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Fashion Designers: Get Your Degree, Online!

written by: •edited by: Jacqueline Chinappi•updated: 8/31/2013

Do you have a knack for fashion? Interested in obtaining a fashion design degree to aid you in pursuing your dream of becoming a successful designer? Read on and make your dream a reality with these accredited online fashion programs.

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    Do You Dream in Fashion?

    If you answered yes to this question you may be interested in obtaining a fashion degree. If time and transportation are barriers toward fashion designer accomplishing this goal, then discover how a fashion design degree online can be available to you from the comfort of your own home. With the help of scholastic institutions such as the Academy of Art University and McKinley College, it is possible to earn the degree of your dreams.

    The programs from these two schools can make your dreams of becoming a fashion designer a reality. Online learning offers flexibility so that you can study while you work. Having a degree in fashion design will open the doors to many job opportunities as well as giving you a chance to promote your creative outlook in fashion.

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    Academy of Art University

    The current leader in online fashion degrees is the Academy of Art University.This institution prepares an individual for the world of fashion design by offering degrees such as a Master of Fine Arts Fashion, a Bachelor of Fine Arts Fashion, and an Associate of Arts Fashion.All of their degree programs offered online are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

    Associate of Arts Fashion: The requirement for application to the associate degree program is proof of high school graduation diploma or GED. The associate degree requires the completion of 66 semester units with classes that vary from Fashion Illustration and Textile Design, to Costume design for film. Upon the completion of this program one should be familiar with merchandising, textiles and knitwear among other topics as well as have developed a fashion portfolio to be utilized in the fashion industry for future educational and vocational purposes.

    Bachelor of Fine Arts Fashion: The requirement for application to the bachelor degree program is proof of high school graduation diploma, GED or proof of an Associate of Arts in Fashion. The bachelor degree requires the completion of 132 semester units with classes that vary from Graphic Design in Fashion to Introduction to Manufacturing. Students who already have a bachelor degree have the option to enroll in their streamlined Second Degree Program that is 66 semester units without having to complete Liberal Arts or Art Electives. Upon the completion of this program one should have enhanced computer skills as well as have increased knowledge of professional portfolio and fashion collection development.

    Master of Fine Arts Fashion: The major requirements for application to the master degree program is proof of graduation from a BA or BFA program and a portfolio of your work in the same area of study that you are applying to. The master degree requires the completion of 63 semester units with classes that vary from Trend Forecasting and Product Development to Creating a Business Plan. Upon the completion of this program one should be familiar with market and trend analysis and design conceptualization among other topics as well as have completed intensive studio and directed study often resulting in a professional fashion collection or merchandizing project.

    Tuition: Estimated expense per year is about $670-840/semester unit, which comes to around $18,000-20,000/academic year. There are additional costs for registration/student activity fee and materials and supplies. There is also information for financial aid, federal work study, and scholarship possibilities for the applicant available on their website.

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    McKinley College

    Another option is to enter into the world of Fashion Merchandising. Many individuals obtain this degree online from McKinley College to prepare themselves for the commerce end of fashion design. Armed with this AAS Degree (Associate of Arts), they can turn their fashions into a successful career. It is one thing to create "an in look," and another to have the know how for selling your product. This online degree program offers you the best of both worlds.

    AAS Fashion Merchandising Degree: This degree requires the completion of five nine-week terms. These terms can be completed at your pace. Classes range from Business and Accounting to Consumer Behavior and of course Fashion Design. In addition to having the opportunity to become a fashion designer, this degree allows an individual to work as a consultant, a buyer, and a promoter of the current trends. This program is accredited through Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).

    Tuition: You can expect to pay just under $800 per term if you attend full-time, which come to an estimated cost of $4,000. If you prefer part-time or paying in full for either a part-time or full-time program, the cost per term decreases. No matter which pace you decide, this program is significantly lower than the majority of online programs.