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Study fashion abroad

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

Fashion degrees abroad

If you are passionate about fashion and dream of seeing your designs on catwalks around the world, then a degree in fashion or fashion design could be the ideal choice for you. The global fashion industry is worth trillions of dollars and employs millions of people, so you’ll have plenty of career opportunities after graduation.

Fashion degree programs aim to combine creativity with commercial awareness, and are designed to help you develop your skills and give you the knowledge you’ll need to pursue a career in the industry. You’ll get the opportunity to learn about many areas of fashion, including clothing, textiles, management and business.

Fashion is a popular degree to study abroad, with program options available all over the world. Choosing to study abroad gives you the chance to learn in one of the fashion capitals of the world, and experience how different countries interpret the subject.

Fashion program structure

Fashion degrees are offered at foundation, diploma, bachelor’s and master’s levels. It’s possible to study fashion as a single honors degree, or as a joint honors with another subject, for example fashion and textiles, or fashion and business.

At bachelor’s level, you can get a BA in fashion which will usually take between three and four years to complete depending on where you study. Some programs are longer as they include a year abroad or a year in industry. Most master’s degrees are MAs and take between one and two years to complete.

Most fashion programs are practical in nature, and you’ll usually be assessed through a combination of coursework and practical exams. In many programs you will produce a collection and portfolio which will make up most of your final assessment. Many universities also give you the opportunity to showcase your work to peers and industry members.

The exact structure and program content of each fashion program will vary depending on the university you choose, and the level of degree you study. Programs will include core modules and electives you can choose yourself. Examples of the most common fashion modules include:

  • Fashion design
  • Fashion in context
  • Technical skills
  • Visual studies
  • Fashion in history
  • Professional studio practice
  • Communication and promotion
  • Portfolio building

Types of fashion degrees

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Fashion study abroad programs

Fashion undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in fashion

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    Fashion Management - BA Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, Germany

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    42 months
    Tuition fees per year
    11,000 EUR
    Start date
    October
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    Fashion - BA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,134 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Fashion (Merchandise Management) - BA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    34,560 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Fashion and Textile Design - BA (Hons) University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,500 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Fashion and Interior Merchandising - BA/BSc 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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Diploma in fashion

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    Fashion Styling - UGDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,500 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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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
    Tuition fees per year
    15,412 CAD
    Start date
    January
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    Fashion Marketing - UGDip Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    21,383 CAD
    Start date
    September, January, May
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Associate in fashion

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    Fashion and Textile Merchandising - AA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,720 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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Pathway in fashion

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    Fashion (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,900 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Fashion graduate programs

Master's in fashion

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    Luxury and Fashion Management - MA Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, Germany

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Tuition fees per year
    13,000 EUR
    Start date
    October
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    Fashion (Entrepreneurship) - 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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    Fashion and Textiles - MA University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    7,750 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    International Fashion Marketing - MSc Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    12,980 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Design (Fashion and Textiles) - MA Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,300 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Doctorate in fashion

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    Fashion & Textiles - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,720 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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Diploma in fashion

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    Fashion Marketing and Management - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Tuition fees per year
    16,940 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Certificate in fashion

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    Fashion Management and Promotions - PGCert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    0 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Future fashion careers

The ambition of most students will be to work in the fashion industry, and programs are designed to help all students achieve that goal. There are several different roles you can pursue within the industry, and popular careers for fashion graduates include:

  • Fashion designer
  • Retail buyer
  • Stylist
  • Textile designer
  • Jewellery designer
  • Pattern cutter
  • Fashion journalist
  • Fashion illustrator

Most universities or fashion schools will help you create a collection and portfolio that will give you the best possible chance of getting the role you want. Many programs have close relationships with local industry and may include internship opportunities to give you first-hand working experience.