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Top Fashion Programs in Florida

Written by FS StaffJuly 31, 2013
Florida

Many Florida fashion schools rank high among the best schools in the nation. To land a spot on any given “Best Schools” list, these respected institutions have been evaluated by large organizations such as Forbes, Princeton Review, and U.S. News & World Report. These organizations assess factors such as number of program offerings, graduation and retention rates, peer assessment, faculty resources (student-teacher ratio), financial resources, and student selectivity when determining which schools will make the list.

To make it onto a “Top Schools” list, the school has been reviewed and rated by students, alums, smaller organizations, education blogs, and others. In this case, the school has been assessed based on other factors ranging from cost to quality of student life. Just a few other considerations may include convenience, types of clubs and organizations, recreation, student population, and job placement services.

Continue reading to find out which Florida schools are top-tier, and what they have to offer. Please note that the top schools below are arranged by student population—largest to smallest.

Top Fashion School Programs Florida

Tallahassee
Florida State University
Student Population: 3,170
Backdrop: City, 1,550-acre campus
Degrees Offered: B.S. Retail Merchandising and Product Development (RMPD), M.S. Clothing, Textiles, and Merchandising with a major in Global Merchandising and Product Development, Graduate Certificate Retail Merchandising

Miami
Miami International University of Art & Design
Student Population: 3,031 students
Backdrop: Urban, 4-acre campus, easy access to Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale
Degrees Offered: A.A. Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Accessory Design; B.A. Fashion Merchandising, B.F.A. Fashion Design, Interior Design; Fashion Retailing Diploma, MFA Interior Design

Jacksonville
The Art Institute of Jacksonville
Student Population: 3,000+
Backdrop: City, 2-acre campus
Degrees Offered: B.A. Fashion & Retail Management, Fashion Retailing Diploma, B.F.A. Interior Design

Tampa
The Art Institute of Tampa
Student Population: 3,000+
Backdrop: City, 2-acre campus
Degrees Offered: B.A. Fashion & Retail Management, Fashion Retailing Diploma, B.F.A. Interior Design

Miami
Johnson & Wales University
Student Population: 2,150+
Backdrop: City, 29-acre campus, easy access to Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale
Degrees Offered: B.S. Fashion Merchandising & Retail Marketing with concentrations in Textiles, The Business of Fashion, Visual Merchandising, Apparel Quality Analysis, Fashion Forecasting

Fort Lauderdale
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
Student Population: 1,360
Backdrop: City, 2-acre campus, easy access to Miami, Miami Beach
Degrees Offered: A.S. Fashion Design, B.S. Fashion Design, B.S. Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Retailing Diploma

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Sources
Peterson’s
Princeton Review
U.S. News & World Report College Rankings