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Top Fashion Programs in Illinois

Written by FS StaffAugust 5, 2013
Illinois

Colleges like the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and Columbia College are popular among aspiring artists and designers of all kinds. They are often listed among America’s top art and design schools based on everything from quality of education to cost and convenience.

Continue reading to find out which Illinois schools are top-tier and what they have to offer. 

Top Fashion School Programs Illinois – Chicago

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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DePaul University

Student Population: 16,052

Backdrop: Urban, 36-acre campus

Degrees Offered: B.F.A. Costume Design (students focus on Fashion, Drawing, Costume Technology, Art), B.F.A. Costume Technology

Columbia College Chicago

Student Population: 12,500

Backdrop: Urban, Downtown Chicago Campus

Degrees Offered: B.A. Fashion Design, B.F.A. Fashion Design, B.A. Fashion Business, B.A. Fashion Studies

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Student Population: 2,577

Backdrop: Urban, Downtown Chicago Campus

Degrees Offered: B.F.A. Fashion Design, B.F.A. Fiber and Material Studies, Master of Design in Fashion, Body and Garment, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fashion Body and Garment

The Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago

Student Population: 2,102

Backdrop: Urban, small campus

Degrees Offered: B.F.A. Fashion Design, B.A. Fashion Marketing & Management, B.F.A. Interior Design, B.F.A. Illustration & Design, A.A.S. Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Retailing Diploma

Top Fashion School Programs Illinois – Other Cities and Towns

Glen Ellyn

College of DuPage

Student Population: 26,000+

Backdrop: Village, 273-acre campus, easy access to Chicago

Degrees Offered: A.A.S Fashion Design, A.A.S. Fashion Merchandising, A.A.S Fashion Apparel Production, Fashion Design Certificate, Fashion Merchandising Certificate, Fashion Apparel Production Certificate, Fashion Entrepreneurial Certificate  

DeKalb

Northern Illinois University

Student Population: 18,917

Backdrop: Rural, 546-acre campus

Degrees Offered: B.S. Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising, M.S. Apparel Studies, Minor Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising

Normal

Illinois State University

Student Population: 18,594

Backdrop: Small city, 490-acre campus

Degrees Offered: B.S. Apparel Design/Product Development, B.S. Merchandising, A.A.S Apparel Design/Product Development, A.A.S. Merchandising           

Palatine

Harper College

Student Population: 15,000+

Backdrop: Village, 200-acre easy access to Chicago

Degrees Offered: A.A.S Fashion Design, A.A.S. Fashion Merchandising, Advanced Patternmaking Certificate, Apparel Construction Certificate, Textiles Certificate

Carbondale

Southern Illinois University

Student Population: 15,000

Backdrop: Rural, 1,136-acre campus, easy access to St. Louis

Degrees Offered: B.S. Fashion Design and Merchandising with specializations in Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Stylist, B.S. Interior Design

Bourbonnais

Olivet Nazarene University

Student Population: 4,600

Backdrop: Village, 250-acre campus, easy access to Chicago

Degrees Offered: B.S. Fashion Merchandising, B.S. Interior Design, Fashion Merchandising Minor, Interior Design Minor

River Forest

Dominican University           

Student Population: 1,953

Backdrop: Suburban, 37-acre campus, easy access to Chicago

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's Apparel Design with concentrations in Fashion Development, Surface Design, and Dress and Textile Studies, Bachelor's Apparel Merchandising, Minor Apparel Merchandising

Schaumburg

The Illinois Institute of Art, Schaumburg

Student Population: 1,090

Backdrop: Village, small campus, easy access Chicago

Degrees Offered: B.F.A. Fashion Design, B.A. Fashion Marketing & Management, A.A.S. Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Retailing Diploma, B.F.A. Illustration & Design

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