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Top Fashion Programs in Indiana

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Written by FS StaffAugust 20, 2013

While many of Indiana's top fashion school programs can be found in major cities such as Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, the state has a few hidden gems in smaller towns such as Vincennes and West Lafayette. Whether located in a big city or small town, the schools that offer top fashion programs are ranked among the best based on a wide variety of factors such as cost, convenience, quality of facilities, job placement services, types of student clubs and organizations, access to art, entertainment, and recreation, student body, and more.

A number of alumni groups, education bloggers, student groups, small publications, and other similar groups choose the top schools each year. The school’s that make the cut score high in all of the areas listed above—and then some. Even better is, many of the schools that make it to the top are also top-rated by larger organizations such as Princeton Review, Forbes, and U.S. News & World Report.

Continue reading to learn more about Indiana’s top fashion schools and what they have to offer.

Top Fashion School Programs Indiana – Major Cities

Indiana University Bloomington
Student Population: 32,543
Backdrop: City, 1937-acre campus, easy access to Indianapolis, Vincennes, Louisville KY
Degrees Offered: B.A. Fashion Design, B.S. Apparel Merchandising, M.S. Apparel Merchandising, M.A.T./M.F.A Textiles, B.S. Interior Design

Ball State University
Student Population: 17,627
Backdrop: Urban, 1,140-acre campus, easy access to Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Carmel, Cincinnati OH
Degrees Offered: B.S. Apparel Design, B.S. Fashion Merchandising, B.S. Interior Design

Harrison College
Student Population: 5,000+
Backdrop: City, large campus, easy access to Bloomington
Degrees Offered: B.S. Fashion Merchandising, A.S. Fashion Merchandising

Fort Wayne
Indiana Institute of Technology
Student Population: 2,971
Backdrop:  City, 42-acre campus, easy access to downtown Fort Wayne, Toledo OH
Degrees Offered: B.S. Fashion Marketing and Management   

The Art Institute of Indianapolis
Student Population: 485
Backdrop: City, small campus, easy access to Bloomington
Degrees Offered: B.S. Fashion & Retail Management, B.S. Fashion Design, B.S. Interior Design

Best Fashion School Programs Indiana - Other Cities and Towns

West Lafayette
Purdue University
Student Population: 30,776
Backdrop: Suburban, 2,552-acre campus, easy access to Indianapolis
Degrees Offered:  B.S. Apparel Design and Technology

Terre Haute
Indiana State University
Student Population: 9,449
Backdrop: Small town, 92-acre campus, easy access to Indianapolis, Vincennes
Degrees Offered: B.A. and B.S. in Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising

Vincennes University   
Student Population: 8,495
Backdrop: Small city, 160-acre campus, easy access to Evansville, Bloomington, Terre Haute
Degrees Offered: A.S. Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Fashion or Interior Design

More Programs to Consider:

Princeton Review
U.S. News & World Report College Rankings

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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