List of the Top Clothing Design Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Aug 08, 2018

Learn about three of the top schools in the country to offer programs for aspiring clothing designers. Go over the schools' ranking information and specific program offerings so that you might make an informed decision on your education.

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Undergraduate and graduate degree programs in clothing and fashion design are available at many of the country's top schools. Both public and private universities offer programs in the field. Baylor University, Iowa State University, and Drexel University all offer degree programs in the field of clothing and fashion design. The programs are a mixture of business and art courses, teaching students to meet fashion demands with innovative or classic styles. Baylor and Iowa State offer undergraduate programs in fashion design, as well as internship opportunities, while Drexel offers graduate study in the field. All three schools have been ranked by U.S. News and World Report.

Baylor University in Waco, TX

In 2016, Kiplinger ranked Baylor University 64th on its list of best values in private colleges. U.S. News and World Report ranked Baylor University 71st on its 2017 list of best universities nationwide. Baylor University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Apparel Design & Product Development program with classes covering fashion theory and consumer behavior, apparel design, visual merchandising and promotion, apparel aesthetics, textile science, and apparel quality analysis. The school also offers internships in apparel design and apparel merchandising.

Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University was ranked 14th among the country's most innovative schools on U.S. News and World Report's 2017 list. The school's Bachelor of Science and Master of Science programs in clothing design offer real-world experience opportunities in clothing design. For example, the Journal of Culture and Retail Image and D&M Magazine accept submissions from the school's Design and Merchandising program. Meanwhile, Drexel's Fashion Design program features a six-month co-operative learning environment culminating in the Drexel Fashion Show. The graduate-level curriculum for fashion design includes classes on the business of fashion, clothing design issues, modern design history, technical design, pattern making, and drawing.

Iowa State University in Ames, IA

U.S. News and World Report's 2017 list ranked Iowa State University 51st among the top public schools in the country. The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design. Students can choose a concentration in creative design, technical design, product development or production, and sourcing management. Internships and study abroad programs in China, South Africa, and Taiwan are available. Iowa State University also has one of the largest student-produced fashion shows in the United States.

Top U.S. Clothing Design Schools and Colleges

Other top schools in the country that offer clothing design programs include the following:

School Name School Highlight Location
Kent State University Fashion School offers study abroad opportunities in locales such as Florence, Hong Kong, Paris, and London Kent, OH
Michigan State University Ranked 33rd on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of top public schools. East Lansing, MI
University of Cincinnati Fashion students are required to complete co-op experiences working in the actual fashion industry on alternating semesters Cincinnati, OH
University of Delaware Students can access the Historic Costume & Textiles Collection, which houses more than 4,000 pieces Newark, DE
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities For 2017, ranked 26th among top schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report Minneapolis, MN
University of North Texas Alumni of the fashion program have gone on to work for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Fossil, and more. Denton, TX
Virginia Commonwealth University Fashion students can take part in a four-week summer luxury study program. Richmond, VA

Some of the top schools for aspiring clothing designers offer internship and study abroad opportunities. Students can choose from undergraduate and graduate programs. Some schools allow students to choose a specialization in the field.

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