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Top 75 Fashion Design Schools in the US
30. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (top 15% of schools reviewed)
Colorado State is a large research university and is known as one of the top public universities in the United States for affordability and quality. The university awards Bachelor Degrees in Apparel Design and Merchandising. The program integrates pragmatic design and development with an academic understanding of the culture, history and the consumer relationship with fashion. Each spring the department hosts a student design show where awards are presented to recognize outstanding achievement. Students who wish to be admitted to the program must participate in a design project before enrolling. Residents pay approximately $400 per academic credit hour and non-residents pay about $1,200 per credit hour.
29. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS (top 15% of schools reviewed)
Kansas State is a large research university that is rated the safest campus in the Big 12. The university offers a Bachelor Degree in Apparel and Textiles. The academic program emerges from a human ecological framework and promotes environmental and social responsibility. Students must apply to this competitive academic program even after enrolling in the university. Once admitted, students can participate in study tours of New York, London and other major cities. Kansas residents pay $244 per academic hour; non-residents pay $647 per academic hour.
28. University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI (top 15% of schools reviewed)
The University of Rhode Island is the State’s public learner-centered research university. Fashion design students earn a Bachelor Degrees in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design. Program highlights include strong internships, a study abroad semester and the chance to create a dual degree with a “fashion language,” such as French or Italian. The department boasts one the largest historic costume and textile collections in the country. Tuition is $10,878 for in-state students and $26,444 for out-of-state students.
27. The Art Institutes, Nationwide (top 15% of schools reviewed)
The Art Institutes is a 50-campus system that spans the United States, and describes itself as a place where “creativity never goes out of style.” The school awards both Bachelor and Associate Degrees in Fashion Design or Marketing and Management, depending on the campus. The school’s diverse, urban locations allow fashion students to pull inspiration from their environments.
26. Lasell College, Newton, MA (top 15% of schools reviewed)
The suburban, 50-acre campus of Lasell is located within 8 miles of downtown Boston. The strong Fashion Design Department has several academic areas of focus within the pursuit of a Bachelor Degree: Fashion Communication and Promotion; Fashion Design and Production; and Fashion and Retail Merchandising. All fashion students benefit from hands-on experience, including involvement in campus fashion show productions, contact with industry professionals and academic internships. Annual tuition is $27,800.
25. Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA (top 15% of schools reviewed)
This high-ranking art school was founded in 1929 by artists for artists. Students can earn Associate and Bachelor degrees in Fashion Design and receive assistance in finding career and job opportunities. Tuition is $20,916 per year. Of note: The Academy of Art University was the first school to show at New York Fashion Week.
24. Baylor University, Waco, TX (top 15% of schools reviewed)
Baylor University is a top-ranked Christian university in Waco. The Apparel Design program at Baylor offers summer study tours and field experience in places like the Dallas Market and many design firms. The Parker Design and Technology Center offers hands-on high-tech experience to aid in design study. Tuition is $32,574 annually.
23. Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA (top 15% of schools reviewed)
Located in the fashion mecca of Los Angeles, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising is a school for aspiring designers who know what they want. Within this institution devoted to fashion, students can tailor their fields of study into more niche majors, such as Costume Design or Footwear Design. A two-year program, this college offers Associate Degrees in the chosen field. Tuition is approximately $27,000 per year.
22. University of Texas, Austin, TX (top 15% of schools reviewed)
Located in the quintessential college town of Austin, the University of Texas is a large, internationally renowned research university. Students earning a Bachelor Degree in Textiles and Apparel have access to the Historical Textiles and Apparel Collection, which holds over 5,000 items. The university also hosts an annual Transcend fashion show and provides many opportunities for study trips and internships around the country and abroad. Tuition is approximately $1,400 per semester for residents and $4,800 per semester for non-residents.
21. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (top 10% of schools reviewed)
Virginia Commonwealth is a large research university located in the heart of Richmond. While pursuing Bachelor Degrees in Fashion Design and Merchandising, students produce an annual juried fashion show. Students can participate in domestic field trips to New York City and Las Vegas, as well as international field trips to Paris, London, Florence, Rome and Hong Kong. Virginia residents pay $4,942. Non-residents pay $11,956.