Shows That MFA from Fashion Design School Earns More announces network of fashion design schools offering MFA degrees for street-cred and high-paying jobs.


FLORIDA — April 18th, 2012 — is offering fashion designers-to-be free access to a vast network of schools that provide a variety of degree programs to graduate students. The network of fashion design schools provided by gives students access to top schools providing Master of Fine Arts (MFA), AA, and BA degrees in fashion design.

While AA and BA degrees will get a designer’s foot in the door at some manufacturing facilities, MFA degrees usher in opportunities for independent designers and allow candidacy for employment with the best labels and distributors in the world. Because fundamental work is already completed and there is more time to focus on specific aspects of design, an MFA can pay big rewards in fashion-centric regions such as New York and California according to

Nationally, most people employed in the fashion design industry are working in specialty design sectors, with many earning nearly six-figures annually. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 40% growth is expected in this sector of fashion design over the next decade. The overall job growth outside of this sector is expected to remain relatively unchanged over the next decade, providing even more incentive for BA and AA degree holders to seek the MFA degree level.

Growing despite the national predictions from the BLS, the state of New York is a fashion designers dream destination.  The starting pay for a fashion designer (entry level) in New York State is around $42,000. (The national annual salary median is $64,000.) In 2006, nearly 8,800 employees worked in the fashion industry, some earning nearly $100,000 annually. The state projects this industry to grow to more than 9,200 fashion designers by 2016, adding 230 jobs per year in the state.

While New York and other major cities are attractive to fashion designers and serve as hubs for the industry, fashion design remains a competitive job market. Undergraduates will find it difficult to win the highest paying jobs but will experience success in support roles. Individuals who have completed a Master’s Degree education from an accredited fashion design school will fare better in the job market overall. brings together the best info on fashion design colleges, student life, and professionals in the fashion industry to help you make an informed decision about your career and education goals. All resources, including the fashion design school directory and helpful fashion design articles are presented as a free service to users. helps individuals considering fashion design careers find powerful information for success in college and beyond.


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