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 -


Accredited:
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.

BUT…

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
(Private)

Fact Sheet

Program: Fashion Merchandising & Management AS

Qualification: AS (get your degree in as little as 2 years)


Program: Fashion Merchandising & Management BS

Qualification: BS (get your degree in as little as 4 years)


SNHU Fees:

SNHU Online FeesSNHU Online Fees

Nassau Community College NY
(Public)

Fact Sheet

Program: Business-Fashion Buying and Merchandising (A.A.S.)

Qualification: A.A.S. (get your degree in as little as 2 years)


Program: Fashion Design (A.A.S.)
Qualification: A.A.S. (get your degree in as little as 2 years)


Fees: 
NOTE: Please click here for full details on fees.

NCC Online FeesNCC Online Fees

International Career Institute
(Private)

Fact Sheet

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)

Fees:

ICI Online FeesICI Online Fees

Penn Foster College
(Private)

Fact Sheet

Program: Dressmaking & Design

Qualification: Career program (vocational, practical, hands-on experience) in as little as 7 months
Fees:  They have 3 payment options

Penn Foster College Dressmaking & Design Online FeesPenn Foster College Dressmaking & Design Online Fees

Click here for more info on fees


Program: Fashion Merchandising Associate Degree

Qualification: Associate Degree (get your degree in as little as 2 years)
Fees:

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For more info on fees click here.

Penn Foster Career School
(Private)

Fact Sheet

Program: Dressmaking and Design

Qualification: Career program (vocational, practical, hands-on experience) in as little as 9 months
Fees:

Penn Foster Career School Dressmaking and Design Online FeesPenn 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)
Fees:

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LIM- Laboratory Institute of Merchandising
(Private)

Fact Sheet

Program: Fashion Merchandising & Management, AAS
Qualification: ASS (get your degree in as little as 2 years)


Program: Fashion Merchandising, BBA
Qualification: BBA (get your degree in as little as 4 years)


Fees: 

LIM Online FeesLIM Online Fees

For more info, click here.

Johnson & Wales University
(Private)

Fact Sheet

Program: Bachelor of Science - Fashion Merchandising & Retailing
Qualification: Bachelor of Science (get your degree in 4 years)
This page is for the great video of the instructor explaining

For full details on course click here.

Fees:

Central Michigan University
(Public)

Fact Sheet

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)

Fees:

Central Michigan University Online FeesCentral Michigan University Online Fees

For full detail please visit their website.

Old Dominion University
(Public)

Fact Sheet

Program: Fashion Merchandising (Occupational & Technical Studies)
Qualification: Bachelor of Science (get your degree in 4 years)


Program: Fashion Merchandising (Minor)

Fees: 

Old Dominion University Online FeesOld Dominion University Online Fees

Lindenwood University
(Private)

Fact Sheet

Program: Fashion Business and Entrepreneurship

Qualification: BS (get your degree in 4 years)
Fees: 

Lindenwood University Online FeesLindenwood University Online Fees

For more info on fees click here.

FIDM - Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising**
(Private)

Fact Sheet

**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
Fees:

FIDM Online FeesFIDM Online Fees

Parsons*

Fact Sheet

*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*
(Public)

Fact Sheet

*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 FeesFIT Online Fees

Please refer here for detailed info on fees.


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.