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Subject: What are the fashion design schools in given area?
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Asked by: davidbar-ga
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Posted: 30 Mar 2006 10:02 PST
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Question ID: 713640
What are all the fashion design schools and programs within a 1 1/2
hour driving radius of Washington, DC?  When I say "fashion design", I
mean the major that teaches students how to design, construct, produce
and market new clothing designs.
Subject: Re: What are the fashion design schools in given area?
Answered By: alanna-ga on 08 Apr 2006 23:21 PDT
Hi davidbarr-ga,

I found three fashion schools that fulfilled your requirements.  They
all have curricula which include, to varying degrees, clothing design,
construction and marketing. One school is in Maryland and two are in


Baltimore City Community College
Market Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21215

Baltimore City Community College offers two-year Associate of Arts
degrees in apparel making at the Harbor Campus, Technology and Applied
Arts Department

"BCCC offers several options in the area of Apparel Technology: two
two-year courses of study leading to the Associate of Applied Science
Degree in Apparel Design (or an Apparel Retailing option within that
degree), a 37-40 credit Certificate in Apparel Design and a 16 credit
track in Apparel Patternmaking.

"Students who choose the Apparel Design degree acquire a technical
background in illustrating original designs, patternmaking, and fabric
selection to transform their designs into finished garments. Students
in the Apparel Retailing option take selected business and apparel
courses as they prepare for innovative and challenging careers in the
retail sector of the fashion industry. The Apparel Patternmaking track
(within the Apparel Design Certificate) provides the opportunity for
training in the specialized area of pattern development for apparel

BCCC is about 1 hour's drive from Washington, DC.  Here are directions:


The closest fashion school to Washington, DC, is in Arlington, VA.

Marymount University
2807 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207

Marymount University, the closest to Washington, DC, offers a
Bachelor's Degrees in fashion design and in merchandising.

"The curriculum combines design thinking with garment expertise in
textiles, quality standards, construction, pattern making and

Marymount University Fashion Design
he curriculum combines design thinking with garment expertise in
textiles, quality standards, construction, pattern making and

Full course descriptions and suggested degree plans may be found at:

Suggested degree plans are at:

The Chair of the Fashion Design and Merchandising Department is:

Jan G. (McCoart) Ellinwood, Department Chair
Gailhac Hall, Main Campus
(703) 284-1569

Marymount is about 13 minutes drive from downtown Washington, DC.  Here is a map:,+Arlington,+VA+22207


The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
821 West Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23284
(804) 828-0100

Department of Fashion and Merchandising
Richmond VA 23284-3087

This is a little farther away that you stipulate (about 2 hours
driving time) but has a comprehensive curriculum so I have included

The VCU offers a B.F.A. in Fashion Design

"The Fashion Design curriculum provides instruction in skills valuable
to success in the apparel industry. Students learn professional
processes for garment construction, patternmaking, draping and fashion
drawing. After basic technical competency is achieved, they progress
to courses that concentrate on addressing specific markets and solving
various design challenges."

VCU Fashion Design and Merchandising 

The full curriculum may be downloaded in the pdf format  from the above website.

VCU is, as I said, about 2 hours from Washington, DC. The directions
may be found at:

A list of fashion schools nationwide, compiled by the Professional
Association of Custom Clothiers, may be found at:

I hope this information will be of help in starting you--or someone
you know?on  a fashion career.

All the best,

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