Fashion Design Schools

As a professor or instructor of fashion design classes at one of the 198 accredited fashion design schools in the country, you play a central role in shaping the future of this growing field. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the fashion design academic community and the future trends. Academia in fashion design includes fashion design training at the following levels:

  • Fashion Design Certificate
  • Associates degree in Fashion Design
  • Bachelors degree in Fashion Design
  • Masters degree in Fashion Design
  • PhD degree in Fashion Design


Statistics

Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Fashion design professionals

15,670 16,460 16,920 15,780 15,060
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

There were 15,060 fashion design professionals working in the US in 2010. Over the course of the past 4 years, this number has shrunk by 4%.

And the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010 was 1%. This trend is expected to slow down over the next 7 years.

National Salary percentiles for Fashion design professionals

10th percentile
$32,500
25th percentile
$44,150
50th percentile
$64,530
75th percentile
$90,590
90th percentile
$130,890

Fashion design professionals in the US earned a median salary of $64,530 per year in 2010. The median yearly salary for fashion design professionals in the US was 9% more than that for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Fashion Design

$62,610 $62,810 $61,160 $64,260 $64,530
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Between the years 2006 and 2010, salaries for fashion design professionals have grown by 3%.

Educational Trends

National Fashion Design Student enrollment growth by degree

2,131 2,189 2,127 2,101 1,779
3,844 4,217 4,418 4,635 4,642
11 20 17 14 8
109 138 132 156 202
444 352 377 446 345
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Fashion Design
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Fashion Design
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Fashion Design
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Fashion Design
  • Grey: Certificate in Fashion Design

The career outlook for fashion design professionals is showing a rapid change. However, on the educational front, the story is quite different. In the US, 6,539 students graduated from fashion design degree programs in 2006. And in 2010, 6,976 students graduated from fashion design schools.

This represents a 7% change in the number of graduates. The growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general has been 12% from 2006 to 2010. Thus, the growth in the number of students graduating from fashion design courses is less than the change in the number of students graduating in all disciplines in the US.

Fashion Design Programs offered Nationwide

associate
69
bachelor
117
master
20
doctor
4
Certificate
58
Total268

While student graduation numbers are up, the number of schools offering fashion design programs has decreased. There were 108 fashion design schools across the country in 2006. And there were 198 schools in 2010.

Fashion Design Faculty Salaries

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States

  1. California48 Schools
  2. Texas13 Schools
  3. Illinois12 Schools
  4. New York9 Schools
  5. Florida8 Schools
  6. Ohio8 Schools
  7. Pennsylvania8 Schools
  8. Missouri7 Schools
  9. Georgia7 Schools
  10. Massachusetts5 Schools
  11. Washington State5 Schools
  12. North Carolina5 Schools
  13. Michigan4 Schools
  14. Minnesota4 Schools
  15. Virginia4 Schools
  16. Indiana4 Schools
  17. Alabama4 Schools
  18. Tennessee3 Schools
  19. Wisconsin3 Schools
  20. New Jersey3 Schools
  21. Hawaii3 Schools
  22. Arizona3 Schools
  23. Utah2 Schools
  24. Delaware2 Schools
  25. Mississippi2 Schools
  26. New Mexico2 Schools
  27. Iowa2 Schools
  28. Kansas2 Schools
  29. Oregon2 Schools
  30. Kentucky2 Schools
  31. Rhode Island2 Schools
  32. South Carolina1 Schools
  33. Arkansas1 Schools
  34. Colorado1 Schools
  35. Washington DC1 Schools
  36. Nebraska1 Schools
  37. Nevada1 Schools
  38. Idaho1 Schools
  39. North Dakota1 Schools
  40. Louisiana1 Schools
  41. Maryland1 Schools

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