Fashion Designer at a Glance

Projected Job Growth

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    Fashion Designer

  • 2013
  • 2023

Average Salary for Fashion Designer

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Best States for Fashion Designer

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
New York 7,300 $79,270 $38
California 5,020 $70,490 $34
Vermont 40 $60,160 $29

Becoming a Fashion Designer

Although fashion designers are not required to hold a degree, a bachelor's program in fashion or fashion design can provide the knowledge and skills needed in what is a small and competitive industry. Fashion degree programs can also help students develop a professional portfolio of design ideas. Students also learn industry standards for the design and production of clothing.

To prepare for the job market, students may choose to take classes or earn an associate's degree in related areas of fashion design. Several schools offer online and on-campus bachelor's degree programs in fashion and fashion design. Academy of Art University (AAU) offers an online bachelor of fine arts in fashion with a curriculum that includes classes in design, textiles, and merchandising, as well as computer skills and CAD programs. Some of the classes from AAU's fashion degree program include:

  • Fashion Sketching
  • Textiles for Fashion
  • Computer Graphics for Fashion Design
  • Clothing Construction

Fashion designers may begin their career through an internship, working as a patternmaker or sketching assistant, or working under the direction of a head designer. As fashion designers build their knowledge of the design process, textiles, and clothing production, they may advance to a position as chief designer or creative director. Some fashion designers start their own company to market their designs to retailers or directly to consumers.