University of Cincinnati

Programs: Fashion Design (combined with Product Development)

Address: 5470 Aronoff Center, Cincinnati, OH 45221

University of Cincinnati

Founded in 1819 and located in Cincinnati, this comprehensive public research university of 42,000 students, is the second largest university in Ohio and one of the largest universities in the United States. The Fashion Design program prepares students for the world of fashion design and its related industries.

Fashion designers communicate ideas by fashion sketching, illustration, and through the creation of three-dimensional finished garments that may appear on the runways or in retail stores. In the third year, students choose to focus in either the area of design and construction of garments or of research and trend analysis. The choice depends on whether you are interested in form, function – and generally a design’s expression and how it moves and fits the body – or you better like to get involved with the process of bringing consumer-driven fashion goods to the marketplace.

Cooperative Education

In the program, students learn to ideate, sketch, pattern, sew, and produce garments at quality levels. It also includes a mandatory cooperative education component, where students work full-time in the fashion industry on alternating semesters. Cooperative education begins in the second year for fashion students.

Upon graduation, students have a year and a half (five semesters) of professional fashion experience on their resumes, along with eight semesters of academic coursework. UC is the originator of the cooperative education model which was invented there in 1906 by Herman Schneider, Dean of the College of Engineering at the time.

After Graduation

Graduates of the program may work in many different facets of the industry, including design, styling, forecasting, marketing, manufacturing, and merchandising. Students have numerous opportunities to showcase their work to the public. The highest profile event of the year occurs in April, when the work of graduating seniors is showcased before a sell-out crowd at the annual DAAPworks Fashion Show.

US News Rankings

In the 2014 US News and World Report, UC was ranked as the 135th best university in the US and as the 68th best public institution. The University of Cincinnati was also listed third among 23 “National Universities” identified as “Up-and-Coming Schools” by U.S. News. The Princeton Review has been listing the university in its “Best 373 Colleges” each year since 2008. The acceptance rate is 67%.

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