How to Succeed in Fashion School


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by Sarah Clark
Fashion School Review Columnist

April 8, 2008


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Success in fashion school is easier than you think -- follow these simple steps to make sure you get the biggest bang for your fashion school buck.

Fashion School Research
Plentiful is the word that best describes the number of fashion schools. So don't worry, there is one that's right for you. But to find a good match, begin by deciding what you want -- are you interested in fashion marketing, merchandising, or only design? Find a school that specializes in the type of career in fashion you aspire to.

When Preparation Meets Opportunity
When you take steps preparing for any new endeavor, you're going to reap rewards for it. The same is true for fashion design school. Start working on your construction skills now so you can concentrate more on why you're at design school -- to master the art of fashion design, not the craft of tailoring.

It's also a good idea to be financially prepared for fashion school -- don't let financial concerns become a preoccupation during school. Figure out how you will finance your tuition and living expenses during fashion school well before you attend your first class.

Talk to Fashion School Grads
Seek out the advice of other fashion design students, and learn from their experiences. They can tell you what classes are practical versus theoretical, and how each one applies to the real world. Also heed the advice of people in the fashion business who have careers you admire. Ask them what courses or skills might best prepare you for a career in fashion.

Your career in fashion and overall fashion school experience can be greatly enhanced with a little preparation -- do your homework and you'll be glad you did for years to come. No time for fashion school full-time?  Find a fashion design online degree and get started.



About the Author
Sarah Clark is a freelance writer specializing in career development and postsecondary education.

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