If you're interested in fashion design as a career, then you've got quite the road ahead of you, but Peterson's is here to help! We've got the tips and techniques you need to know for pursuing the proper education and finding a job.
Get the tips you need to succeed

We know you’re busy, so we're here to take the guesswork out of financial aid, college applications, and how to survive college life. And best of all, it’s free!

Get exclusive test prep info now!

Since score matters, sign up and get our proven test prep tips & 40% off our test prep books. And best of all, it's free!

Petersons Free PSAT Sample Test
Free Sample PSAT® Test Questions & Answers

The PSAT® test is right around the corner. Our FREE sample questions give you a peek into the type of questions you can expect to see on the test.

Get Started

You are a fashion guru. It is your passion. You always know just what to wear and keep appraised of the newest styles. You know which styles are going to be popular each season. Your friends come to you for advice on what to wear and how to put an outfit together. You head is full of ideas, and you can put those ideas on paper or make them come to life in a computer. A career in fashion design might be for you.

What does a fashion designer do?

A fashion designer generates original ideas. Whether it's clothing, footwear or accessories such as handbags and belts, the fashion designer draws or uses a computer program to create something new. Then the designer will often shop trade shows or other sources to find the right fabrics or other materials from which to manifest their creation. Finally, the fashion designer will provide direction on the manufacture of their creation.

What education do I need?

While associate degrees in fashion design are available, most designers get at least a bachelor's degree. This education gives you the tools you need to be competitive, such as learning CAD programs used to create new designs.

How do I gain competitive edge?

The fashion design industry is highly competitive, and in order to be successful, you and your work must stand out. You are creative, otherwise you would not be interested in the position. An education will help you refine and direct that creativity in order to turn your ideas into marketable products. However, being creative is not enough.

Often you will be working for others and submitting your ideas for approval. In order to thrive in the industry, you must have confidence and a thick skin. You must be able to successfully market yourself, and develop the business acumen and intuition needed to determine what will sell and how to present your idea. There will be times when your ideas will be met with rejection, or a creative director will take an idea you absolutely love and ask you to change it. It's important to be comfortable enough with who you are that you can take rejection and criticism of your work, even if you have put a lot of time and energy into it.

Not just about creativity:

As stated above, in order to be successful, a fashion designer must learn to market themselves. You can have the greatest eye and the most creative ideas, but before you can get paid for those ideas, you have to be convincing and sell your ideas to others. If you are planning on working in the industry as an employee, you must convince your prospective employer that, among all the other very talented people out there, you are the right person for the job. If you are planning on going into business for yourself, then you must be able to promote your business and gain a competitive edge. This often means business and marketing classes are just as important as classes that focus on design and creativity. It may be a good idea for a fashion major to minor in marketing or business.

 

Start Your College Search Now.

Make sure you sign up for a free account, and get started finding your dream college !

Peterson's is YOUR guide to college information
Get exclusive information on schools, scholarships, and test prep

Log in to Peterson's

Forgot your password?

To reset your password, simply enter your email address in the field below and click the Reset Password button. You will receive an email with a link and instructions to reset your password.

Check your email

Please check your email and click on the link provided in the message to reset your password.

{{SchoolName}}

I certify that I am the subscriber to the provided cellular or other wireless number and I authorize {{SchoolName}} and its representatives and agents to contact me regarding educational opportunities at any current and future numbers that I provide for my cellular telephone or other wireless device using automatic dialing systems, artificial or prerecorded messages, and/or SMS text messages, even if I will be charged by my service provider(s) for receiving such communications. Consent is not a condition for receiving more information from {{SchoolName}}, and I understand that if I no longer wish to receive communications, I will need to contact {{SchoolName}} to alter this consent.

Disagree Agree
Petersons Monthly Scholarship

Peterson’s November $1,000 Scholarship

Turn the colors of the leaves back to green with our $1,000 scholarship

Enter