Location: Kent, Ohio, USA
Programs: Undergraduate: Fashion Design (BA & BFA), Fashion Merchandising (BS).
Annual Tuition: $10,012 for in-state residents, $18,544 for out-of-state.
Misc: Has a garment center studio in New York City where 120 students a year go to study.
What the Students Had to Say:
"Kent State is the best of both worlds: it provides the classic college experience with a diverse student body and hands on professors while still requiring a study abroad opportunity (NYC, Florence, Hong Kong, Paris) and internship for graduation. I've been interning through Kent's program in NYC for the past eight months and the reputations KSU students uphold in the eyes of industry professionals is phenomenal!"
"Kent State University boasts one of the few fashion programs in the country attached to a public university. Our program covers many different aspects of the industry which allows us to explore different career options. Not only is the school itself beautiful but our faculty is caring and helpful. We are required to study abroad at one of our locations in Hong Kong, NYC, London, Florence or Paris. Our program cultivates well rounded and capable individuals who're truly ready to work in the industry."
"The classes are geared toward preparing you for a job in the industry. They teach you necessary skills in order to make it in fashion career while still helping you develop your creativity. The fashion program is also great at helping students figure out if they really do want to be in fashion/if they can handle it. They give us a fast-paced and realistic work environment that shows what a career in fashion looks like and attempt to weed out those who are not serious/cannot handle it. This school wants to focus on those who will truly be a successful fashion employee and they make sure that everyone knows exactly what they are getting into when they join the program."
"The experience is what you make it. The location is lacking. This limits internship opportunities unless you can afford to study away."
The Bottom Line: With a placement rate of over 90 percent across both fashion design and fashion merchandising, Kent also offers study abroad programs in Paris and Milan, a huge endowment for scholarship, and a high-profile program allowing you to complete a fashion-focused undergraduate and MBA in fashion-focused business in just five years. Kent proves that you can have a traditional American college experience and still learn the skills you need make it in the New York-centric fashion industry. Plus, the school's TechStyle Lab offers students the opportunity to experiment with digital design and new production methods.
More Info: www.kent.edu
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