Thanks to a shaky economy, the fashion industry hasn’t exactly been booming these past ten years–but that hasn’t stopped droves of young students from flocking to New York City’s top fashion and design schools in hopes of making it big in the industry, according to a new study released by the Center for the Urban Future.
Enrollment in NYC’s design and architecture schools (like the Fashion Institute of Technology, Pratt Institute or the Parsons School of Design) has increased by 34% in the past decade. What’s more, the number of design and architecture degrees given by NYC schools has increased by 40%, outpacing degrees given in finance, psychology, and fine arts.
The study also found, perhaps unsurprisingly, that more American designers learn their craft in the Big Apple than any other city–with Los Angeles a distant second. To wit, a whopping 129 of the CFDA‘s 386 members attended school in New York. The study also polled 322 New York-based design professionals and found that 81% of them had hired an NYC design graduate in the last five years–though 88% of them said NYC design schools did not provide significant opportunities to develop business and entrepreneurial skills.
So basically, the study confirmed what we’ve known for quite some time: If you want to be in fashion, you should probably move to New York. Stat.
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