Top Fashion/Apparel Design Bachelors degree Programs - 2018

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 415 252 (11.6%) 18.9% 216 (86%) 36 (14%) 228 $47,700 $84,500
Fashion Institute of Technology 249 (11.5%) 15.9% 231 (93%) 18 (7%) 110 $46,400 $93,100
Academy of Art University 160 (7.4%) 14% 142 (89%) 18 (11%)
Savannah College of Art and Design 505 122 (5.6%) 6.4% 109 (89%) 13 (11%) 678 $41,000 $68,400
Montclair State University 399 99 (4.6%) 2.9% 94 (95%) 5 (5%) 269 $44,200 $82,700
Virginia Commonwealth University 448 72 (3.3%) 1.4% 65 (90%) 7 (10%) 642 $44,600 $69,800
Columbia College Chicago 1148 60 (2.8%) 3.2% 56 (93%) 4 (7%) 807 $41,900 $63,200
Kent State University at Kent 559 52 (2.4%) 1% 47 (90%) 5 (10%) 735 $41,000 $66,200
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus 338 49 (2.3%) .9% 45 (92%) 4 (8%) 307 $48,900 $81,500
Pratt Institute-Main 432 46 (2.1%) 6.8% 43 (93%) 3 (7%) 185 $48,300 $87,400
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus 701 44 (2%) 1.5% 42 (95%) 2 (5%) 504 $41,400 $73,800
Otis College of Art and Design 547 42 (1.9%) 17.1% 35 (83%) 7 (17%)
University of North Texas 680 39 (1.8%) .6% 39 (100%) 0 404 $45,900 $76,600
Clark Atlanta University 1313 36 (1.7%) 7.6% 35 (97%) 1 (3%) 749 $41,200 $65,600
AI Miami International University of Art and Design 34 (1.6%) 7.7% 29 (85%) 5 (15%)
Michigan State University 135 30 (1.4%) .3% 28 (93%) 2 (7%) 220 $49,800 $85,200
Philadelphia University 485 30 (1.4%) 4.9% 29 (97%) 1 (3%) 526 $45,100 $73,000
The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago 27 (1.2%) 11.5% 25 (93%) 2 (7%)
Syracuse University 160 25 (1.2%) .7% 24 (96%) 1 (4%) 209 $51,900 $86,000
Moore College of Art and Design 766 23 (1.1%) 23% 23 (100%) 0 770 $36,100 $64,600
Centenary University 460 22 (1%) 5.6% 20 (91%) 2 (9%) 793 $38,100 $63,600
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles 21 (1%) 9.5% 20 (95%) 1 (5%)
Albright College 941 21 (1%) 4.7% 20 (95%) 1 (5%) 489 $47,900 $74,100
Indiana University-Bloomington 124 20 (.9%) .3% 18 (90%) 2 (10%) 297 $47,700 $81,800
Lasell College 628 19 (.9%) 4.6% 19 (100%) 0
Drexel University 437 18 (.8%) .5% 16 (89%) 2 (11%) 111 $57,700 $92,900
Columbus College of Art and Design 749 17 (.8%) 6.7% 16 (94%) 1 (6%) 932 $41,000 $55,300
The Art Institute of Philadelphia 17 (.8%) 10.6% 17 (100%) 0
International Academy of Design and Technology-Troy 17 (.8%) 35.4% 16 (94%) 1 (6%)
Purdue University-Main Campus 170 16 (.7%) .2% 16 (100%) 0 98 $57,400 $94,200
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh 15 (.7%) 9.7% 13 (87%) 2 (13%)
Texas Tech University 474 15 (.7%) .3% 14 (93%) 1 (7%) 146 $51,600 $89,400
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire 15 (.7%) 7% 11 (73%) 4 (27%)
Massachusetts College of Art and Design 219 15 (.7%) 4.3% 12 (80%) 3 (20%) 595 $44,200 $71,000
American InterContinental University-Atlanta 15 (.7%) 12.5% 11 (73%) 4 (27%)
The Art Institute of Colorado 14 (.6%) 9.7% 11 (79%) 3 (21%)
Woodbury University 1084 14 (.6%) 4.9% 14 (100%) 0 419 $45,200 $76,100
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Hollywood 13 (.6%) 6.6% 12 (92%) 1 (8%)
Escuela de Artes Plasticas y Diseno de Puerto Rico 1135 13 (.6%) 21.3% 11 (85%) 2 (15%)
The Art Institute of Houston 12 (.6%) 6.4% 10 (83%) 2 (17%)
Sanford-Brown College-Tampa 12 (.6%) 21.4% 10 (83%) 2 (17%)
University of Delaware 159 12 (.6%) .3% 11 (92%) 1 (8%) 136 $51,500 $89,900
South University-The Art Institute of Dallas 12 (.6%) 11.5% 12 (100%) 0
