High enrollment figures are certainly good for the college, and affordable tuition is like the icing on the cake for students, but it takes quite a bit more than this for any given college to rank among the “Best Fashion Programs.” A number of respected college ranking agencies evaluate a number of factors when determining which schools deserve a spot on the list. Faculty resources (such as student-faculty ratio), financial resources, program offerings, peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, and student selectivity are just a few.
The state of New York is home to 304 Title IV degree-granting schools, with more than 900,000 students enrolled in full-time programs alone. Because New York is the nation’s fashion capital, many Title IVs offer some of the best fashion programs in the world. Many of the state’s best fashion programs are offered at schools in the heart of New York City, but we also found a few other outstanding programs in places like Syracuse, Buffalo, and even Cazenovia.
Browse through our list below to review some of the best fashion school programs in New York, and what they have to offer.
Best Fashion School Programs New York City
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
Best Fashion School Programs - State of New York Cities and Towns
Cazenovia College - Degrees Offered: B.F.A. Fashion Design, B.F.A. Interior Design
Villa Maria College of Buffalo – Degrees Offered: B.F.A. Fashion Design and Merchandising with a Design or Merchandising track
Cornell University – Degrees Offered: B.S. Fiber Science & Apparel Design with concentrations in Apparel Design, Fashion Design Management, Fiber Science, B.S./B.F.A. Apparel Design/Art (Dual Degree); M.A. and Ph.D. Apparel Design; M.S. and Ph.D. Fiber Science; M.P.S. Human Ecology; Fiber Science Minor
Marist College – Degrees Offered: B.P.S. Fashion Design, B.P.S. Fashion Merchandising; Fashion Merchandising Minor, Fashion Product Development Minor
Syracuse University - Degrees Offered B.F.A. Fashion Design, B.F.A. Communication Design, B.F.A. Environmental and Interior Design, B.F.A. Industrial and Interaction Design
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