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New York City's LIM College is the U.S.'s premier college for the business of fashion.

LIM College

New York City's LIM College is the U.S.'s premier college for the business of fashion.

Vital statistics

  • 1939 Established
  • Private Type
  • 201 - 500 Number of employees
  • 12 E 53rd St.
    New York, United States

Key people

  • Michael Londrigan Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Kristina Ortiz Dean of Admissions
  • Susan Baxter Dean of Graduate Studies

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Professional Preparation For a Career in Fashion

Professional Preparation For a Career in Fashion

NEW YORK, United States — Few institutions are as stitched into their nation’s fashion community as New York’s LIM College. Situated in the heart of the industry’s commercial capital, the institution has a comprehensive internship programme and works with more than 850 companies in fashion and related industries. LIM students complete over 1000 internships per year. Those studying for their bachelor’s degrees are required to do three internships connected to their curriculum, and in their final semester intern at fashion or fashion-related companies for 28 hours a week for 4 months.

The business specialist orientates its curriculum around professional courses that teach real world skills its students can take straight into the workplace. Its faculty is largely drawn from individuals who have worked in the industry in the past, or continue to do so today. Student projects can range from creating professional standard marketing plans, judged by The Accessories Council, to collaborating with Amazon Fashion. With ever-evolving course offerings designed to meet the needs of today’s employers, the college continues to equip its students with a pragmatic preparation for the realities of working in fashion, while offering them opportunities to learn from some of America’s most successful global fashion businesses.

BoF sits down with industry veteran Michael Londrigan — vice president for academic affairs at LIM College — to hear how the institution is making professional preparation for a career in fashion more accessible than ever.

BoF: What separates LIM College from other educational institutions?

I think the clear differentiating factor where LIM College is concerned is our specific focus on the business side of the fashion industry. Our internship programme is also a hallmark of our education. Another piece that truly distinguishes LIM is the professional nature of its courses. Teaching is very much focused on skills that students can bring with them into the workplace. As well as teaching students to become very proficient in some of the more everyday skills required in employment, such as Excel and Illustrator, having professionals from the industry teaching many of the courses means that lectures are framed in a real-world way and infused with industry insight.

We are also located in one of the fashion capitals of the world, which means our students keep learning every time they step out of the classroom. We are actually located in three buildings in Manhattan: one is at East 53rd Street between 5th and Madison Avenues; another is at the corner of East 45th Street and 5th Avenue; and then we’re also on East 45th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Our residence hall is a quick subway ride away on the Upper East Side.

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