Ranked #5 in the U.S. and #15 in the world by Fashionista

At the Fashion School, design and merchandising majors showcase their talent and innovation in real-world settings. This energized atmosphere has earned the school a consistent ranking among the best fashion programs nationally and globally. Students are required to complete both an approved internship and study-away experience before graduating, and more than 3,000 alumni can be found throughout the industry working for the world’s most recognized brands.

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Support the Fashion School's Study Away Endowment for Giving Tuesday

The University's Giving Tuesday initiative is going on through December 3! Help support The Fashion School's study away initiative of raising $25,000 by giving a gift today!

Peg's Foundation and Fashion School faculty and staff have generously offered to match all gifts to the fund this month.

Your $50 gift becomes $100; $100 becomes $200!

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Louise Valentine, Ph.D., Director of the Fashion School

Kent State University’s Fashion School Announces Appointment of New School Director

After an international search, the Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kent State University announces the appointment of Louise Valentine, Ph.D., as its new director, who holds the Peg’s Foundation Endowed Leadership Chair. Valentine most recently served as professor and chair of design at the University of Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Scotland, U.K.

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A Kent State University fashion design student works on a collection.

Kent State's Fashion School Receives Top Badges of Excellence in New Business of Fashion International Report

The world-renowned fashion publication The Business of Fashion recently named Kent State University's School of Fashion Design and Merchandising as one of the best fashion schools in the world for 2019.

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Sloan Fox pictured with Kenneth Cole at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards

Kent Fashion Design Graduate Named as Kenneth Cole Annual Footwear Innovation Fellow Recipient

Top designers in the fashion industry were recognized during the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards on the evening of June 3, at the Brooklyn Museum in New York.

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Graduate Programs


The Master of Fashion Industry Studies is a 30-credit, initial masters level degree for academic advancement applicable to the fashion industry.

Accepting applications now!

Applications for the Fall 2020 semester are due Feb. 1!  Graduate assistantship priority applications due Feb. 1.

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Summer Fashion Academy Participants Dressing a Mannequin

Summer Fashion Academy

The Fashion School's Summer Fashion Academy is a one-week program that introduces high school students to key areas in fashion design and merchandising. The event will take place June 16 - 22, 2019. Registration for the 2019 event is currently closed.  

For those in the New York area, our NYC Studio location is holding a Summer Fashion Academy, July 6 - July 30, in the heart of the garment district. Registration for this event closes June 10