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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 (Hons) Arts University Plymouth, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,327 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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    Contemporary Fashion Design - BA Liverpool Hope University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,399 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Family and Consumer Science: Fashion Design - BA California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,404 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,404 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Fashion (Design Technology) - BA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,410 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,680 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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Associate in fashion design

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    Business Administration: Fashion Design and Merchandising - AASc (with placement) ASA College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,820 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,820 USD

    Start date
    June, October, March
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    Fashion Design - ASc Santa Monica College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,048 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,048 USD

    Start date
    June, August, January, February
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    Fashion Design and Technology - AA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,052 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,760 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    23,089 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,640 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    12,684 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 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.