FASHION DESIGN - VIRGINIA

Fashion Design
IN
Virginia

Fashion isn't something that just exists on the runways of major cities like New York, London, and Paris. Fashion is what people choose to wear every single day for work, going out, exercising, and relaxing! Clearly, there are many types of careers and specialties out there for people who want to begin a career in fashion design in VA

If you have always wanted to use your creativity and artistic skills to begin a rewarding new career, consider studying fashion design.

State License Requirements
N/A
Education Details

There are many different aspects to a career in fashion design, so you can plan on taking quite a few different classes as a fashion design student. Knowing how to sketch and edit designs is important, so many of your classes may focus on sketching skills and technical abilities.

Some of the classes you may take include

  • Digital Fashion
  • Design Creation
  • Fashion Drawing
  • Sketching for Fashion Design

It's not enough to just draw the designs that come to your head. You must also be able to think of designs that are attractive and appropriate for your target market! This requires a knowledge of fashion history, an understanding of different demographic groups, and the ability to change with the times.

Commonly required courses include

  • Fashion History
  • Color Theory
  • Fashion Design Process

Sewing skills are commonly covered in fashion design, since you may have to sew mock-ups of your designs.

Get ready to bust out the sewing machine in courses like

  • Fashion Design Construction
  • Basic Sewing Techniques
License Renewal
N/A
License Renewal Hours
N/A
License Renewal Period
Careers
$44,720
Salary
0.9%
Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2271

Though the fashion industry may be seeing relatively slow growth, you may still be able to enjoy a number of opportunities if you build connections, develop a strong portfolio, and work hard to find work in the industry. If you work in a large city or an area with a prominent fashion community, you may see more job openings and more opportunities. The range of salaries for Virginia fashion designers makes it clear that experience and seniority play a major role in this field. O*Net reports that the average salary for a designer in this area is $38,570 per year (O*Net, 2016). There are a number of groups and events in this state that can help you make your mark in this industry. The Futures in Fashion Association is designed for students that want to begin learning about the local fashion community. Virginia Fashion Week displays the talents of local designers every year.

Working as a Fashion Designer

Though the fashion industry may be seeing relatively slow growth, you may still be able to enjoy a number of opportunities if you build connections, develop a strong portfolio, and work hard to find work in the industry. If you work in a large city or an area with a prominent fashion community, you may see more job openings and more opportunities. The range of salaries for Virginia fashion designers makes it clear that experience and seniority play a major role in this field. O*Net reports that the average salary for a designer in this area is $38,570 per year (O*Net, 2016). There are a number of groups and events in this state that can help you make your mark in this industry. The Futures in Fashion Association is designed for students that want to begin learning about the local fashion community. Virginia Fashion Week displays the talents of local designers every year.

State board Contact Information

Virginia Board for Barbers & Cosmetology
Perimeter Center, Suite 400
9960 Maryland Drive
Richmond, VA 23233
Phone Number: 804-367-8509
Fax Number: 866-245-9693
E-mail Address: barbercosmo@dpor.virginia.gov

For specific questions, including change of address information, license renewal and out-of-state licensing forms, please contact the Virginia Board of Barbers and Cosmetology directly, using the contact information above.

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