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

Total Students
2,116
Total Males
240 (11%)
Total Females
1,876 (89%)
 

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The New School 413 304 (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 477 96 (4.5%) 5% 82 (85%) 14 (15%) 678 $41,000 $68,400
Kent State University at Kent 598 92 (4.3%) 1.7% 84 (91%) 8 (9%) 735 $41,000 $66,200
Montclair State University 455 89 (4.2%) 2.4% 84 (94%) 5 (6%) 269 $44,200 $82,700
Virginia Commonwealth University 444 81 (3.8%) 1.6% 75 (93%) 6 (7%) 642 $44,600 $69,800
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus 385 52 (2.5%) 1% 48 (92%) 4 (8%) 307 $48,900 $81,500
Pratt Institute-Main 419 43 (2%) 7.1% 37 (86%) 6 (14%) 185 $48,300 $87,400
Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) 487 39 (1.8%) 6.8% 38 (97%) 1 (3%) 526 $45,100 $73,000
Columbia College Chicago 1224 38 (1.8%) 2.1% 28 (74%) 10 (26%) 807 $41,900 $63,200
University of North Texas 703 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 404 32 (1.5%) 15.3% 27 (84%) 5 (16%)
Michigan State University 168 31 (1.5%) .3% 28 (90%) 3 (10%) 220 $49,800 $85,200
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus 678 31 (1.5%) 1.1% 28 (90%) 3 (10%) 504 $41,400 $73,800
Massachusetts College of Art and Design 229 30 (1.4%) 8.5% 29 (97%) 1 (3%) 595 $44,200 $71,000
Clark Atlanta University 1269 23 (1.1%) 5.3% 21 (91%) 2 (9%) 749 $41,200 $65,600
Syracuse University 169 23 (1.1%) .6% 21 (91%) 2 (9%) 209 $51,900 $86,000
Albright College 838 22 (1%) 3.9% 21 (95%) 1 (5%) 489 $47,900 $74,100
Lasell College 802 22 (1%) 6.3% 22 (100%) 0
The Art Institute of Philadelphia 20 (.9%) 13.3% 18 (90%) 2 (10%)
Drexel University 448 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%)
Centenary University 619 18 (.9%) 5% 17 (94%) 1 (6%) 793 $38,100 $63,600
Marist College 269 18 (.9%) 1.4% 17 (94%) 1 (6%) 355 $48,100 $78,500
Moore College of Art and Design 450 17 (.8%) 20% 17 (100%) 0 770 $36,100 $64,600
Sanford-Brown College-Seattle 16 (.8%) 22.2% 14 (88%) 2 (13%)
Columbus College of Art and Design 664 16 (.8%) 7% 14 (88%) 2 (13%) 932 $41,000 $55,300
Purdue University-Main Campus 173 16 (.8%) .2% 16 (100%) 0 98 $57,400 $94,200
Sanford-Brown College-Tampa 15 (.7%) 37.5% 12 (80%) 3 (20%)
Indiana University-Bloomington 132 15 (.7%) .2% 14 (93%) 1 (7%) 297 $47,700 $81,800
University of Delaware 174 15 (.7%) .4% 15 (100%) 0 136 $51,500 $89,900
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-San Diego 14 (.7%) 6.8% 12 (86%) 2 (14%)
Mount Mary University 1148 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%)
Ferris State University 817 13 (.6%) .5% 12 (92%) 1 (8%) 526 $47,700 $73,000
American InterContinental University-Atlanta 13 (.6%) 5.2% 12 (92%) 1 (8%)
The Art Institute of Portland 12 (.6%) 7.5% 9 (75%) 3 (25%)
The Art Institutes International-Minnesota 12 (.6%) 8.6% 9 (75%) 3 (25%)
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 Institute of Houston 12 (.6%) 6% 11 (92%) 1 (8%)
Texas Woman's University 1017 11 (.5%) .5% 10 (91%) 1 (9%) 438 $44,100 $75,500
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles 11 (.5%) 7.5% 8 (73%) 3 (27%)
Cazenovia College 795 11 (.5%) 3.9% 11 (100%) 0
Woodbury University 1055 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
South University-The Art Institute of Dallas 10 (.5%) 9.7% 9 (90%) 1 (10%)
The Art Institute of San Antonio 9 (.4%) 7.1% 5 (56%) 4 (44%)
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Orange County 9 (.4%) 5.8% 9 (100%) 0
Texas Tech University 456 9 (.4%) .2% 6 (67%) 3 (33%) 146 $51,600 $89,400
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh 9 (.4%) 7.3% 9 (100%) 0
University of the Incarnate Word 952 9 (.4%) .6% 9 (100%) 0 824 $45,000 $62,400
Stephens College 1325 9 (.4%) 6.3% 9 (100%) 0
Baylor University 250 9 (.4%) .3% 9 (100%) 0 259 $49,700 $82,900
O'More College of Design 9 (.4%) 34.6% 9 (100%) 0
The Art Institute of Wisconsin 8 (.4%) 14.3% 7 (88%) 1 (13%)
Escuela de Artes Plasticas y Diseno de Puerto Rico 1139 8 (.4%) 11.1% 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
The Art Institute of Charleston 8 (.4%) 11.4% 5 (63%) 3 (38%)
The Art Institute of Seattle 8 (.4%) 5.8% 7 (88%) 1 (13%)
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%)
Lindenwood University 1006 7 (.3%) .4% 6 (86%) 1 (14%) 869 $41,000 $60,400
Dominican University 567 7 (.3%) 1.3% 6 (86%) 1 (14%)
The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg 7 (.3%) 4.6% 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
California College of the Arts 704 7 (.3%) 2.1% 7 (100%) 0 181 $48,600 $87,500
Washington University in St Louis 21 7 (.3%) .4% 6 (86%) 1 (14%) 47 $56,700 $103,000
St Catherine University 600 6 (.3%) .9% 6 (100%) 0
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale 6 (.3%) 4.9% 5 (83%) 1 (17%)
Stevenson University 694 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%)
Marymount University 857 5 (.2%) .8% 5 (100%) 0 361 $46,000 $78,100
EDP University of Puerto Rico Inc-San Juan 5 (.2%) 4% 4 (80%) 1 (20%)
Bob Jones University 452 4 (.2%) .8% 4 (100%) 0
Maine College of Art 601 4 (.2%) 4.5% 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
Seattle Pacific University 454 4 (.2%) .5% 4 (100%) 0 126 $47,200 $91,200
Meredith College 528 4 (.2%) 1.1% 4 (100%) 0 902 $36,200 $58,000
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%)
The Art Institute of Tucson 3 (.1%) 6.8% 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
Brenau University 1249 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 1518 1 (%) .1% 1 (100%) 0
Beverly Hills Design Institute 1 (%) 100% 0 1 (100%)
Western Michigan University 729 1 (%) % 1 (100%) 0 389 $45,700 $77,100
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