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A Guide to Studying Fashion Design in Europe

Did you know that, as an international student, you can get a degree in Fashion Design at a top-ranked European university? Best of all, it's taught entirely in English and costs less than 1 year of tuition at a US college.
Fashion Design

What are my options?

23
European Bachelor's programs taught entirely in English.
29
European Master's programs taught entirely in English.

About this area of study.

Not everybody has the knack to explain precisely how one uniform can look like a bus driver's and another like a cop's, why one garment fits well over one person's figure but not another, or how the color and texture of a fabric affects the appearance of a dress made from it. If these kinds of thoughts come naturally to you, your future may contain a degree in fashion design.

Such a qualification includes training in technical sketching, clothing illustration, computer-aided clothing design, textiles, the history of fashion, and garment production techniques. Most curricula also include courses in entrepreneurship, business management, product design, marketing, and so on.

Creativity and an eye for beauty are clearly important in this profession. However, knowledge of how clothing is manufactured, understanding market trends, and the capacity for hard work will take you much farther than a good imagination alone.

Fashion design can be studied at an American university, though dedicated, non-university design schools located in Britain, France, and Italy seem to have a greater degree of institutional knowledge and credibility to potential employers. Many require a bachelor's degree to enter, the successful completion of an internship to graduate, or both.

Careers options in this area of study.

There are only about 5,000 fashion designers at work in the United States, mostly for commercial, off-the-rack brands. They earn an average of $77,500 per year, with a few making far more.

This is a relatively prized job, however, for which you need a great deal of talent, creativity, and luck. Many entry-level employees do not progress past an internship stage to become well-known designers. 

Most fashion design graduates work as:

  • High-end clothing store or chain managers or buyers,
  • Owners of their own small-scale boutiques, 
  • Teachers of retail merchandising, styling, or design, 
  • Broadcasting
  • Magazine publishing houses, or the 
  • Textile industry. 

Half of them earn between $54,500 and $101,500 per annum.

Admissions information.

The college admissions process in the US has become a race to the bottom as students compete with their peers for a single spot in a liberal arts college, convinced by parents and guidance counselors that their survival rests on playing a musical instrument or varsity sport. Many smart kids don’t do well on standardized tests. This doesn’t limit them as much when looking outside of the US, as many colleges in Europe do not require standardized tests. Many countries see entry into universities as a right, rather than a privilege, so admission standards are not as stringent.

How to study in Europe.

When you also factor in the many problems with US higher education, it is imprudent not to consider other possibilities. It is true there are many excellent schools in the United States—I don’t think anyone would argue that. There are some that have managed to look at applicants as people, and not just a checklist of achievements. Some even have reasonable tuition rates, and/or professors that actively teach and have highly engaged students. Despite this, I have yet to find a school in the United States that addresses all of these issues: allows students to opt out of the rat race the admissions process has become, have reasonable tuition, AND have positive results around the educational experience and post-graduation outcomes. Not every school in Europe provides all this either, but the schools listed in our database do.

How to find English-taught degrees.

Finding these programs is burdensome, difficult, and confusing, especially with institutional websites in foreign languages... We know that making the decision to study abroad can be difficult, so we want to make it easy for you. We scoured the continent for vetted programs and made them available to thousands of families looking to leave the US and find a better life in Europe. We found over 11,200 degrees, 870 universities, 550 cities, and 32 European countries to choose from. Europe offers an impressive range of educational opportunities!

We have gathered all of the information you need to know about studying in Europe – from the different types of schools available to how to get housing and everything in between. Our database helps you find these programs quickly and easily, helping you contextualize the many benefits and options around higher education in Europe.

You will be able to find programs and courses that suit your interests and needs, taught in English by experienced professors in state-of-the-art facilities. Search our database of English-taught European bachelor's and master's programs and get started on your journey to Europe today.

Travel the world while you get your degree.

Travel opportunities abound when attending college in Europe. For example, Lille, a city in northern France with multiple universities, is close to major cities such as Brussels, London, and Paris via high-speed rail. Air travel, especially with the rise of affordable airlines like Ryanair, EasyJet, and Transavia, can be comparable in price to rail travel, so many more destinations open up for short-term travel.

Find the college in Europe that fits you best.

Jump on the unique opportunity to find a degree from a top-ranking European university while still being able to study in English.

Beyond the States matches you with your ideal English-taught college in Europe.

Beyond the States provides access to 11,400+ European bachelor's and master's programs across 870 universities, 550 cities, and 212 areas of study, plus all the resources you need to get there. No sponsorships. No bias.
3200+
English-taught bachelor's programs in our database.
8200+
English-taught master's programs in our database.
550
Beautiful European cities to choose from.
870
Top-tier universities accepting international students.
332,948
Typical savings against a private university in the US.
60,123
Typical savings against in-state tuition in the US.
All inclusive of tuition, living, food, books, health insurance, travel expenses, as well as hidden fees. Compiled with data from students and the official websites from KU Leuven, UNC, and Duke.

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