Columbia College Chicago

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Fashion is an art and an industry. To succeed in it, you’ll need cutting-edge business skills and an appreciation for style. Located in Chicago just steps from the Magnificent Mile, Columbia will prepare you to enter the rapidly changing world of fashion through hands-on classes that interact with the industry.

We offer a Fashion Studies BA with two tracks: product development and merchandising. Modeling the industry, we bring together seniors from both concentrations to work as a team to design, prototype, and actually sell a market-ready project. Our Fashion Design BFA emphasizes technical proficiency informed by research, design, and creative exploration.

Our core classes will help you think critically about fashion and imagine how style can solve problems and contribute to culture. You’ll gain real-life experience outside the classroom by working with retailers and wholesale showrooms in Chicago. You’ll build on this experience by honing professional skills in marketing, technology, analytics, and design.

As a graduate, you’ll join a network of alumni who work as technical designers, merchandisers, buyers, pattern makers, marketers, stylists, and digital media specialists.

About Columbia College Chicago

Columbia is a private, nonprofit college offering a distinctive curriculum that blends creative and media arts, liberal arts, and business, creating a dynamic, challenging, and collaborative space for students who experience the world through a creative lens.

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At Columbia College Chicago, Rewiring Fashion Education for Today

Having launched a hybrid-educational format designed to cater to the needs of both current and incoming students, faculty members from the creative arts school share their new academic approach to help prepare students for an industry transformed.

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Having launched a hybrid-educational format designed to cater to the needs of both current and incoming students, faculty members from the creative arts school share their new academic approach to help prepare students for an industry transformed.

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At Columbia College Chicago, a Return to Hands-On LearningAt Columbia College Chicago, a Return to Hands-On Learning

The creative and liberal arts college’s curriculum is rooted in hands-on learning, immersive experiences and their diversity, equity and inclusion mission. ‘We observed what students respond to,’ says Dr. Colbey Reid, chair of fashion studies, who shares insights with faculty and students.

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