A large student body can be a good thing for a school’s budget, but it can also be a bad thing when it comes to college rankings. Smaller class sizes mean individual attention, and individual attention matters when it comes to ranking the best of the best! In addition to faculty resources (student-faculty ratio), respected college ranking groups such as Forbes, Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, and Businessweek, consider financial resources, program offerings, peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, and student selectivity when ranking the best of the best. A number of schools in the state of New Jersey rank high on the list and many offer excellent fashion programs.
New Jersey is home to 66 Title IV degree-granting institutions. Although this is lower than the national average of 90, New Jersey is still home to some of the best institutions in the U.S. Princeton University, Rutgers University, and Drew University are just a few. When it comes to fashion schools, New Jersey is also home to some of the best options the U.S. has to offer. Surprisingly, most are located in smaller cities and towns such as Montclair and Lincroft.
Browse through our list below to review the best fashion school programs in New Jersey and what they have to offer.
Best Fashion School Programs - New Jersey
Centenary College - Degrees Offered: B.F.A. Fashion Design, B.F.A. Design and Merchandising
Brookdale Community College - Degrees Offered: A.A.S. Fashion Merchandising A.A.S. Interior Design
Montclair State University – Degrees Offered: B.A. Fashion Studies, Fashion Design Minor, Fashion Merchandising Minor
Burlington County College - Degrees Offered: A.A.S. Fashion Design, A.S. Fashion Product Merchandising, A.A. Fashion Studies, Specification Technology for Fashion Design Certificate, Technical Fashion Design Certificate
Berkeley College - Degrees Offered: A.A.S. Fashion Marketing and Management, B.B.A. Fashion Marketing and Management, B.B.A./B.S. Fashion Marketing and Management with Minor in International Business, B.S. Fashion Marketing and Management, B.F.A. Interior Design, A.A.S. Interior Design, B.S. Interior Design Management
Best Fashion School Programs - New Jersey/New York
New York City is just a few short miles from Newark, NJ. Each day, thousands of commuters make the trip to New York to work, shop, play, and more. If you’re interested in attending fashion school in New York, without the hefty price tag for housing, you’re in luck. The schools listed below are an easy commute from NJ and they are the best NY has to offer!
Pratt Institute - Degrees Offered: B.F.A. Fashion Design, B.F.A. Jewelry Design
Berkeley College – Degrees Offered: A.A.S. Fashion Marketing and Management, B.B.A. Fashion Marketing and Management, B.B.A., Fashion Marketing and Management with Minor in International Business, B.S. Fashion Marketing and Management, B.S., Fashion Marketing and Management with Minor in International Business
Fashion Institute of Technology - Degrees Offered: A.A.S. Fashion Design; B.F.A. Fashion Design with concentrations in Children's Wear, Intimate Apparel, Knitwear, Special Occasion, Sportswear; International B.F.A. Fashion Design with study in New York and Milan; A.A.S and B.S. Fashion Merchandising Management; B.S. International Trade and Marketing for Fashion Industries, B.F.A. Fabric Styling; A.A.S. Jewelry Design; A.A.S. and B.S. Textile Development and Marketing; A.A.S. Menswear; A.A.S. and B.F.A. Textile/Surface Design, A.A.S. and B.S. Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries; B.S. Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing; A.A.S and B.F.A. Interior Design
Lim College – Degrees Offered: A.A.S, A.O.S., B.B.A. and B.P.S. Fashion Merchandising with tracks in Apparel & Accessories or Home Fashions; B.B.A. Fashion Marketing, B.B.A. Visual Merchandising, M.P.S. Fashion Marketing, M.P.S. Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management (Beginning in Fall 2013); MBA with tracks in Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship.
Concentration options for all undergraduate majors include Cosmetics, Fashion Communications, Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Publishing, International Marketing, Retail and Merchandise Management, Styling, Visual Merchandising, Responsible Business Practices, Digital Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Event Planning
Parsons The New School for Design - Degrees Offered: A.A.S. and B.F.A Fashion Design, M.F.A. Fashion Design and Society, A.A.S Fashion Marketing, M.A. Fashion Studies, A.A.S., B.F.A. and M.F.A. Interior Design, Design Business Certificate, B.A./B.F.A. Dual Degree with options ranging from Entrepreneurship and Fashion History to Sustainable Design
The Art Institute of New York City – Degrees Offered: A.A.S. Fashion Design
Wood Tobe-Coburn School – Degrees Offered: A.A.S Fashion Design, A.A.S. Fashion Merchandising, Marketing, and Management; Fashion Design Diploma, Fashion Merchandising, Marketing, and Management Diploma
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