Wisconsin

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

Our 2016 rankings of the Top 10 fashion merchandising programs in the Midwest. 

We define the Midwest as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana.

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Iowa State University (ISU or Iowa State) was officially established on March 22, 1858 as Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm. The school is home to 36,001 students enrolled in 100 bachelor's degree programs, 112 master's degree programs, and 83 programs at the PhD level across 10 colleges and schools. The College of Human Sciences is home to the Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management (AESHM) Department. The Department offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers.

Our 2016 rankings of the Top 10 fashion design programs in the Midwest. 

We define the Midwest as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana.

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

Founded in 1910, Kent State University (KSU or Kent State) is home to nearly 29,000 students enrolled in more than 300 degree programs across 11 colleges and the School of Digital Sciences. The College of the Arts is home to the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising (The Fashion School). The school offers several programs for aspiring fashion designers including BA and BFA degrees in Fashion Design, a BFA in Crafts (Jewelry and Metals), a BFA Crafts (Textile Arts), an MA in Fine Arts (Fashion) and an MFA in Design/Technology – Costume Design. Minors in Accessories, Textiles, Costume Design Technology, and Fashion Media are also on the menu and the College of Business Administration offers an MBA with a Concentration in Fashion Design and Merchandising.

Our 2015 rankings of the Top 10 fashion merchandising programs in the Midwest. 

We define the Midwest as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

Our 2015 rankings of the Top 20 fashion design programs in the Midwest. 

We define the Midwest as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana.

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 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 fashion design programs in the Midwest. 

We define the Midwest as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

 

1. Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
Kent State University’s College of the Arts is home to the Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising. At this popular fashion school, students may pursue either a BA or BFA in fashion design.

Wisconsin

The state of Wisconsin is home to more than 5.7 million people, making it one of the top 20 largest states in the U.S. The Badger State has four cities with a population over 100,000 including Milwaukee—Wisconsin’s largest city, Madison, Green Bay, and Kenosha. However, just about everything in the world of fashion here happens in Milwaukee, which has a population of nearly 600,000.

Wisconsin

To determine which fashion schools are indeed the Best, college ranking agencies may evaluate a schools program offerings, faculty resources, graduation and retention rates, financial resources, and student selectivity. Peer assessment may be important as well. After evaluating these areas, college ranking organizations such as U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, and Princeton Review will tally the school’s score to determine if it deserves a spot in the rankings. A number of Wisconsin schools often make the cut.

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.

University of Wisconsin Stout

University of Wisconsin – Stout: Apparel Design & Development
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Department of Apparel Design & Development

The Apparel Design & Development program at University of Wisconsin – Stout prepares students with the skills and knowledge they need for careers in the fast-paced apparel industry. Students learn from knowledgeable faculty and use up-to-date laboratories to develop their skills and gain experience. The program offers three concentrations: Apparel Design, Apparel Development, and Apparel Product Management.

Mount Mary College

Mount Mary College: Apparel Product Development, Creative Design, Technical Design, Merchandise Management
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Fashion Department

The Fashion program at Mount Mary College focuses on developing students abilities to create functional and innovative solutions to the problems and challenges of design, manufacturing, and merchandising. Students use state-of-the-art technology and equipment in real-world situations to gain working experience and knowledge of the industry. Students may choose between the Creative Design or Technical Design concentration in the Apparel Product Development major, or choose the Merchandise Management major.

Milwaukee Area Technical College

Milwaukee Area Technical College: Fashion Marketing, Fashion Track/Retail Management Track
Oak Creek, Wisconsin
Department of Marketing

The Fashion Marketing program at Milwaukee Area Technical College prepares students for careers in boutiques, stores, and specialty shops. Fashion courses focus on the creative aspects of selling apparel products, while retail management courses focus on the financial and managerial aspects of retail. Students leave the program with the skills and knowledge to begin careers as sales representatives, visual merchandisers, buyers, and store managers.

Madison College

Madison College: Fashion Marketing
Madison, Wisconsin
Fashion Marketing

The Fashion Marketing program at Madison College prepares students for careers in wholesale, retail, manufacturing, and other fashion marketing fields. Coursework combines instruction on marketing activities and business with fashion products and practices. Study tours, guest lecturers, and internships allow students to explore career opportunities and gain valuable work experience.

Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Fashion Scene

Milwaukee is the second most fashionable city in the Midwest and the most fashionable city in the state of Wisconsin. Other large cities in Wisconsin—Madison and Green Bay are all too happy to mimic what they see in Milwaukee because the city’s fashionistas have a style all their own. They don’t follow fashion trends—they create their own instead. Take a stroll around one of the city’s shopping districts and you’ll see people clad in vintage threads, mixed patterns, and outfits that could have only been put together by a truly creative mind.