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How to Choose a Fashion Design School

If you are interested in entering the fashion design field, finding the right fashion design school is important. The same decisions that go into choosing the right fashion design school are the same considerations that should be given to any institution of higher learning. Ask yourself the following questions:

Is the school accredited? Does it offer advanced degree programs?
Does the school provide courses online?
What is the curriculum like, and how much does the school cost?

As you begin your search, you will find that there are a wide variety of fashion design schools available. Some schools are much more competitive than others. Most people choose a school that is within their budget and will accept them as a student. No matter which fashion design school you end up choosing to attend, the most important thing is to learn as much about fashion as you can so that you have the best career opportunity once you graduate.

Big School or Small School?

The fashion design school you choose will determine your educational experience. There are fashion design schools available all over the country. You will find schools in big cities and small cities, big schools and small schools. A school in an urban setting will provide you with different experiences, skills, and connections from a school located in a small town. There is no right or wrong as long as you think about what you hope to learn, and where you want to work in the fashion design industry.

Fashion Design School: Handling the Competition

Fashion design is a very competitive field with many different subcategories. You can choose to study any avenue of fashion design that interests you. Students can study fashion merchandising, fashion marketing and fashion design just to name a few. You should strive to learn as much as you can regardless of the fashion design school you attend.

Design Scholarships

Talented students have the opportunity to apply to win junior design awards and scholarships. It's a good idea to investigate these avenues before you begin applying to schools. If you know of someone who has been successful in the field of fashion design and is an alumni of a particular school, take time to discuss his or her education experiences before applying to that school. Also ask them if there are any other schools that they recommend applying to.

Make sure to schedule time to visit the schools that interest you. Carefully observe the campus, courses and schedule appointments with administrative officials to discuss what the school has to offer you in more detail.

The Importance of Networking

Getting a job in an area of the fashion design industry will help you make sure that fashion design school is where you want to be. Even if you take a job as a receptionist, cleaner, or retail sales associate, you can eventually work your way up in the field. If you can find a mentor to help you make moves in the fashion industry during and after attending fashion design school, you will be better positioned to achieve success.

by Michelle Parker


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