The fashion industry in the U.S. is growing and so is the demand for top talent. To meet this demand, traditional colleges and universities as well as many art and design schools now offer competitive fashion training programs. Some of these schools may offer a Diploma or A.A.S. degree, while others may offer a variety of advanced degrees. The number & quality of program offerings is just one factor that helps college ranking agencies determine which schools are the best of the best.
Each year, some of the country’s top college ranking agencies, education organizations, and publications (such as Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, and Forbes) determine which schools deserve a spot on the “Best Schools” list. To land a spot on the list, schools must also score high in the areas of peer assessment, financial resources, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, and student selectivity.
The state of North Carolina is home to 139 Title IV degree-granting universities. Many of these schools are listed among the “Best” schools in the region and they offer some of the country’s most popular fashion programs. A significant number of these schools are located in major cities such as Charlotte and Durham, but we also found several excellent options in smaller cities and towns such as Mars Hill and Boone.
Just a few of North Carolina’s best fashion school programs can be found at
Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina Central University in Durham, and East Carolina University in Greenville.
Best Fashion School Programs North Carolina – Major Cities
Johnson & Wales University – Degrees Offered: B.S. Fashion Merchandising & Retail Marketing
The Art Institute of Charlotte - Degrees Offered: B.A. Fashion & Retail Management, A.A.S. Fashion & Retail Management, A.A.S. Fashion Design, Fashion Retailing Certificate, B.F.A. Interior Design, A.A.S. Interior Design
North Carolina Central University - Degrees Offered: B.S. Textiles & Apparel
with concentrations in Fashion Merchandising and Apparel Design
The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham – Degrees Offered: B.A. Fashion & Retail Management, A.A.S. Fashion & Retail Management, Fashion Retailing Certificate, B.F.A. Interior Design
University of North Carolina at Greensboro - Degrees Offered: B.S. Apparel Product Design, B.S. Global Apparel and Related Industries, B.S. Retailing and Consumer Studies
Meredith College - B.S. Fashion Merchandising and Design with a concentration in Merchandising or Design, B.S. Interior Design
Best Fashion School Programs North Carolina – Other Cities and Towns
Appalachian State University - Degrees Offered: B.S. Apparel Design and Merchandising, Minor Apparel Design and Merchandising
East Carolina University - Degrees Offered: B.S. Merchandising with a Fashion concentration B.S. Interiors Merchandising, B.S. Interior Design
Mars Hill College - B.S. Apparel & Interior Merchandising
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