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Top 75 Fashion Design Schools in the US

Written by FS StaffApril 28, 2013

1010. California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA (top 5% of schools reviewed)
Located in San Francisco, California College of the Arts offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design. The program challenges students to question traditional design practices and focus on sustainable design. The Bay Area location also offers students the chance to partner with world-renowned clothing companies and participate in a high-end annual fashion show. Tuition is $18,480 per term.

99. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (top 5% of schools reviewed)
Cornell University combines the prestige of an Ivy League college nestled into a tight-knit community. The Bachelor Degree in Fiber Science and Apparel Design has three concentrations: apparel design, fashion design management, and fiber science. Students learn the basics of design, apparel, and fibers and then focus on one concentration for upper level course work. Annual tuition is $43,185.

88. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY (top 5% of schools reviewed)
Pratt takes advantage of New York as an inspiring urban laboratory. Students have access to museums, archives and design studios as they pursue Associate and Bachelor Degrees in Fashion Design. Faculty members are industry professionals representing many major labels and design companies. Students are required to submit a portfolio to be admitted to the program. Annual tuition is $37,500.

77. Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI (top 5% of schools reviewed)
A world-class institution, Rhode Island School of Design, has an impeccable reputation in the fashion industry. The annual fashion show, simply named Collection is so popular that it takes place at a nearby convention center and guest critics include renowned designers like Tommy Hilfiger. While finishing their bachelor degrees in Apparel Design, seniors spend six weeks at personally tailored internships in New York City. Tuition is $42,622 per year.

66. Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA (top 5% of schools reviewed)
Drexel is a world-class research institution with a unique co-op education program. Drexel's top-flight Fashion Design program is nationally recognized. The rigorous curriculum consists of a unique six-month co-op experience that complements coursework in conceptual design, presentation skills, CAD, and manufacturing methods. Program offerings include: the Haute Technology Laboratory, Historic Costume Collection, the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator and a student fashion show. Tuition ranges from $33,800 to $41,500.

55. Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA (top 5% of schools reviewed)
Otis College of Art and Design offers comprehensive undergraduate study in Fashion Design, culminating in a Bachelor Degree. Students work with mentors from well-known fashion designers and clothiers, and many graduates have gone on to work for top-notch companies. Tuition costs $36,350.

44. Savanna College of Art and Design, Savanna, GA (top 5% of schools reviewed)
Located in midtown Savanna, the Savannah College of Art and Design offers access to museums, parks and shopping. The fashion program hosts a Style Lab mentorship program that provides opportunities for students to work with acclaimed design professionals such as Zac Posen. Students have access to a fashion library and an on-campus art museum and go on to internships and jobs at prestigious clothing and design companies. The college awards Bachelor and Master Degrees in Fashion. Tuition is $30,510 per year for undergraduates.

33. Kent State University, Kent, OH (top 5% of schools reviewed)
The Fashion School within Kent State is endorsed by The Ohio Board of Regents as a "Center of Excellence" at Kent State University and in the State of Ohio. With the lofty aspiration to be the best American fashion school, this program is within the Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising and a boasts a strong fashion collection in the Kent State University Museum. Students can study abroad at a Paris campus while working to earn a Bachelor Degree. Tuition is $9,672 for Ohio residents and $17,632 for non-residents.

22. Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY (top 1% of schools reviewed)

Part of the State University of New York System, the Fashion Institute of Technology is an internationally recognized college for fashion design. The program is located on 7th Avenue, also known as Fashion Avenue, and boasts partnerships with top designers and design companies. Students have access to critiques, partnerships and internships with some of the best designers in the country. New York residents pay $2884 per semester and non-residents pay $7,715 per semester.


11. Parsons the New School for Design, New York, NY (top 1% of schools reviewed)
Parsons has trained five generations of fashion designers to lead the U.S. fashion industry. With a global perspective, this elite school offers a new program in Paris as an extension of its New York hub. Fashion Design degrees are granted at the Associate, Bachelor and Master level and the fashion program produces its own fashion magazine. Tuition is $19,640 per term.