Georgia

Georgia is a land rooted in history but powered by innovation, where its rich heritage meets contemporary lifestyles on a daily basis. From folk art to fantasy conventions, from James Oglethorpe to James Brown, from Ellijay’s apples to Vidalia’s onions, you’ll find that Georgia has something to capture your imagination.

Our 2016 rankings of the top 10 fashion merchandising schools in the South. 

We define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas.

For an explanation of our ranking criteria, click here.

1. Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama

Established in 1856, Auburn University is home to a population of 27,287 enrolled in more than 140 degree options across 13 colleges and schools. The College of Human Sciences is home to the Department of Consumer & Design Sciences (CADS), which offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers. 

Our 2016 rankings of the top fashion design schools in the South. 

We define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas.

For an explanation of our ranking criteria, click here.

1. Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) was founded in 1978. The school, which is home to more than 12,000 students, offers 40 areas of study and 70-plus minors and certificate programs. With campuses in Savannah, Atlanta, and Hong Kong, SCAD offers a variety of programs for aspiring fashion designers. Offerings include BFA, MA, and MFA degrees in Accessory Design, Fashion, Fibers, and Jewelry. The Fashion BFA, MA and MFA are offered at both the Savannah and Atlanta campuses, and the BFA is also offered at SCAD’s Hong Kong campus. 

Our 2015 rankings of the top 10 fashion merchandising schools in the South. 

We define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas.

For an explanation of our ranking criteria, click here.

Our 2015 rankings of the top fashion design schools in the South. 

We define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas.

For an explanation of our ranking criteria, click here.

Top 20

Our 2014 list of the Top 20 fashion marketing school programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

Our 2014 list of the Top 20 fashion management school programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

Our 2014 rankings of the top 15 fashion merchandising schools in the South. 

We define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas.

For an explanation of our ranking criteria, click here.

Our 2014 list of the Top 75 Fashion Merchandising School Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York
The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is a leader in the worlds of art, design, business and technology. Accredited by the prestigious National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, FIT offers 43 majors leading to Associates, Bachelors, and Master’s degrees. Part of the popular State University of New York (SUNY), FIT was established in 1944 with just 100 students on the top two floors of the High School of Needle Trades.

Our 2014 rankings of the top fashion design schools in the South. 

We define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas.

For an explanation of our ranking criteria, click here.

 

1. Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) offers BFA, MA, and MFA degrees in Fashion Design.
A Minor in Fashion Design is also on the menu as well as BFA, MA, and MFA degrees in Accessory Design, Fibers, and Jewelry. Other offerings include BA, BFA, MA, and MFA degrees in Illustration, an MA in Illustration Design, and a Minor in Accessory Design. Fashion programs are available at the Atlanta, Hong Kong, and Savannah campuses.

Georgia

Is there really a difference between a “Best” Fashion school and a “Top” Fashion school? Yes and no. Certain groups, such as college ranking agencies, evaluate schools based on factors outside of cost and convenience, while others groups such as alums, student organizations, and education bloggers may evaluate schools based on, yes, affordability and location, and other factors such as student clubs, classroom size, and more. Although both sides use different factors to determine which schools will make the cut, many schools across the nation can be found on both lists. 

Georgia

The state of Georgia is home to nearly 10 million people, but more than half of the state's residents live in the bustling Metro Atlanta area. Home to nearly 5.5 million people, the Metro Atlanta area leads the way for the rest of the state when it comes to art and culture, entertainment, and fashion trends. Many of the state's best art and design schools are in Atlanta, as well as some of the most exciting shopping districts in the region.

Georgia

College ranking agencies such as the Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, and Forbes publish “The World’s Best Schools,” and other variations each year. They evaluate schools based on factors such as number of program offerings, graduation and retention rates, peer assessment, faculty resources (student-teacher ratio), financial resources, and student selectivity. A number of Georgia schools make the list each year, and some even offer fashion programs.

Southern Georgia

Georgia Southern University offers future designers a chance to learn the essential skills for entering the fashion business.  Students get hands-on experience in designing, producing and selling clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and children. They’ll learn the technical, management, scientific and creative skills necessary to launch their own clothing line.  One of the school’s best-known graduates did just that. The Fashion Merchandising and Apparel Design alum Mychael Knight introduced his label, Michael Knight, in 2007.  He also appeared on “Project Runway” in 2006, where he finished fourth in the competition and won the season’s Fan Favorite award.

Each day we receive emails from aspiring fashion designers asking us for advice as to which fashion design schools are the “best” in the US, a given state, or in a particular area of the country.  As such advice is difficult to provide on an individual basis, we have instead created this list of the Top 15 Fashion School Programs in the South. For the record, we define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas. 

In preparing this list, we reviewed the program offerings of over 200 schools in the US that offer fashion related programs. Our goal with this list is to give students who are interested in fashion merchandising a starting point by which they can identify the schools that offer fashion merchandising specific programs. The criteria we used in making this list consists of the following, in no particular order: academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program and faculty, and geographic location. More info on our criteria.

Fashion Management Schools

Fashion Management is a specialized management degree that typically focuses on the business side of the fashion industry, which includes retailing, marketing, manufacturing, visual merchandising, consumer behavior, fashion cycles, store planning, and event production. Fashion Management programs often, though not always, include training in fashion design. 

Fashion marketing is a niche specialty degree as many fashion schools do not offer degrees specific to the marketing side of fashion. In preparing this list, we reviewed the program offerings of over 200 schools in the US that offer fashion related programs. Our goal with this list is to give students who are interested in fashion marketing a starting point by which they can identify the schools that offer fashion marketing specific programs. 

Each day we receive emails from aspiring fashion designers asking us for advice as to which fashion design schools are the “best” in the US, a given state, or in a particular area of the country.  As such advice is difficult to provide on an individual basis, we have instead created this list of the Top 75 Fashion Design School Programs in the US.

Georgia Schools with Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising

At Fashion-Schools.org we have profiled colleges across the US that offer fashion design and fashion merchandising related programs. Below is a list of profiles of Georgia colleges:

Savannah College of Art & Design

Savannah College of Art & Design: Fashion Design/Accessory Design/ Fashion Marketing and Management/ Menswear Design.
Savannah, Georgia
School of Fashion

Accessory design majors at Savannah College of Art & Design are trained in two and three-dimensional design with the ultimate goal of constructing functional, high-quality, marketable accessories. The fashion design program at SCAD, one of the largest in the country, takes a well-rounded approach to the fashion industry. A main focus of the design program is to assist students in developing creative thinking skills while gaining hands on experience in the practical aspects of fashion design. Students in the fashion marketing and management program are prepared to enter the global fashion market in careers that combine many aspects of fashion including business and marketing. The fashion marketing and management curriculum reflects the demands of changing trends of hard and soft line products.