Ohio

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

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, and North Dakota.

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.

Ohio

With 215 Title IV degree-institutions, Ohio has one of the largest collections of post-secondary institutions in the country. Many of these schools are private and offer some of the regions top fashion programs. Each year, students, alums, education blogs, and others review these schools in order to publish a list of “Top” schools in the nation. The schools that make the cut have been evaluated based on factors ranging from cost to quality of student life. Just a few other considerations may include convenience, student clubs and organizations, recreation, student population, and job placement services.

Fashion Schools in Ohio

August 5, 2013
Ohio

Ohio is home to more than 11.5 million people, making it the seventh most populous state in the U.S. The Buckeye State is also the 34th largest state by land size, it has the nation’s seventh largest economy, and it is one of a select group of states with five or more major cities with a population over 200,000.

Ohio

The nation’s best schools have many things in common. They offer a wide variety of programs, they have excellent graduation and retention rates, and they are very selective. Financial resources, positive peer assessment, and an excellent student/teacher ratio are other things these schools have in common. A large number of Ohio schools rank among America’s Best and many even offer some of the nation’s best fashion programs.

Kent State

“The fashion industry these days is really tough,” said fashion design icon Dana Buchman on a  recent visit to Kent State University.  She adds optimistically, “but, women will always have to get dressed, so there will be jobs out there for designers who are creative, imaginative and have a lot of perseverance”.  The Fashion School at Kent State University is well equipped to educate and inspire the next generation of designers.  Students have a wealth of resources right on campus, including top-notch faculty,  a fashion library,  state of the art technology, and an opportunity to display their own designs at an annual fashion show.  And, the classroom expands beyond the Kent, Ohio campus with opportunities to further the learning experience in New York City, Florence and beyond.

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.

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.

Cleveland

The Cleveland Fashion Scene

Cleveland is the second largest city in Ohio. With nearly 400,000 residents, it is also one of the largest cities in the U.S. Although fashion isn’t the top industry in the Cleveland, the scene is energetic and growing. For starters, Cleveland hosts a number of fashion events including Cleveland Fashion Week. The event features multiple runway shows, showcasing deigns by both emerging and established designers from Ohio and around the country.

Kent State University

Kent State University: Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising
Kent, Ohio
Shannon Rodgers & Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design & Merchandising

Kent State University’s Fashion Design & Merchandising program combines an industry-based curriculum with a strong liberal arts program to prepare students for careers in the fashion industry.  Students gain broad perspective and experience through lectures, seminars, study tours in the United States and abroad, and internships.  The program is committed to staying current with fashion technology to better prepare students for the workplace.

Columbus Ohio

The Columbus Fashion Scene

Columbus is one of the largest cities in the U.S. and in 2006, it was ranked as the 8th best big city in the country by CNN. This art and culture mecca is home to five of the biggest retail brands in the U.S. including Victoria's Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch, Bath & Body Works, Hollister, and Big Lots. Columbus is also packed with museums such as the Columbus Museum of Art, elaborate entertainment venues such as Nationwide Arena, and hundreds of shopping venues from the upscale shops of Polaris Fashion Place and Easton Town Center, to the thrift stores of West 5th Avenues’ Resale Row.