Fashion Designer

By: Danny Austin


  • Ohio average- $67,050
  • US average- $63,760

Task list

  • Study fashion trends and anticipate designs that will appeal to consumers
  • Decide on a theme for a collection
  • Use computer-aided design programs (CAD) to create designs
  • Visit manufacturers or trade shows to get fabric samples
  • Select fabrics, embellishments, colors, or style for each garment or accessory

Work activities

Larger apparel companies typically employ a team of designers headed by a creative designer. Some fashion designers specialize in clothing, footwear, or accessory design, but others create designs in all three fashion categories.For some fashion designers, the first step in creating a new design is researching current fashion and making predictions of future trends, using trend reports published by fashion industry trade groups. Other fashion designers create collections from inspirations they get from their regular surroundings, from the cultures they have experienced and places they have visited, or from various art media that inspire them.

Education level

Most fashion designers have a bachelor’s degree in fashion design or fashion merchandising

Helpful high school courses

  • art and design
  • computer courses
  • speech

Work conditions

  • They typically design high-fashion garments and one-of-a-kind apparel
  • travel several times a year to trade and fashion shows
  • work full time
  • long hours to meet production deadlines or prepare for fashion shows

Employment in Ohio

  • Yearly Projected Openings 20
  • declined by 5%

Parsons School of design

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Degree level

  • Offer Bachelor's, Associate's and certificate degrees for fashion design
  • Will be able to major in business, marketing and visual/ performing arts


Rural community

Located in New York, New York ( 8Hrs, 35mins from home)

4,372 undergraduate students

Campus housing

Has coed housing and house for single students

no cars or pets

Price per year

Tuition and fees