Employers usually look for a person that has a two to a four-year degree and is knowledgeable about textiles, fabrics, accessories and fashion trends.

A bachelor’s degree of fine arts, or associate degree programs in fashion design are offered at many colleges, universities, and private art and design schools. Some fashion designers combine a fashion design degree with a business, marketing, or fashion merchandising degree. This is especially good for those who want to run their own business. Basic classes consist of - colour, textiles, sewing and tailoring, fashion history, pattern-making, computer-aided design, and design of different types of clothing (for example, menswear or footwear). Classes in human anatomy, math, and psychology are also useful.

Internships with design or manufacturing firms can help aspiring fashion designers learn necessary skills. Valuable experience can be gained by working in retail stores as personal stylists, or as custom tailors. This type of experience can help designers gain sales and marketing skills, and at the same time learn what styles and fabrics look good on different people.

What are Fashion Designers like?


Based on our pool of users, fashion designers tend to be predominately artistic people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Fashion Designers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 1395 Sokanu users

Are Fashion Designers happy?


Fashion designers rank highly among careers. Overall they rank in the 77th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Fashion Designer Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Fashion Designers

The most common degree held by fashion designers is Fine Arts. 3% of fashion designers had a degree in fine arts before becoming fashion designers. That is over 2 times the average across all careers. Business Management And Administration graduates are the second most common among fashion designers, representing 2% of fashion designers in the Sokanu user base, which is 0.3 times the average.

Fashion Designer Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Fashion Designer, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of fashion designers % of population Multiple
Fine Arts 3.3% 1.9% 1.7×
Business Management And Administration 1.9% 6.5% 0.3×
Marketing And Marketing Research 1.4% 2.2% 0.7×
Graphic Design 1.3% 1.3% 1.0×

Fashion Designer Education Levels

63% of fashion designers have an associate's degree. 24% of fashion designers have a bachelor's degree.

No education 1%
High school diploma 3%
Associate's degree 63%
Bachelor's degree 24%
Master's degree 9%
Doctorate degree 0%

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