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Fashion Designer Career Outlook

fashion-model-jakartaClothes Make the World Go 'Round
You may be wearing a simple t-shirt with a graphic design on the front or you may be wearing the latest fashion produced by Dior but you are making a statement about who you are by the clothes you wear.

Retail sales of clothing reached an astonishing $150 billion for 2009 in the United States. If you want to pursue a career in fashion design here are some tips and guidelines on how to do this.

Fashion Design

What Does a Fashion Designer Do?
Fashion designers are responsible for creating the wide variety of dresses, suits, shoes, and other clothing articles that consumers purchase at retail outlets and exclusive fashion design houses.

The concept of a retail clothing design to the production of the clothing line takes about 18 to 24 months. Fashion designers must have a sharp eye for future trends in clothing styles and must be able to produce fashions that will be in vogue at the time of their release.

fashion-model-and-pillarWhat Are the Qualifications for a Fashion Designer?
Fashion designers should be proficient in using computer assisted design software and have a bachelor's degree in fashion design.

Internships with clothing manufacturing companies or design houses provide important career training experience for aspiring fashion designers.

Fashion designers must have a good eye for aesthetics related to color, proportion, spatial relations, creativity, and an intuitive sense for what looks fashionable. Although computer design software is useful for creating art for fashions, the importance of being able to hand sketch fashion ideas and designs cannot be overemphasized.

The Employment Outlook for Fashion Designers
Job openings in fashion design positions will increase by 1 percent from 2008-2018. The competition for these jobs will be extremely competitive.  A solid portfolio of design sketches is crucial for job interviews.

Receiving the proper education at a graphic design school or fashion design college is important in qualifying for positions in the fashion industry. In some cases brilliant talent in combination with the right contacts in the industry may open opportunities in fashion design.

Fashion designers make a mean annual wage of $71,400 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2008).


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  • Ranked among the Best Business Schools in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Ranked the #1 Public MBA program in the NYC region in 2014 by the U.S. News and World Report.
  • Educates about 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students per academic year at two campuses in New Jersey as well as five satellite locations in New Jersey and Singapore.
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Fashion Design (BA)
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  • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
  • Has a team of about 4,000 faculty members focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
  • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
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  • Aims to prepare students for a successful career in the Barbering/Hair Stylist industry.
  • Students can gain real-world experience through the school’s public salon.
  • With classes starting weekly, students can begin their program as soon as they’re ready.
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  • 3 campus locations are available throughout Little Rock, Arkansas.
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AAS in Fashion Marketing & Management
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs in 2015 by the U.S. News & World Report.
  • Admits students throughout the year with quarterly start dates in January, April, July, and September.
  • Provides faculty-monitored internships or job-related assignments.
  • Offers associate and bachelor degree programs in business, design, health, plus certificate programs in practical nurse, medical assistant, and more.
  • Preparing students for professional and personal success since 1931.
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Bachelor of Fine Arts Fashion Marketing
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  • Its Intellipath™ adaptive learning technology lets students read, watch, or listen to course content based on how you learn best.
  • Offers MUSE (My Unique Student Experience), a content delivery system that gives students the option to watch, view, read or listen to required course materials.
  • Allows students to complete courses at whatever pace they want.
  • A DANTES-affiliated university and member of the Service Members Opportunity Colleges.
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