Southern fashion is in a class all its own. If you're ready to get into the thriving fashion community of Georgia, you may be able to use your creative design skills to become a fashion designer.
Whether you want to get into women's clothing, fitness wear, children's clothing, or another type of fashion, a fashion design degree can help you get started.
As is the case in other states, there are no licensing requirements for those who want to work as fashion designers in Georgia. This is not a licensed field, so you can technically work as a fashion designer without any specialized training or education. However, a degree program provides valuable training in design, sewing, fashion terminology, and portfolio development, making it a good option for building your fashion skills.
You can plan on getting lots of different skills in a fashion program. Schools in Georgia cover the history of fashion design, creating fashion designs, drafting patterns, and compiling designs into collections. This is probably why most students decide to attend Bachelor's degree programs; there's a lot to learn!
Some of the lower-level classes you may take in fashion include
- Fashion Sketching
- Draping Techniques
- Basic Sewing Techniques
- Pattern Drafting
Once you've demonstrated that you have a knack for fashion and patterns, you can get into more advanced classes.
High-level courses include
- Computer Pattern Drafting
- Business of Fashion
- Color Theory
- Digital Design
Besides your diploma, you get to leave your fashion design program with one major souvenir: a portfolio. Your portfolio contains your best designs from each semester, demonstrating your growth as a designer and your personal style. It's often used to find an internship or career opportunities. As you study fashion design in Georgia, you'll definitely want to make your portfolio as strong as possible!
Fashion design salaries in Georgia vary significantly. Since experience and seniority are so important in this field, you may be able to boost your earning potential by getting lots of experience while you're in school. The average salary for a fashion designer in Georgia is $64,030 per year, according to O*Net (2016) You may also benefit from a great job outlook in this state. Between 2010 and 2020, O*Net expects an 11% increase in job openings for fashion designers. This is considerably higher than it is in many parts of the country. Currently, designers in Georgia don't have to pursue licensure or certification. However, you may want to attend local networking events to learn more about the industry. Georgia has many significant fashion events and organizations. Popular events include Savannah Fashion Week and Atlanta International Fashion Week.
In fashion design, you can enjoy lots of different experiences. Lots of designers work for clothing wholesalers, creating clothing designs that end up in retail stores all over the country. You could also work for a major retailer and create clothing designs that are specific to that store. If you can get into high-end fashion, you might work for a fashion design firm. Your work time may be split amongst many different jobs and responsibilities. If you have proven your fashion design skills, you may be responsible for creating and changing new fashion designs. If you work underneath a more established designer, you could bring their designs to life on paper or at a sewing machine. It's also likely that you'll be responsible for marketing your ideas and pitching them to investors, particularly if you work for a smaller company. Working hard, dedicating yourself to learning about new trends and technologies, and developing a target audience can help you spread your wings in this industry. The Athens Banner-Herald reports on Tibi, a Georgia fashion designer that went from poor undergraduate student to successful fashion designer and business owner. She keeps her target audience of college women in mind, listens to what her customers want, and pushes the envelope every year. Perseverance and dedication can make all the difference in a fashion career!
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