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Study fashion design abroad

An in-depth guide to studying fashion design as an international student.

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Fashion design degrees abroad

Fashion design programs are ideal for students hoping to blend their passion for fashion with a fulfilling career. You’ll develop the theoretical, practical and professional skills needed to make your mark in this global industry.

You’ll explore every stage of the fashion design process, from market research, sketching and fabric sourcing, to garment cutting, construction and distribution. You’ll experiment with different colors, patterns, and textures until you find your own style. As well as delving into the history of fashion, you’ll examine current trends and consider the challenges faced by today’s designers.

Fashion is an industry that thrives off international collaboration and inspiration. Designers are constantly pushing each other to establish new trends and keep up with market demand. Not only is studying abroad a priceless chance to network with international designers, but it’s also a great way to see how fashions vary between cultures and countries.

Fashion design program structure

Although most bachelor’s degrees in fashion design require at least three years of full-time study, many integrate an optional placement year. Completing a placement year is one of the best ways to build professional connections and boost your employability.

If you’re hoping to study in the US, remember that most universities follow the liberal arts model. This means that your BA will last four years and you’ll only declare a major in fashion design after finishing your second year of general education.

With a fashion design major in your pocket, you might want to narrow your focus and gain a postgraduate degree. Master’s degrees are normally studied over one or two years, with PhDs taking several years on top of this.

You’ll be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and studio-based workshops. Assessment methods will vary depending on the modules you select, but you’ll probably complete portfolios, essays, research projects, presentations and fashion shows.

Every university’s fashion design program will differ slightly. However, most will ensure that you acquire a sound understanding of the following fundamentals:

  • Fashion design in practice
  • Fashion history and theory
  • Design concepts and contexts
  • Capturing the market
  • Design cultures
  • Capturing the market
  • Sketching and illustration
  • Computer-aided design and manufacture

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Fashion design study abroad programs

Fashion design undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in fashion design

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    Fashion Design - BA Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, Germany

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    42 months
    Tuition fees per year
    8,200 EUR
    Start date
    October
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    Textiles, Merchandising, Fashion Design (Merchandising) - BSc University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,000 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Fashion (Design Technology) - BA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    31,680 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Fashion Design - BA Lipscomb University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,860 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Fashion Design with Business - BA (Hons) Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    11,845 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Associate in fashion design

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    Fashion Design and Technology - AA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,760 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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Fashion design graduate programs

Master's in fashion design

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    Fashion (Design) - by coursework - MA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    32,640 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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Diploma in fashion design

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    Fashion Design - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    20 months
    Tuition fees per year
    16,884 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Future fashion design careers

A degree in fashion design can open up several exciting and lucrative employment opportunities. Your creative flair, industry knowledge, and practical expertise will make you the perfect fit for positions in fashion houses, design agencies, retail stores and manufacturers.

Fashion design graduates go on to land roles like:

  • Fashion designer
  • Fashion merchandiser
  • Fashion buyer
  • Fashion journalist
  • Stylist
  • Product manager
  • Clothing technologist
  • Fashion illustrator

The fashion world is fiercely competitive so it’s important to get as much experience under your belt as possible. Applying for relevant internships, entering undergraduate design competitions and volunteering at local fashion events is a great way to improve your resume.