The "Career-Practical" Benefits of Fashion School

by Joe Cooper
Fashion School Review Columnist

May 2, 2007

Send Article to Friend Send to a friend | Printable Version

Pursue A
Fashion Degree
The Art Institutes

The Art Institute
Earning a fashion degree is a great way to learn the technical skills of fashion design, but it can also serve as a career stepping-stone. Runway experience and a fashion network are some examples of the "career-practical" benefits of fashion school.

What Fashion School Offers
Fashion school can impart to students a variety of career-practical concepts. One of the most practical of these is how to show your clothing designs on a runway.

One fashion degree graduate, Holly Campbell, recognizes the difficulty and cost of showing your clothing designs on the runway after graduation. In a fashion degree program, you have many chances to see your designs modeled on the runway. This is one of the "career-practical" benefits of fashion school.

Beyond Your Average Fashion Degree
For fashion school students who want more than a 4-year degree, there is always the option of a master's, too. Chloe Patience is a young designer who is 25 and earned her master's degree in textiles. Other master's degree options in fashion include fashion merchandising and fashion marketing.

Many of these women, friends from fashion school, recently reunited for the New Edinburgh Show in Scotland, where they have been chosen to showcase their new clothing designs. Networking is an extremely career-practical benefit of fashion school, and can serve designers well after graduation.

Career Steps for the Independent Designer
A fashion degree program can also teach students about career steps specific to the fashion industry. Being an independent designer, for instance, involves several essential steps:

  • Hiring a staff
  • Entering trade shows
  • Obtaining representation
  • Attracting investors
  • Building publicity

Fashion school offers a crucial training ground to prepare aspiring designers for a successful career. The exposure, contacts, and practical skills you gain here will prove invaluable throughout your professional life.


About the Author
Joe Cooper is a freelance education and technology writer and edits medical literature. He holds a bachelor's in American Literature from UCLA.

Featured Schools

Matching School Ads

  • Full Sail’s curriculum combines elements of creativity, art, business and life skills, technical prowess, and academic achievement.
  • Full Sail offers accelerated programs, so a degree that would normally take four years takes 24 months on average.
  • Students work with industry-standard tools and technologies, allowing them to gain practical knowledge and real-world experience.
  • Join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to interact with our community, read about grad success, and see campus images.

See more facts about Full Sail University - Online

The Secret to Getting Ahead is Getting Started

Congratulations! Your interest in California College San Diego is an important first step toward changing your life. A career-focused degree is the key to a new career with a potentially higher income, better benefits, and more satisfaction.

We want to help you get that degree. Consider:

1. Start Fast, Finish Fast: You can earn an Associate's degree in 20 months, and a Bachelor’s degree in 30 to 36 months.*

2. Save up to $5,000 on your college degree.You can afford college with our new Fresh Start Scholarships!

3. Tuition Assistance: Financial aid and grants are available to those who qualify.

4. No additional Fees, No Hassles: No parking fees, no long lines, no lab fees, no cost for books, no waiting for class availability.

5. Employment Assistance: We’ll help you find your new job when you graduate.**

6. Career-focused Curriculum: You’ll receive practical instruction for work-related knowledge.

7. Convenience: Day, evening and online‡ classes are available to fit your schedule.

8. Accredited Institution: California College San Diego is an Accredited Member of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

9. Programs Approved for Veterans: Take full advantage of your military benefits to earn your degree.

10. A New Laptop Computer: Get it when you start and keep it when you graduate.***

You can get started toward a high-demand career in healthcare, business, information technology or graphic arts right now. Complete the form and see how you can qualify for a scholarship (not based on grades or exams!) and save up to $5,000 on your college degree.

We invest in you! California College San Diego® is a nonprofit institution and an accredited member, ACCSC.

Accelerated Degree Programs are compared to traditional colleges and universities. See National Center for Educational Statistics, table 4 (

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify.

See more facts about California College San Diego

Campus Locations:
Matching School Ads