Michigan

For snow sport lovers, winters in Michigan will definitely get your blood flowing. Whatever your chosen form of conveyance - snowboard, downhill or cross-country skis, sleds, or snow mobiles, the numerous ski resorts located throughout the state offer safe, fun and even romantic getaways to refresh your spirit. In addition to its winter wonders, Michigan is also flush year-round with diverse natural, man-made, and cultural offerings that include everything from aquariums to zoos, museums, galleries, lighthouses, waterfalls, natural rock formations, and even award-winning wineries.

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.

Michigan

Michigan is home to 107 Title IV degree-granting institutions. The state’s collection of Title IVs consists of traditional universities, technical schools, art and design schools, and more. Many Michigan schools are considered top-tier by a variety of college ranking agencies, as well as other groups such as alums, education bloggers, student groups, and more. These groups evaluate schools based on affordability, convenience, student clubs and organizations, recreation, student population, job placement services, and other similar factors.

Michigan

Detroit, Michigan’s largest city, has certainly seen better days. But even with a declining population, Detroit is still one of the nation’s top 25 largest cities by population. And with more than 9.8 million residents, Michigan is still one of the top 10 largest states by population. The state still has much to offer in the way of art and culture, academics, and yes, fashion!

Michigan

Each year, organizations such as U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, Forbes, and others evaluate the nation’s colleges to find out which are the best. Some organizations may create a list of the top 20 schools, while others may list the top 50, 100 or more. Most organizations assess each school by evaluating areas such as program offerings, graduation and retention rates, peer assessment, faculty resources (student-teacher ratio), financial resources, and student selectivity.

Central Michigan University

Established in 1892, as a school for teacher and business education , Central Michigan University is now among the 100 largest public universities nationally.  And, it is now teaching aspiring fashion designers the skills they need to compete in the industry.  The school embraces the basics like patterning and tailoring, while incorporating the technology that has changed the way textiles are created.  Internships are a requirement in the Apparel and Merchandising Program.  Study programs in New York City and overseas, are also encouraged.

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.

Michigan 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 Michigan colleges:

Michigan State University

Michigan State University: Apparel & Textile Design.
Lansing, Michigan
Art & Art History

The apparel and textile design program at Michigan State University takes a comprehensive approach to the fashion industry, training students in analysis, knowledge synthesis, and creative problem solving. Fundamentally, the curriculum focuses on aesthetics and creativity, two and three dimensional design, design technology, textile materials, history of apparel, culture studies, and apparel and textiles’ place in globalization.

Finlandia University

Finlandia University: Fiber & Fashion Design.
Hancock, Michigan
International School of Art and Design

Originally founded as Suomi College by Finnish immigrants in 1896, Finlandia University offers three major areas of study, fibers, textiles, and garment design, each of which gives students the opportunity to explore materials and theories from the other two, creating a comprehensive and specialized approach to fashion design. The fashion curriculum at Finlandia University is founded on the principle that students should be open and explore topics in fashion across many disciplines. Individuals gain experience working with others by taking part in collaborative projects in ceramic, wood, metal, and studio arts.

Central Michigan University

Central Michigan University: Apparel Merchandising & Design Apparel Design/
Merchandising.
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Department of Human Environmental Studies

The fashion curriculum at Central Michigan University offers a comprehensive approach to design and merchandising to support graduate success in the fashion industry across several fields. To help make a significant, real-world contribution to the fashion industry, students gain exposure to the latest trends in apparel design and merchandising, including the latest in merchandising and design theory and state-of-the-art technology. Both design and merchandising courses are rooted in technological instruction to help students remain marketable in today’s industry. Additionally, apparel design and merchandising majors work on projects that closely reflect the demands of professional work, with company executives helping to evaluate student work.

Detroit

The Detroit Fashion Scene

Michigan is home to quaint towns, beautiful beaches, and one of the largest cities in America, Detroit. Detroit is the state’s most fashionable, and most progressive city. Art, design, and culture are alive and well here, despite what the media says! Detroit is home to Detroit Fashion Week—Michigan’s only fashion industry event, as well as the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), and the International Academy of Design & Technology (IADT).