How to Choose a Fashion Journalism College

Dec 12, 2019

Although there are no fashion journalism colleges per se, many fashion and art schools offer related degree programs. Generally, would-be fashion reporters are encouraged to seek a degree in fashion communication or fashion marketing.

Although several art and fashion schools around the nation offer courses in fashion journalism, the dedicated student should look for degree programs in fashion communication or marketing for long-term, focused and specialized instruction in the field. Students are encouraged to research a program's business connections before enrolling in a program as these may prove useful for finding employment after graduation.

9 Schools for Journalism, Marketing, and Communications

The following are some well-regarded schools in the country for journalism, marketing and communications, all of which are suitable programs for prospective fashion journalists:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered In-state Tuition (2018-2019)*
Fashion Institute of Technology New York, NY 4-year, Public Associate's, Bachelor's $5,740
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Private, for-profit Associate's $32,293
Parsons The New School for Design New York, NY 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's $49,064 (undergrad); $45,669 (graduate)
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's $51,828 (undergrad); $42,888 (graduate)
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus University Park, PA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $18,454 (undergrad); $21,540 (graduate)
Fordham University Bronx, NY 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Master's $33,696
Rutgers University-New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ 4-year, Public Bachelor's $14,974
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's $51,853 (undergrad); $37,416 (graduate)
Boston University Boston, MA 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's $53,948 (undergrad); $52,816 (graduate)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Further considerations when thinking of a fashion journalism school include the following:

  • The more real-world mentoring a student receives, the easier it is to get a job later on; choose a program that offers ample opportunities for job shadowing and internships.
  • Students should look for programs with well-rounded curricula that addresses topics like fashion merchandising, marketing and trend forecasting, in addition to general communication courses, English, composition, economics and statistics.
  • Schools with large fashion and design departments may have more runway shows and exhibitions than schools without, giving students more opportunity to practice their skills.
  • Schools in large metropolitan areas are more likely to be close to large fashion houses and companies than those in rural areas.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Fashion Marketing or Communication

Offered at fashion schools or community colleges, a one- to two-year associate degree program in fashion marketing or communication covers the practical basics of the business and history of fashion. Some relevant associate degrees may be obtained in distance or online courses as well.

Bachelor of Science or Arts (BS or BA) in Fashion Communication

Credits earned in an associate degree program may transfer to a bachelor's program. The four-year degree programs require a greater number of liberal arts and general education courses than an associate program does. They also require a greater number of journalism-related courses, along with advertising classes.

Fashion journalism degree programs offer a broad introduction to the worlds of both fashion and journalism, teaching students how to write for the media, publish magazines, photograph well and the basics of marketing and advertising. As well as journalism, fashion communication and marketing are strong degree programs for students intending on becoming fashion journalists.

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