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Top 10 Fashion Design Schools

Khushnuma Irani
Mark Twain once said, "The finest clothing made is a person's skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this". Become a fashion designer and provide this 'something more' to the society...
Every little child has a dream while growing up. Some want to be Doctors, some Pilots; Others want to join the army. Nevertheless, were you that little boy or girl whose dreams were to design clothes? Maybe you didn't get a chance to make 'grown-up' clothes, but you surely would have made little clothes for Barbie, Ken, and their friends.
If you have always had that penchant for styling and designing, then may be your forte is fashion designing. From learning about textiles, accessories, and styling, Fashion designing is both satisfying and terrifying.
To learn this art, it is important that you go to a good school, one that will teach you everything and help you become a good designer. Choosing the best school is not a big deal, what is important is that you do well once you are enrolled.

List of Top 10 Fashion Design Schools

So, do you want to be the next Coco Chanel or Versace? Or you want to be the next you, and make your own mark in a world full or styles, designers, and models? It is important that you get the right education in this field.

Parsons School for Design

A school that can claim its fame with names like Donna Karan, Claire McCardell, Narciso Rodrieguez, Marc Jacobs, Derek Lam, Kay Unger, and Patrick Robinson; they offer a degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts. The fashion design department of this school is located smack in the center of all fashion activities.
Yes, 560, 7th Avenue, New York City is where it is located. This school, which has been around since 1906, is not old school by any means; they have an advanced computing lab on campus.

Pratt Institute

Get a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Pratt Institute and get a hold on the fashion world. Located at Clinton Hill, this school is just minutes away from swanky Manhattan.

Kent State University

You can choose one of two fashion courses at this University; Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design and Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising. You can also opt for an MBA degree in Fashion Merchandising. With a notable Alumni like Andrea Ramsey Lauer, Stephanie Will of Estee Lauder, and Karen Barbiere of Saks fame, we needn't say more.

California College of the Arts

As this school completes 100 years, its excellence in the field of fashion only increases. Its CCA fashion design program is one of only fifteen to be a part of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. With two campuses, one in Potrero hill San Francisco, and the other in Oakland, it offers the best training in the country.

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

This school is considered one of the best. It has had more than 30,000 graduates and the numbers keeps increasing. You can choose from Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts Professional Designation Degree, and Associate of Arts Advanced Study Degree. You can learn all this in the midst of fashionable Orange County, San Francisco, San Diego, and LA.

Academy of Art University

With a motto like "Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only", you know this university is about serious business. You can choose to become a designer, product manager, pattern maker, textile designer, buyer, or a product developer. You can choose from degrees like Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts and Personal Enrichment.

Drexel University

Located in Philly, this school welcomes guests like Oscar de la Renta, Anna Sui, Ralph Lauren, and Betsey Johnson. Get a great learning experience with their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and wow the world with your designs.

University of Cincinnati

This school can give you the best and advanced training for fashion design. You can focus on Digital design, Product development, Graphic design, and Industrial design. Here, the motto is to give the students the best of creativity and technicality.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Formerly known as the Chicago Academy of Design, this school is a great way to keep up with the pulse of the ever changing fashion industry. This school has the largest museum school partnership in the country and has had students like Halston, Gemma Kahng, and Cynthia Rowley.

Savannah College of Art and Design

Learn everything from sketching, forecasting, promotion, to presentation and garment construction. With well equipped sewing studios, computer labs, and what not, this school strives to give the best all-round education possible.
So whether it's Pratt, Parsons, or CCA, getting into a good design school is tough but not impossible. If you work hard enough, your dreams will come true.