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TOP 5 Best Fashion Schools in the US

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Can’t wait to visit the latest fashion show? Know all fashion magazines by heart? Dream about being a part of big fashion events in NYC or LA? If you are a real fashionista who are thinking about future education in the fashion field, here’s TOP 5 best US schools to consider.

We’ve chosen 5 best fashion institutions all around the country. Certainly, good schools are not limited to NY, and you can find the best option according to your preferences. Hope, this list will be helpful as a starting point of reaching your fashion career goals.

  • Pratt (Brooklyn, NY)

The Pratt Institute was found in 1887 in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn. It is just 30 minutes from Manhattan. Pratt offers 60 different programs including an up-and-coming fashion design program that combines fashion education with photography, illustration, film, performance, visual studies and material culture for $37,500 per year.

Besides, it is one of only a few programs that provide electives in design, fashion editorial, and magazine publishing. Its students (for example, Jeremy Scott, Andy, and Debb) are getting famous and becoming luminaries of the fashion industry, Vogues personalities and opinion leaders in design.

  • Parsons, The New School of Design (NY)

For $38,510 at Parsons you have an opportunity to learn more about fashion studies, design, and marketing. Fur sure, it real design powerhouse: for the last ten years, Parsons has turned out numerous talented names like Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Anna Sui and others. Furthermore, many of well-known graduates are now the part of the faculty. Want to visit a workshop by Proenza Schouler? In The New School of Design, such events are commonplace. And last but not least, the school has a partnership with corporations and multinational conglomerates like LVMH with the goal of getting students projects analyzed and critiqued.

  • Kent State University: School of Fashion Design and Merchandising (Kent, Ohio)

If you are a non-Ohio resident, you have to pay $16,900 to get BA or BFA in design or fashion merchandising at Kent State University (lucky you, if you’re from Ohia; in such case, you need to give only $9,030). One of the top US fashion schools also offers the Master of Fashion degree that consists of design, technology implementation, management, and product development. If you always dream to study abroad, Kent State University gives you this opportunity in the form of study tours to Paris, Florence, Hon Kong, and fashion programs in Milan and Paris. Furthermore, you have an exclusive possibility to spend a full semester at KSU’s NY Studio.

  • Fashion Institute of Technology / FIT (NY)

Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Francisco Costa, Nanette Lepore, Carolina Herrera and many others trendsetters in the fashion world are the happy owners of FIT diploma. The Institute offers various programs (from design to marketing and styling) for $13,550. After graduation, FIT provides 100% employment guarantee.


During the studying, students have an exclusive opportunity to practice in worldwide fashion houses and listen to master classes by leading international designers. No doubt, here students will not only receive useful knowledge but also feel the taste of exciting student life.

  • Savannah College of Art and Design* (Savannah, GA)

SCAD offers more than 75 minors and certificate programs and access to learning centers around the world. Among them are: Fashion Marketing & Management, Fashion Design, Accessories Design. Most of the programs are offered in multiple locations. Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited university with locations in Savannah, Georgia. It was founded in 1978 to provide degrees in various programs, which not yet offered in the southeast. Number of Students: All undergrad programs: 9,800; Fashion students (includes non-design majors): 940. Estimated tuition cost: $30,510