New Jersey

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

Our 2015 rankings of the top 10 fashion merchandising programs on the East Coast.

We define the East Coast as Virginia, Rhode Island, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. 

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

Our 2015 rankings of the top fashion design programs on the East Coast.

We define the East Coast as Virginia, Rhode Island, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. 

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 fashion design programs on the East Coast.

We define the East Coast as Virginia, Rhode Island, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. 

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

 

1. Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York
Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), State University of New York (SUNY) offers a wide variety of Associate and Bachelor’s degree programs for aspiring fashion designers. Unique offerings include a BFA in Fabric Styling, AAS and BFA degrees in Accessories Design, and AAS and BFA degrees in Fashion Design with Concentrations in Children’s Wear, Intimate Apparel, Knitwear, Special Occasion, and Sportswear.

New Jersey

Is a “Top” fashion school any different from a “Best” fashion school?” Well, yes and no. A “Best” school may earn this title based on graduation and retention rates, peer assessment, faculty resources (student-teacher ratio), financial resources, student selectivity, and number of program offerings. Further, the average “Best” list has been carefully created by organizations such as Princeton Review, Forbes, and U.S. News & World Report—to name a few. The creators of most “Top” lists take a different approach.

New Jersey

Besides easy access to New York City, New Jersey has a lot to offer aspiring fashion designers. First, the Garden State is home to several popular Fashion week events including New Jersey Fashion Week, Atlantic City Fashion Week, and Newark Fashion Week. The state’s biggest fashion week (New Jersey Fashion Week) attracts big name fashion designers from around the world, emerging local designers, and other members of the fashion industry from across the country.

New Jersey

A large student body can be a good thing for a school’s budget, but it can also be a bad thing when it comes to college rankings. Smaller class sizes mean individual attention, and individual attention matters when it comes to ranking the best of the best! In addition to faculty resources (student-faculty ratio), respected college ranking groups such as Forbes, Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, and Businessweek, consider financial resources, program offerings, peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, and student selectivity when ranking the best of the best. A number of schools in the state of New Jersey rank high on the list and many offer excellent fashion programs.

East Coast

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 on the East Coast. For the record, we define the East Coast as Virginia, Rhode Island, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. 

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.

Montclair State University

Montclair State University: Fashion Studies
Montclair, New Jersey
Fashion Studies Program, Department of Art & Design

The Fashion Studies Program at Montclair State University focuses on preparing students for a variety of careers in the fashion, retail, and wholesale apparel industries.  Students receive instruction in courses directly related to the fashion industry and business as well as a solid liberal arts education.  The program seeks to create fashion professionals who work in a social responsible manner to cooperate with the interests of employees, suppliers, and the environment.