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

Fashion Management Schools

Fashion Management is a specialized management degree that typically focuses on the business side of the fashion industry, which includes retailing, marketing, manufacturing, visual merchandising, consumer behavior, fashion cycles, store planning, and event production. Fashion Management programs often, though not always, include training in fashion design. 

Fashion marketing is a niche specialty degree as many fashion schools do not offer degrees specific to the marketing side of fashion. In preparing this list, we reviewed the program offerings of over 200 schools in the US that offer fashion related programs. Our goal with this list is to give students who are interested in fashion marketing a starting point by which they can identify the schools that offer fashion marketing specific programs. 

Each day we receive emails from aspiring fashion designers asking us for advice as to which fashion design schools are the “best” in the US, a given state, or in a particular area of the country.  As such advice is difficult to provide on an individual basis, we have instead created this list of the Top 75 Fashion Design School Programs in the US.

Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley

Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley: Apparel & Textiles Associate of Applied Science Product Development & Design, Apparel & Textiles Associate of Applied Science Marketing and Merchandising
Kansas City, Missouri
Apparel & Textiles Program

The Apparel & Textiles program at Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley prepares students for future career opportunities by combining studies of art, business, and technology.  Students have access to a state of the art computer lab, design lab, and exhibit areas.  Apparel & Textiles students can choose between two majors: Product Development & Design or Marketing and Merchandising.

Fontbonne University

Fontbonne University: Fashion Merchandising
St. Louis, Missouri
Human Environmental Sciences

Fontbonne University’s Fashion Merchandising program provides a curriculum that focuses on a complete understanding of the textile and apparel industries.  The program prepares fashion students for a variety of careers in the industry by teaching the principles of design, production, manufacturing, buying, merchandising, and product distribution.  Students must complete an academic internship in their junior or senior year.  Students also have the opportunity to interact with professionals in organizations such as The Fashion Group International and the International Textile and Apparel Association.

Missouri State University

Missouri State University: Fashion Design & Product Development, Fashion Merchandising & Management
Springfield, Missouri
Department of Fashion & Interior Design

Missouri State University’s Fashion and Interior Design program focuses on providing students with a balanced curriculum and the knowledge and training they will need to succeed in the fashion industry.  Students participate in formal classes to develop a strong general education foundation and complete faculty-supervised projects to develop their personal, professional, and technical skills. 

Stephens College

Stephens College: Fashion Communication, Fashion Design & Product Development, Fashion Marketing and Management
Columbia, Missouri
School of Design & Fashion

The School of Design and Fashion at Stephens College focuses on developing students’ technical skills, problem solving, marketable creativity, communication, and critical thinking abilities to prepare them for careers as fashion professionals.  Students complete industry-assessed projects as well as a required internship and a final senior project to develop their technical and creative abilities.  Students can choose between a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Communication or Fashion Design & Product Development, or a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Marketing and Management.

Stevens Institute of Business and Arts

Stevens Institute of Business and Arts: Retail Management/Fashion Merchandising
Saint Louis, Missouri
Department of Retail Management & Fashion Merchandising

The Retail Management/Fashion Merchandising program at Stevens Institute of Business and Arts provides students with small classes and individualized attention to enhance their educational experience.  Hands-on experience prepares students for future careers as retail and fashion professionals.

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