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Fashion Design Careers and Internships

Following the industry schedule where several seasons are designed simultaneously, students in the Fashion Design Department are educated in all aspects of the design process for an easy transition into professional careers in the fashion industry.  Our students learn more than the skills needed to design and construct quality garments, they emerge from our program as polished professionals capable of meeting deadlines, working as part of an innovative team, and developing relevant designs for an ever-changing market.  Additionally, the department facilitates summer industry internships and networking opportunities for our students.  Otis Fashion alumni enter the design world as assistant designers, associate designers, illustrators, costume designers, textile designers, accessory designers, and product designers.  Some graduates opt to open their own clothing line immediately upon completing the program. 

 

2021 Employer Info Session with Tapestry

Tapestry - Group Shot

Internship Fair 2020

Fashion Internship Fair Spring 2018


 

2021 Salary Compensation Research (produced by 24/SEVEN Talent Agency)

Fashion Design TDP

 

Most Commonly Offered Health Benefits

 

EMPLOYMENT UPON GRADUATION

In a survey of the class of 2019 graduates, 94% were gainfully employed in the fashion industry within 6 months of graduation.

Please note, the survey included students who were seeking work in the U.S. (not all students are interested in employment or eligible to work in the U.S.) and completed their core coursework with a C or better.  This department goal, to develop professional fashion designers who are sought out by the industry, has consistently been achieved year after year, given the strength of the students' professional portfolios and well-developed interview skills.

In a climate of concern regarding fashion education leading to professional careers in the industry, this achievement is especially laudable.  According to a 2015 study conducted by the Business of Fashion surveying 4,032 fashion design alumni from colleges across the globe, "many disappointed students report that they end up taking jobs outside of fashion, or not finding jobs at all.  With BA tuition fees costing an average of $18,000 per year and MA tuition an average of $23,000 per year, students are clearly looking for a better return on this significant investment."

According to the 2019 report, job satisfaction rests largely on salary, professional growth/advancement opportunities, cultural fit, and work/life balance.  In reviewing the salary ranges for fashion designers in the report, Otis Fashion graduates enjoy an above-average starting salary.  They are also among the top five categories of in-demand candidates (development, digital/creative, sales, marketing, and e-commerce).

 

SALARIES

According to the 2021 Compensation, Benefit and Salary Report, the average salary is $45,000 for Design Room Assistants. The average salary in this report was calculated using major cities across the US and Canada. Starting salaries for Otis graduates, by comparison to these averages are relatively high with 30% making over the average high salary, and are more comparable to the salary range for Associate Designers.

 

Selected employers include:

 

7 For All Mankind

Abercrombie & Fitch

ABS

Adidas

Affliction

AG Jeans

A.L.C.

Alexander Wang

Alo Yoga

Amuse Society

Anne Cole

Armani Exchange

Athleta

B. Akerlund

Banana Republic

Band of Outsiders

BCBG

Billabong

Bleu

Bob Mackie

Burning Torch

Calvin Klein

Carter's

Claire Pettibone

Coach

Converse

Cosabella

Current/Elliot

Decor

Diesel

Disney

DKNY

Donna Karan

Eddie Bauer

Fambrands

Forever 21

Fox Racing

Free People

GAP

Guess?

Halston

Hollister

Hurley

Isabel Toledo

Jason Wu

J Brand

J. Crew

James Perse

Jonathan Simkhai

John Varvatos

Johnny Was

Joie

Juicy Couture

Kate Spade

Kellwood

Kenneth Cole

Kohl's

Lane Bryant

Levi Strauss

LuLuLemon

Lunada Bay

Madewell

Manhattan Beachwear

Mary Jo Bruno

Mattel

Max Studio

MGAE

Michael Kors

Monique Lhuillier

Monrow/Revolve

NIKE

NYDJ Apparel

Old Navy

PacSun

Patagonia

Perry Ellis

Puma

Quiksilver

Rag + Bone

Ralph Lauren

Red Carter

Reebok

Revolve

Rick Owen

Rip Curl

Robert Rodriguez

Roxy

RVCA

Sanrio/ Hello Kitty

Sanctuary Clothing

Sean John

Sketchers

Speedo

Splendid

Staples

St. John Knits

Stylestalker

Tadashi

Tahari

Target

Theory

Thomas Wylde

Todd Oldham

Tom Ford

Tory Burch

Trina Turk

True Religion

Cynthia Vincent

Ultracor

Under Armour

Universal Studios

Urban Outfitters

Vans

Vertigo

Vince

Vivienne Tam

Volcom

Warnaco

Warner Brothers

Western Costume

Zaid Affas