Which Online Fashion School Offers Accredited Degrees?
Only an online fashion school - which is accredited - will be able to give you a degree worth mentioning.
That means receiving a degree that you can present to a prospective employer - and be taken seriously - for for at the end of your studies...
I’ve put together a list of such online fashion schools as well as a few quick facts about them for your convenience.
If you’re a little impatient, just jump down to the list of accredited online fashion schools here.
But if you’ve got a minute, let’s get a better understanding of the word accredited as it relates to your future online fashion school - so we are all on the same page.
According to me… accredited means -
Denotes that this is a formal school authorised to give out recognised degrees and diplomas. Schools that are part of the same system, should be able to allow students to start their course at one school and finish off somewhere else, because they adhere to the same standards of education.
Udemy may have fashion course, but they are not accredited. You CAN NOT go to say, Parsons with your Udemy certificate and expect that they will let you into the middle of their fashion degree program.
You can start off at a community college for the first 2 years of your degree. Then finish of at a bigger university like FIDM or FIT.
And this is very, very important for you to consider….
WARNING: If you are planning on starting at one school and transferring to another, make sure to find out that the school you will go to accepts the credits or qualifications you would have gotten from your last school.
Let’s get not the list of accredited online fashion schools.
Southern New Hampshire University
Nassau Community College NY
International Career Institute
Program: Fashion Design Diploma & Advanced Diploma
Qualification: Diploma (get your diploma in as little as 24 weeks – about 6 month) & Advanced Diploma (get your advanced diploma in as little as 31 weeks – about 8 months)
ICI Online Fees
Penn Foster College
Penn Foster Career School
Program: Dressmaking and Design
Qualification: Career program (vocational, practical, hands-on experience) in as little as 9 months
Penn Foster Career School Dressmaking and Design Online Fees
Program: Fashion Merchandising Associate Degree
Qualification: Associate Degree (get your degree in as little as 2 years)
Penn Foster Career School Associate Degree Online Fees
LIM- Laboratory Institute of Merchandising
Johnson & Wales University
Central Michigan University
You 4 Concentrations to choose from
Program: Major in Fashion Merchandising and Design
Qualification #1: Bachelor of Applied Arts (get your degree in 4 years)
Qualification #2: Bachelor of Science (get your degree in 4 years)
Concentration #1: Visual Merchandizing
Concentration #2: Product Development
This table should make more sense…
Major in Fashion Merchandising and Design
Bachelor of Applied Arts (get your degree in 4 years)
Bachelor of Science (get your degree in 4 years)
Central Michigan University Online Fees
For full detail please visit their website.
Old Dominion University
FIDM - Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising**
**these programs are for those with existing hours of college credit. That means you should have already done part of your degree.
Program: Merchandising & Marketing Associate of Arts (A.A.) Professional Designation
Qualification: Associate of Arts Professional Designation (AADP) (Open to those who already hold a college degree or who have a minimum of 45 semester units (67 quarter units) transferable academic coursework)
Options: Merchandising & Buying
FIDM Online Fees
*NOTE: Though Parsons is accredited school these online courses DO NOT count towards a degree.
Program: Fashion Industry Essentials
Qualification: 12-week (3 month) noncredit program. Take up to 1 year to complete.
Program: Fashion Business
Qualification: Certificate (Take as quick as 9 weeks – to upto 2 years to completee course)
Fees: $814-$834 per course x 8 courses = about $6,672 max
FIT- Fashion Institute of Technology*
*these programs are for those with existing hours of college credit. That means you should have already done part of your degree.
Program: Fashion Business Management
Qualification: 1 year Associates Degree* (complete your degree in 1 year*. For students with a minimum of 30 hours of college credit.)
Program: International Trade and Marketing
Qualification: 2-year Bachelor's Degree program (complete your degree in 2 years *. For students with an Associates Degree or at least 60 hours of college credit
Fees: same as on-campus courses, but with an additional $15 Open SUNY technology fee per credit. Additional fees may apply. Students who reside outside of New York State, including International students, must pay out-of-state tuition.
FIT Online Fees
Please refer here for detailed info on fees.
Read this fashion graduate’s review of FIT.
That’s it for this list. I hope it helps you find your perfect online fashion school. If you have any questions, comments or experiences to share, please leave them down below.