Indiana

List of Indiana schools offering degree programs in fashion design, fashion marketing, fashion merchandising, and more.

Our 2016 rankings of the Top 10 fashion merchandising programs in the Midwest. 

We define the Midwest as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana.

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Iowa State University (ISU or Iowa State) was officially established on March 22, 1858 as Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm. The school is home to 36,001 students enrolled in 100 bachelor's degree programs, 112 master's degree programs, and 83 programs at the PhD level across 10 colleges and schools. The College of Human Sciences is home to the Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management (AESHM) Department. The Department offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers.

Our 2016 rankings of the Top 10 fashion design programs in the Midwest. 

We define the Midwest as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana.

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

Founded in 1910, Kent State University (KSU or Kent State) is home to nearly 29,000 students enrolled in more than 300 degree programs across 11 colleges and the School of Digital Sciences. The College of the Arts is home to the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising (The Fashion School). The school offers several programs for aspiring fashion designers including BA and BFA degrees in Fashion Design, a BFA in Crafts (Jewelry and Metals), a BFA Crafts (Textile Arts), an MA in Fine Arts (Fashion) and an MFA in Design/Technology – Costume Design. Minors in Accessories, Textiles, Costume Design Technology, and Fashion Media are also on the menu and the College of Business Administration offers an MBA with a Concentration in Fashion Design and Merchandising.

Our 2017 rankings of the Top 10 fashion merchandising programs in the Midwest. 

We define the Midwest as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana.

Our 2017 rankings of the Top 10 fashion design programs in the Midwest. 

We define the Midwest as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana.

Our 2015 rankings of the Top 10 fashion merchandising programs in the Midwest. 

We define the Midwest as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

Our 2015 rankings of the Top 20 fashion design programs in the Midwest. 

We define the Midwest as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana.

For an explanation of 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 20 fashion design programs in the Midwest. 

We define the Midwest as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

 

1. Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
Kent State University’s College of the Arts is home to the Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising. At this popular fashion school, students may pursue either a BA or BFA in fashion design.

Indiana

While many of Indiana's top fashion school programs can be found in major cities such as Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, the state has a few hidden gems in smaller towns such as Vincennes and West Lafayette. Whether located in a big city or small town, the schools that offer top fashion programs are ranked among the best based on a wide variety of factors such as cost, convenience, quality of facilities, job placement services, types of student clubs and organizations, access to art, entertainment, and recreation, student body, and more.

Fashion Schools in Indiana

August 20, 2013
Indiana

Indiana is home to more than 6.5 million residents and the nation’s 13th largest state—Indianapolis. Indiana has four other cities with a population over 100,000, but Indianapolis still leads the way in the area of art and culture, entertainment, and fashion. The city of just under 835,000 is home to the renowned Indianapolis Museum of Modern Art, The Indianapolis Civic Theater (one of the top ten largest community theaters in the U.S.), Murat Theater at Old National Center, Warren Performing Arts Center, and it is the birthplace of Midwest Fashion Week (MFW).

 Indiana

How tough is the application process? Do most students graduate within 4 to 5 years? Are the classes crowded or comfortable in size? These are just a few of the questions college ranking agencies ask to determine which schools are the best of the best. These agencies might also consider financial resources, program offerings, peer assessment, and student selectivity. Just a few of the top college ranking agencies and organizations include Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, and Businessweek.

Midwest

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 20 Fashion School Programs in the Midwest. For the record, we define the Midwest as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota. 

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.

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.

Harrison College

Harrison College: Apparel Merchandising
Indianapolis, Indiana
Fashion Merchandising, School of Business

Students in the apparel merchandising program at Harrison College take courses that focus on both the creative and business side of the apparel industry. The merchandising curriculum includes management courses, which prepares students for professional work as a merchandise manager, assistant buyer, fashion coordinator, and retail store manager among other apparel related careers.

Ball State University

Ball State University: Fashion Merchandising/ Fashion Design/ Fashion Minor
Muncie, Indiana
Fashion Merchandising, Department of Family & Consumer Sciences

The fashion merchandising program concentrates on training students to be both marketable and adaptable in a dynamic fashion industry, which includes retail, manufacturing, and distribution. Merchandising majors take courses in several areas of fashion such as dimensions of clothing, textiles, clothing construction, CAD, buying, and promotion. Design students will learn the knowledge and skills they need to be competitive in the global market place as designers, illustrators, pattern makers, textile designers, apparel manufacturers, clothiers, among many other roles.

Vincennes University

Vincennes University: Fashion Merchandising/ Interior Design.
Vincennes, Indiana
Department of Family & Consumer Sciences

Vincennes University’s fashion merchandising and interior design programs are designed to prepare students for careers in the fashion industry as well as to assist them in transferring to a four-year university to pursue a Bachelor’s in merchandising, interior design, or a related field. The fashion program offers small class sizes and labs, free tutoring, and high course transferability. Students in the merchandising and interior design program have the opportunity to visit fashion markets/business, and to participate in hands-on activities in visual merchandising, fashion wholesaling, and clothing construction.

Purdue University

Purdue University: Apparel Design and Technology.
Lafayette, Indiana
Consumer Sciences and Retailing

Graduates of Purdue University’s apparel design and technology program will have received a degree from a Big Ten university. Students will gain a solid understanding of the scientific and technical aspects of pattern making, creative design and rendering, consumer business, drawing, and 2D and 3D design. 

Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Fashion Scene

Indianapolis’s fashion scene is growing and it shows no signs of slowing down. Over the last several years, designers, stylists, photographers, dealers, and make-up artists have come out of the woodwork, opening shops and promoting services all over the city. Vintage and local shops have popped up in areas such as Fountain Square, and fashion groups have formed all over. The Indianapolis Fashion Collective and the Fashion Arts Society are two local organizations that help promote Indianapolis’s fashion. The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) also sponsors one of the country’s most unique fashion events—Project IMA: Fashion Unbound. The event does not use professional models. Instead it features women of all shapes and sizes.