Delving into the world of New England fashion starts with a fashion design, merchandising, or marketing degree. You can study fashion at one Vermont school: Bennington College. This school offers both an undergraduate and a graduate program. The average cost of tuition is $44,220. They also offer substantial scholarship awards; the average scholarship award is $23,592.
In addition to its excellent financial aid, Bennington College can help you out in another way. U.S. News reports that Bennington College is #1 when it comes to student internships. 100% of Bennington College students complete an internship during school.
A fashion degree lays the groundwork for many different fashion careers in Vermont. No matter what type of degree you have, you can work for retailers, marketing companies, and fashion design companies. Some of the largest employers in Vermont are Destination XL Group, Macy’s, and Journeys. Vermont has a strong job outlook and economy; its unemployment rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is only 4.2%.
There are many different salary points you may enter the field at. However, you are generally able to earn more as you gain more experience. Fashion designers in Vermont earn an average salary of $60,160 per year and merchandise displayers earn an average salary of $30,900 (BLS, 2012).