Our Top 10 Fashion Colleges
Ever heard the saying “You know when you know?” Usually it pertains to love or finding ‘the one.’ Well, the same is with college, you have to find the one after so many choices but you will know when you know!
1. Parsons, The New School of Design
Programs: Fashion Design, Fashion studies, Fashion Marketing
Students: undergrads, 4,191; graduate, 555
Alumni: Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Narisco Rodriguez, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, Jenna Lyons of J.Crew, Anna Sui, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, Prabal Gurung (only to name a few.)
Fun Fact: Parsons is an aspiring fashion designer’s dream! I’m sure you know of Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan and their amazing collections. Well, how would you like it if they were your teacher for a couple days? These events are common in the New York City’s best design school. They have collaborations with the fashion house LVMH.
2. Fashion Institute of Technology
Programs: anything from fashion merchandising to media arts
Tuition: $5,168 for NYC residents, $13,550 out-of-state
Alumni: Reem Acra, Nina Garcia, Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Nanette Lepore
Fun Fact: I visited FIT in the Fall and it was an extremely impressive school. Your career after FIT is pretty much set up for you after you graduate. You will definitely leave will a job.
Programs: Fashion design
Alumni: Jeremy Scott, Betsey Johnson
Fun Fact: It is an up-and-coming design school located in Brooklyn, New York. It is part of a larger art school and is one of the few design programs that offer fashion editorializing and magazine publishing.
4. Kent State University
Programs: Design and Merchandising
Students: 18,000; 800 are fashion students
Tuition: Ohio resident: $9,030, for out-of-state, $16,900
Fun Fact: They have a garment center in NYC and is starting to become quite famous. They have a huge endowment, study abroad programs in Paris and Milan. You will be able to study fashion and get a full college experience.
5. Academy of Art
Programs: Fashion Design, Knitwear Design, Textile Design, Fashion Journalism and Fashion Merchandising and Marketing
Students: 17,000; 2,700 are fashion
Fun Fact: Located in sunny San Francisco and have a show in New York Fashion Week.
6. The Savannah College of Art and Design
Programs: Fashion design, Fashion Marketing and Management, Accessories Design
Students: 9,800; 940 fashion students
Fun Fact: Only school to have Luxury and Fashion Management program. And it’s not only a fashion school but, an excellent art college. Located in Savannah, Georgia.
7. Drexel Univeristy
Programs: Fashion Design, Design and Merchandising
Students: 2,800 art and design students, 120 fashion students, 260 Design and Merchandising
Fun Fact: Philadelphia’s university also offers a sophomore year opportunity when you can study abroad in London School of Fashion, and many alumni have gotten successful jobs in France in their field.
8. Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Programs: Fashion Design, Footwear Design, Costume Design, Jewelry Design, Textile Design, Merchandising (Fashion & Beauty Programs)
Tuition: $27,000-$36,000 depending on area of study
Alumni: Monique Lhuillier, Pamela Skaist-Levy
Fun Fact: Los Angeles’s has beauty programs and is in the heart of the city of angels.
9. California College of the Arts
Programs: Fashion Design, Textiles, Jewelry Design
Students: 1,640; 65 fashion students
Fun Fact: This college has two locations; one in San Francisco and one in Oakland, California. This is a CFDA affiliated school and is known for their prestigious awards and the fashion world’s favoritism.
10. Labratory Institute of Merchandising
Programs: International Business, Fashion Merchandising, Visual Merchandising, Marketing and Management
Almuni: Rea Laccone, CEO of Vince
Fun Fact: New York City’s college requires internships three out of the four years. Freshman and sophomore years required 300 hours of retail. They have several concentrations of many jobs that will be helpful in many fields.