Washington

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

Our 2016 rankings of the Top 10 schools on the West Coast for fashion merchandising. 

We define the West Coast as California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon 

Founded in 1868, Oregon State University (OSU) is home to more than 30,000 students enrolled in more than 280 undergraduate and graduate degree programs across 11 academic colleges. The College of Business houses the School of Design & Human Environment (DHE), which offers a BS in Merchandising Management and a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS). 

Our 2016 rankings of the Top 10 fashion design schools on the West Coast. 

We define the West Coast as California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii. 

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California

Otis College of Art and Design (OTIS) was founded in 1918. The school is home to 1,100 students enrolled in more than a dozen art and design programs. Offerings for aspiring fashion designers include a BFA in Fashion Design with options in Sustainability or Costume Design.

The Costume Design Emphasis focuses on “new directions in character development for film, television, live performance, concept art, and video,” according to OTIS. 

Our 2015 rankings of the Top 10 schools on the West Coast for fashion merchandising. 

We define the West Coast as California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

Our 2015 rankings of the Top 10 fashion design schools on the West Coast. 

We define the West Coast as California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii. 

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California

Otis College of Art and Design (OTIS) was founded in 1918. It is home to 1,100 students enrolled in more than a dozen art and design programs. The school offers one degree program for aspiring fashion designers—a BFA in Fashion Design. Students may select an Emphasis in Costume Design which focuses on “new directions in character development for film, television, live performance, concept art, and video,” according to OTIS.

A Minor in Sustainability is another popular option and the Continuing Education Department offers a number of single courses for aspiring fashion designers as well. Offerings include Fashion Design, Textile/Surface Design, Jewelry Design, and Illustration. 

OTIS Fashion students are mentored by major brands and designers such as Ruben & Isabel Toledo, A|X, Halston, Billabong, Nike, BCBG, Hurley, and Johnny Was. Students also have the opportunity to showcase their designs at the Annual Scholarship and Benefit Fashion Show. Student designs are also displayed in the Nieman Marcus window in Beverly Hills.

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 rankings of the Top 10 schools on the West Coast for fashion merchandising. 

We define the West Coast as California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and Idaho. 

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 schools on the West Coast for fashion design. 

We define the West Coast as California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and Idaho. 

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

 

1. Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California
The Fashion Design Department at Otis College of Design (OTIS) offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Fashion Design. Program highlights include an annual fashion show and access to famous guest design mentors such as Billabong, Venus Williams, and Urban Outfitters. All OTIS students have the opportunity to enroll in the school’s Study Abroad program during their final years of study. Past study destinations include the Island country of Palau, Venice, Belgium, France, China, and Italy. Travel Study Tours to New York City are also on the menu.

Washington State

According to students, alums, education bloggers, independent publications, and more, top schools have a number of things in common. They are convenient and affordable, they have comfortable class sizes, a variety of academic programs, a large collection of student clubs and other organizations, and they offer a warm and friendly campus environment. Many Washington schools offer this and more, which is why they routinely make the list of Top Schools in the U.S.

Washington State

Thanks to having one of the most temperamental climates in the country, outerwear is Washington’s signature style. We’re talking print, bold color, military, safari-style—you name it, Washington’s fashion scene has it. You’ll also see plenty of trendy printed dresses, distressed jeans and screenprint tees, eighty’s-esque garb, and more.

Washington State

How does any given school earn a reputation for being one of America’s Best Schools?  The answer may vary by student, college ranking organization, or publication. Some students say the cost of tuition matters most, while others say campus life and access to state-of-the-art facilities are top priorities. While these factors are certainly important when it comes down to choosing the best school for any given individual, many college ranking organizations or publications such as Princeton Review, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, consider an entirely different set of factors to determine which schools deserve to be named one of America’s Best Colleges. Common factors include program offerings, faculty resources, graduation and retention rates, financial resources, student selectivity, and peer assessment.

West 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 10 Fashion School Programs on the West Coast. For the record, we define the West Coast as California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, and Idaho. 

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.

Washington State University

Washington State University: Apparel, Merchandising & Textiles, Apparel
Design/Merchandising
Pullman, Washington
Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design, & Textiles

The Apparel, Merchandising & Textiles program at Washington State University provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the fashion industry from concept to consumer. Students learn about all aspects of this interdisciplinary field, including design, marketing, supply-chain management, consumer behavior, textile chemistry, and product development. Coursework provides opportunities for experiential based learning and problem solving strategies addressing global issues in the industry.

Central Washington University

Central Washington University: Fashion Merchandising
Ellensburg, Washington
Family & Consumer Sciences

The Fashion Merchandising program at Central Washington University focuses on providing students with the skills and knowledge required to evaluate retail needs, spot industry trends, and analyze market and consumer behavior. Students gain professional experience through internships, industry field trips, guest speakers, and attendance at trade shows. Students may choose a minor in Apparel Design.

Las Vegas

The Las Vegas Fashion Scene

Las Vegas is the most fashionable city in the state of Nevada. Due to the nature of America’s only adult playground, fashions range from risqué to sophisticated, and that’s just at the Bellagio! Tourism is the number one industry here, so the fashion scene will forever be a mix of what locals think is fashionable and what visitors from around the world bring to the table. So what does this mean for aspiring fashion designers? If you work for a retail shop, designer, or even if you decide to open your own boutique, you will have an unlimited number of local customers and shoppers from around the world, thanks to the nearly 38 million visitors that come here each year.

Seattle

The Seattle Fashion Scene

Seattle dominates the fashion scene in Washington State. It’s home to the state’s largest population of salaried fashion designers, Seattle Fashion Week, and more fashion programs than anywhere else in the state. Seattle is also home to hundreds of high-end retail stores and boutiques, and thousands of other unique retail venues from downtown to the outskirts of town. Stroll the streets of Seattle and you’ll find dozens of thrift stores, consignment shops, and vintage stores packed with well-preserved fashions from every era.