Top Fashion/Apparel Design Bachelors degree Programs - 2019

Much more than simply designing pretty dresses, fashion design is the science and art behind creating original clothing items and accessories. Designers work hard to create trends and wearable works of art. Students will study the qualities of specific fabrics, learn about the history of the industry, and gain a greater appreciation for how technical fashion design is.

Courses for the major cover a wide variety of topics. Classes can include: color and design theory, fashion sketching, textile fibers and fabrics, apparel construction techniques, computer-aided design, and fashion history. Students in the major will likely graduate with a portfolio of designs and original pieces. Those drawn to the major tend to be artistic, creative, technical, and detail-oriented.

Fashion is constantly evolving, and with numerous applications and different types of apparel, graduates can pursue a number of careers. Jobs can include: costume designer for film, children’s attire designer, or jewelry designer, to name just a few. Fashion professionals create clothes for every occasion, formal or casual. They also clothe adults, teens, children, babies, the elderly, and everyone in between in all different kinds of styles.

Fashion Design fun fact: In Ancient Rome, the only people allowed to wear the color purple were emperors and magistrates.

Celebrities who studied Fashion Design: Marc Jacobs, fashion designer; Tom Ford, fashion designer; Antonio Banderas, actor (plans to study).

The average starting salary for a graduate with a degree in Fashion/Apparel Design is $43775

