If youre interested in a career in fashion design, you may want to take the first step by learning about fashion design degrees in Missouri. You can contact schools directly from our site for program details. To get started in this industry, you must demonstrate skill, intuition, and theoretical knowledge in many areas.
Sewing skills are particularly important, since you must be able to bring your designs to life with a variety of fabrics. You can work on these skills in courses like Industry Sewing and Sewing for Fashion Design.
Fashion designers do not have any licensing or certification requirements in Missouri. It can be difficult to get started in this field without the proper education and professional connections, which is why it’s still recommended that you go through a postsecondary certificate, Associate’s, or Bachelor’s degree program in fashion design. In addition to helping you build your design skills, this training can help you start creating your design portfolio.
Other courses help you learn how to draft patterns and sketch designs. Courses in this area may include
- Pattern Drafting
- Fashion Sketching for Design
- Computer-Aided Fashion Design
As you improve your artistic skills, you can work on the creation of your portfolio. Your portfolio demonstrates your fashion sense and your skills in fashion artistry, so its a crucial part of your education. Toward the end of your fashion design degree program, you may bring everything together in a practical experience course. Depending on the school you attend, this may be a practicum or an internship. This experience can help you build a professional network and learn what is expected of you in Missouris fashion industry. In addition, you may start to figure out which fashion specialty is right for you and your skills.
Across the country, O*Net expects a decline in fashion design jobs. However, in Missouri, O*Net expects a 13% increase in fashion design jobs through 2022! The outlook may be even more positive for designers that settle in one of Missouris large cities. O*Net reports an average annual salary of $64,030 for Missouri fashion designers. (O*Net, 2016)
Your job search may take you into many work settings and environments. Retailers, particularly clothing retailers and general retailers, may hire fashion designers for their clothing lines that come out every season. Wholesalers, who sell clothing to stores and other sources, also have a growing need for fashion designers. Designers with a specific style, connections in the industry, or a lot of experience may work in high-end boutiques or fashion design firms.
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