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How will your fashion design education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a fashion design degree at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. The US has 198 brick and mortar fashion design schools.

Top Schools

In 2010, the top schools in the country with fashion design programs were:

  1. The University of Texas at Austin - located in Austin, Texas
  2. University of Wisconsin-Madison - located in Madison, Wisconsin
  3. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - located in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Student Demographics

In 2010, 7,020 students earned degrees in fashion design in the US. Of these students, 345 graduated from certificate programs in fashion design, 6,465 graduated from undergraduate programs in fashion design, and 210 graduated from graduate-level programs in fashion design.


Students can pursue education in fashion design at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Fashion Design
  • Bachelor's Degree in Fashion Design
  • Master's Degree in Fashion Design
  • Doctoral Degree in Fashion Design
  • Certificate in Fashion Design

Fashion design students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying fashion design:

  • Pattern Making
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Textile and Materials
  • Creative Thinking
  • Illustration


Students at fashion design schools around the nation paid an average of $14,820 in tuition fees per year in 2010. The highest tuition was charged by the following fashion design schools:

  1. Rhode Island School of Design - located in Providence, Rhode Island, students paid $36,659
  2. The New School - located in New York, New York, students paid $36,000
  3. Drexel University - located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, students paid $31,835

The fashion design schools charging the lowest tuition were:

  1. North Carolina Central University - located in Durham, North Carolina, students paid $3,922
  2. East Carolina University - located in Greenville, North Carolina, students paid $4,477
  3. University of North Carolina at Greensboro - located in Greensboro, North Carolina, students paid $4,234

How will your fashion design job compare?

Fashion designer is the profession of choice for a large number of fashion design graduates. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that in 2010, 15,060 fashion designers were working in the US. The states with the largest populations of fashion designers are:

  1. New York - 7,260 Fashion Designers
  2. California - 3,990 Fashion Designers
  3. New Jersey - 490 Fashion Designers

Projected Growth

The following states are projected to have the fastest growth for fashion designers over the next few years:

  1. Connecticut - 26%
  2. Vermont - 19%
  3. Washington State - 13%


A fashion designer in the US earns $71,343 per year on average. However, factors such as your exact job description, experience, or professional associations and certifications can cause the salary for a fashion designer to vary greatly. A fashion designer in the US can earn anywhere from less than $15,770 per year to more than $161,520 per year. The following states have the highest average salaries for a fashion designer:

  1. New Hampshire - $87,810 per year
  2. New York - $81,990 per year
  3. Maine - $79,620 per year

Fashion designers in the following states make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Virginia - $43,570 per year
  2. Hawaii - $45,640 per year
  3. South Carolina - $46,060 per year

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fashion design?

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Fashion Designers 15,060 $74,440 16.0%