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List of the Top Clothing Design Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Learn about two of the top schools in the country to offer programs for aspiring clothing designers. Go over the schools' ranking information and specific program offerings so that you might make an informed decision on your education.

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Schools Overview

Baylor University and Drexel University both offer degree programs in the field of clothing and fashion design. The programs are mixture of business and art courses, teaching students to meet fashion demands with innovative or classic styles. Baylor offers an undergraduate program in the fashion design, as well as internship opportunities, while Drexel offers graduate study in the field.

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Baylor University

2014, U.S. News and World Report ranked Baylor University #71 on its list of best universities nationwide. Baylor University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design program with classes covering fashion forecasting, apparel design, designing apparel for mass marketing, apparel in today's society, apparel production, textile science, costume history and financial management. The school a liberal arts education, study abroad programs, fashion design internships and membership into Fashion Group International.

Drexel University

Drexel University was ranked #10 among up-and-coming schools by U.S. News and World Report in 2014. Furthermore, The Princeton Review listed the school as one of the best schools in the Northeast. The school's undergraduate and graduate clothing design programs offer real-world experience opportunities in clothing design, with the Journal of Culture and Retail Image and D&M Magazine accepting submissions from students. Several co-op opportunities are available at the undergraduate level. The graduate-level curriculum includes classes on the business of fashion, clothing design issues, modern design history, technical design, pattern-making and drawing.

List of Good U.S. Clothing Design Schools and Colleges

School Name Distinction Location
Baylor University In 2014, Kiplinger ranked Baylor #54 on its list of best value private colleges. Waco, TX
Drexel University Drexel was named #37 on U.S. News & World Report's list of schools with the best online bachelor's degree programs. Philadelphia, PA
Iowa State University IA State's design program is one of only 13 in the country approved by the American Apparel Manufacturers Association. Ames, IA
Kent State University The Fashion School offers study abroad opportunities in locales such as Florence, Hong Kong, Paris and London. Kent, OH
Michigan State University MSU ranked #35 on U.S. News & World Report's 2014 list of top public schools. East Lansing, MI
University of Cincinnati Fashion students are required to complete co-op experiences working in the actual fashion industry on alternating semesters. Cincinnati, OH
University of Delaware Students can access the Historic Costume & Textiles Collection, which houses more than 3,000 pieces. Newark, DE
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities In 2014, the school ranked #71 among all national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. Minneapolis, MN
University of North Texas Alumni of the fashion program have gone on to work for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Fossil and more. Denton, TX
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityFashion students can take part in a 4-week summer luxury study program. Richmond, VA
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    • Michigan (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Michigan State University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Non-Degree: Coursework
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      • Design and Applied Arts
        • Fashion Design
        • Interior Design and Decorating
      • Drama and Theatre Arts
      • Fine Arts and Studio Art
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    • Iowa (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Iowa State University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      • Design and Applied Arts
        • Fashion Design
        • General Visual Communications Design
        • Graphic Design
        • Interior Design and Decorating
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    • Delaware (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at University of Delaware include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, Master
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
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        • Fashion Design
      • Drama and Theatre Arts
      • Fine Arts and Studio Art
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    • Texas (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Baylor University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      • Design and Applied Arts
        • Fashion Design
        • Interior Design and Decorating
      • Drama and Theatre Arts
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    Areas of study you may find at Howard University include:
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