Established in 1833, Stephens College is a liberal arts university located in Columbia, Missouri. A women's college, its school of design offers undergraduate courses in design, product, communications, marketing and management. Both the teaching staff and student body were held in high regard by current students. The majority of students receive some type of financial aid, and the college's courses in marketing, business and sustainability scored among the highest in our student survey. All students are required to complete an internship during their studies; in addition, fashion design undergraduates receive mentorship from a working fashion designer. The school's careers services received the highest score in our survey and, even though the alumni network may not be global, it is active and accessible. Following graduation, 95 percent of students felt prepared to enter the workforce.
"I've learned way more than I have ever expected to learn in three years. I still have one more year and can't wait to learn more about what I'm so passionate about. I feel confident in my artistic and technical knowledge, though I admit I enjoy the artistic side of design more. I've become comfortable with both the engineering side and the creative side."
"We were given access to designers as critics before each fashion design course. Because of the blend of high-end design and marketing perspectives, there is a "real-world" sense to all my classmates and fellow alumnae. While most Stephens graduates are not named/label designers, they are consistently employed and have advanced in their careers. "
"The faculty were very knowledgeable about industry standards and expectations. I felt they catered their curriculum to emphasise those elements, creating relevant projects. Instructors were very supportive of innovative concepts and independent development. "
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