Fashion Design
North Carolina

Whether you want to design the outerwear that gets people through the cold season, formalwear that makes a statement at major events, or kids' clothes that get passed down through the years, a degree in fashion design may be where your new career starts!

There are many degree programs that focus on fashion design in North Carolina, so you can begin with the training and experience you need.

State License Requirements
Education Details

Depending on your current level of education and relevant experience, you may earn an Associate's degree, Bachelor's degree, or Master's degree. No matter which type of degree you decide to earn, you'll likely study the same subjects. Areas covered in fashion design include pattern drafting, draping, clothing sewing, fitting, and fashion illustration. It's clear that you need to take a healthy variety of classes to meet these learning goals.

Some of the courses you may take include

  • Fashion Illustration
  • Pattern Making
  • History of Fashion
  • Computed-Aided Fashion Design
  • Tailoring
  • Textiles

These courses may develop your knowledge as well as your practical skills. The time spent in school may be split between the classroom and the design studio. Once of the most important parts of your fashion design degree is your design portfolio. Your portfolio is created over the course of your degree. It is meant to showcase the breadth of your skills and display your very best works. Your portfolio may be used to help you find an internship or even a job!

License Renewal
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Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

If you're willing to travel around North Carolina to find a fashion design job, you may be able to take advantage of a great job outlook. North Carolina's largest cities have a prominent fashion design community. With the variety of employers in North Carolina, you may be able to find rewarding fashion work. The salary you earn as a fashion designer depends on your experience, specialty, and level of education. O*Net reports that the average salary for a North Carolina fashion designer is $54,040 per year. (O*Net, 2016) There are fashion associations throughout the state that may help you network with other design professionals. The Raleigh Fashion Association supports economic development of the fashion industry throughout North Carolina. You may be able to learn about new job opportunities and events as a member.

Working as a Fashion Designer

Fashion designers and their skills are used in many different industries and work settings in North Carolina. Many designers dream of working for high-end clothing companies and designers. However, there are many larger employers in North Carolina. These employers include wholesaling companies, retail chain stores, and costuming companies. If you're business-minded, you may choose to become a self-employed or freelance fashion designer. Go Upstate reports on Project Handmade 2014, an annual juried fashion show that takes place in North Carolina. Independent fashion designers from throughout the state came together to make clothing from various textiles, repurposed materials, and local goods. Participating in events like this can help you make a name for yourself and become a well-known part of the fashion community. Particularly in the early days of your fashion design career, you may call work your second home. Designers tend to work long, erratic hours that include night and weekend shifts. However, being flexible and willing to adjust to your employer's needs can make you a valuable part of the team! Showing up whenever you're needed can show your dedication to the field. Putting in the work and hours can help you become a prominent designer in your area.

State board Contact Information

North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners
1207 Front St. #110
Raleigh, NC 27609-7533
Phone Number: 919-733-4117
Fax Number: 919-733-4127

If you need help updating a change of name or address, acquiring out-of-state transfer forms, or need help with additional questions about obtaining a North Carolina cosmetology license, contact the NC Board using the information above.


Find the Beauty Schools in North Carolina that interest you below,

Aveda Institute Chapel Hill

200 West Franklin Street,
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Program: Cosmetology

Welcome The Aveda Institute Chapel Hill opened in early 2005 and is located in the heart of the Franklin Street district, adjacent to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Welcome The Aveda Institute Chapel Hill opened in early 2005 and is located in the heart of the Franklin Street district, adjacent to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The facility has new classroom and clinic areas and an Aveda Environmental Lifestyle Store. This combination creates a dynamic, full service educational experience. The Aveda Institute Chapel Hill offers courses in Cosmetology and Esthiology. Get Started Today! Mission Our mission at the Aveda Institute Chapel Hill is to inspire and educate our students, our team and our guests about beauty, fashion, wellness and nature. The Aveda Institute Chapel Hill is committed to fostering an environment of respect and trust in order to allow students to express their individuality and creativity. We at the Aveda Institute Chapel Hill are committed to creating the highest quality learning environment, through passion for creativity, respect for each other and care for our community. By supporting our students in this manner, we enable them to provide service that exceeds our guests' expectations Program Offerings The Aveda Institute Chapel Hill was founded to create the most successful entrepreneurs in the beauty and skin care industry. Our curriculum includes practical knowledge gained from today’s most successful masters in hair care, skin care, makeup, total body care and retail services. Cosmetology Express your creativity and talent in hair, skin and nail care and makeup application. Our cosmetology course incorporates extensive hands-on learning to provide you a complete understanding of beauty and wellness. Upon completion, you will be ready to succeed as a licensed cosmetologist. Esthiology Prepare for an exciting future in skin care with the Aveda Institute Chapel Hill. Our Esthiology curriculum provides skin care, body care and makeup training with an emphasis on using pure flower and plant essences in treatments. Upon completion, you will be ready to succeed as a licensed esthetician.
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Aveda Arts & Sciences Institute Charlotte

1520 South Blvd., Suite 150,
Charlotte, NC 28203

Program: Cosmetology

Come With A Dream, Train For A Career The AVEDA Institute was founded to create some of the most successful entrepreneurs in hair, skin and nail esthetics, makeup and total body wellness. Students Come With A Dream, Train For A Career The AVEDA Institute was founded to create some of the most successful entrepreneurs in hair, skin and nail esthetics, makeup and total body wellness. Students are educated by professionals, using innovative curriculums that blend professional techniques with retail and business-building skills. Experience the AVEDA difference and start your journey today! • iPad Mini included in every kit • Digital curriculum offers 24/7 access • CampAVEDA immersion program • Salon tours & career fairs • License fees included • 8, 000 salons, spas, institutes and stores in 32 countries Why Aveda With over 30 years of nurturing beauty, environmental leadership and responsibility, AVEDA sources organic, plant-based alternatives to synthetic chemicals and packaging, providing high-performing, award-winning products that are good for professionals, our guests and the earth. AVEDA is the first beauty company manufacturing with 100% certified wind power. By committing to alternative energy sources we can all have an impact on the energy we consume and help lower our carbon footprint. Programs Offered Cosmetology Training Program Express your creativity and talent! Our Cosmetology program and master student phase incorporate theory with extensive hands on experience to provide you with a complete understanding of beauty and wellness. The Cosmetology course includes hair cutting, color, texture services, nail care, makeup application, business development, retail knowledge and the concept of gaining and retaining clients. Upon completion, students move on to the master student phase for intensive real-world training to hone their skills. Esthiology Training Program The AVEDA Institute's innovative Esthiology program offers students the opportunity to learn specialized techniques to balance and renew the skin, body and elemental nature. Hands-on clinical experience includes facials, waxing, makeup application, business development, wellness and retail knowledge. Upon graduation, participants will be prepared to take the state licensing examination, opening the door to a future as an esthetician. What They Say About Us "My favorite part about the AVEDA Institute is the level of growth I have experienced. This process began from day one with the specialized, individual attention I received from my educators. This attention has continued and I feel very comfortable being able to express myself in ways I didn't think possible. Now I'm very outgoing and have the confidence to perform all techniques I‘ve learned. So far this career is a really great journey and I enjoy being challenged at the AVEDA Institute, which has truly encouraged me to be the best "me" I can be."  - Kaitlyn, student Financial Aid available to those who qualify.
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