5 Fashion Design Schools


Careers in fashion design start at top fashion institutes.

The top fashion designers in the world have been “schooled” by some of the leaders of the industry, but many have also been educated by some of the finest institutions in the world.

If you admire Christian Dior, Donatella Versace, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney or Marc Jacobs, you’re aiming high. To help you get there, select schools are worth considering for your fashion design education including the following five based in the United States.

Parsons The New School for Design — American Impressionist William Merritt Chase founded this Fifth Avenue school in 1896 with the School of Fashion being one of the oldest of Parsons’ schools. The college is recognized for its top notch curriculum, which develops graduates with exceptional conceptual, design, technical, and marketing skills who combine aesthetic refinement with commercial savvy. Tim Gunn, host of Project Runway, calls Parsons his teaching home.

Parsons The New School for Design
66 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10011

Fashion Institute of Technology — Opened in 1944, F.I.T. is part of the State University of New York. Located in Manhattan’s chic Chelsea neighborhood, the F.I.T. program offers students full immersion into art, design, business and technology. Undergraduate fashion programs include Accessory Design, Menswear, Jewelry Design, Fashion Merchandising and Fabric Styling. Graduate level courses include Exhibition Design, Fashion and Textile Studies, and Global Fashion Management.

Fashion Institute of Technology
227 W. 27th St.
New York, NY 10001-5992

Pratt Institute — Three is a charm when it comes to New York City fashion schools, underscoring the Big Apple’s success in all things design. Unlike Parsons and F.I.T., Pratt Institute is in the Brooklyn “suburbs” just south of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, but still within easy reach of Manhattan by subway connection. The School of Art and Design offers a Fashion Design B.F.A. program with an emphasis on cutting-edge technologies using light color and design, sketching, apparel design, portfolio development among other offerings.

Pratt Institute
200 Willoughby Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11205-3899

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising — Los Angeles is one of four campuses for the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, offering degrees in Advanced Fashion Design, Interior Design, Jewelry Design, and Film & TV Costume Design among others. The school’s proximity to Hollywood and host city for the twice annual Los Angeles Fashion Week makes this downtown school two blocks from L.A. Live an ideal place to learn. Other campuses can be found in Orange County, San Diego and San Francisco.

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Los Angeles Campus
919 South Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90015-1421

Savannah College of Art and Design — Historic Savannah is the main campus for the Savannah College of Art and Design, with additional campuses found in Atlanta, France and Hong Kong. Founded in 1978, SCAD offers an eLearning program as well. Majors offered through SCAD include Fashion Marketing and Management, Luxury and Fashion Management, Fashion and Accessory Design. Master’s level study is available online or on campus.

Savannah College of Art and Design
342 Bull St.
Savannah, GA 31402

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