The "Career-Practical" Benefits of Fashion School
by Joe Cooper
Fashion School Review Columnist
May 2, 2007
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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.
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