At the Fashion School at Kent State University, fashion design and merchandising majors get a chance to 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.
The school’s unique resources include the TechStyleLAB, equipped with an array of digital design and production technologies, and a dedicated fashion library with nearly 4,000 print and multimedia titles. The Fashion School shares its Rockwell Hall home with the closely linked Kent State University Museum, which houses one of the largest fashion- and design-focused collections in the country, and is a short walk from the Fashion School Store in downtown Kent, a “live retail laboratory” and boutique selling faculty, student and alumni designs to Northeast Ohio.
Beyond the Kent campus, students hone their professional skills through immersive industry internships and expand their creative worldview via study-away options in New York, Florence, Paris and Hong Kong. The Fashion School at Kent State is the only U.S. fashion school that requires all undergraduates to complete both an approved internship and study-away experience prior to graduation.
90 percent of the school’s graduates find employment in their field in less than a year, and more than 3,000 alumni can be found throughout the industry working for the world’s most recognized brands.
Established in 1983 as the Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kent State University, the school was named an Ohio Center of Excellence by the state Board of Regents and is a member institution of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI) and National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).