Sanford-Brown College-Seattle 12 (.6%) 25% 10 (83%) 2 (17%)
California College of the Arts 857 12 (.6%) 3.9% 11 (92%) 1 (8%) 181 $48,600 $87,500
Marist College 246 11 (.5%) .9% 11 (100%) 0 355 $48,100 $78,500
Sanford-Brown College-Las Vegas 11 (.5%) 18.6% 8 (73%) 3 (27%)
Lindenwood University 1021 10 (.5%) .6% 9 (90%) 1 (10%) 869 $41,000 $60,400
Sanford-Brown College-San Antonio 10 (.5%) 27% 8 (80%) 2 (20%)
Cazenovia College 734 10 (.5%) 4.8% 10 (100%) 0
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-San Francisco 10 (.5%) 7.3% 7 (70%) 3 (30%)
The Art Institute of Indianapolis 10 (.5%) 15.4% 8 (80%) 2 (20%)
FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design - Merchandising-Los Angeles 202 9 (.4%) 4.4% 6 (67%) 3 (33%)
Sanford-Brown College-Chicago 9 (.4%) 17% 8 (89%) 1 (11%)
O'More College of Design 9 (.4%) 25.7% 9 (100%) 0
University of the Incarnate Word 1170 9 (.4%) .7% 8 (89%) 1 (11%) 824 $45,000 $62,400
The Art Institute of Portland 8 (.4%) 5.7% 7 (88%) 1 (13%)
Texas Woman's University 922 8 (.4%) .4% 7 (88%) 1 (13%) 438 $44,100 $75,500
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale 8 (.4%) 5.6% 8 (100%) 0
Stephens College 901 8 (.4%) 6.3% 8 (100%) 0
The Art Institutes International-Minnesota 8 (.4%) 5.8% 8 (100%) 0
Marymount University 828 8 (.4%) 1.3% 7 (88%) 1 (13%) 361 $46,000 $78,100
Ferris State University 830 8 (.4%) .3% 7 (88%) 1 (13%) 526 $47,700 $73,000
The Art Institute of Seattle 7 (.3%) 4.2% 7 (100%) 0
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-San Diego 7 (.3%) 2.7% 6 (86%) 1 (14%)
Brenau University 1086 7 (.3%) 2.4% 7 (100%) 0 731 $43,100 $66,400
EDP University of Puerto Rico Inc-San Juan 7 (.3%) 4.5% 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Orange County 7 (.3%) 4.2% 4 (57%) 3 (43%)
Sanford-Brown College-Orlando 6 (.3%) 11.5% 6 (100%) 0
Bob Jones University 308 6 (.3%) 1.2% 6 (100%) 0
The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg 6 (.3%) 3.6% 5 (83%) 1 (17%)
Baylor University 240 6 (.3%) .2% 6 (100%) 0 259 $49,700 $82,900
Mount Mary University 1019 5 (.2%) 3.4% 5 (100%) 0 787 $38,900 $63,800
Stevenson University 677 5 (.2%) .5% 5 (100%) 0 419 $44,300 $76,100
Meredith College 576 5 (.2%) 1.3% 5 (100%) 0 902 $36,200 $58,000
The Art Institute of San Antonio 5 (.2%) 4.8% 3 (60%) 2 (40%)
Mount Ida College 1249 4 (.2%) 2.2% 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
The Art Institute of Phoenix 4 (.2%) 3.7% 4 (100%) 0
Washington University in St Louis 18 4 (.2%) .2% 4 (100%) 0 47 $56,700 $103,000
The Art Institute of Wisconsin 3 (.1%) 7.5% 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
The Art Institute of Charleston 3 (.1%) 4.2% 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
Dominican University 649 3 (.1%) .7% 3 (100%) 0
Seattle Pacific University 341 3 (.1%) .4% 3 (100%) 0 126 $47,200 $91,200
Maine College of Art 1248 3 (.1%) 4.2% 3 (100%) 0
Villa Maria College 1396 3 (.1%) 8.8% 3 (100%) 0
The Art Institute of Tucson 3 (.1%) 8.6% 3 (100%) 0
Ursuline College 1010 2 (.1%) 1.1% 2 (100%) 0 793 $42,500 $63,600
The Art Institute of Atlanta 1 (%) .4% 1 (100%) 0
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 100 1 (%) % 1 (100%) 0 195 $51,700 $86,900
Iowa State University 261 1 (%) % 1 (100%) 0 283 $51,200 $82,400
St Catherine University 655 1 (%) .1% 1 (100%) 0
Brigham Young University-Provo 273 1 (%) % 1 (100%) 0 106 $52,300 $93,500
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Silicon Valley 1 (%) 1.3% 0 1 (100%)
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