international fashion design and merchandising schools and colleges



International Fashion provides informational access to the most prestigious fashion design and merchandising schools and colleges in the world. This website was designed as a gateway to those seeking college degrees in the apparel, fashion design, costume, retail, textiles, merchandising, and management industries. We do this by acting as your fashion directory to education, experience, expertise, and excellence in all aspects of clothing design and merchandising.

If you’re ready to find the career of your choice in these fields, our college guide is the best tool to use in your search.

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North America

  • FIDM/The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising is North America’s most exemplary fashion and merchandising college. Its four campuses are strategically located in the centers of California’s #1 industries…fashion design, apparel manufacturing, and entertainment. FIDM’s internationally renowned reputation has propelled it into ranking as the largest fashion school in the Western United States.

    FIDM offers many 2-year specialized Associate of Arts degrees, including Fashion Design, Textile Design, Apparel Manufacturing Management, Merchandise Marketing, Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing, Visual Communication, Graphic Design, and Interior Design. Additionally, 1-year Advanced Programs such as Film & TV Costume Design, Advanced Fashion Design & Theatre Costume, Footwear Design, International Manufacturing & Product Development and Interactive Multimedia are available.

    One of the nation’s finest and most extensive Costume Museums, as well as an extraordinary fashion research and resource library, are located on FIDM’s Los Angeles campus. Study tours and student exchange programs to international fashion capitals include travel to Paris, Rome, Milan, London, New York, Florence, Mexico City, Hong Kong, and Asia.

    A student body of 5,500+ international students can avail themselves of numerous FIDM services such as the following: Career Planning & Placement Center; fashion grants, scholarships, and internships; eLearning; online application; housing assistance; and an alumni network of over 30,000 from 35+ countries, speaking 54 languages.

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  • TECHNIKON PRETORIA - Pretoria, South Africa

  • The South African fashion industry is a dynamic, competitive industry serving varied, constantly changing markets. The Fashion Design and Technology Department of the Technikon Pretoria boasts an impressive record of achievements by students who attend this prestigious college, including numerous awards in such competitions as the Smirnoff International Fashion Awards, the Elle magazine New Talent Competition, the Bridex South Africa Bridal Design Competition, and the Menswear Group of South Africa.

    The department plays a vital role in the identification and development of new talent, equipping students with a variety of skills to prepare them for clothing design and related professions such as theatre costume design, illustrations for fashion publications, and clothing factory management.

    Degrees offered include a National Certificate of Fashion for one year, a National Higher Certificate of Fashion for two years, a National Diploma of Fashion for three years, a Bachelor's Degree in Technology - 4 years, and a Master's Degree in Technology - 5 years

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The Institute is committed to place India on the center-stage of international fashion. The NIFT faculty regularly participates in international trade fairs, exhibitions, seminars and conferences, which significantly enhances the quality of their experience and in turn enriches their students.

Their vision — "To emerge as a center of excellence and innovation proactively catalysing growth of fashion business through leadership in professional education with concern for social and human values."

NIFT has exposed the Indian fashion industry to the world’s finest design expertise, management practices and manufacturing technologies. The Institute has created a learning environment that encourages innovation, creativity, and excellence. It is a multidisciplinary and multidimensional establishment that intends to continue to play the pathfinder’s role.

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    Students develop creative and design skills in fashion with a special emphasis on new technology applications. The course centers on the development of apparel design and production skills in a studio setting. Students progressively apply Computer-Aided Design (CAD) skills to the processes of design during their second year. CAD work includes current and emerging applications in 2D and 3D, customization, and digital textile printing. Drawing and textile studies support studio work.

    In their final year, students are showcased to the fashion industry in the graduation show, and also undertake an industry internship and a business planning project.

    Graduates will become independent designers, be involved in fashion merchandising and marketing, or work as fashion event managers and stylists. They will adopt the new technologies in textile design or exploit emerging opportunities for fashion design in cross media contexts.

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  • KOEFIA - Accademia Internazionale - Milan, Italy

  • Established in Rome in 1951, in "Palazzo Menotti" (Menotti Palace), at Piazza Cavour (Cavour Square), Koefia Academy built here its longlasting tradition. In fact it has been the first Academy in Italy to be specialized in the fashion field, under the patronage of the Ministry of Public Education.

    The Koefia International Academy of Haute Couture and Art of Costume is structured into three sectors: fashion, costume and graphics. During a three year course the Academy offers you the opportunity to have a complete and methodological training (drawing, paper patterns cut and tailoring) within the field of fashion style.

    The professional training of the students is characterized by a strong interdisciplinarity, but the most important subjects remain the culture of the image and the understanding of the markets.

    During each year course, in order to integrate the study, Koefia students will follow at the same time a specific program which aims at the acquisition of the basic professional experiences: guided visits to exhibitions, ateliers, firms, service centres, department stores, advertising specialized in the sector, photographers' studios, advertising agencies, editorial offices of fashion magazines.

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South America
  • ESMOD - Sao Paolo, Brazil

    With more than 150 years of experience in the field of fashion, ESMOD joined with SENAC, a private school with support from the So Paulo State Business Federation. The school, which benefits from a university status, was founded in 1994 in order to meet the expectations of the textile/apparel industry which is strongly established in this area.

    Founded in Paris in 1841, Esmod's modern and adapted teaching is based on more than 150 years of experience in the field of fashion.
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