College Major of the Month: Fashion Design
So you think you have what it takes to be a fashion designer? In this month’s College Major of the Month, we’ll explore the fashion design major, which can lead to careers as a fashion designer or in product development for clothing companies, department stores and more.
What do fashion design majors study?
Students in fashion design programs typically study art and design, art history, fashion trends, textiles, sourcing materials, consumer behavior and more. Students gain skills in drawing, computer aided design, pattern-making and apparel construction. Some schools also may offer business courses to learn the business side of fashion.
How much do fashion designers make?
The median annual salary for fashion designers is about $62,860, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Keep in mind that salaries vary greatly based on experience, employer and reputation, so salaries for entry-level jobs tend to be lower.
What are the education requirements for fashion designers?
Most fashion designers have a bachelor’s degree in fashion design or fashion merchandising, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Developing a portfolio of your design ideas is important because employers will rely on the ideas in your portfolio when making hiring decisions.
How can I prepare in high school to major in fashion design?
Fashion design students often are required to sew the garments they design, so learning how to sew while you’re in high school will help you be more prepared for college. In addition, take art classes as well as computer classes to learn software such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Also consider taking courses in business, if they are available at your school.
What scholarships are available for fashion design majors?
College scholarships are available for fashion design majors. These scholarships are typically highly competitive and may require you to provide a portfolio of designs or other artwork. Many colleges, universities or institutes with fashion design majors offer scholarships specifically to fashion students, so check with the admissions office to learn about scholarships at schools you’re considering.
In addition, check with local and national department stores for scholarship opportunities, as well as with fashion organizations. For example, the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund offers $5,000 scholarships to dozens of fashion arts students each year and Nordstrom’s offers a $10,000 Nordstrom Scholarship for students who demonstrate exceptional scholastic achievement and community involvement.