Fashion Design: Top Rated Fashion Design School - San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA, has four schools with programs in fashion. Find the best program for you by reading about what one top school has to offer for fashion, as well as tuition and degree information.

School and Ranking Info

Aspiring fashionistas in San Diego, CA, can find programs at two for-profit institutes, a private, not-for-profit university and a public community college. The latter was chosen as the best school for fashion in San Diego because of its program levels and variety, affordable tuition and opportunities for real-life industry experience.

  • Winner: San Diego Mesa College is one of 110 community colleges in California and offers certificate, Associate of Arts and Associate of Science programs in a variety of academic and career-oriented areas. These include Certificates of Achievement and Associate in Science (AS) programs in fashion design and merchandising, as well as computer fashion technology.

School Info Chart

Category San Diego Mesa College
Location San Diego, CA
School Type 2-year; public
Tuition and Fees (2013-2014) Undergraduate:
$1,142 (in-state);
$5,702 (out-of-state)*
Fashion and Apparel Awards Offered Certificate and associate
Fashion and Apparel Awards Conferred (all levels) in 2012-2013 11*
Most Popular Fashion and Apparel Program in 2012-2013 Certificate (6 awarded)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class 20%*
Noteworthy College sponsors an annual 'Golden Scissors Fashion Show'

Source: *NCES College Navigator

San Diego Mesa College

  • Fashion certificate and degree programs include 1-4-credit work experiences
  • Fashion design programs allow for field studies and trips in California or abroad
  • Phi Theta Kappa society assists with academic transfer and scholarships
  • Extracurricular Fashion Club provides students with opportunities for enrichment

San Diego Mesa College has an annual enrollment of approximately 24,250 students and a student-to-teacher ratio of 33:1. The college has over a half dozen schools devoted to the study of business, health, liberal arts and social sciences, including the School of Business and Technology, which offers the certificate and degree programs in fashion.

The 31-37-credit Certificate of Achievement and 60-credit AS in Fashion Design programs include core coursework in apparel construction, draping, flat pattern design and textiles, as well as training in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Degree-seeking students also take a course in 2-D design and electives in ethnic costume, millinery, tailoring or textile design.

Both the certificate and degree programs in fashion merchandising have similar credit-hour requirements and provide training in buying, promotion and visual merchandising, as well as electives in advertising, retailing and selling. Students pursuing a certificate or degree in computer fashion technology can specialize in design or merchandising while learning how to use digital publishing and Microsoft Excel and Office.

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