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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My Colleges College Name College Raptor Ranking Students % of School Female Male Median Pay Ranking Median Pay (Starting Salary) Median Pay (Mid-Career) Request Info    
The New School 407 304 (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 585 92 (4.3%) 1.7% 84 (91%) 8 (9%) 735 $41,000 $66,200
Montclair State University 442 89 (4.2%) 2.4% 84 (94%) 5 (6%) 269 $44,200 $82,700
Virginia Commonwealth University 435 81 (3.8%) 1.6% 75 (93%) 6 (7%) 642 $44,600 $69,800
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus 376 52 (2.5%) 1% 48 (92%) 4 (8%) 307 $48,900 $81,500
Pratt Institute-Main 414 43 (2%) 7.1% 37 (86%) 6 (14%) 185 $48,300 $87,400
Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) 479 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 699 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 411 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 666 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 1258 23 (1.1%) 5.3% 21 (91%) 2 (9%) 749 $41,200 $65,600
Albright College 847 22 (1%) 3.9% 21 (95%) 1 (5%) 489 $47,900 $74,100
Lasell College 789 22 (1%) 6.3% 22 (100%) 0
The Art Institute of Philadelphia 20 (.9%) 13.3% 18 (90%) 2 (10%)
Drexel University 440 19 (.9%) .5% 19 (100%) 0 111 $57,700 $92,900
The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago 19 (.9%) 9.6% 15 (79%) 4 (21%)
Marist College 276 18 (.9%) 1.4% 17 (94%) 1 (6%) 355 $48,100 $78,500
Centenary University 607 18 (.9%) 5% 17 (94%) 1 (6%) 793 $38,100 $63,600
Moore College of Art and Design 441 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 678 16 (.8%) 7% 14 (88%) 2 (13%) 932 $41,000 $55,300
University of Delaware 171 15 (.7%) .4% 15 (100%) 0 136 $51,500 $89,900
Sanford-Brown College-Tampa 15 (.7%) 37.5% 12 (80%) 3 (20%)
Indiana University-Bloomington 130 15 (.7%) .2% 14 (93%) 1 (7%) 297 $47,700 $81,800
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Hollywood 14 (.7%) 7.2% 12 (86%) 2 (14%)
Mount Mary University 1139 14 (.7%) 8.9% 14 (100%) 0 787 $38,900 $63,800
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-San Diego 14 (.7%) 6.8% 12 (86%) 2 (14%)
American InterContinental University-Atlanta 13 (.6%) 5.2% 12 (92%) 1 (8%)
The Art Institute of Phoenix 13 (.6%) 10% 10 (77%) 3 (23%)
Ferris State University 801 13 (.6%) .5% 12 (92%) 1 (8%) 526 $47,700 $73,000
The Art Institutes International-Minnesota 12 (.6%) 8.6% 9 (75%) 3 (25%)
The Art Institute of Indianapolis 12 (.6%) 15.6% 9 (75%) 3 (25%)
Mount Ida College 12 (.6%) 5.2% 11 (92%) 1 (8%)
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%)
Cazenovia College 793 11 (.5%) 3.9% 11 (100%) 0
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles 11 (.5%) 7.5% 8 (73%) 3 (27%)
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%)
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire 10 (.5%) 6.1% 10 (100%) 0
Woodbury University 1043 10 (.5%) 3.2% 10 (100%) 0 419 $45,200 $76,100
O'More College of Design 9 (.4%) 34.6% 9 (100%) 0
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh 9 (.4%) 7.3% 9 (100%) 0
The Art Institute of San Antonio 9 (.4%) 7.1% 5 (56%) 4 (44%)
University of the Incarnate Word 938 9 (.4%) .6% 9 (100%) 0 824 $45,000 $62,400
Texas Tech University 451 9 (.4%) .2% 6 (67%) 3 (33%) 146 $51,600 $89,400
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Orange County 9 (.4%) 5.8% 9 (100%) 0
Baylor University 254 9 (.4%) .3% 9 (100%) 0 259 $49,700 $82,900
Stephens College 1318 9 (.4%) 6.3% 9 (100%) 0
Escuela de Artes Plasticas y Diseno de Puerto Rico 1160 8 (.4%) 11.1% 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
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%)
The Art Institute of Colorado 8 (.4%) 5.1% 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
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%)
The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg 7 (.3%) 4.6% 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
Dominican University 555 7 (.3%) 1.3% 6 (86%) 1 (14%)
Washington University in St Louis 20 7 (.3%) .4% 6 (86%) 1 (14%) 47 $56,700 $103,000
Lindenwood University 1002 7 (.3%) .4% 6 (86%) 1 (14%) 869 $41,000 $60,400
California College of the Arts 717 7 (.3%) 2.1% 7 (100%) 0 181 $48,600 $87,500
St Catherine University 592 6 (.3%) .9% 6 (100%) 0
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale 6 (.3%) 4.9% 5 (83%) 1 (17%)
Stevenson University 685 6 (.3%) .7% 6 (100%) 0 419 $44,300 $76,100
The Art Institutes International?Kansas City 5 (.2%) 8.9% 4 (80%) 1 (20%)
The Art Institute of Las Vegas 5 (.2%) 5.2% 3 (60%) 2 (40%)
EDP University of Puerto Rico Inc-San Juan 5 (.2%) 4% 4 (80%) 1 (20%)
Marymount University 850 5 (.2%) .8% 5 (100%) 0 361 $46,000 $78,100
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-San Francisco 4 (.2%) 3.5% 4 (100%) 0
Sanford-Brown College-Las Vegas 4 (.2%) 7.3% 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
Maine College of Art 613 4 (.2%) 4.5% 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
Seattle Pacific University 447 4 (.2%) .5% 4 (100%) 0 126 $47,200 $91,200
Bob Jones University 444 4 (.2%) .8% 4 (100%) 0
Meredith College 520 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
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Silicon Valley 2 (.1%) 5.6% 2 (100%) 0
Villa Maria College 1465 2 (.1%) 4.7% 2 (100%) 0
Universidad del Turabo 1516 1 (%) .1% 1 (100%) 0
Western Michigan University 716 1 (%) % 1 (100%) 0 389 $45,700 $77,100
Beverly Hills Design Institute 1 (%) 100% 0 1 (100%)
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