The Top 10 Fashion Schools in the U.S (2017)
Fashion may seem like an intimidating industry to break into, but all the successful and prominent figures that have made their mark in the fashion industry started off where you are now. They had to decide and take a very informed decision about where to study. To make things easier for you, here is a list of the top 10 fashion schools in the US in 2017:
Parsons School of Design (New York, USA)
Situated in New York, Parsons School of Design is perhaps the best-known fashion school in the United States securing the 2nd place in Global Fashion School Rankings, published by The Business of Fashion. Being the powerhouse of fashion design; Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Narciso Rodriguez, Alexander Wang, Anna Sui, Jason Wu are just a few examples that represent the brilliance this place has produced over the years.
Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, USA)
Securing the 7th place in Global Fashion School Rankings, Fashion Institute of Technology will offer you fashion marketing, fashion design, business, textiles, visual arts and many other fashion-related degrees. With Calvin Klein, Michael Kors and Ralph Rucci as the distinguished alumni and Valerie Steele, as Chief Curator and Director of the Museum of FIT, this school has an excellent credibility.
Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
If you like a challenge, SCAD is the place to go. While this school is relatively a bit expensive, it also has a 98% employment rate. Offering undergraduate degrees in Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Management, Accessory Design, Fibers and Jewelry, SCAD will give access to a plethora of great professors with a lot of industry resources and connections.
Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
With a post-graduate employment rate of 89 percent, Pratt will give you a more conceptual approach to design as opposed to other NYC fashion schools with lots of focus on sustainability and textiles and it's one of the few places which offer electives in fashion editorial and magazine publishing.
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (Los Angeles, California, USA)
With its proximity to Hollywood, this is the top spot if you want to pursue costume design. Offering degrees in Fashion Design, Footwear Design, Denim, Costume Design, Jewelry Design and Textile Design, this school is great for gaining practical experience.
Drexel University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Drexel's Design and Merchandising program is one of the tops in the country, where you can learn all about technical design, hand-done, digital pattern-making. It also has a co-op program which means you can take six months out of school to do a paid internship.
To make it as a designer, fashion design, and textile design education won’t be enough. It is one of the schools that focus on providing a holistic approach, addressing other elements like technology, manufacturing, business and required to make it as a designer.
Kent State University (Kent, Ohio, USA)
Want the traditional American college experience and the opportunity to study abroad? Well, then Kent State is the perfect place for you! Kent offers study abroad programs in Paris, New York, Florence and Milan in fashion design and fashion merchandising programs, scholarships, opportunities to experiment with digital design and new production methods. To top this off, this school also has a 90% placement rate!
Moore College of Art & Design (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
With a job placement rate of 95%, it is the first and only women's visual arts college in the nation, Moore gives women a very welcoming and creative environment encouraging them to challenge themselves. Moore's fashion program is comprehensive which may not be ideal for someone looking to specialize in a specific field of fashion.
Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Offering programs in Fashion Design, Jewelry & Metalsmithing, it is one of the oldest fashion schools in the United States being an affordable option for state residents and emphasizes on preparing students to not only be great artists but also deal with all kinds of problems in their careers.
The summer after high school is usually a very exhausting period. Choosing a college is one of the most important life decisions a person can make. But with faith and hard work, everything becomes possible. The incredible stress we all have to face during the application process becomes all worth it once you begin the journey of pursuing your passion.