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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.

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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

Fashion Design study abroad programs

Fashion design undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in fashion design

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    Fashion Design, Merchandising, and Media: Merchandising, Marketing, and Retail - BA Florence University of the Arts, Italy

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,405 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,825 EUR

    Start date
    May, August, January
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    Fashion Design (Top-up) - BA (Hons) Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,985 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 GBP

    Start date
    September, February
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    Fashion Design - BA (Hons) Arts University Plymouth, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,884 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Fashion Design - BFA (with foundation and placement) Brenau University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    6 years
    Annual tuition fee
    31,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,000 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Design: Fashion Design - BDes (Hons) Massey University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,534 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,630 NZD

    Start date
    July, November, February
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    22,584 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,560 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Fashion Design - ASc Santa Monica College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,264 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,264 USD

    Start date
    June, August, January, February
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Diploma in fashion design

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    Fashion Arts - OCADip Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,132 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,478 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Fashion Arts and Business - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,371 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,803 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Fashion Design and Production - Dip Vancouver Community College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,838 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,437 CAD

    Start date
    May, September, January
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Certificate in fashion design

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    Fashion Design - Cert (with placement) Accademia del Lusso, Italy

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,166 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,350 EUR

    Start date
    October
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Fashion design graduate programs

Master's in fashion design

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    Design: Fashion Design - MDes Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    23,020 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,701 NZD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Fashion Design - Master's Domus Academy, Italy

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    11 months
    Annual tuition fee
    27,886 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,700 EUR

    Start date
    September, November, February
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    Fashion Design - MA Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,251 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Fashion Design - MFashion RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,348 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,320 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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Diploma in fashion design

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    Design: Fashion Design - GradDip Massey University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,534 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,630 NZD

    Start date
    July, November, February
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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.