The fashion industry is truly a global enterprise—with endless opportunity and inspirations found in the far reaches of the world. Those interested in studying this field are never far from their education, through online blogs, magazines, fashion shows, celebrity sightings and daily interactions with different retailers. All influence the industry and those involved in an integrated way.
For those who desire to delve deeper, there are hundreds of schools that offer fashion programs; each with their own unique perspective on the industry. Sifting through these programs can be overwhelming, so we’ve narrowed down a few choices to help ease the process.
Want to stay closer to home?
Toronto is arguably the center of fashion for Canada—with 3 separate colleges offering various programs and Ryerson University’s degree program, the city is a quickly becoming a fashion student’s dream. George Brown College is the only college endorsed by the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA); offering 4 fashion-related programs: design, business, management (all 2 years) and international certification (1 year). Ryerson offers degrees in fashion communications and design for those looking to spend 4 years studying.
Have some love for the south?
The United States is clearly a highly publicized venue for celebrity culture and the fashion that coincides with it. There are countless fashion icons that currently reign over the country, with many originating from their fashion schools. If the east coast is your preference, New York is the place to go. The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) offers numerous programs relating to marketing, business, textiles and visual arts, as well as design. Parsons is the place to go for those interested in design—it has a reputation for turning out intense talent. If you love the west coast, check out FIDM in Los Angeles—you may remember Lauren Conrad attending classes there briefly during her time spent on The Hills.
Longing for foreign experiences?
The UK, specifically London, has numerous colleges offering fashion programs: Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion and Royal College of Art—all of which are renowned for their design programs. London is a hot bed for creativity and individualization. The street style alone would be education-enough! For those who love the appeal of Paris, there are, again, a number of programs offered: Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale, Studio Bercot and ESMOD. These schools allow you to learn the industry, as well as expose you to a new language—a beautiful one at that.
These schools and their corresponding cities continue to contribute to the ever-changing industry of fashion. Each year, prospective students sit down and pen their list of hopes and dreams of their fashion education. Focus on the things you want out of your education, both in and out of the classroom. Start here and let your education begin.