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Nebraska is home to about 37 private non-profit and public colleges; however, students only have 2 schools to choose from in the state for fashion programs. At these institutions, individuals may pursue a variety of degrees related to textiles, apparel design and fashion merchandising. Students can earn a 4-year bachelor's degree, a 2-year master's degree, or a Doctor of Philosophy degree. The curriculum for a bachelor's degree program may include core design, development and textile courses, along with marketing and studio work. Master's degree programs focus on theory, advanced fashion topics, trends and independent study.
Standard admissions requirements of a high school diploma, standardized test scores and transcripts apply for bachelor's degree candidates, while to earn a master's degree, applicants should have an undergraduate degree, graduate admissions test scores and a portfolio (for textiles and apparel design majors). Below are summaries of the 2 schools in Nebraska that offer fashion-related degree programs.
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Located in Lincoln, the University of Nebraska - Lincoln offers a Bachelor of Science program available in the following fashion-related majors: textiles, merchandising and fashion design/communications; textile and fashion design; textile science and merchandising. Students can take undergraduate classes in clothing and human behavior, visual literacy, product development and merchandising.
For students looking for a master's degree program, there are two options in textiles, merchandising and fashion design. Students may select from graduate programs that require a thesis option or include research and internships. The University of Nebraska - Lincoln also provides a Doctor of Philosophy in Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design program. Students must earn at least 90 credit hours, with 25 credit hours devoted to a specialization and 11 credit hours focused on research tools.
Wayne State College
A fashion merchandising program is available in Wayne at Wayne State College. This program allows students to earn either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. Students explore textiles and clothing, as well as the business side of the fashion industry. Individuals can expect to take classes on fashion retailing, clothing construction, soft furnishings, professional presentation, business law and human resources management. Students may also pursue an internship in fashion merchandising.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Fashion Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|University of Nebraska - Lincoln||4-year, public; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Textile Science; Textile and Fashion Design; Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design/Communications or Merchandising;
Master of Arts in Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design;
Master of Science in Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design;
Doctor of Philosophy in Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design
| $8,367 (undergraduate in-state)*
$22,534 (undergraduate out-of-state)
$8,556 (graduate in-state)
$21,510 (graduate out-of-state)*
|Wayne State College||4-year, public; distant town||Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising|| $5,898 (in-state)*
Source: *NCES College Navigator.