When it is summer you are likely to hang out with your friends or head to the seaside. But soon you will be starting to think of where to study. If your area of interest is fashion then you may have to look at options in that area. Here is a list of top US Fashion schools. This is not the be all and end of all rankings but it is based on information, placements and the opinion of industry people. You will find a snapshot of each school along with their specialties.
The tuition price does not include accommodation and the fees. An asterisk points at a CFDA-affiliated program. This list is focused on undergraduate degrees only. Browse through the options given here to make the right pick:
1.) PARSONS, THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN* (New York)
Courses: Fashion Design, studies and marketing
Has a total strength of around 6000, including Undergrads, Graduates and fashion marketing.
The tuition structure: $38510.
Most famous people from this school include Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Narciso Rodriguez, Anna Sui, Behnaz Serafpour,Jason Wu, Jenna Lyons, Chris Benz, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, Alexander Wang, Doo Ri Chung, Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock (Vena Cava), Flora Gill and Alexa Adams , Steven Meisel, Prabal Gurung, , Carmen Marc Valvo, Thakoon Panichgul.
In conclusion: This school is geared to be a big power and can claim to have generated many of the big talents especially in the last decade. You will find that their alumni are also teaching there. Here is a chance to take place in seminars and feedback from the leading names in the fashion industry. Most of the people who teach here also have hands-on experience in their area of teaching. The feedback from the students is fantastic and the school is also in touch with actual businesses that evaluate the work of the students
2.) FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (FIT)* (New York)
Courses: design, business, marketing, illustration, styling and more.
Has a total student strength of 10,386
The tuition structure:-Tuition: $13,550 for out-of-state residents and $5,168 (NYC/NYC residents);
Other points: Has very detailed courses and is part of the SUNY network
Most famous people from the school include Francisco Costa, Reem Acra, Carolina Herrera, Nina Garcia, Calvin Klein, , Nanette Lepore, Ralph Rucci, Michael Kors.
In conclusion not only does FIT teach fashion marketing and the business of fashion it also provides guidance on clothing, visual arts and other related subjects. The talks here are spectacular. Further credence is provided by Valerie Steele who happens to be the Chief Curator of the Museum of FIT.
3) PRATT (Brooklyn, NY)
Courses: Fashion design
Total students of around 2300 including undergrads in art & design program and Fashion.
The tuition structure: $37,500
Other things: Adds more in the form of learning as it is part of a larger design school.
Some of the famous graduates from the school include Betsey Johnson, Jeremy Scott, Debb and Andy.
In conclusion: Pratt has discarded its image as a newcomer in this area and become a powerful presence by having more student shows and attracting personalities that are famous in the fashion industry. It is also exceptional in that it has a program for publishing in this field.
4) KENT STATE UNIVERSITY* (Kent, OH)
Courses: Fashion Merchandising and Design
Total Students of 18,000.
The tuition structure: Non-Ohio resident: $16,900 and for Ohio resident: $9,030;
Other things: Also a garment studio which takes in 120 students per annum for special studies.
In conclusion we can say with studies in the fashion centers of the world and scholarships, this school makes for complete fashion centered studies and with a MBA in fashion-focused business it focuses on the commercial aspect of fashion
5.) ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY* (San Francisco, CA)
Courses: Knitwear Design, Fashion Design, Fashion Journalism Textile Design and Fashion Marketing and Merchandising
Total number of 2700 students in Fashion
The tuition structure: $17,760.
In conclusion as a school that does shows and with journalism courses in fashion it has its own place in the industry. Their blog is also eminently readable
6.) SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN* (Savannah, GA)
Courses: Fashion Design; Fashion Marketing & Management; Accessories Design.
Total number of 940 Students in Fashion
The tuition structure: $30,510.
In conclusion with a new thinking dean Michael Fink and with Andre Leon Talley in the board of directors, this school is becoming well known. Unique programs, industry links and great faculty make it a worthwhile school.
7.) RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN* (Providence, RI)
Courses: Apparel Design; Jewelry; Textiles.
Total number of 200 students in Fashion etc.
The tuition structure $39,000.
Some of the well-known grads include Sari Gueron, Nicole Miller, Marcia Patmos, Philip Crangi, Madeline Davy & Sarah Welsh.
In conclusion a good school and gaining a better reputation it focuses on pure design.
8.) DREXEL UNIVERSITY* (Philadelphia, PA)
Courses: Fashion Design; Design & Merchandising.
Total number of 2920 Students in media arts and design, Fashion, Design and Merchandising.
The tuition structure: $39,700.
In conclusion with students winning national and international awards and getting good placements, this school is a solid and reputed name. It also includes a course on the business of fashion to keep you well prepared.
9.) OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN *(Los Angeles, CA)
Courses offered: Fashion Design.
The total number of 180 fashion Students
The tuition structure: $34,450.
Well known graduates include Cynthia Vincent and Rick Owens.
In conclusion a good name and the mentorship by leading designers will set you on the right course.
10.) COLUMBUS COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN* (Columbus, OH)
Courses offered: Fashion Design.
Total number of 122 fashion Students.
The tuition structure: $26,112.
In conclusion it is a pure design school with a solid grounding on the subject.