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Fashion Design Degree Outlook

The world of fashion design encompasses more than clothing. Fashion designers can create accessories, footwear, gloves, bags, and coats for all ages. A fashion designer can focus on textile design and on costume design, or casual wear or formal wear. Anyone who enters the fashion field can opt to work with mass-produced designs or create exclusive limited editions.

Fashion Design

The individual who studies fashion learns about the human form, textiles, color, and the elements of design. This field is similar to sculpture, as fashion designers create three-dimensional items; however, their products also reflect an understanding of human movement and emotions. Thanks to computer-aided software (CAD), the fashion designer can work with a three-dimensional computer program in addition to two-dimensional drawing and creating test patterns for new designs.

Fashion employers usually look for individuals with a two- to four-year degree and who are knowledgeable about textiles, fabrics, ornamentation, and fashion trends. Bachelor's of fine arts and associate degree programs in fashion design are offered at many colleges, universities, and private art and design schools. Some fashion designers also combine a fashion design degree with a business, marketing, or fashion merchandising degree, especially those who want to run their own business or retail store.

A person who wishes to delve into textile design will discover that their skills are just as useful in architecture, interior design, and product design as they are in fashion. Textile artists often become specialists in the application and performance of both natural and manmade materials. Textile designers may work within the textile industry or as consultants to other designers.

Fashion designers may also want to enter the field of costume design for theatre, movies, or television. This field demands knowledge of fashion design and about various historical periods. Costume designers may need to adhere tightly to historical clothing and textile styles, or the venue may permit costume designers to creatively bend various historical fashions. Some costume designers even design for shows set far in the future. Costume designers often work on a contract basis.

Designers may work in large cities (mainly New York or in California) or in rural areas, in solitude or in busy factories or studios. A large manufacturer generally hires a head designer and several assistants. The head designer usually is responsible for executive as well as creative functions. Assistants often make patterns and samples or may supervise sample makers. Designers who work in a quieter setting often produce exclusive designs. Almost a quarter of fashion designers are self employed.

Designers often are expected to look ahead at least six months if not a year to fashion trends that will develop on a seasonal basis. If you consider that it often takes between eighteen to twenty-four months to produce a design, you might understand that fashion designers are far ahead of the fashion curve. This is what makes this field so exciting. The fashion designer truly can be a trend setter, especially if that designer understands that this is a highly competitive profession.


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Master of Business of Fashion
  • 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.
  • The only public university in New Jersey in the Association of American Universities (AAU), a group comprising of North America’s 63 leading research universities.
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Fashion Design (BFA)
Good for Working Adults
  • 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.
  • Provides program coordinators who work with students to ensure they have the learning materials, assignments, facilities, and faculty to get the most out of the program.
  • Over 50 campus locations nationwide.
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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.
  • The Barber/Hair Stylist and Teacher/ Manager/ Instructor programs are available.
  • 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
  • Recognized in the first Best for Vets: Business Schools list in Military Times Edge magazine’s 2013 “Best for Vets” edition.
  • 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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Business Management & Accounting - Retail Sales Management (AAS)
  • Gives students a new laptop they can keep as a gift upon graduation.
  • Provides students the opportunity to save up to $5,000 on their degree with Fresh Start Scholarships.
  • Offers monthly start dates so students can choose when their program begins.
  • Students can earn an Associate's degree in as few as 15 months or Bachelor's degree in as few as 30 months.
  • A private, nonprofit college founded in Ogden-West Haven, Utah, in September 1891.

Our family of non-profit colleges admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

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  •  Ranked one of the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  •  Offers a no-obligation, 3-week trial period where students may determine if the university is right for them before they commit to it.
  •  Strives to be a student’s partner in lifelong learning; committed to helping them achieve their goals.
  •  Serves students of all ages, from first-graders learning to read to professionals seeking postgraduate training.
  •  Provides career-oriented diploma through master’s programs in fields such as healthcare, business, legal and paralegal services, information technology, criminal justice and design.
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