If you dream of watching a model strut down the runway of Fashion Week wearing garments of your creation, enjoy a fast-paced, competitive workplace,
and find yourself getting lost in the countless designs and textiles at clothing stores, garment shops, and online retailers, a degree
in Fashion Design may be the perfect fit for you.
Types of Degrees
Fashion Design students typically pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), or master's degree. Associate
degrees are usually obtained at community colleges, technical schools, and some universities while bachelor's and master's degree
fashion programs are mostly within the art and design departments of colleges and universities. A bachelor's degree or associate degree
with a strong design portfolio is often enough to land you an entry-level job, as design portfolios are more highly valued than diplomas in this field.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in art and design coursework and work experience
in fashion, clothes retail, and/or design helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements,
making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a specific school.
Career Opportunities After Earning A Fashion Design Degree
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Fashion Design include:
- Fashion Designer
- Fashion Buyer
- Costume Designer
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a Fashion Designer was $73,790 in 2019 while
Purchasing Managers, Buyers, and Purchasing Agents earned a median salary of $69,600 in 2019.1
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical
location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Fashion Designers,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/arts-and-design/fashion-designers.htm (visited June 9, 2020).