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Best Fashion Programs in Florida

Written by FS StaffJuly 31, 2013

To determine which fashion schools are among the best, college ranking agencies may evaluate factors such as the number of program offerings, faculty resources, graduation and retention rates, financial resources, student selectivity, and peer assessment. Some factors have more influence than others (a fashion program with small class sizes may fetch a higher score than one with larger classes), which helps determine the final score, and exactly where a school will land on the list.

Based the most recent report by the Institute for Education Sciences (IES/2013), Florida is now home to 223 Title IV degree-granting universities. More than 745,000 full and part-time students are enrolled, with thousands enrolled in the Florida’s most popular design schools alone. A number of Florida schools rank high among America’s Best, and many of these schools offer some of the nation’s best fashion programs.

Some of the best fashion school programs can be found at schools in major cities such as Jacksonville—the state’s largest city, Miami (second largest) and Tampa—the third largest city in Florida. Take a look at our list below to review some of the best fashion school programs in Florida and what they have to offer.

Best Fashion School Programs Florida

Fort Lauderdale
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale – Degrees Offered: A.S. Fashion Design, B.S. Fashion Design, B.S. Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Retailing Diploma

The Art Institute of Jacksonville – Degrees Offered: B.A. Fashion & Retail Management, Fashion Retailing Diploma, B.F.A. Interior Design

Johnson & Wales University – Degrees Offered: B.S. Fashion Merchandising & Retail Marketing with concentrations in Textiles, The Business of Fashion, Visual Merchandising, Apparel Quality Analysis, Fashion Forecasting

Miami International University of Art & Design - Degrees Offered: A.A. Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Accessory Design; B.A. Fashion Merchandising, B.F.A. Fashion Design, Interior Design; Fashion Retailing Diploma, MFA Interior Design

Florida State University – Degrees Offered: B.S. Retail Merchandising and Product Development (RMPD), M.S. Clothing, Textiles, and Merchandising with a major in Global Merchandising and Product Development, Graduate Certificate Retail Merchandising

The Art Institute of Tampa – Degrees Offered: B.A. Fashion & Retail Management, Fashion Retailing Diploma, B.F.A. Interior Design

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Did You Know.... Academy of Art University’s School of Fashion offers BFA's in Fashion, Fashion Merchandising, Textile Design, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Styling, Costume Design, and Fashion Product Development. Learn more.

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