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

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 2017 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. 

Our 2017 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. 

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.

 

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.

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.

Janice Ellinwood has been the Chair of Marymount’s Fashion Design Department for more than 25 years.  In that time, the industry has changed considerably.  While students will learn the essential skills that will always be part of a designer’s core, including sewing and pattern making, understanding the shift to overseas production, and the role of the Internet on the industry, are also part of the ever-changing curriculum at the school.

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The schools on our list below are considered “top-tier” thanks to the high-quality education they offer at a reasonable cost. These schools are also conveniently located, and they have excellent job placement services, a variety of student clubs and organizations, state-of-the-art facilities, and a diverse collection of academic programs. While these schools are tops in the academic world for majors ranging from finance to medicine, aspiring artists and designers of all kinds have taken notice.

Fashion Schools in Virginia

August 14, 2013
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The state of Virginia has a growing population of more than 8.1 million residents that pump well over $105 million a year into the state’s retail industry. Virginia’s casual but stylish fashion scene features upscale brands ranging from Gucci, Hermes, and Louis Vuitton to hip, but affordable retailers such as Express and H&M. Virginia is also home to hundreds of independent boutiques, consignment stores, resale shops, and more. Some of the best places for fashion finds are Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Arlington, Richmond, Alexandria, Hampton, Vienna, McLean, and Newport News—home of the famous Newport News catalog.

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Are they selective? What kinds of financial assistance do they offer? Are the instructors successful in their respective fields? College ranking organizations such as Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, and Forbes may consider these questions and more to determine which schools deserve to be named one of “America’s Best Schools.” Other considerations may include everything from peer assessment and graduation and retention rates to faculty resources.

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.

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.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University: Apparel, Housing, & Resource Management
Blacksburg, Virginia
Department of Apparel, Housing, & Resource Management

The Apparel Product Development & Merchandising Management program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University combines a solid liberal arts education with the knowledge and skills required for careers such as fashion coordinators, buyers, fashion forecasters, merchandise managers, and visual managers. Students learn about all aspects of production, development, merchandising, and distribution of apparel and other fashion products.

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University: Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising
Richmond, Virginia
Department of Fashion Design & Merchandising

The Fashion Design and Merchandising program at Virginia Commonwealth University provides students with the skills to succeed in the fashion industry. Students develop a global perspective and critical thinking skills to analyze and solve fashion merchandising problems. The curriculum is project and simulation driven to allow for hands-on experience that addresses contemporary issues discussed by critics and clients.

The Art Institute of Virginia Beach

The Art Institute of Virginia Beach: Fashion Retail Management
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Department of Fashion & Retail Management

The Fashion Retail Management program at The Art Institute of Virginia Beach focuses on interpersonal skills, marketing, and management to prepare students for careers in the retail industry. Students learn critical thinking and problem solving skills through a market-driven curriculum that combines coursework with technological applications. Graduates leave the program with a strong academic and professional foundation to prepare them for success.