The textiles industry consists of product manufacturers and professionals who market finished products. Students interested in the textile industry may major in textile manufacturing or fashion.
Schools with Textile Programs
Here are a few schools that offer training in textiles and fashion, along with their location, the type of degree they offer and average tuition.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Ohio State University - Main Campus||Columbus, OH||4-year, Public||BS||$10,037 (in-state)|
|The University of Texas at Austin||Austin, TX||4-year, Public||BS||$9,806 (in-state)|
|Michigan State University||East Lansing, MI||4-year, Public||BFA||$13,560 (in-state)|
|City College of San Francisco||San Francisco, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate & AS||$1,598 (in-state)|
|Kent State University||Kent, OH||4-year, Public||BA||$10,012 (in-state)|
|Indiana University - Bloomington||Bloomington, IN||4-year, Public||BA||$10,388 (in-state)|
|Santa Monica College||Santa Monica, CA||2-year, Public||AA||$1,136 (in-state)|
|University of Wisconsin - Madison||Madison, WI||4-year, Public||BS||$10,415 (in-state)|
|Florida State University||Tallahassee, FL||4-year, Public||BS||$6,507 (in-state)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when choosing a textile school:
- Make sure programs offer a full overview of the field, as well as opportunities to specialize in different areas.
- Programs should help students develop skills in cutting and sewing fabric, knitting, felt making, netting, spinning, twining, dye technology, textile design and textile marketing.
- Look for a school that offers internships with local businesses and nonprofits which can allow students to develop professional contacts in the industry.
- Some schools offer programs that provide several internships to give students the opportunity to explore different areas of the textile industry.
Students in textile classes may work with physical fabrics, as well as computer-aided design software used by those in the industry. Some of these software programs may include PlaidMaker Pro, MotifStudio and StyleDraper Pro. In addition to technical skills, students are introduced to the history of textiles and traditions within the industry, as well as changes and trends in the fashion industry. This helps the student understand who he or she is creating a product for and how to work towards developing the next trend in textiles.
Students interested in the field of textile or clothing design typically enroll in programs ranging from the certificate to the bachelor's degree level. Some important considerations for students include the availability of real-world opportunities, program cost and more.