Minnesota

List of Minnesota 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.

Minnesota

Minnesota is home to nearly 5.4 million people, making it one of the top 25 most populous states in the U.S. The North Star State is also the 12th largest state by land size and because it has so many lakes, Minnesota has been named the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” With an astonishing number of parks, forests, lakes, and more, its no wonder natives have earned a reputation for being big on organized outdoor sports and recreation. The state’s largest cities—Minneapolis and St. Paul (The Twin Cities), also earned the title “Fittest U.S. City.”

 Minnesota

Minnesota is home to an impressive collection of 113 Title IV colleges and universities. Many of these schools often make the list of America’s Best Colleges, Best Colleges in the North, Best Colleges-Midwest, and more. The best schools in Minnesota have been
evaluated by college ranking organizations such as Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, and others based on factors such as program offerings, graduation and retention rates, peer assessment, faculty resources, financial resources, and student selectivity.

University of Minnesota’s College of Design

It’s not just about the runway.  The University of Minnesota’s College of Design is a comprehensive program, that not only teaches its aspiring designers to dress a model, but students learn to develop wearable products, for real bodies and real people.

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. 

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.

The Art Institutes International Minnesota

The Art Institutes International Minnesota: Fashion & Retail Management.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Department of Fashion & Retail Management

A main goal of the fashion program at The Art Institutes International Minnesota is to provide students with the educational background they need to successfully enter the fashion workforce, with great facility in communication and presentation. The fashion curriculum trains students to acquire marketable skills in effective leadership. The Art Institutes International Minnesota fashion program emphasizes management with the goal of motivating both staff members and supervisors in the fashion industry. To do this, students are exposed to innovative and classic theories and practices in fashion and retail management.

Saint Catherine University

Saint Catherine University: Fashion & Apparel: Apparel Design/ Fashion
Merchandising.
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Department of Family, Consumer, and Nutritional Sciences

The apparel design and retail merchandising program at Saint Catherine University emphasizes a solid liberal arts education, offering more liberal arts classes than a majority of similar fashion programs at land grand universities. St. Catherine University’s fashion program is designed with the principle that students should cultivate a strong sense of religious and ethical values as they advance through the curriculum and beyond as graduates. This approach allows students to have an ethical eye towards issues related to the fashion industry. This way, graduates will have the tools they need to advocate for ethical and socially responsible practices in the industry. The fashion program encourages and supports students in developing critical thinking and technical skills along with intellectual curiosity, leadership, and a professional approach to their craft.

Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Minneapolis Community and Technical College: Apparel Design/Technical Design.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apparel Technologies

The fashion program at Minneapolis Community and Technical College offers a comprehensive curriculum committed to hands-on learning. Fashion majors are trained to meet the latest demands of the fashion and apparel industry. A main objective of the apparel design and technical design program is to motivate students to work to their full potential while maintaining professional and personal satisfaction in their chosen careerpath.

Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Fashion Scene

Minneapolis is the most fashion forward city in the state of Minnesota. It’s home to the state’s largest fashion week event, the state’s largest population of salaried fashion designers, and most of the state’s art and design schools. Minnesota is home to hundreds of shopping venues, but Minneapolis has the state’s largest collection of upscale and funky boutiques, big name retail stores, and high-end retailers. Popular shopping micas include the Warehouse District, Nicollet Mall, Calhoun Square, Galleria, Mall of America, Gaviidae Common, Uptown, St. Anthony, Linden Hills, and downtown Minneapolis.