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249 Fashion Design & Merchandising Study Abroad Programs

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This program allows students to acquire excellent technical skill while simultaneously developing and refining their creative abilities. To be able to design and construct a collection of clothing and accessories in various domains of the fashion industry, specializing in a specific market in their final year. This program is divided equally between design and patternmaking two distinct skil...

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Gain a deeper understanding of Fashion Design in the United Kingdom with Nottingham Trent University. Focusing on Marketing and Communication, Knitwear, and Body Adornment, the program provides students with a creative and artistic journey. Enjoy excursions in and around Nottingham, England, and research trips to Paris and London.

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Take part in a fully supported study abroad program offered by CISAbroad. The organization provides comprehensive and affordable programs that ensure student needs, such as housing and insurance, are covered. Programs are offered in various destinations across the world, providing students with plenty of options.

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Spend a semester or academic year in the lively capital of San Jose with AIFS. You’ll earn up to 23 credits through a variety of courses studying at Veritas University. Courses are taught in English and Spanish and no previous Spanish language study is required. AIFS in San Jose offers unique academic opportunities: Spanish and Humanities Studies, Environmental Sciences or an Internship and ...

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Athena's partner school in Florence, Italy, Lorenzo de' Medici (LdM), is a private institution located among several buildings in the center of this charming Renaissance city. The campus' main building dates back to the 13th century and, before being renovated, was originally a convent and church. Florence was the heart of the Renaissance, and its artistic flair is still tangible. With that ...

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Study in Florence, Italy at the renowned "Santa Reparata School of Art". Low cost, non-profit studio art and liberal art courses offered all year-around. Taught in English, and based on the U.S. university model, programs are offered in the Summer, Semester, and Academic Year, as well as monthly courses. Cultural activities and field trips are included. Overall, a truly intense program for stu...

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Take Fashion Design courses abroad with API and experience creativity and cutting-edge innovation. API provides study abroad programs in 40 key cities across Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

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Imagine studying art history while staring up at the work of Michelangelo, or learning about food and wine culture in the heart of a Tuscan vineyard. Experience all this and more when you study abroad in Florence, Italy with CEA! Take courses at the CEA Florence Center and our partner institution, the Santa Reparata International School of Art. Choose from exciting programs like Studio Art, ...

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Experience studying and living in Toledo through a program offered by the University of Minnesota in collaboration with Jose Ortega y Gasset Foundation. The program is based in a converted 16th century convent, and offers modern learning facilities with great views of the city and convenient access to public transit and the downtown area. It provides a wide range of courses in the Arts, Social ...

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Experience Australia's stunning rainforests and beaches while studying Fashion Design in Gold Coast or Brisbane with the University Studies Abroad Consortium. Students can enroll at any Griffith University campus. The program is in the perfect location from where students can explore the best attractions in the country.

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Experience in-depth fashion study at the center of the French fashion industry! Marist College and ModSpe Paris have partnered to offer students a study abroad program that is highly-focused on international fashion. With all fashion coursework in English, the program offers students not (yet) fluent in the French language an opportunity to engage with leaders in the field. Semester, academic y...

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Curriculum Highlights: Multi-country summer program in Europe: Earn up to 8 credits in the summer while studying in 9 amazing European cities. Students from the U.S. and other countries travel together (with the professors) taking classes, visiting universities, companies and international organizations. Open to all majors. U.S.-accredited university. Acquire a solid understanding of European...

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Enroll in Fashion Design courses in Florence or London with New York University. Students receive high-quality education and the opportunity to enjoy excursions to nearby cities and other fun activities. Students also take part in language exchange dinners, student-run clubs, regional food tastings, and visit galleries and museums.

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About the Accademia Italiana Program The Accademia Italiana is considered one of the best fashion and design schools in Italy, as numerous experts in the field have testified. Founded in 1984 the Accademia Italiana has campuses in Florence and in Rome, and programs in cooperation with prestigious universities from all over the world. The Accademia Italiana offers bachelor's programs and some...

