Fashion Design School in Miami, FL with Degree Program Overviews

There are five schools within 35 miles of Miami that have fashion design courses. Read an overview of the programs, requirements and admission info at two schools and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Miami Schools Offering Degrees in Fashion Design

Students interested in studying fashion design in Miami have a couple options. This article looks at two schools, one close to downtown and the other about 35 minutes away. Both offer undergraduate programs in fashion design. You'll also find a table of facts about each school, such as size, tuition and the graduation rate. Following information about these institutions and their programs is a listing of other Miami-area schools that offer relevant programs.

  • Miami Dade College is a large school located about 1.5 miles from downtown Miami. It has an associate's degree program in fashion design.
  • Another option is Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale, about 32 miles from Miami in Ft. Lauderdale. The university has an associate degree program in fashion design and merchandising.

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Comparison of Schools

Students who are looking for a school need to consider many factors. This table presents important information about these two institutions in a format that makes comparisons simple.

Miami Dade College Keiser University - Ft. Lauderdale
School Type Four-year, primarily associate's; public Four-year, primarily associate's; private, not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 56,001* 18,335*
Campus Setting Large city Midsize city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $2,838 in-state; $9,661 out-of-state $19,224*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017) 82%* 90%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A- Open admissions* N/A- Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2017) N/A 90% for full-time and 69% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (for students who began in Fall 2011) 31% (7% transfer-out rate)* 59% (2% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator.

Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College has nine campuses in Florida, including six in Miami. The fashion design program is located at the Wolfson campus, which is in the downtown part of the city. In addition to teaching students design skills, this program has a strong business focus to prepare students for fashion industry careers.

Associate of Science in Fashion Design

This is a 60-credit program that explores creative and innovative fashion design, including computer-aided design, fashion illustration technology, pattern-making, textile science and construction methods for clothing. In the fourth semester, students participate in an internship in the fashion industry. Students will also develop a portfolio of a fashion collection that they design, which they can use during their job search after graduation.

Keiser University - Ft. Lauderdale

Keiser University's Ft. Lauderdale branch was established in 1977 and is the main campus in the university's system. A private, career university, Keiser offers an associate degree program in fashion design and merchandising that places a strong emphasis on hands-on learning. The program incorporates both the design and merchandising or retail side of fashion.

Associate of Science in Fashion Design and Merchandising

The 84-credit Associate of Science in Fashion Design and Merchandising gives students a basic understanding of fashion, business, techniques, retail and design within the industry. The program is composed of 60 credits of core classes and 24 general education credits. Coursework includes apparel construction, fabric study, fashion history, illustration, product development, sewing techniques, computer-assisted design and promotion. Students must present their final portfolio as a last requirement before graduation. Upon completion of the program, graduates will have the skills needed to gain entry-level employment in either the design or retail side of the industry.

Other School Options

There are several additional schools in the Miami area that offer fashion design or merchandising programs. Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center has a 900-hour fashion technology and production services certificate program that students can take at the school's campus in Miami, less than three miles from downtown. Another option for students is the bachelor's degree program in fashion merchandising and retailing at Johnson & Wales University - North Miami, located approximately 12 miles from downtown.

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