Missouri

List of Missouri 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.

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.

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 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.

Missouri State University’s Fashion Program is relatively new.  It took off about 12 years ago and has flourished, with a rapidly growing number of students, faculty with real fashion-world experience, technology and coursework to match the demands of the 21st Century, and an annual Fashion Show that attracts about one thousand spectators.

Lindenwood University

Lindenwood University offers a Fashion Design degree within its School of Fine and Performing Arts Department.  It’s located in the state of the art J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts. Since 1827, the university has been encouraging students to pursue a liberal arts education intertwined with creative expression.  The school teaches students the importance of incorporating their environment -- political mood, economic conditions and culture -- in their design. Each spring, for almost 20 years, students can display their fashions in Lindenwood’s annual New York-style runway show.

Missouri

If you’re interested in a career in fashion, the first step is to choose the right training program. The problem is, there are so many fashion school programs to chose from, it’s tough to decide which ones are tops and which ones are not. Fortunately, a number of groups and organizations have done most of the work for you. You can find dozens of directories that list the nation’s top colleges based on cost, location, facilities, job placement services, student clubs and organizations, art and culture, class size, and more.

Fashion Schools in Missouri

August 20, 2013
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Missouri is home to more than 6 million residents that spend more than 76.5 million dollars a year in the retail industry. Some of the state’s most active fashion and retail scenes are in Kansas City (population 464,000+), St. Louis (pop. 318,000+) and Springfield (pop. 162,000+). The state’s largest cities are home to numerous high-end retailers, trendy malls and hip shopping districts, and many of the state’s most unique boutiques and design shops.

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Let’s face it, most Americans are on a tight budget, and it’s even worse for the average college student. This means, many cash-strapped students and parents may have no choice but to choose an affordable school with a C+ rating over an expensive school with an A+ rating—even if the student receives financial aid. For college ranking agencies, cost isn’t a priority when it comes down to ranking thousands of colleges and universities across the U.S. These agencies typically consider other factors to help them separate the best from the rest.

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.

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.

Kansas City

The Kansas City Fashion Scene

Kansas City is the largest city in Missouri. It is home to most of the state’s popular high-end retailers, some of the hippest malls, and more boutiques than any other area in the state. In Kansas City, Country Club Plaza, Oak Park Mall, and Legends Shopping District at Village West are the top places to shop. Country Club Plaza is an upscale shopping district, with retailers ranging from Armani to Urban Outfitters. Oak Park Mall is home to more than 180 specialty stores and Legends Shopping District at Village West welcomes several new shops each year, meaning, it’s a favorite for aspiring boutique owners.