Kansas

List of Kansas area 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 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.

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 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.

Kansas State University

Like everything else in the 21st Century, technology has changed the Fashion World. Everything is faster.  A fashion blog shines the spotlight on a model in Los Angeles wearing a new dress, and someone in Boston wants it in the mall tomorrow.  It’s called Fast Fashion, and it’s one of the many demands of designers in the modern world. Kansas State University is preparing its aspiring designers to hit the ground running by providing students with the basic requisite skills, along with teaching them the latest design technology.  K-State students get first-hand experience through internships.  They are also encouraged to take Study Tours in places like New York City, London and India.

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. 

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.

Johnson County Community College

Johnson County Community College: Fashion Merchandising/ Fashion Design.
Overland Park, Kansas
Fashion Merchandising & Design

The fashion merchandising and fashion design program at Johnson County Community College strives to combine excellent academic coursework and on-site experiential learning to prepare students for careers in the fashion industry. A main objective of the fashion merchandising and design department is to provide a flexible curriculum to best accommodate the needs of its diverse student body. Additionally, online courses are available in textiles, history of costume, and fashion fundamentals. An honors program is available for students who qualify. Graduates go on to transfer to both public and private four-year universities throughout the US.

Kansas State University

Kansas State University: Apparel & Textiles/ Apparel Design and Production/ Apparel Marketing
Manhattan, Kansas
Apparel, Textiles, & Interior Design

Kansas State University’s fashion program incorporates fields of study that deal with the relationship between humans and their environment. Professional faculty members, with specializations in apparel design, apparel marketing, textiles and product development, share the common goal of providing students with quality coursework underpinned by a devotion to environmental ethics and responsibility.

Wichita

The Wichita Fashion Scene

With a population of nearly 400,000, Wichita is the largest city in Kansas and one of the top 50 largest cities in the U.S. As the largest city Kansas, Wichita is home to the state’s largest collection of art and design centers, fashion events, and retail venues. Some of the best places to shop are The Waterfront, Parklane Shopping Center, Clifton Square, Town East Square, Bradley Fair Mall, Eastgate Plaza, and Tallgrass Centre. A wide variety of retailers ranging from the Gap to Williams-Sonoma can be found at the areas popular shopping malls and districts.