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Schools Offering Fashion Programs in Illinois

Around 0.1% of Illinois's graduates graduate from fashion degree programs every year. That means an estimated 530 fashion professionals graduate from Illinois' 13 fashion schools each year.

Top Schools

Dominican University, which was ranked 35th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Illinois that has a fashion program. It is located in River Forest. In 2010, 38 students graduated from Dominican University's fashion program. Dominican University charged in-state students $25,710 in tuition fees per year.

The second-ranked school in Illinois that has a fashion program is Olivet Nazarene University. Olivet Nazarene University, which was ranked 71st in the country in 2010, is located in Bourbonnais. In 2010, Olivet Nazarene University graduated 4 students from its fashion program. Olivet Nazarene University charged in-state students $25,590 in tuition fees per year.

The third-ranked school in Illinois that has a fashion program is School of the Art Institute of Chicago. School of the Art Institute of Chicago, which was ranked 72nd in the country in 2010, is located in Chicago. In 2010, School of the Art Institute of Chicago graduated 7 students from its fashion programs. Tuition at School of the Art Institute of Chicago was $36,150 per year.


Tuition at Illinois' fashion schools ranges from $36,150 per year to $2,814 per year. But, the average tuition is $15,477 per year. In 2010, the fashion schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Illinois were:

  1. School of the Art Institute of Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $36,150 per year
  2. Dominican University - located in River Forest, students are charged $25,710 per year
  3. Olivet Nazarene University - located in Bourbonnais, students are charged $25,590 per year

The following Illinois fashion schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Harper College - located in Palatine, students are charged $2,814 per year
  2. Joliet Junior College - located in Joliet, students are charged $3,090 per year
  3. South Suburban College - located in South Holland, students are charged $3,473 per year

A fashion degree from an Illinois school... what next?

Some of the most popular jobs fashion graduates in Illinois pursue include model, marketing manager, merchadiser, fashion magazine editor, and photographer. In 2010, there were 198,130 fashion professional working in Illinois, including 90 fashion designers, 30 models, and 8,770 marketing managers. The largest populations of Illinois fashion professional are working in the following counties:

  1. Cook County - 130,060 fashion professionals
  2. Lake County - 15,690 fashion professionals
  3. Marshall County - 5,420 fashion professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of fashion professionals in Illinois will grow by 1%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 227,280 fashion professionals working in Illinois. The greatest growth for fashion professional is predicted to be amongst Photographers, who are expected to increase by 8% by 2018.


On average, fashion professionals earn a salary of $46,243 per year in Illinois state. In 2010, however, some Illinois fashion professional earned as little as less than $15,570 per year or as much as more than $164,100 per year. On average fashion professional earn the most in the following Illinois counties:

  1. Kankakee County - $56,680 per year
  2. Boone County - $54,040 per year
  3. McLean County - $53,503 per year

The Illinois counties with the lowest average salary for fashion professionals are:

  1. Vermilion County - $22,510 per year
  2. Macon County - $22,760 per year
  3. Clark County - $43,010 per year

The fashion professionals with highest average salaries in Illinois were:

  1. Marketing Manager - $113,220 per year
  2. Fashion Designer - $58,630 per year
  3. Merchadiser - $55,080 per year

The fashion professionals with lowest average salaries in Illinois were:

  1. Sales Associate - $25,070 per year
  2. Model - per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Illinois statistics regarding a career in fashion and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as fashion or fashion design.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Fashion in Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in Fashion in Illinois
  • Certificate in Fashion in Illinois

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
6,125 miles from location College of DuPage Glen Ellyn IL 13.8242 n/a 27,083
6,126 miles from location Harper College Palatine IL 12.7765 n/a 15,711
6,130 miles from location Joliet Junior College Joliet IL 10.654 n/a 15,288
6,103 miles from location Columbia College Chicago Chicago IL 18.5129 n/a 12,127
6,102 miles from location South Suburban College South Holland IL 10.1002 n/a 7,279
6,114 miles from location Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais IL 28.6851 66% 4,666
6,113 miles from location Dominican University River Forest IL 65.2729 34% 3,909
6,103 miles from location School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago IL 27.726 18% 3,164
6,103 miles from location The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago Chicago IL 23.1725 94% 2,990
6,103 miles from location International Academy of Design and Technology Chicago IL 8.83915 n/a 1,832
6,103 miles from location Westwood College-Chicago Loop Chicago IL 15.4518 n/a 885
6,124 miles from location Westwood College-Dupage Woodridge IL 16.3637 n/a 582
6,097 miles from location Westwood College-River Oaks Calumet City IL 19.3758 100% 579

Curious what studying Fashion gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in Illinois

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Retail Salespersons + 177,370 $25,070 -2.8%
Marketing Managers + 8,770 $113,220 5.5%
Editors + 5,350 $51,630 13.1%
Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products + 3,480 $55,080 -58.3%
Photographers + 2,790 $45,220 41.6%
Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders + 210 $27,100 61.5%
Fashion Designers + 90 $58,630 -18.2%
Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers + 40 $40,240 -77.8%
Models + 30 n/a

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