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Best Fashion Programs in Texas

Written by FS StaffJuly 31, 2013
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What makes a fashion school program “the best” may vary slightly from student to student. A school with affordable tuition may come out on top for some students, while others may place more weight on convenience, class size or student clubs. While these factors (and many others) do hold weight for many students, most college ranking agencies evaluate schools based on factors such as program offerings, faculty resources, graduation and retention rates, financial resources, student selectivity, and peer assessment.

Some factors carry high number of points, while others are assigned just a few points. For example, graduation and retention rates may carry more weight than peer assessment. For some ranking agencies, student selectivity is a good indicator of a competitive program. Once the school has been evaluated based on the factors listed, the scores are calculated to arrive at a final overall score.

While student-evaluated schools may be quite useful during your college search, many students, parents, and respected organizations place a high value on agency generated lists of the nations “Best Schools.” Fortunately, many schools make their way onto both lists, although for different reasons.

The state of Texas is now home to 252 Title IV degree-granting institutions (2013). That’s more than double the national average of 90. Well over a dozen of these schools are home to some of the nation’s best fashion programs. Many are located in major cities such as San Antonio and Houston, while others can be found in smaller cities like Lubbock, Denton, and Nacogdoches.

Take a look at the list below to see which Texas fashion school programs made the list and what they have to offer.

Best Fashion School Programs – Major Texas Cities

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

Austin
University of Texas, Austin - Degrees Offered: B.S. Textiles and Apparel with options in Apparel Design & Conservation/Apparel Design Specialization and Retail Merchandising; M.S. Textile & Apparel Technology (MSTAT)

Dallas
The Art Institute of Dallas – Degrees Offered: A.A.S. Fashion Design, B.F.A. Fashion & Retail Management, B.F.A. Fashion Design, Fashion Retailing Certificate

Fort Worth
Texas Christian University (TCU) - Degrees Offered: B.A. Fashion Merchandising, Interior Design

Fort Worth
The Art Institute of Fort Worth - Degrees Offered: B.F.A. Fashion & Retail Management,
Fashion Retailing Certificate

Houston
The Art Institute of Houston-North – Degrees Offered: B.S. Fashion & Retail Management, Fashion Retailing Diploma

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

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

San Antonio
University of the Incarnate Word – Degrees Offered: B.A. Fashion Management with a Merchandising or Design concentration

Best Fashion School Programs – Other Texas Cities and Towns

Beaumont
Lamar University - Degrees Offered: B.S. Fashion Retailing & Merchandising

Cedar Hill
Northwood University – Degrees Offered: B.A. Fashion Marketing, B.A. Fashion Management

Denton
Texas Woman’s University – Degrees Offered: B.A. and B.B.A. (Dual Degrees) in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing, Fashion Merchandising and Management, Fashion Merchandising and Entrepreneurship; B.S. Fashion Merchandising with a Planning or Management Emphasis, B.S. Fashion Merchandising with a Marketing Minor and Management Emphasis, B.S. Fashion Merchandising with a Marketing Minor and Planning Emphasis; B.A. and B.S. (Dual Degree) Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising; B.S. Fashion Merchandising with a Marketing Minor + B.A. in Fashion Design (Double Degree); Minor in Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Merchandising

Denton
University of North Texas - Degrees Offered: B.F.A. Fashion Design, M.F.A. Fashion Design, B.S. Merchandising, Home Furnishings Merchandising

Huntsville
Sam Houston State University - Degrees Offered: B.A. Fashion Merchandising, B.S. Fashion Merchandising

Kingsville
Texas A & M University – Degrees Offered: B.S. in Human Sciences with a concentration in Fashion & Interiors Merchandising

Lubbock
Texas Tech University - Degrees Offered: B.S. Apparel Design and Manufacturing

Nacogdoches
Stephen F. Austin State University - Degrees Offered: B.A. Fashion Merchandising

San Marcos
Texas State University-San Marcos – Degrees Offered: B.A. Fashion Merchandising, M.A. Fashion Merchandising

Waco
Baylor University - Degrees Offered: B.A. Apparel Design & Product Management, Apparel Merchandising, B.S.F.C.S. Apparel Design & Product Management, Apparel Merchandising

More Programs to Consider:

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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