Fashion Designing

Are you a fashion fanatic?  Do you dream of seeing your designs on the runway?  If you answered “YES!” to both of those questions, then fashion designing might be the industry for you.

Fashion designing includes planning and creating clothes and accessories.  Students who major in fashion designing cover a wide variety of topics in their courses – everything from sketching and computer design to pattern making and fabric selection.

Fashion Designing Majors Should Expect To…

1.  Use CAD (computer-aided design) Programs

2.  Construct patterns

3.  Study fabrics and textiles

4.  Sketch desings

5.  Sew clothing

6.  Create a clothing line

A List of Fashion Designing Colleges

As a college-bound high school student, you might be having a hard time finding fashion designing colleges.  I’d like to help you out with that process.  Below are the top 25 best fashion schools in the world.

1. Central Saint Martins

2. Parsons, The New School for Design

3. Bunka Fashion College

4. Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts

5. Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)

6. Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale

7. Istituto Marangoni


9. University of Westminster

10. Royal College of Art

11. London College of Fashion

12. Studio Bercot

13. Kent State University

14. Academy of Art University

15. Shenkar College of Engineering and Design

16. Drexel University

17. Otis College of Art and Design

18. Savannah College of Art and Design

19. Rhode Island School of Design

20. Columbus College of Art and Design

21. University of Cincinnati

22. University of Brighton

23. La Cambre

24. Pratt

25. California College of Arts

Before selecting a college, you should check to make sure that it is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Tuition at Fashion Designing Colleges

Most fashion designing colleges are expensive.  Generally speaking, art and design schools cost about $40,000 per year.  This amount does not include room and board or other incidentals.

Getting Accepted at Fashion Designing Colleges

Most fashion designing colleges have similar application requirements: high school diploma, letters of recommendation, essay, portfolio of work, and an interview.

Fashion Designing Students Are Employed By…

Most fashion designing employers are located in New York and Los Angeles.  Employers typically seek design students with a 2 or 4-year degree, who are knowledgeable about textiles, fabrics, and fashion trends.  Fashion designing students are typically employed by manufacturers, wholesalers, or design firms.  Some designers decide to do freelance work.  In this case, they adjust their workday to suit their client’s needs.  Freelance fashion designers typically work longer hours than designers who are employed by a company, however all fashion designing students should expect to occasionally work long hours in order to meet production deadlines or prepare for fashion shows.

Fashion Designing Salaries

The median annual salary for people in the fashion designing industry is approximately $61,000.  The middle 50% earn between $42,000 and $87,000.

I hope this information about fashion designing was helpful to you.  Good luck in your college search process.

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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