Fashion Schools in Austin, TX with Program Options

Jan 04, 2019

There are three public schools within 40 miles of central Austin that have fashion degrees. Read an overview of their program options and requirements to find out which school is the right one for you.

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Austin Schools with Fashion Programs

Aspiring fashion students in the Austin area only have one program option within the city itself, but two other schools are within a 40-minute drive of the city's center. Explore the required coursework and hands-on learning opportunities available at the institutions. Take a few moments to review the table of facts and figures as well, which contains details on costs, graduation numbers, student enrollment and more.

  • Austin Community College District - Cypress Creek Campus in Cedar Park, Texas, offers fashion marketing associate's degree and certificate programs for students who want to learn about buying and selling clothes for retail. The campus is around 20 miles from downtown Austin.
  • Texas State University - San Marcos, located in its namesake city about 45 miles from central Austin, offers a fashion merchandising minor as well as bachelor's and master's programs. It also provides several extracurricular opportunities for fashion students.
  • Situated less than two miles from the city's downtown area, the University of Texas - Austin offers a bachelor's degree in textiles and apparel.

Comparison of Schools

The profiled schools all have sizable student bodies, with over 30,000 students at each campus. However, their differing campus environments and costs could play a role in which college you choose to attend. Get facts on these and other stats in the table below.

Austin Community College District Texas State University - San Marcos The University of Texas - Austin
School Type 2-year; public college 4-year; public university 4-year; public university
Total Enrollment (2017) 40,803* 38,666* 51,525*
Campus Setting Large city Small suburb Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $2,550 in-district; $10,890 in-state; $13,080 out-of-state* $9,985 in-state; $21,605 out-of-state* $10,398 in-state; $36,744 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 60%* 81%* 64%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admissions 73%* 36%*
Retention Rate (2017) 58% for full-time students* 78% for full-time students* 95% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate 11% (for those who began their studies in 2014)* 54% (for those who began their studies in 2011)* 83% (for those who began their studies in 2011)*

Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics (info for Austin Community College District is for the main Austin campus).

Austin Community College District

The marketing department, in which the fashion marketing programs are housed, earned accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. Those who want to learn the ins-and-outs of fashion promotion and merchandising can choose a certificate or an associate's degree in fashion marketing, also known as fashion merchandising. After completing either program, students should be prepared to seek entry-level work in retail or wholesale fashion industries.

Certificate in Fashion Marketing

Students have to take a total of 18 credit hours in this program. Students will learn about how marketing affects fashion. Courses include fundamentals of fashion, fashion promotion, fashion buying and retailing.

Associate of Applied Science in Fashion Marketing

This associate's degree program teaches students about entry-level management and sales promotion tactics concerning fashion. Courses in general education and marketing are required and include English composition, marketing, and advertising. Fashion courses include fashion image, fashion buying, visual merchandising and fashion trends. An internship is required, and it may be focused on general business administration or in fashion merchandising.

Texas State University - San Marcos

This university offers a variety of fashion merchandising programs within its family and consumer sciences department. Students have opportunities to get hands-on learning experience and participate in field trips; a particularly noteworthy practical learning course allows students to tour fashion-savvy cities like New York, Las Vegas, Milan, Paris or London. Graduates may attain positions such as fashion director, visual merchandiser, merchandise manager, promotions director or retail buyer, among many others.

Minor in Fashion Merchandising

Students can minor in the field and take 18 credit hours. Courses include intro to fashion merchandising, textiles, merchandising technology, fashion economics and fashion buying principles.

Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Science - Major in Fashion Merchandising

Students in this program major in fashion merchandising and minor in business administration. They may earn a second minor in advertising or mass communications. Students examine in depth how consumers react to fashion. In addition to general education courses, this program teaches students about fashion buying principles, textile product analysis, fashion promotional strategies and fashion economics.

Master of Science in Merchandising and Consumer Studies

This advanced degree program provides core coursework on consumer theory, statistics and research methods. Students can choose a thesis or non-thesis option. Additional elective coursework can include topics in strategic merchandising, cultural and societal fashion, international merchandising and a consumer studies practicum.

University of Texas - Austin

This university provides undergraduate and graduate degree programs for those who want to learn how to construct apparel, sell designs and conserve textiles. Graduates may be prepared for work within visual merchandising, sales and consulting, among other areas.

Bachelor of Science in Textiles and Apparel

This undergraduate program provides a few specialization options: apparel design, apparel conservation and merchandising. Merchandising is more focused on the business side of fashion. Apparel design is focused on the creation of patterns and garments, while apparel conservation emphasizes preserving fashion items and coordinating museum exhibitions. Courses offered at the bachelor's level include textiles lab, apparel design, draping, flat patterns and visual merchandising. Fieldwork courses are also available.

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