Minneapolis Fashion Design Colleges with Program Information

Nov 13, 2018

Fashion Design Programs at Colleges in Minneapolis

This article examines two schools no more than 10 miles from downtown Minneapolis and the fashion design-related programs being offered. There is also a table of information about the schools, such as tuition, size, graduation rate and percentage of first-year students who receive financial aid. Aspiring fashion design students can use this information to help them make an informed decision on their education.

  • About six miles from downtown Minneapolis, St. Catherine University has two bachelor's degree programs in apparel design.
  • The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is about two miles from the city center. It offers a bachelor's degree in apparel design as well as a master's program and a doctoral program in design with an apparel track.

Comparison of Schools

Individuals who are deciding on a school need to be aware of many factors. This table showcases pertinent information so prospective students can analyze their options.

St. Catherine University University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
School Type 4-year; private not-for-profit* 4-year; public*
Total Enrollment (2017) 4,724* 51,848*
Campus Setting Large city* Large city*
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $38,170* $14,417 in-state; $26,603 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 100%* 81%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 70%* 50%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 81% for full-time students; 50% for part-time students* 93% for full-time students; 75% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (for students who began Fall 2011) 53% (34% transfer-out rate)* 80% (12% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

St. Catherine University

St. Catherine University offers two undergraduate degrees in apparel design at its St. Paul campus location, which is just over six miles from Minneapolis. The yearly Katwalk Fashion Show, which is a highlight of the apparel design program, provides senior level students with the opportunity to display their creations.

Bachelor's Degree in Apparel Design

St. Catherine University offers aspiring students two bachelor's degrees in apparel design. Coursework within the programs includes 3-dimensional design, textiles and history of costume, drawing, fashion illustration and pattern making. The Bachelor of Arts in Apparel Design requires competence in a foreign language and one course selected from either philosophy or theology. The Bachelor of Science in Apparel Design program has a requirement for the completion of two courses selected from the subject areas of social science, mathematics or laboratory science.

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities offers undergraduate and graduate apparel design programs through its College of Design, which also has programs in interior design, graphic design, retail merchandising and housing studies.

Bachelor of Science in Apparel Design

The bachelor's degree program in apparel design offers students career-focused training for the fashion design industry. Students learn to design patterns both manually and with computer programs. Additionally, students are trained in fashion history, aesthetics and the cultural significance of fashion. All students complete an internship in fashion design.

Master's Degree in Design - Apparel Studies Track

The graduate design program offers an apparel studies track for students interested in fashion design. This program provides students with an understanding of both the theory and practical applications of fashion design. Concentrations within the program include product development; dress, history and culture; or retail merchandising and consumer studies. The college awards a Master of Science with an apparel studies track.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Design - Apparel Studies Track

Graduate students also have the option of earning a doctoral degree in design with a concentration in apparel studies. Earning the Ph.D. requires oral and written exams as well as a dissertation or a project.

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