Clothing design schools offer programs under a variety of names, including apparel and textile design, fashion design and clothing design. Students will gain the opportunity to focus their studies in the area of fashion that most interests them over the course of the program.
10 Schools with Clothing Design Programs
Many schools offer programs suitable for students interested in studying clothing design. The following are ten such schools, with tuition and fees provided by the National Center for Education Statistics.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||In-state Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||Minneapolis, MN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$13,790|
|Houston Community College System||Houston, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$1,632 in-district, $3,360 in-state|
|Michigan State University||East Lansing, MI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$13,560|
|City College of San Francisco||San Francisco, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$1,598|
|University of North Texas||Denton, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$9,730|
|American River College||Sacramento, CA||2-year, Public||Associate's||$1,104|
|Santa Ana College||Santa Ana, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$1,142|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||Richmond, VA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$12,772|
|Santa Monica College||Santa Monica, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$1,136|
|Mt. San Antonio College||Walnut, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$1,348|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when looking for clothing design schools:
- 2-year programs are more suited to those interested in tailoring mechanics and garment construction, while students interested in more complex style and design elements of clothing should enroll in a 4-year program.
- Not all schools offer courses in areas related to fashion design, such as jewelry and accessory design, so students should check that a school's curriculum covers their area of interest.
- Students seeking a career in retail or management should ensure that the school offers courses in merchandising.
- Clothing design degree programs at 2-year schools are often less expensive than 4-year programs, and students should take into account lab or facility fees, equipment fees and material costs as these vary by school.
A fashion design program can be an excellent introduction to the business and mechanics of designing clothes, preparing students to find work in a very wide-reaching industry. Fashion design programs may include some basic business and marketing courses, in addition to coursework on style and design techniques.