Apparel Design Adult Education Programs

Apparel design adult education programs guide students in the study of clothing design and other areas inclusive of the fashion and apparel industry. Special events, like fashion shows, will be apart of the curriculum.

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Preview three options for apparel design education at some of the best schools in the country. Learn about education options and course content to help decide which is best for you.

Schools and Programs

Apparel design adult education programs are offered at schools across the country. Three schools mentioned in this article include the Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Las Vegas, and The New School. More information is found below.

Schools At a Glance

Rhode Island School of Design

  • This 4-year private school is located in Providence, RI.
  • The primary class format at this school is on-campus.

University of Las Vegas

  • This school is in Las Vegas, NV
  • A public 4-year institution, this school provides on-campus courses.

The New School

  • This college is located in New York, NY
  • A private 4-year institution, there are options for both online and traditional learning.

Rhode Island School of Design

Rhode Island's continuing education department offers an apparel design certificate program for fashion industry students. Merchandising and entrepreneurship will be discussed. Course topics include sewing, drawing, and patternmaking.

University of Las Vegas Fashion Design

Continuing education at the University of Las Vegas offers a fashion design certificate program. Courses in the program include basic sewing and fashion illustration. Students can choose from an array of electives such as fashion marketing, fashion merchandising, and fashion show and production. Individual courses can be undertaken without fully pursuing the certificate.

The New School

Continuing education in fashion design and fashion business is available through The New School's Parsons School of Design. Design courses cover basic art skills like flats, model drawing, costume design, as well as fashion history and terminology. Business courses study principles of marketing and retailing fashion merchandise. Credit and non-credit courses are available, as well as a certificate option with online and hybrid options.

Salary Information

The median annual salary for fashion designers, according to the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, is $65,170, as of May 2016. Top industry earners included those employed in video and motion picture industries, who earned a mean annual salary of $89,190, while those employed in the management of companies made $86,410. The highest paying states were New York, Massachusetts, Georgia, New York, Connecticut, and California. Fashion designers were projected to have a job growth rate of 3% from 2014-2024.

The Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Las Vegas, and The New School are three institutions with continuing education in apparel design. Standalone courses and certificates are commonly available.

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