New York

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

Our 2016 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.

1. Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) was founded in 1944. The school is a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) system and it is home to more than 9,500 students enrolled in 37 majors and 12 certificate programs across five schools including the School of Art and Design, Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, School of Liberal Arts, the School of Graduate Studies, and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. The School of Business and Technology and the School of Art and Design offer several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers.

Our 2016 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

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Founded in 1944, the school is home to more than 9,500 students enrolled in 37 majors and 12 certificate programs across five schools including the School of Art and Design, Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, the School of Liberal Arts, the School of Graduate Studies, and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. The School of Art and Design is home to FIT’s fashion program.   

Offerings include BFA, BS, MA, and MPS programs in many areas of fashion. FIT also offers one- and two-year AAS options and both credit and non-credit Certificates. An international option in Florence is on the menu for fashion design students pursuing an AAS degree, and an option in Milan/New York is available for knitwear and sportswear students pursuing a Baccalaureate degree. 

The fall semester is underway with a number of brand new Fashion programs in session across the country. Memphis College of Art’s 9-month intensive Fashion Certificate program kicked off September 25, while SUNY Ulster welcomed its first Fashion Design AS students just weeks ago.

Our 2017 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. 

1. Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York 

Our 2017 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. 

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.

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 rankings of the top 15 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. 

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.

Syracuse University

The Syracuse, New York metro area receives more snow on average than any other large city in the United States.  The average temperature in January is 23-degrees. And, the area boasts 128 inches of snow, on average, per year.  So, it’s no wonder Syracuse University offers a class called “Extreme Knitting”.  

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What makes a fashion school program a “Top” program? It depends on a variety of factors you might be able to relate to. Organizations such as U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, and Princeton Review evaluate factors such as program offerings, faculty resources, graduation and retention rates, financial resources, and student selectivity while other smaller groups may consider issues such as cost, convenience, and say, the types of student clubs and organizations. Other factors may include recreation, student population, job placement services, and even Greek life.

Fashion Schools New York

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New York is where every aspiring fashion designer wants to be. It’s one of  “Big Four” fashion capitals of the world (London, Milan, NY, Paris) and it is home to the world’s very first fashion week—now known as Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. New York City is also home to one of the largest garment districts in the country and that famous show called Project Runway. No other city in the U.S. has more to offer aspiring fashion designers than New York City.

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High enrollment figures are certainly good for the college, and affordable tuition is like the icing on the cake for students, but it takes quite a bit more than this for any given college to rank among the “Best Fashion Programs.” A number of respected college ranking agencies evaluate a number of factors when determining which schools deserve a spot on the list. Faculty resources (such as student-faculty ratio), financial resources, program offerings, peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, and student selectivity are just a few.

Cornell University

The times they are a-changin.   And Cornell University, which has been training designers for decades, is at the forefront of the future of fashion.  Technology and the shift to manufacturing overseas, has completely altered the way the Fashion Industry operates.  Cornell students have access to state of the art technologies, design studios, and labs. The University encourages internships and study trips abroad.  Cornell is also home to the only PhD in apparel design in the United States.

Marist College

The Mission of the Fashion Program at Marist College is designed to prepare students to keep pace with the ever-changing needs of the fashion industry.  Students develop creative, technical, and business skills required for successful employment in design, manufacturing, retailing, and more.  The Fashion Program incorporates the latest technology, including computer-aided design. Internships are encouraged, as is a semester abroad in international fashion capitals like Paris and Florence.  With the Big Apple just 80 miles south of the Poughkeepsie campus, students may also opt to study at “Marist in Manhattan”.  Seniors have the opportunity to display their designs in the school’s annual Silver Needle Fashion Show, juried by an international team of fashion industry stars.  Assisting the student designers in the show over the decades...fashion icons including Kenneth Cole, Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors.

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.