North Carolina

List of North Carolina schools offering degree programs in fashion design, fashion marketing, fashion merchandising, and more.

Our 2016 rankings of the top 10 fashion merchandising schools in the South. 

We define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas.

For an explanation of our ranking criteria, click here.

1. Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama

Established in 1856, Auburn University is home to a population of 27,287 enrolled in more than 140 degree options across 13 colleges and schools. The College of Human Sciences is home to the Department of Consumer & Design Sciences (CADS), which offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers. 

Our 2016 rankings of the top fashion design schools in the South. 

We define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas.

For an explanation of our ranking criteria, click here.

1. Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) was founded in 1978. The school, which is home to more than 12,000 students, offers 40 areas of study and 70-plus minors and certificate programs. With campuses in Savannah, Atlanta, and Hong Kong, SCAD offers a variety of programs for aspiring fashion designers. Offerings include BFA, MA, and MFA degrees in Accessory Design, Fashion, Fibers, and Jewelry. The Fashion BFA, MA and MFA are offered at both the Savannah and Atlanta campuses, and the BFA is also offered at SCAD’s Hong Kong campus. 

Our 2015 rankings of the top 10 fashion merchandising schools in the South. 

We define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas.

For an explanation of our ranking criteria, click here.

Our 2015 rankings of the top fashion design schools in the South. 

We define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas.

For an explanation of our 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 schools in the South. 

We define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas.

For an explanation of our 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 schools in the South. 

We define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas.

For an explanation of our ranking criteria, click here.

 

1. Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) offers BFA, MA, and MFA degrees in Fashion Design.
A Minor in Fashion Design is also on the menu as well as BFA, MA, and MFA degrees in Accessory Design, Fibers, and Jewelry. Other offerings include BA, BFA, MA, and MFA degrees in Illustration, an MA in Illustration Design, and a Minor in Accessory Design. Fashion programs are available at the Atlanta, Hong Kong, and Savannah campuses.

North Carolina

If you’re an aspiring fashion designer, you probably already know that there are thousands of fashion programs available across the U.S. Some programs are offered at traditional colleges and universities, while others are offered at art and design schools, technical schools, and fashion academies. Many of these schools carry both regional and National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accreditation, and a large number of these academic institutions rank among America’s top schools.

North Carolina

Described as “casual cool,” North Carolina’s fashion scene has a lot to offer aspiring fashion designers. First, the fashion scene here seems to be growing here, right in line with the population, in just about every city and town. The state of North Carolina is home to more than 9.7 million residents. That’s an increase of more than 1.7 million between the year 2000 and today. Principal cities such as Charlotte have grown by more than 200,000, and smaller towns such as Wake Forest have more than doubled in population since 2000. This means, retail venues can be found just about everywhere you go in The Old North State. 

North Carolina

The fashion industry in the U.S. is growing and so is the demand for top talent. To meet this demand, traditional colleges and universities as well as many art and design schools now offer competitive fashion training programs. Some of these schools may offer a Diploma or A.A.S. degree, while others may offer a variety of advanced degrees. The number & quality of program offerings is just one factor that helps college ranking agencies determine which schools are the best of the best. 

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 15 Fashion School Programs in the South. For the record, we define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas. 

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.

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.

Charlotte

The Charlotte Fashion Scene

Yes—Charlotte has a fashion scene! For starters, the city is home to Charlotte NC Fashion Week, which showcases some of the best established and emerging designers in the city. Each year, the show proves just how fast the fashion scene is growing and how the talent pool has become increasingly competitive. The event also features vendor fairs, workshops, and other networking opportunities. This is the perfect place for aspiring fashion designers to rub elbows with the best.

 East Carolina University

East Carolina University: Merchandising
Greenville, North Carolina
Department of Interior Design & Merchandising

The merchandising program at East Carolina University provides students with the guidance and resources they need to develop diverse career paths in the fashion or interior design industries, based on students’ unique strengths and interests.  The program features a dedicated faculty that provides high levels of attention and direction for students.  Students also receive guidance and instruction from the program’s Merchandising Advisory Board, made up of leaders from various sectors of the fashion industry.

Mars Hill College

Mars Hill College: Fashion and Interior Merchandising
Mars Hill, North Carolina
Fashion & Interior Merchandising

The Fashion and Interior Merchandising program at Mars Hill College features a broad-based curriculum with a focus on fashion, business, technology, and design in the apparel and interiors industry.  Classes emphasize critical and analytical thinking, problem solving, and creative development.  By helping students develop skills and abilities for success, the program’s instruction prepares students for active careers in fashion.

North Carolina State University,

North Carolina State University: Fashion & Textile Management, Fashion Development and Product Management/Brand Management and Marketing/Retail and Supply Chain, Textile Technology Design
Raleigh, North Carolina
Department of Textile & Apparel Technology & Management, College of Textiles

North Carolina State University’s Department of Textile and Apparel Technology & Management prepares students for careers in the fiber, textile, apparel, and retail industries.  Students learn the fundamental scientific, technological, and management principles that they will need to succeed, as well as the ability to solve difficult managerial and technological problems.  The program also features a focus on research and the transfer of new knowledge to the industry and society.

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

University of North Carolina at Greensboro: Consumer, Apparel, & Retail Studies, Apparel Product Design/Retailing & Consumer Studies/Global Apparel & Related Industries Studies
Greensboro, North Carolina
Department of Consumer, Apparel, & Retail Studies

The Consumer, Apparel, & Retail Studies program at University of North Carolina at Greensboro prepares students for global careers with practical learning experiences and community involvement.  Qualified faculty members work closely with students, advising and acting as mentors in their academic studies.  Students can choose between three concentrations in the program: Apparel Product Design, Retailing & Consumer Studies, or Global Apparel & Related Industries Studies.