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Kent State University Fashion School Receives High Ranking Both Nationally and Internationally

Posted Dec. 22, 2010

The Design Studio in Florence, ItalyKent State University's Fashion School was recently ranked third in the country and 13th in the world by the online fashion magazine Fashionista.com.

Kent State University's Fashion School, under the direction of J.R. Campbell, offers two undergraduate degrees in fashion design or fashion merchandising. Nearly topping 2,000 students for fall 2010, the school features a garment center studio in New York City which accommodates 120 students a year to study. Students also have opportunities to study abroad in Paris, Florence, London and Hong Kong. In fall 2010, the Fashion School also began offering graduate level courses in fashion theory, design management and fashion research methods as part of the professional MBA with a fashion concentration from the College of Business. The Fashion School is one of only 13 member schools in the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

Models displaying student designs in the very first student directed Fashion Show, REcreate 2010.The undergraduate program graduates approximately 200 students per year in fashion merchandising and design, with a placement rate in the industry of over 90%. Some of the companies where Kent State fashion students are placed after graduation include Abercrombie & Fitch, Limited Brands, Kohl's, JCPenney, Express, Target, JoAnn Stores, Inc., Lane Bryant, and Macy's.

Recently four students from Kent State's Fashion School received Geoffrey Beene National Scholarships. A total of eight $5,000 scholarships were awarded in total.

For more information on the Fashion School at Kent State University, visit www.fashionschool.kent.edu or call 330-672-3010.

The Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising was created at Kent State University in 1983 due to a generous gift from Rodgers and Silverman to the university. Their gift of their entire collection of garments and designs also initiated the creation of the Kent State University Museum, and through their support, the Museum and the Fashion School have been strong partners since their creation.

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For more information contact:

Effie A. Tsengas, etsengas@kent.edu, 330-672-8398 (office) or 330-283-2713 (cell)