From the coveted Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) to the edgy Art Institutes International Minnesota, Minnesota is home to a number of excellent art & design schools. The state is also home to many traditional colleges and universities that offer top-tier art and design programs. Several of the state’s top schools even offer programs for aspiring fashion designers.
These schools make the cut each year based on a wide variety of factors such as affordability and convenience, student clubs and organizations, class size, campus life, job placement rate, and more.
Continue reading to find out which Minnesota schools are tops and what they have to offer. Please note that the top schools below have been arranged by student population, from largest to smallest.
Top Fashion School Programs – Minneapolis-St. Paul
University of Minnesota
Student Population: 69,221 (across five campuses)
Backdrop: Urban, 2,000-acre campus, easy access to St. Paul, Bloomington
Degrees Offered: B.S. Apparel Design, B.S. Retail Merchandising; M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. Degrees in Design with an Apparel Studies Track; Minors in Retail Merchandising and Fashion Studies, B.S. Interior Design
St. Catherine University
Student Population: 5,075
Backdrop: City, 110-acre campus, easy access to downtown St. Paul, Minneapolis, Bloomington
Degrees Offered: B.A./B.S. Apparel Design, B.A./B.S. Family and Consumer Science with a concentration in Textiles/Apparel, B.A/B.S. and a Minor in Fashion Merchandising, B.A./B.S. Interior Design
The Art Institutes International Minnesota
Student Population: 1,096
Backdrop: Urban, small campus, easy access to St. Paul, Bloomington
Degrees Offered: B.F.A. Fashion Design, B.S. Fashion & Retail Management, Fashion Retailing Diploma, B.S. Interior Design, A.A.S. Interior Design, A.A.S. Interior Planning with AutoCAD
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