Texas

Texas has brought more to fashion than Western jeans and cowboy boots. Where would U.S. fans of haute couture and mainstream designers be without Neiman Marcus? Since opening in Dallas in 1907, the store has expanded across the United States and has always been associated with top fashion. And, more recently, the state has seen its native son Tom Ford go on to top design and creative positions at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent.

Our 2016 rankings of the Top 10 schools for fashion merchandising in the Southwest US. 

We define the Southwest as Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado 

Founded in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College, Colorado State University (CSU) is home to 32,236 students enrolled in more than 150 degree programs across 14 colleges and schools. The College of Health and Human Sciences is home to the Design and Merchandising Program. Degree offerings for aspiring fashion merchandisers include a BS in Apparel and Merchandising - Merchandising, and an MS in Design and Merchandising - Apparel and Merchandising. A Minor in Merchandising is also available. 

Our 2016 rankings of the Top 10 schools for fashion design in the Southwest US. 

We define the Southwest as Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada.

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University was established in 1890. It is home to more than 35,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs across a five-campus system and 10 colleges. The College of Human Sciences, Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising (DHM) offers several programs for aspiring fashion designers. According to the Department, “the ADP program at OSU is one of only thirteen apparel programs in North America to receive the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) approval.” This means that the “curriculum and facilities have met the rigorous standards” of the AAFA. 

Our 2017 rankings of the Top 10 schools for fashion merchandising in the Southwest US. 

We define the Southwest as Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 

Our 2017 rankings of the Top 10 schools for fashion design in the Southwest US. 

We define the Southwest as Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

Our 2015 rankings of the Top 10 schools for fashion merchandising in the Southwest US. 

We define the Southwest as Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

Our 2015 rankings of the Top 10 schools for fashion design in the Southwest US. 

We define the Southwest as Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada.

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

Founded in 1870, Colorado State University (CSU) is home to around 30,000 students enrolled in more than 150 degree programs across 14 colleges and schools. The College of Health and Human Sciences is home to the Design and Merchandising Program which has several degree offerings for aspiring fashion designers. Offerings include a BS in Apparel and Merchandising - Apparel Design and Production, and an MS in Design and Merchandising - Apparel and Merchandising. 

Program highlights include internship opportunities, study abroad experiences, and access to the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising (formerly the Historic Costume & Textiles Collection). The Museum features more than 18,000 artifacts and collections, with special collections by Calvin Klein, James Galanos, Carolina Herrera, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, and Versace. The museum also features ethnographic holdings and The Ruth Payne Hellmann Lace Collection which includes more than 1,500 pieces of historic lace and lacemaking tools.

Students interested in studying abroad have a variety of locations to choose from. Past design students have studied in Italy, France, Peru, Ghana, and Australia. Some have also participated in Semester at Sea which enrolled 629 students from 251 colleges and universities in 2014.

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 10 schools for fashion merchandising in the Southwest US. 

We define the Southwest as Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada.

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 10 schools for fashion design in the Southwest US. 


We define the Southwest as Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada.

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If you’ve ever wondered why certain fashion schools make the list of top schools and others do not, we’re here to tell you how it works. Education bloggers, students/student groups, alums, media companies, publishers, and others create these lists based on a variety of factors ranging from cost to quality of campus life. Just a few other factors include tuition cost, location, job placement, types of clubs and organizations, cultural activities, and student life.

Fashion Schools in Texas

July 31, 2013
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Is everything really bigger in Texas? You bet it is! Totaling more than 260,000 square miles, and home to more than 26 million people and 1,215 cities, Texas is the nation’s second largest state by land size and population. No other state has more cities with a population over 700,000 and no other place in the U.S. salutes a staggering six flags (Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States, and the United States). Finally, the Lone Star State is so big, a single ranch (The King Ranch in South Texas) is larger that the entire state of Rhode Island.

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What makes a fashion school program “the best” may vary slightly from student to student. A school with affordable tuition may come out on top for some students, while others may place more weight on convenience, class size or student clubs. While these factors (and many others) do hold weight for many students, most college ranking agencies evaluate schools based on factors such as program offerings, faculty resources, graduation and retention rates, financial resources, student selectivity, and peer assessment.

The University of Texas at Austin

“Texas Fashion,”  it’s come a long way from cowboy boots and blue jeans.  For a glimpse of the future of fashion, one need only look at the University of Texas at Austin’s 2013 Fashion Show. Models strutted down the runway in leather, faux fur, lace and sequins. There was sportswear, evening gowns and bridal gowns, all created by students in the Department of Textiles and Apparel.  The program prepares fashionistas for traditional roles as designers and stylists, but also for jobs where demand is growing, like the business of textile conservation.

Southwest

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 10 Fashion School Programs in the Southwest. For the record, we define the Southwest as Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. 

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.

Houston

The Houston Fashion Scene

Houston’s got talent and it’s not afraid to show it! Designers such as Cesar Galindo, Toni
Whitaker, David Peck, Elaine Turner and Chloe Dao all hail from Houston and the city is home
to one of the country’s most competitive fashion weeks. The city has a number of shopping
districts, but one of the most recognized is the Uptown District—a business district and premier
shopping destination all rolled into one. Other popular shopping districts are East End, Kirby
District, Montrose/The Heights, Southwest Houston, and Katy Mills (outlet mall). The city’s
fashionistas flock to these shopping districts to buy fashions ranging from funky to vintage to
upscale.

University of North Texas

University of North Texas: Merchandising, Home Furnishings/Merchandising,
E-Merchandising, Merchandising/Business
Denton, Texas
School of Merchandising & Hospitality Management

The Merchandising program at University of North Texas combines leadership, education, and research experiences to create a dynamic program that uses both classroom instruction and hands-on experience to incorporate all aspects of the merchandising industry. Students learn about merchandising strategies in regards to the distribution, evaluation, development, and use of fashion products in the global market. The program has a foundation of five concepts: merchandising foundations, merchandising applications, industry analysis, consumer segmentation, and product evaluations.

The Art Institutes system of schools
Locations:
  • Austin, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
Programs available: