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Top Fashion Programs in Missouri

Written by FS StaffAugust 20, 2013
Missouri

If you’re interested in a career in fashion, the first step is to choose the right training program. The problem is, there are so many fashion school programs to chose from, it’s tough to decide which ones are tops and which ones are not. Fortunately, a number of groups and organizations have done most of the work for you. You can find dozens of directories that list the nation’s top colleges based on cost, location, facilities, job placement services, student clubs and organizations, art and culture, class size, and more.

Student groups, alums, and a number of small organizations and publications create these directories to help make it easier for students and parents to pick the best school for them. A number of Missouri schools made the cut, and many offer top-tier fashion programs.

Continue reading to find out which Missouri schools are tops and what they have to offer.

Top Fashion School Programs Missouri - Major Cities

Columbia
University of Missouri
Student Population: 26,024
Backdrop: City, 1,250-acre campus, easy access to downtown Columbia
Degrees Offered: B.S. Apparel Marketing and Merchandising, B.S. Apparel Product Development, B.S. International Apparel Marketing and Merchandising, B.S. International Apparel Product Development, Minor in Textile and Apparel Management

Springfield
Missouri State University
Student Population: 16,157
Backdrop: City, 450-acre campus
Degrees Offered: B.S. Fashion Merchandising and Design. Two-Year and Three-Year programs are available.

St. Louis
Washington University
Student Population: 13,000+
Backdrop: City, 2,300+-acre campus, easy access to St. Charles
Degrees Offered: B.F.A. Fashion Design

St. Louis
Webster University
Student Population: 5,319 (all levels, St. Louis campus), 17,000 worldwide
Backdrop: Suburban, 47-acre “World Headquarters Campus,” easy access to St. Charles
Degrees Offered: B.F.A. Costume Design, B.F.A. Costume Construction, B.F.A. Wig and Makeup Design

St. Louis
Fontbonne University
Student Population: 2,075
Backdrop: Suburban, 16-acre campus, easy access to St. Charles
Degrees Offered: B.F.A. Fashion Merchandising

Columbia
Stephens College
Student Population: Around 700
Backdrop: City, 47-acre campus, easy access to downtown Columbia
Degrees Offered: B.F.A. Fashion Design and Product Development, B.F.A Fashion Communication, B.S. Fashion Marketing and Management, B.A. Apparel Studies

Kansas City
Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI)
Student Population: 676
Backdrop: Urban, 18-acre campus, easy access to Kansas City KS, Overland Park KS
Degrees Offered: B.F.A. Fiber with coursework in Jacquard Weaving, Costume Design, Textile Design and Fashion Knitwear, B.F.A. Illustration

St. Louis
Stevens Institute of Business & Arts
Student Population: 267
Backdrop: Urban, small campus, easy access to St. Charles
Degrees Offered: B.A. Retail Management/Fashion Merchandising, A.A.S. Retail Management/Fashion Merchandising, B.A./A.A.S. Interior Design

Top Fashion School Programs Missouri - Other Cities and Towns

St. Charles
Lindenwood University
Student Population: 17,000 (total all levels)
Backdrop: City, 500-acre campus, easy access to St. Louis
Degrees Offered: B.A. Fashion Design, B.F.A. Fashion Design, B.A. Retail Management, Minor in Fashion Design, Minor in Retail Management

Warrensburg
University of Central Missouri
Student Population: 11,878 (graduate and undergraduate)
Backdrop: Small town, 1,561-acre campus, easy access to Kansas City, Independence
Degrees Offered: B.S. Fashion: Textiles and Clothing in Business, B.F.A. Interior Design

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Sources
Peterson’s
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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