad. IU students can travel for a semester to Paris where they examine European fashion markets, leading designers, and retailing practices.
Paris, known for being a capital of high fashion, is an ideal location for this program. It is home to co-ed population of 15, students enrolled in more than programs across four colleges and a graduate school. In addition to a variety of programs that teach students how to design, produce and sell their own products, the School of Management offers internship opportunities at companies such as Aldo, BCBG Max Azria, Coach, Express, Michael Kors, and Nordstrom.
The new combined school is simply called Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson University was founded in and Philadelphia University was founded in Both were ahead of their time and focused on the importance of experiential learning. The new Jefferson was established on July 1, as a result of the merger of these two renowned universities.
The School of Design and Engineering offers a number of undergraduate and advanced degree programs for aspiring fashion designers.
It is home to over 51, students enrolled Undergraduate 40, Graduate 11, in more than degree programs and fields of study across 18 colleges and schools. Textiles and Apparel Honors Dean's Scholars. It is home to 23, students enrolled in hundreds of programs through eight academic colleges and the College of the Extended University. Other program highlights include hands-on lab activities, industry tradeshows and visits, industry internships, and field and study abroad opportunities.
It is home to nearly 42, students enrolled in more than academic programs through 16 colleges. The Department offers nearly majors, including several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers. The school offers more than undergraduate majors and 48 graduate programs across six academic colleges, the School of Agriculture, and the Graduate College. The College of Business is home to the Department of Merchandising and Fashion Design, which offers one program for aspiring fashion merchandisers—a BS in Fashion Merchandising and Design with three-year and four-year options.
In addition, all fashion students have the opportunity to study abroad in places such as London and Paris, and participate in the Annual Spring Fashion Show.
It is home to nearly 23, students enrolled in hundreds of programs across 12 colleges. Aspiring fashion designers may concentrate their coursework in design-related areas such as Textile Science, Textile Design, or Apparel Design. Students also have the opportunity to show their creations at the biennial Student Runway Show. WSU-Pullman is home to more than 20, students enrolled 95 undergraduate majors and 85 minors, graduate and professional programs, and plus certificates and in-major specializations across 11 colleges.
Program highlights include study abroad opportunities in more than 70 countries, access to the third largest apparel and textile industry in the country, and optional membership in student chapters of two major industry associations—the International Textiles and Apparel Association ITAA and the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists AATCC.
The school is home to more than 31, students enrolled in over programs across 11 colleges and schools. The curriculum provides an integrated, multi-functional academic experience. Textile and apparel students focus on the design, development, and marketing of products and are encouraged to develop a broad based problem solving perspective through synthesis of concepts, course work, and work experiences.
Students also have the opportunity to complete an internship and participate in the Annual Fashion Show. Dominican University is a private, not-for-profit institution that was established in It is home to more than 3, students enrolled in more than programs. The fashion design program includes primary study in design, pattern making, research, appropriate fit and fabric selection, fashion trending, and illustration.
It prepares students to work in the fashion design industry or as entrepreneurs in the design field. The fashion merchandising program appeals to the business oriented student that is interested in the fashion industry.
Courses focus on retail buying, visual display, and other merchandising courses, students take coursework in business administration, economics, and art. One of the Fashion Design program highlights, according to their website, is access to the latest computer-aided technology that is used to create textile prints, visualize them on garment designs in 3-D, and print on fabric. The school home to 33, students enrolled in more than academic degree programs through 16 colleges and schools.
Students have the opportunity to attend Fashion Week in New York City and they have access to a wide variety of study abroad opportunities. It is home to more than 31, students enrolled in around degree and certificate programs across 15 colleges and schools. The School of the Arts is home to the Department of Fashion and Merchandising which has over students enrolled in two educational tracks: The fashion industry captures great interest from the public.
Just look at television shows like America's Top Model and Project Runway for confirmation of that, or catch a clip of models gliding down a runway almost anywhere else on TV. So naturally, that interest cultivates potential fashion design, fashion merchandising, and fashion marketing students. But how do students differentiate one fashion school from another?
Many students will turn to program rankings to help make the best school decision. But for all practical purposes, isolated rankings of fashion programs don't really exist.
You as the sleuth and student will have to dig deep to find fashion program rankings, which can be deciphered through the departmental rankings of design, media, business, marketing, and even culture programs.
A little cross-referencing will be necessary -- you'll have to first find which schools and departments offer fashion programs, and then see how those programs or departments rank. While directly comparing fashion schools through rankings is not an option, in most cases the fashion program will be as strong as the academic department it is part of.
Those who publish rankings either send out mailings that ask school faculty to grade a list of schools on a scale from one to five, or the publishers gather data such as graduate employment rates, starting salaries, school financial resources, student test scores, etc.
Rankings can tell you how fashion schools are viewed in the academic community, and give you an overall idea of the success of graduates and school reputation, which is very important in the fashion world. The status of the fashion school you go to may weigh heavily down the road with an employer or client, so that element of rankings should certainly not be ignored. But even when you compare multiple rankings keeping in mind the criteria that was used to formulate them , that comparison should only be the beginning of a thorough college search.
The best college decision will be determined by the factors that are the most important to you, such as cost, location, family alma-mater, and program emphases, among others-features that rankings scales usually don't or can't possibly consider. So don't lean too heavily on what rankings tell you. Other factors determine great fashion schools. Fashion program accreditation , for example, is a universal indicator of quality, according to Penny Collins, chair of the Department of Fashion Design at Woodbury University.
Furthermore, a school becoming accredited is no simple task, but requires a long span of dedicated work from faculty seeking it. It takes years of meticulous preparation for a site visit, and a thorough report has to be generated," Collins said. Only after these steps have been accomplished can an accreditation commission judge the institution in question based on its educational quality and integrity as an institution.
Last month, we ranked the best fashion schools here in the U.S., but as we all know, many of the best fashion education opportunities can be found across the pond. London is practically the capital city of fashion schools, though excellent fashion programs can . While directly comparing fashion schools through rankings is not an option, in most cases the fashion program will be as strong as the academic department it is part of. But be wary: generally, school and program rankings are determined subjectively by former students, limited categories of incomplete data, or reputation judgments from teachers and professors at other schools. The BoF Global Fashion School Rankings are the only objective assessment of fashion schools around the world, acting as the go-to resource for the entire industry. The Rankings are part of BoF Education, the online platform for those looking to pursue higher education in fashion and advance their careers.