- Fashion Schools in North Dakota
Fashion Schools in North Dakota
North Dakota is another cold state offering just one fashion school with a 4-year fashion course. That would be at the North Dakota State University - a public 4-year school.
State University has a reciprocity agreement for Minnesota residents. This
means Minnesota residents can pay lower fees like North Dakota residents.
Similarly, lower fees are also available to Montana, South Dakota, Manitoba,
and Saskatchewan Residents.
take a look at the school.
North Dakota State University
first. Let's start with a treat...
to tell us about NDSU that someone who has actually graduated from there and
created a successful career?
Interview with the Graduate
Britta Cabanos: Class of ’90 Graduate of NDSU
Graduated: Class of 1990
Degree: Apparel, Retail Merchandising & Design
Current: Director at Creative Capital Design and Founder & Chief Editor at InsideFashionDesign.net
Q: How old
were you when you graduated high school?
interest in fashion did you have then?
A: I was
totally interested in Fashion. I learned
about FIT when I was 15 years old from a college professor, who told me that
NDSU had a study program there. So from 15 years old, I knew I wanted to attend
NDSU and do the study program at FIT.
your degree, what did you think you would study?
A: I was
always interested in art and also learned to sew when I was young, so I had an
interest from early on.
Q: What made
you pick this particular degree?
A: I chose
Apparel and Textiles so I could also apply that to Fashion Design, which I got
a degree in from FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology).
Q: What were
your first impressions of the curriculum?
A: Well… I
didn’t know any diﬀerent, so it seemed that it was what I needed to go into
fashion. It did prepare me for FIT (Fashion
Institute of Technology).
Q: What were
your favourite things that you studied during the degree and why?
dress and costume - also textiles. I love history and this was a great way to
combine two loves. I loved all my apparel classes - I love learning and enjoyed
being a student.
Q: What were
your LEAST favourite things that you studied during the degree and why?
A: Math… But
that was a requirement.
school, how often/how soon did you start thinking about getting a job?
My goal was always to become a designer, so I always had my sights on landing
that ﬁrst design job.
Q: What was
the job hunt like?
A: I was
living in New York City because I ﬁnished my studies at FIT- so they help
students ﬁnd jobs and it was easy at the time.
job/role do you have now?
A: I run a business
with my partner- a design consulting studio.
We both left corporate jobs after 20 years in the industry and wanted to
start our own, women run design company.
I do design direction, work with clients, and also founded and run
Inside Fashion Design - an online resource for the apparel industry.
Q: What’s a
typical day like at work?
A: Every day
is diﬀerent because we work with diﬀerent clients. For example, currently we are working on a
cosmetic bag project, an outdoor gear project, a line for new mothers and also men’s
in the degree that particularly helped in your role now?
A: It’s been
several years so it’s hard to pinpoint one particular thing. But I can say that
having projects with deadlines was a great way to ﬁgure out how to meet all the
criteria required, how to execute a project well, how to present it and take
constructive criticism. Those were all things that are needed in the real
Q: Is there
anything about the degree that you would now consider irrelevant/less relevant
to what you do now?
A: I can’t
think of anything…. I was at NDSU in 1985-1990 and at that time, it was all
relevant as I imagine it is now as well.
for Students from Britta...
- Get an
internship of any kind related to the industry: The more you
can learn about the diﬀerent aspects of it will help you in the work force,
even if it’s not speciﬁcally what you want to do.
- Learn as
much as you can about diﬀerent roles from
people that are working in those positions: You need to understand diﬀerent
aspects (of the fashion world) and how each of the roles plays a part in the
world of fashion.
- Be open
to listening from your superiors: They have knowledge and experience and
- Find a
mentor if you can! I still have
mentors even after doing this 20+ years… Keep learning!
- Go the
extra mile: Take development courses, seminars, workshops
prepared to work hard: Expect long hours and hard work in the beginning -
its normal. And if you stay dedicated and positive, it will pay oﬀ. Employees will notice positive attitude and
energy, even in stressful situations and will appreciate it, and those will
lead to good references down the road.
expect it to be easy: But it does get easier with experience.
good relationships: Those become your network and resources for years to
About the School
State University - NDSU for short - has a mid-size campus in an urban setting.
In the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Interior Design, and Hospitality Management, NDSU offers the
The program splits into two options of apparel and merchandising.
93% of reviews were positive simply calling the school a great place to study.
The bad: The cold, that the school was football oriented – and that left non-sport students feeling a little neglected - and no financial aid for out of state or out of neighboring state students.
But when I reached
out to NDSU directly and asked about financial aid, I was told in an email by Admission
Counselor Cory Schlack “Financial aid is available to out-of-state students.
(Students) may receive Federal Financial Aid through FAFSA and/or scholarships from
North Dakota State University has a reciprocity agreement for Minnesota
residents. This means Minnesota residents can pay lower fees like North Dakota
residents. Similarly, lower fees are also available to Montana, South Dakota,
Manitoba, and Saskatchewan Residents.
One thing that I did find cool on the NDSU website was that they did mention out of state study and ties to the Fashion Institute of Technology - FIT- in New York. You can read my review of FIT here.
Last but not
least, especially for Fashion students NDSU has the FASHION, APPAREL &
BUSINESS ORGANIZATION (FABO). They do a
really big runway show each year featuring a lot of apparel designed by NDSU
students and local retailers. Check out their 2018 RUNWAY SHOW here.
Let’s take a look at your budget...
Cost to Attend Fashion School in North Dakota
I appreciate that the NDSU cost of attendance page is very clear. For the fashion course, look at the very top row - Base Tuition. There you can see the tuition costs for the different groups.
Here are some screen shots below.
Fees, Housing, Meal Plan & Books
On the same cost of attendance page, scroll down to see the fees. Also very clearly presented.
For international student fees there is a pdf download available. But everything is basically the same except for tuition.
NDSU Fees, Housing, Meal Plan & Books
doesn’t seem to have a student policy. They just suggest some providers
but do encourage you to research more. You will need to have your own
health insurance so that in the event that you use the student health
service, they will submit claims to your health insurance. So, make sure
that whatever you have can cover these visits or otherwise get stuck
with the bill.
Final Thoughts on Fashion Schools in North Dakota
I think the North Dakota State University offers a great opportunity for people looking for fashion schools in and around North Dakota. Even though North Dakota is by no means a fashion capital, I like that NDSU has ties to FIT – the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. That makes sense for fashion students.
On the website they also point out how graduates of their course have branched out into different areas of fashion. That’s helpful when it comes to picking what to study now in view of what you might want to do later.
Lastly, this might have nothing to do with anything, but I prefer this school to the South Dakota State University. Read my South Dakota State University review here. Just on first impressions alone, how they represented their school and fashion course, I prefer NDSU. Just saying.
But what do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.
living in North Dakota? Here are screenshots of the cost of accommodation...
Cost of Living in North Dakota: Accommodation & Rent
is bipolar,” one reviewer said swinging from cold to warm then rainy. So, it
would be best to have a car to get around, even with a comparatively low cost
Cost of Living in North Dakota: Transport & Utilities
of course, food…
Cost of Living in North Dakota: Restaurants & Markets
That's it for this fashion school review. I hope it helps!
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