Tennessee

Well-known for its music, Tennessee is draws great strength from its rich heritage, not only from great deeds and events, but from the more enduring legacy of community ties and respect for tradition. Historically, the state played a significant role in the first expansion past the appalachian mountains, was a primary battleground in the Civil War, and witnessed first-hand clashes over cultural issues such as prohibition, woman's suffrage, and school reform. Today, Tennessee has become home to some of the most advanced sectors of American business and technology. The state's mix of forward looking innovation, great natural beauty, and a people solidly grounded in tradition and community has proven an irresistible allure for the rest of the country.

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 2017 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.

Our 2017 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.

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.

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.

Tennessee

Tennessee is home to 109 Title IV degree-granting institutions, with more than 330,000 students enrolled. The state’s modest collection of Title IVs consists of traditional colleges and universities, technical schools, art schools, design schools, and more. A number of Tennessee schools rank among the nation’s best schools by Princeton Review, Forbes, Businessweek, and others. Alums, education blogs, student groups, and other similar groups routinely rank several Tennessee colleges among the nations “Top” schools as well. 

Tennessee

Tennessee is home to more than 6.4 million people, making it the 17th largest state by population. It is home to major cities such as Memphis and Nashville that lead the way in the world of country music. While country music is the state’s claim to fame, the fashion scene attracts its fair share of attention from locals and out-of-towners alike.

Tennessee

Organizations such as U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, Forbes, and Businessweek evaluate the nation’s colleges each year to determine which are the best of the best. Some organizations may publish their very own “Top 20” list, while others may rank the nation’s top 100 U.S. colleges. To determine which schools deserve a spot in the rankings, the school may be evaluated based on program offerings, graduation and retention rates, peer assessment, faculty resources (student-teacher ratio), financial resources, and student selectivity.

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. 

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.

Tennessee Technological University

Tennessee Technological University: Human Ecology, Merchandising &
Design/Housing & Design
Cookeville, Tennessee
School of Human Ecology

The Human Ecology program at Tennessee Technological University prepares students for a career in the industry by combining a broad curriculum of topics relating to the profession of merchandising and a general education background. Study tours, market trips, student organizations, and a required practicum in the sophomore year provide opportunities for students to develop their professional skills and contacts.

East Tennessee State University

East Tennessee State University: Management & Marketing
Johnson City, Tennessee
Department of Management & Marketing

The Management & Marketing program at Tennessee State University prepares students for a variety of careers in the fast-paced retail industry with an emphasis on product knowledge, merchandising expertise, and creativity.  Students learn problem solving, decision making, communication skills, and how to set goals and work with others as they develop skills in planning, developing, and presenting product lines in a professional environment.

International Academy of Design & Technology – Nashville

International Academy of Design & Technology – Nashville: Fashion Design & Merchandising
Nashville, Tennessee
Fashion Design & Merchandising

The Fashion Design & Merchandising program at International Academy of Design & Technology – Nashville prepares students for careers in the industry with classes that provide hands-on instruction.  Students learn the process of making a garment from beginning to end, starting with designing and developing patterns, then selecting fabrics and creating sample garments, and finally moving the products to manufacturing and distribution.  Internships, study abroad, and student organizations provide opportunities for professional development.

Nashville

The Nashville Fashion Scene

Nashville’s population is slightly lower than Memphis, but the two are almost identical when it comes to fashion. Both cities are laid-back, friendly, and casual, but fashionable. Like Memphis, Nashville has it’s own fashion week—Nashville Fashion Week, which features both established and up-and-coming designers, makeup artists, photographers, and hairstylists. Other industry events such as green/sustainable, bridal, and vintage fashion shows occur regularly.

Memphis

The Memphis Fashion Scene

Memphis might be one of the most laid-back cities on the map, but this friendly town of more than 680,000 knows a thing or two about fashion. For starters, Memphis is home to Mid-South Fashion Week (MSFW). This fashion extravaganza features both established and up-and-coming designers, makeup artists, photographers, and hairstylists. MSFW is sponsored by the likes of Dereon Footwear (Beyonce Knowles’ shoe brand), BCBGeneration, and many other recognized names in the industry. Other fashion events such as Southern Women’s Show, vintage fashion shows, and bridal shows occur all year long.

Middle Tennessee State University

Middle Tennessee State University: Textiles, Merchandising, & Design, Apparel Design/Fashion Merchandising
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Department of Human Sciences

The Textiles, Merchandising, & Design program at Middle Tennessee State University combines academic classroom instruction with hands-on experience to prepare students for careers in the industry.  Students graduate with a real sense of the industry and professional requirements. Students may choose to concentrate in either Apparel Design or Fashion Merchandising.  Job placement, internships, and study abroad provide further opportunities for professional growth.