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Fashion Design Technology Career Training in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Research fashion design technology courses in the Fort Lauderdale area, which currently has at least three colleges offering programs. Read an overview of degree programs, admission info, and program requirements for two schools, both within 30 miles of downtown, and decide which program is right for you.

Fort Lauderdale Fashion Design Technology School Options

Although there are a limited number of schools offering fashion design technology training in the Fort Lauderdale area, future fashion designers do have a few educational options at schools offering related programs. This article looks at two schools that are no more than a 35-minute drive from the city center and at the programs they offer. There is also a table that showcases information a prospective student should consider when choosing a school, such as size, tuition, retention rates, graduation percentage and the availability of financial aid.

  • For students who are interested in the sales and retail aspects of fashion, Johnson & Wales University - North Miami (JWU) offers a bachelor's degree program in fashion merchandising and retail marketing.
  • Lindsey Hopkins Technical College (LHTC) is a 2-year public school located in Miami that awards technical and career training certificates in fashion design services. It is about 22 miles from downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Comparison of Schools

The following table offers a look at vital data about these schools. Prospective students should use it to see how they compare.

Johnson & Wales University - North Miami Lindsey Hopkins Technical College
School Type 4-year; private not-for-profit 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 1,475* 646*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $31,508* $3,187*
% of First-Year, Full-Time Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017) 99%* 93%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 78%* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2017) 69% for full-time students; 62% for part-time students* 71% for full-time students; 83% for part-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 50% (Starting Fall 2011)* 21% (Starting Fall 2014)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Johnson & Wales University - North Miami

JWU is a 4-year, private, not-for-profit school located just under 20 miles from downtown Fort Lauderdale. The bachelor's program is designed to prepare students for careers in a variety of areas including fashion forecaster, merchandise buyer, fashion consultant, fashion buyer and fashion stylist.

Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising and Retailing

This program focuses on the buying, selling, and marketing areas of the fashion industry (in contrast to design technology, which is more oriented toward fashion conception and construction methods). Students will cover additional topics like public relations, visual merchandising and retail management.

Lindsey Hopkins Technical College

In addition to full career/technical certificates, LHTC awards occupational completion points (OCPs) upon the completion of specific training courses within a program.

Career/Technical Certificate in Fashion Technology and Production Services

This program requires classes in such subjects as dressmaking, apparel patternmaking, and custom sewing. Students also study retail sales and fashion styling. The fashion design program comprises six OCPs -- students can earn one or more OCP(s) by successfully completing the respective courses, or they can earn the full career/technical certificate by completing all six.


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