As a prospective fashion student, there are two schools to choose from in Delaware—Delaware State University in the middle of the state and University of Delaware in the north. The average cost of tuition is $9,509, although Delaware State University is considerably less expensive than the University of Delaware.
The University of Delaware has a unique opportunity for fashion students in its YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund. With an average award of $5,000, this scholarship helps you pay for college in addition to boosting your portfolio, giving you recognition in the community, and giving you the chance to network with fashion professionals.
You can pursue a number of different careers with your fashion degree. However, most available positions are at retailers, fashion design companies, and specialist marketing firms. Large fashion employers in Delaware include Ann Taylor, Express Fashion, and GAP Inc. Unemployment in the state has been decreasing steadily since July 2013. The unemployment rate is currently at 6.2% (BLS, 2012).
The fashion industry is one that highly values experience. Your income potential may jump significantly as you gain experience. Merchandise displayers earn an average salary of $28,570 per year (BLS, 2012). Marketing specialists, including those in the fashion industry, earn an average salary of $80,570 per year (BLS, 2012).