Pennsylvania

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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. 

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.

At Fashion-Schools.org we have profiled colleges across the US that offer fashion design and fashion merchandising related programs. Below is a list of profiles of Pennsylvania colleges:

Mercyhurst University

 

Mercyhurst University

Mercyhurst University: Fashion Merchandising Program Profile
Erie, Pennsylvania

This comprehensive program prepares students to succeed in any aspect of the fashion industry, from buying to presenting, to even developing a clothing line. That’s because, in addition to a strong curriculum designed to provide an in-depth overview of the fashion industry from construction to marketing, you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to gain real-world, hands-on experience. Through mandatory and voluntary opportunities, such as internships, creation of professional portfolios, access to the Mercyhurst Fashion Club, experiencing fashion from “Fashion Capitals” around the world, or networking with fashion professionals, we emphasize the need for our students to have actual experience in the field prior to graduation.

Pennsylvania

How does a school earn a spot on the list of top schools? Affordability and convenience help, as well as factors such as student clubs and organizations, recreation, class size, quality of campus life, and job placement rate. The schools on our list rank among the top schools in the nation based on the factors listed and others such as student selectivity, class size, peer assessment, program offerings, financial resources, and graduation and retention rates.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about fashion, but the Keystone State has plenty to offer in the world of fashion. First, the state is home to a variety of buzzworthy Fashion Weeks including Pennsylvania Fashion Week, Philly Fashion Week, Pittsburgh Fashion Week, and Harrisburg Fashion Week. Next,  fashionistas and fashion designers alike will find some of the regions busiest shopping and entertainment venues throughout the state's 10,000+ cities, towns, and neighborhoods.

Pennsylvania

Growth in the fashion industry is expected to average 10.4 percent for the 2010-2020 decade and salaries are expected to rise as well. Thanks to promising growth in this field, many colleges have launched new fashion programs or expanded existing ones. In the state of Pennsylvania, not only will you find a number of fashion programs, you will find some of the nation’s “Best” 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. 

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. 

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.

Philadelphia University

Philadelphia University: Fashion Design, Textile Design
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Department of Fashion Design

The Fashion Design program at Philadelphia University provides instruction on all aspects of fashion design and construction, with a special focus on textile materials and design.  Students gain hands-on experience using professional, state-of-the-art equipment for production and design.  Courses of instruction include Fashion Design Problem Solving, Collection Development, and History of Textiles and Costumes.

Albright College

Albright College: Fashion, Design/Merchandising/Costume Design/Design & Merchandising
Reading, Pennsylvania
Fashion Department

The Fashion program at Albright College seeks to develop students into good citizens who are successful in their field.  Because the program is located within a liberal arts college, students graduate with the critical thinking skills and adaptability that are crucial in our changing times.  Students can choose the Design, Merchandising, Costume Design, or Design & Merchandising track with their Fashion major.