July 18, 2011
By Cheryl Wischhover Monday, Jul 11, 2011 / 3:00 PM
It's summertime, and chances are you're heading to the beach or hanging out with friends. But soon enough it will be September, so you might as well start thinking about your future educational endeavors now. If you have an interest in fashion, whether to design it or take a more behind-the-scenes role, there are tons of amazing school options to consider. For a comprehensive look, you can take a peek at our Top 50 Fashion Schools list, which pretty much covers the entire world. Think you want to stick with US schools? Then you're in the right place!
We've compiled a list of the 20 best fashion schools in the country. As with our previous fashion school rankings, this is not scientific. We looked at data, jobs procured, opinions of people in the industry, and standout program offerings. We also wanted to show you that great schools aren't limited to NYC-you'll find colleges located in all parts of the country.
This list is meant to provide an overview of the schools' strengths and to highlight some of their unique attributes. You'll find fashion design programs here, but some of the schools listed don't offer fashion design. Instead, they've gained a spot because they offer other amazing programs to prepare you for a career in fashion. We hope it's helpful as a starting point. (Click here for the full list.)
Tuition prices don't include fees and housing. And if you see an asterisk (*), it denotes a CFDA-affiliated program. Like our previous rankings, this list includes undergraduate degrees only.
Click through to review the schools and good luck as you embark on a new career!
(*Additional reporting by Sara Shabtai*)
The Top 20 Fashion Schools in the US: The Full List
By Cheryl Wischhover Monday, Jul 11, 2011 / 2:59 PM
1. PARSONS, THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN
2. FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
4. KENT STATE UNIVERSITY
5. ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY
6. SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
7. RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN
8. DREXEL UNIVERSITY
9. COLUMBUS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
11. CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF ARTS
12. UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
13. FASHION INSTITUTE OF DESIGN AND MERCHANDISING
14. SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
15. MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART
16. OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
17. UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
18. COLUMBIA COLLEGE
19. BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
20. LIM COLLEGE