Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI, United States)

A look from a 2010 RISD runway show. Photo: Neilson Barnard for Getty Images Entertainment 

A look from a 2010 RISD runway show. Photo: Neilson Barnard for Getty Images Entertainment 

Programs: Apparel Design, Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Textiles

Annual Tuition:
$44,284

Misc:
You can cross-register at Brown University.

Famous Grads:
Nicole Miller, Philip Crangi, Marcia Patmos, Rachel Mansur (Mansur Gavriel), Katie Gallagher, Sally LaPointe, Robert Geller

What the Students Say:
"The RISD Apparel Program is so unique in that it really combines all the design and fine arts elements that the school has to offer. For instance students get a taste of graphic design layout and illustration through constructing mood boards, but also dive into sculptural and architectural elements when constructing the garments."

"RISD has a very family oriented apparel program. You will be working with everyone who is part of the department. Be ready to know everything possible about apparel and to work hard. People will give you the amount of respect that you work for. The program is incredible and is worth all the investment."

"You not only learn how to be designer at RISD, but a true artist."

The Bottom Line:
One of the most respected design schools in the world, with a tiny undergraduate apparel program of only 40 students. That means lot of personalized attention from staff and visiting critics.