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College Counseling: Great Programs in Fashion Design and Merchandising

Saturday, September 20, 2014

 

Pratt Institute, Jim.henderson via Wikimedia Commons.

If you are a student with an eye for design and interest in fashion, the fields of fashion design and fashion merchandising offer great career opportunities around the world.

Here are five college and/or university programs that will prepare you for the fascinating world of fashion.

Drexel University, Philadephia, PA 

  • Design & Merchandising majors typically focus study in the areas of fashion and fashion-related retail merchandising, product development and product promotions.
  • Drexel is one of the country’s leaders in co-op, or experiential, learning. Fashion Design majors have the opportunity to gain six to 18 months of career-related work experience integrated with their coursework.
  • By the numbers: 75 percent acceptance rate; Mid-range SAT scores: Critical Reading 540-640, Math 580-680, Mid-range ACT Composite: 24-29     

 

Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY 

  • The Fashion Program leads to the Bachelor Degree of Professional Studies. Students may choose from two concentrations within the Program -- Fashion Design or Fashion Merchandising.
  • All Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising majors are encouraged to complete at least two internships. Students routinely complete internships at Armani, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Coach, David Yurman, Escada, DKNY, Gucci, Polo and Tahari in New York City.
  • By the numbers: 31 percent acceptance rate; Mid-range SAT scores: Critical Reading 530-620, Math 550-640, Mid-range ACT Composite: 25-28     

 

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY 

  • Fashion education at Pratt Institute is trans-disciplinary in nature, closely allied with illustration, photography, film, performance, visual studies, and material culture. 
  • Internships at design companies such as Zero Maria Cornejo, Rag & Bone, Ralph Lauren, and Donna Karan offer hands-on experience and professional networking. All Pratt fashion students participate in annual design competitions.
  • By the numbers: 60 percent acceptance rate; Mid-range SAT scores: Critical Reading 530-640, Math 550-660, Mid-range ACT Composite: 25-28     

 

Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 

  • Fashion Design majors take classes within the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and hold classes and labs at The Warehouse, SU’s design laboratory in downtown Syracuse.
  • Fashion Merchandising (Retail Management) majors take classes within the School of Business.
  • By the numbers: 51 percent acceptance rate; Mid-range SAT scores: Critical Reading 510-620, Math 540-650, Mid-range ACT Composite: 23-28     

 

Washington State University, Pullman, WA 

  • The program in Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles teaches apparel sizing, resource development, creative fashion design, social psychological aspects of dress, and technology-based information research
  • Washington’s textile and apparel industry is ranked third in national productivity, leading to internship and career opportunities in the Pacific Northwest. 
  • By the numbers: 76 percent  acceptance rate; Mid-range SAT scores: Critical Reading 460-570, Math 470-600; Mid-range ACT Composite: 20-26.

 

Other colleges and universities to investigate are Oregon State University, California College of Art, Columbia College Chicago (IL), Dominican University (IL), Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (NY), Kent State University (OH), Lasell College (MA), Marymount College (VA), Rhode Island School of Design, and Savannah College of Art and Design (GA). For a list of the top 20 fashion design schools in the US, see http://fashionista.com

Emily Standish is a partner in Portland, Oregon-based College Admission Coach LLC (www.collegeadmissioncoach.com) which helps students identify and gain admission to right-fit schools where they will thrive academically and personally. Contact me at [email protected]

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