List of Chicago area schools offering degree programs in fashion design, fashion marketing, fashion merchandising, and more.


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been educating artists and designers since 1866.   What makes SAIC unique is the artistic and theatrical approach fashion majors are encouraged to embrace, receiving training alongside painters, sculptors, architects and performance artists.  Students have access to world-renowned art exhibitions and research facilities of The Art Institute of Chicago, located just one block from campus, and can further their education a bit further away, on study trips to fashion capitals including Paris, London, Antwerp, and New York.  To cap off their studies, future designers for decades have produced a cutting-edge student fashion show to display their collections.

Illinois Schools with Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising

At we have profiled colleges across the US that offer fashion design and fashion merchandising related programs. Below is a list of profiles of Illinois colleges:

College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn

International Academy of Design and Technology—Chicago

International Academy of Design and Technology—Chicago: Fashion Design/ Merchandising Management.
Chicago, Illinois
Fashion Design Department

The fashion design and merchandising management program at International Academy of Design and Technology—Chicago takes a comprehensive approach to design and management, giving students the opportunity to work on original projects incorporating all stages of design or management, from conceptualization, sketching, pattern making, draping construction, to consumer analysis. Merchandising management majors receive a general business education with a focus on fashion merchandising that prepares them for work in merchandising,management, or as entrepreneurs.

Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago: Fashion Design/ Fashion Retail Management.
Chicago, Illinois
Fashion Studies & Fashion Retail Management

The fashion design and fashion retail management programs at Columbia College Chicago incorporate several aspects of the fashion field, including fashion photography, fashion journalism, fashion entrepreneurship, fashion design, and fashion retail management. Fashion majors gain a liberal arts education in a flexible environment that supports student collaboration and learning being experience.