Fashion Schools In Virginia

Fashion classes faculty can choose to work at one of 5 accredited fashion schools in Virginia. The trends in Virginia's fashion academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below. Academia in fashion includes fashion training at the fashion bachelors degree level.


  1. Marymount University

    2807 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, Virginia 22207-4299

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  2. Virginia Commonwealth University

    910 W Franklin St, Richmond, Virginia 23284-2512

    170 U.S. News National University Ranking
  3. The Art Institute of Washington

    1820 N Fort Myer Dr, Arlington, Virginia 22209-1802

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  4. The Art Institute of Washington-Northern Virginia

    21000 Atlantic Blvd Ste 100, Sterling, Virginia 20166

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  5. The Art Institute of Virginia Beach

    4500 Main St Ste 100, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking



Professional Trends

Virginia Vs. National Fashion Employment

Virginia 127,490
National 4,625,040

Of all of the fashion professionals in the country, nearly 3% are in the state of Virginia.

Employment Growth for Fashion professionals In Virginia

141,140 143,020 140,950 131,270 127,490
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

In Virginia, the field of fashion is shrinking. There were 13,650 less fashion professionals working in Virginia in 2010, than there were in 2006. Thus, the field of fashion has shrunk by 10% in Virginia. This decline is faster than the change in the number of fashion professionals around the country. Nationally, the number of fashion professionals has shrunk by 6% from 2006 to 2010.

Fashion VS. All Professions salaries in Virginia

$46,546 $47,514 $46,442 $53,021 $54,900
$46,318 $48,287 $49,095 $50,643 $51,501
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Fashion
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

As the number of fashion professionals is declining, the salaries paid to fashion professionals are increasing in Virginia. In 2006 fashion professionals made a mean salary of $46,546 per year, and in 2010 they made $54,900 per year.

Salary percentiles for Fashion professionals in Virginia

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This represents a growth in salaries of 15%. This growth is mirrored by state trends for all professionals. There is a 80% pay differential between the highest paid fashion professionals and those in the bottom 10% of the pay bracket. Thus, there is huge variation in pay, within the field of fashion in Virginia.

Average Salaries for Fashion professionals and related professions in Virginia

Fashion Design
Fashion Marketing
Fashion Merchandising

In Virginia, fashion professionals earn, on average, less than professionals in related fields.

Educational Trends

Fashion programs available for each degree type for all schools in Virginia


The number of students graduating from the 5 accredited fashion schools in Virginia is decreasing. In 2006 there were 139 fashion graduates from fashion courses in Virginia and in 2010 there were 119 graduates.

There was a decrease in the number of fashion school degree or certificate graduates in Virginia by 14%. 100% of these graduates received a bachelor's degree in fashion.

Fashion Faculty Salaries in Virginia

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