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Studying Fashion Design Abroad

Fashion is a global, multibillion dollar industry that permeates every aspect of modern culture, most notably film, music, mass media, advertising, and business. International experience in the fashion industry is undoubtedly valuable, in one of the most competitive fields in the world, so fashion students should take full advantage of the priceless opportunity to study fashion abroad. Students that study fashion design abroad will experience new cultures while gaining a more dynamic perspective of the industry and expanding their understanding of the business on an international level. 

Why Study Fashion Design Abroad

The transnational quality of fashion is fundamental to innovation within the industry. Trends and cross-cultural collaboration are fuel for the fire that is innovative fashion. Design, production, marketing, distribution, each step of the process involves scores of people working together across borders. Most prestigious opportunities to study fashion design abroad are located in fashion capitals like Paris, Rome, Madrid, Florence, and Milan. Gaining experience in the inherently international industry of fashion and merchandising provides a deeper understanding of the field as a whole, and it won’t look bad on a resume either.

Locations

Most fashion study abroad programs and academic internships are offered by host universities, but there are also fashion design schools specializing in a more fashion-focused catalogue of courses.

Europe is rife with opportunities to study fashion design abroad. The best places to study fashion design abroad are by far France and Italy, but there are excellent opportunities to study fashion abroad in England, the Netherlands, and Spain too. These countries have a long history of fashion, and have produced leading industry moguls, like Louis Vuitton, Coco Chanel, Versace, Gucci, and Burberry.

Fashion study abroad programs in Asia and the Middle East have increased over the past few decades, with fashion and merchandising courses offered anywhere from China to Israel to India. These locations are great alternative destinations to study fashion design abroad for those less interested in mainstream European trends or those who want to experience something a little more exotic than the familiar traditionally Western techniques.

Other top locations to study fashion design abroad include Australia, Argentina, and South Africa. These locations each provide their own unique spin on passion, whether integrating tribal fashion characteristics or integrating historically significant components.

Courses & Programs

Most study abroad programs dedicated to fashion design and merchandising offer basic courses in the field. However, each will vary in the specific types of courses available, so students will need to research individual program course catalogues before selecting a program. Academic institutions usually offer both summer and semester fashion courses, but several fashion schools offer year-long study abroad programs, or even undergraduate or masters degree programs abroad in fashion design.

On the more professional side of things, students can take courses in fashion business, luxury brand marketing, communications, public relations, technology, or trends and innovation, which will all be beneficial for a future career in fashion. There are also some concentrations to look for when browsing through opportunities to study fashion design abroad, such as courses or programs focused on the Italian Fashion Experience or French Fashion and Culture, which will provide students with an even more in depth look at the local fashion culture.

On the more physical and artistic side of the field, there are opportunities to study fashion design abroad on a variety of levels. Taking classes such as photography, stylistic techniques, textile and experimental surfaces, footwear and visual merchandising, jewelry making, or pattern making, will benefit students greatly by expanding their skill set and understanding of various aspects of the field as a whole.

Benefits & Challenges

International Nature. Fashion is a cross-cultural field that depends on international collaboration for inspiration, innovation, and continuous production of new trends. Students who study fashion design abroad will gain a deeper understanding of the inherently global quality of fashion and how fashion functions differently from one culture to the next.

Employment. Study abroad experience is always a competitive feature on a resume if you are looking to work in your home country or abroad, but studying fashion and merchandising in one of the world’s fashion capitals will no doubt set you apart from other applicants and provide you with incredibly valuable skills. Studying fashion design abroad will also be a great opportunity to network and, if you decide you enjoy living abroad, make connections that could lead to a future job or career in the country of your choice.

Internship Experience. Many fashion design study abroad programs combine coursework with internship opportunities, and these are most definitely programs fashion students should consider. The fashion industry is extremely competitive, and that does not exclude obtaining fashion internships abroad. By attending a program that combines these two valuable components, students will put themselves even that much more ahead of their peers.

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