Ranked Top 25 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.

Dr. Valentine poses in a hallway in the School of Fashion

A Note from the Director

Strength in Community and Hope in Humanity

Let me share an unfolding story of heartwarming humanity and of wonderful community. It is a glimpse of what has been happening across our School of Fashion these past four weeks; a series of decisive actions in the face of sudden change and adverse conditions.

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Will Riddle works on his Supima collection in the Kent Fashion Design Studio in 2013. (Photo by Bob Christy, Kent State University)

Two Kent State Fashion Alumni Featured on Amazon's 'Making the Cut'

It is rare to have two contestants from the same alma matter competing on the same season of a reality show, but that is exactly what viewers will see when they tune into the March 27 premier of Amazon Prime's new original fashion design competition series, "Making the Cut."

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Kent State University Fashion School student wins the top award at the 2020 Fashion Scholarship Fund Gala in New York City.

Kent State Fashion Merchandising Student Wins Grand Prize at Fashion Scholarship Fund Gala in NYC

The Fashion Scholarship Fund’s (FSF) 83rd annual gala was held Jan. 7 at the New York Hilton in Manhattan and revealed the next generation of young talent in the fashion industry. Tyshaia Earnest, a senior at Kent State University’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, emerged as the standout of the evening and was awarded the first-place prize of a $35,000 scholarship.

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Support 100 students in 100 days - students in South Korea at MCM

Peg’s Foundation and the School of Fashion team up for “100 Students in 100 Days” Initiative

Peg’s Foundation has challenged the School of Fashion at Kent State University to help support 100 students in 100 days. A $1 million challenge grant provides a dollar-for-dollar match for all donations made toward this initiative. Your support will help equip fashionstudents with adefinitively unique education through the study away program

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Merchandising student in classroom with professor

Kent State School of Fashion Ranked Top 25 World by Fashionista

The renowned fashion news source, Fashionista, has ranked the Kent State University School of Fashion Design and Merchandising as one of the top 25 fashion schools in the world in 2019 according to their recently published rankings.

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Grad students working in Fashion library

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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