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The New School 408 304 (14.4%) 20.5% 259 (85%) 45 (15%) 228 $47,700 $84,500
Fashion Institute of Technology 254 (12%) 15.8% 233 (92%) 21 (8%) 110 $46,400 $93,100
Academy of Art University 107 (5.1%) 10% 89 (83%) 18 (17%)
Savannah College of Art and Design 469 96 (4.5%) 5% 82 (85%) 14 (15%) 678 $41,000 $68,400
Kent State University at Kent 588 92 (4.3%) 1.7% 84 (91%) 8 (9%) 735 $41,000 $66,200
Montclair State University 444 89 (4.2%) 2.4% 84 (94%) 5 (6%) 269 $44,200 $82,700
Virginia Commonwealth University 437 81 (3.8%) 1.6% 75 (93%) 6 (7%) 642 $44,600 $69,800
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus 378 52 (2.5%) 1% 48 (92%) 4 (8%) 307 $48,900 $81,500
Pratt Institute-Main 415 43 (2%) 7.1% 37 (86%) 6 (14%) 185 $48,300 $87,400
Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) 481 39 (1.8%) 6.8% 38 (97%) 1 (3%) 526 $45,100 $73,000
Columbia College Chicago 1236 38 (1.8%) 2.1% 28 (74%) 10 (26%) 807 $41,900 $63,200
University of North Texas 701 37 (1.7%) .5% 34 (92%) 3 (8%) 404 $45,900 $76,600
AI Miami International University of Art and Design 33 (1.6%) 7.6% 31 (94%) 2 (6%)
Otis College of Art and Design 413 32 (1.5%) 15.3% 27 (84%) 5 (16%)
Michigan State University 165 31 (1.5%) .3% 28 (90%) 3 (10%) 220 $49,800 $85,200
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus 668 31 (1.5%) 1.1% 28 (90%) 3 (10%) 504 $41,400 $73,800
Massachusetts College of Art and Design 252 30 (1.4%) 8.5% 29 (97%) 1 (3%) 595 $44,200 $71,000
Syracuse University 166 23 (1.1%) .6% 21 (91%) 2 (9%) 209 $51,900 $86,000
Clark Atlanta University 1257 23 (1.1%) 5.3% 21 (91%) 2 (9%) 749 $41,200 $65,600
Lasell College 791 22 (1%) 6.3% 22 (100%) 0
Albright College 848 22 (1%) 3.9% 21 (95%) 1 (5%) 489 $47,900 $74,100
The Art Institute of Philadelphia 20 (.9%) 13.3% 18 (90%) 2 (10%)
The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago 19 (.9%) 9.6% 15 (79%) 4 (21%)
Drexel University 443 19 (.9%) .5% 19 (100%) 0 111 $57,700 $92,900
Centenary University 609 18 (.9%) 5% 17 (94%) 1 (6%) 793 $38,100 $63,600
Marist College 277 18 (.9%) 1.4% 17 (94%) 1 (6%) 355 $48,100 $78,500
Moore College of Art and Design 442 17 (.8%) 20% 17 (100%) 0 770 $36,100 $64,600
Sanford-Brown College-Seattle 16 (.8%) 22.2% 14 (88%) 2 (13%)
Purdue University-Main Campus 170 16 (.8%) .2% 16 (100%) 0 98 $57,400 $94,200
Columbus College of Art and Design 679 16 (.8%) 7% 14 (88%) 2 (13%) 932 $41,000 $55,300
Sanford-Brown College-Tampa 15 (.7%) 37.5% 12 (80%) 3 (20%)
University of Delaware 171 15 (.7%) .4% 15 (100%) 0 136 $51,500 $89,900
Indiana University-Bloomington 130 15 (.7%) .2% 14 (93%) 1 (7%) 297 $47,700 $81,800
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-San Diego 14 (.7%) 6.8% 12 (86%) 2 (14%)
Mount Mary University 1138 14 (.7%) 8.9% 14 (100%) 0 787 $38,900 $63,800
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Hollywood 14 (.7%) 7.2% 12 (86%) 2 (14%)
The Art Institute of Phoenix 13 (.6%) 10% 10 (77%) 3 (23%)
American InterContinental University-Atlanta 13 (.6%) 5.2% 12 (92%) 1 (8%)
Ferris State University 803 13 (.6%) .5% 12 (92%) 1 (8%) 526 $47,700 $73,000
The Art Institute of Portland 12 (.6%) 7.5% 9 (75%) 3 (25%)
The Art Institute of Houston 12 (.6%) 6% 11 (92%) 1 (8%)
Mount Ida College 12 (.6%) 5.2% 11 (92%) 1 (8%)
The Art Institute of Indianapolis 12 (.6%) 15.6% 9 (75%) 3 (25%)
The Art Institutes International-Minnesota 12 (.6%) 8.6% 9 (75%) 3 (25%)
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles 11 (.5%) 7.5% 8 (73%) 3 (27%)
Cazenovia College 796 11 (.5%) 3.9% 11 (100%) 0
Texas Woman's University 1009 11 (.5%) .5% 10 (91%) 1 (9%) 438 $44,100 $75,500
South University-The Art Institute of Dallas 10 (.5%) 9.7% 9 (90%) 1 (10%)
Woodbury University 1043 10 (.5%) 3.2% 10 (100%) 0 419 $45,200 $76,100
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire 10 (.5%) 6.1% 10 (100%) 0
The Art Institute of San Antonio 9 (.4%) 7.1% 5 (56%) 4 (44%)
Texas Tech University 453 9 (.4%) .2% 6 (67%) 3 (33%) 146 $51,600 $89,400
Baylor University 254 9 (.4%) .3% 9 (100%) 0 259 $49,700 $82,900
Stephens College 1317 9 (.4%) 6.3% 9 (100%) 0
O'More College of Design 9 (.4%) 34.6% 9 (100%) 0
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh 9 (.4%) 7.3% 9 (100%) 0
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Orange County 9 (.4%) 5.8% 9 (100%) 0
University of the Incarnate Word 939 9 (.4%) .6% 9 (100%) 0 824 $45,000 $62,400
The Art Institute of Wisconsin 8 (.4%) 14.3% 7 (88%) 1 (13%)
The Art Institute of Seattle 8 (.4%) 5.8% 7 (88%) 1 (13%)
Escuela de Artes Plasticas y Diseno de Puerto Rico 1160 8 (.4%) 11.1% 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
The Art Institute of Colorado 8 (.4%) 5.1% 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
The Art Institute of Atlanta 8 (.4%) 3.4% 5 (63%) 3 (38%)
The Art Institute of Charleston 8 (.4%) 11.4% 5 (63%) 3 (38%)
Dominican University 557 7 (.3%) 1.3% 6 (86%) 1 (14%)
Lindenwood University 1002 7 (.3%) .4% 6 (86%) 1 (14%) 869 $41,000 $60,400
The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg 7 (.3%) 4.6% 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
California College of the Arts 719 7 (.3%) 2.1% 7 (100%) 0 181 $48,600 $87,500
Washington University in St Louis 20 7 (.3%) .4% 6 (86%) 1 (14%) 47 $56,700 $103,000
Stevenson University 687 6 (.3%) .7% 6 (100%) 0 419 $44,300 $76,100
St Catherine University 594 6 (.3%) .9% 6 (100%) 0
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale 6 (.3%) 4.9% 5 (83%) 1 (17%)
The Art Institute of Las Vegas 5 (.2%) 5.2% 3 (60%) 2 (40%)
The Art Institutes International?Kansas City 5 (.2%) 8.9% 4 (80%) 1 (20%)
EDP University of Puerto Rico Inc-San Juan 5 (.2%) 4% 4 (80%) 1 (20%)
Marymount University 851 5 (.2%) .8% 5 (100%) 0 361 $46,000 $78,100
Seattle Pacific University 449 4 (.2%) .5% 4 (100%) 0 126 $47,200 $91,200
Sanford-Brown College-Las Vegas 4 (.2%) 7.3% 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
Maine College of Art 615 4 (.2%) 4.5% 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
Bob Jones University 446 4 (.2%) .8% 4 (100%) 0
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-San Francisco 4 (.2%) 3.5% 4 (100%) 0
Meredith College 521 4 (.2%) 1.1% 4 (100%) 0 902 $36,200 $58,000
The Art Institute of Tucson 3 (.1%) 6.8% 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
Brenau University 1240 2 (.1%) .6% 2 (100%) 0 731 $43,100 $66,400
Villa Maria College 1467 2 (.1%) 4.7% 2 (100%) 0
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Silicon Valley 2 (.1%) 5.6% 2 (100%) 0
Western Michigan University 718 1 (%) % 1 (100%) 0 389 $45,700 $77,100
Beverly Hills Design Institute 1 (%) 100% 0 1 (100%)
Universidad del Turabo 1517 1 (%) .1% 1 (100%) 0
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