In the state of Utah, there are about 21 public and not-for-profit schools, but only a few that offer programs related to fashion. The associate's degree and certificate programs below offer education in various aspects of the fashion business. In addition to classroom instruction, most programs include coursework that allows students to gain skills pertaining to the design and construction of clothes. The development of a portfolio is often encouraged and internship opportunities are possible. Read on for more information about the schools in Utah to offer awards related to fashion.
Bridgerland Applied Technology College
The certificate program in fashion merchandising is located at this college's main campus in Logan. This program takes about nine months to complete. The fashion merchandising major requires 1,050 hours and includes courses in fashion business, textiles, fashion styling, visual merchandising, fashion promotion, cosmetic marketing and selling strategies. Fashion merchandising students also take a class in fashion correspondence and 120 hours of electives, choosing from topics such as starting a business, historic costumes, fashion illustration and product development, to name a few, and the program requires an externship.
Salt Lake Community College
This Salt Lake City college offers an Associate of Applied Science in Fashion Design and Merchandising with specialization options in technical apparel, fashion merchandising and fashion design. The course load varies from 65 to 68 credits, depending on the concentration. Along with an introductory fashion course and general education requirements in the humanities, arts and sciences, each emphasis requires students to take classes in fashion illustration, textiles and portfolio development. The rest of the coursework is catered toward the specialization option. Fashion design students take classes in digital pattern design and bridal design, among other areas; courses for fashion merchandising students include visual merchandising and fashion forecasting, and technical apparel students take courses in sewing, knitwear design and tailoring.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Fashion Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Bridgerland Applied Technology College||2-year, public; small city||Certificate in Fashion Merchandising||$2,083 for program (2016)*|
|Salt Lake Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Fashion Design and Merchandising with concentration options in fashion design, fashion merchandising and technical apparel|| $3,569 (in-state)**
Source: *Bridgerland Applied Technology College, **NCES College Navigator