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Best Fashion Programs in North Carolina

Written by FS StaffAugust 14, 2013
North Carolina

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.

Check out the listings below to review some of the best fashion school programs in North Carolina and what they have to offer.

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
Mars Hill College - B.S. Apparel & Interior Merchandising

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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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