Starting a career in fashion design can be a great way to put your eye for design to good use. Colorado is an excellent state for starting a fashion design career; according to the Denver Post, the fashion industry in Colorado is rapidly growing and changing. If you live in Colorado, there are two schools you can choose to attend—Emily Griffith Technical College and the Art Institute of Colorado. The cost of tuition varies at Emily Griffith Technical College, depending on whether you are a resident or non-resident. Tuition at the Art Institute of Colorado is $17,532 per year.
You have to decide whether you want to earn a certificate in fashion design or a Bachelor’s degree. You can earn a certificate at Emily Griffith Technical College and a Bachelor’s degree at the Art Institute. A certificate includes 37.5 credits and requires one year of full-time study, while a Bachelor’s degree takes about four years to complete. Some of the classes are the same at both levels. Classes you may have to take include Advanced Garment Construction, Fundamentals of Design, Fashion Sketching, and Textiles.
As a student, it is important to begin networking in the community as soon as possible. You can do this by joining Fashion Denver, a group that offers fashion shows, business development advice, and fashion markets.