Consider this if you’re interested in a fashion degree

The glossy magazine covers, the extravagant price tags, and high-profile films like The Devil Wears Prada suggest glamour but don’t reveal the hard work that goes into making the red carpet a reality. While most professions require effort and diligence, the fast-paced fashion world is a different beast. Take a moment to reflect on the following before you get blinded by the lights of the runway.

  1. Personality

This is where you can take a deep breath, take a step back and assess your readiness to climb to the top of this totem pole. Fashion is a world reserved for the most creative and dedicated visionaries. There is no place for the average person. You must be able to grab the bull by its horns and take control of your work. This will make the fruits of your efforts so much more rewarding. It’s important to remember that designers don’t usually start designing right away after graduating from school. This means it is essential that you are able to handle many highs and lows in your career. It’s essential to be organized and communicate well, but it doesn’t hurt to get a little sleep.

These are the most important questions you can ask right now.

  • Do you remember longing for a career in fashion?
  • Are I willing to go an extra mile or five to get what I want?
  • Are I ready to give up sleep, and a significant portion of my social life?
  • Most importantly, are I ready to do whatever it takes to make this dream a reality?
  1. Passion

Moment of truth: Is your sewing machine gathering dust in your closet, or is it taking up residence on your kitchen table? It is impossible to emphasize enough how important it is to eat, breathe and live in fashion. If you have no idea where your sketchbooks and charcoals are, I suggest that you enjoy the designs of the Betseyville boutique rather than aspiring to become her next intern.

  1. Talent

Do you remember fifth grade, when every baseball player tried out and was miraculously selected for the team? This industry is very different. Without a little bit of natural talent, you won’t be winning a trophy. Although raw talent is a valuable asset that can be molded to suit their brand’s needs, it cannot be taught. Although skills can be honed through practice and schooling, they are not something that comes naturally. You’d probably do better in another field.

  1. The School’s Reputation

Without a well-respected school’s degree, it can be difficult to get taken seriously. Designers have one chance to make a mark in the industry: college is their first chance. It’s crucial to choose a school that will support you and your goals.

Before you apply, do your research and ask some questions about the institution.

  • What school is most well-known?
  • Who are the alumni?
  • Are you looking for opportunities to travel to fashion hotspots? Or intern with top designers in your area?
  • What size portfolio will you have when you graduate?
  • Are you aware of anyone who went to this school? What are their thoughts?
  • Is your school of art or design accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design

These are just a few of the most important questions that you should be asking. Write down questions as soon as they come to your mind. You can then research the answers later. It’s a lot of fun to get a glimpse into your future and research your top choices as a fashion student.

  1. Finances

Coco Chanel once said that the best things in life are those that are free. It’s possible that she was referring to Fashion institutions. These institutions are not located on every busy street and they come with high prices. While community colleges and career schools may be less costly than high-profile institutions, they will not give you the same resume boost. Budgeting for your future school should include tuition, books and room and board as well as material fees. You might also ask, “Can I hire someone to do my assignment for money so I can get some sleep?” It costs money to help with homework. Although it may seem daunting at first, there are many scholarships, grants, and other financial assistance available. We are looking for great students like you to make the most of this opportunity.

  1. The Backup Plan

It can be difficult to accept failure as an option. However, it is important to acknowledge the “what-if’s” in your life. What if you decide after a year that fashion is not for you? What if you decide to use your new skills to teach art classes? You can make it a hobby by selling your designs on Etsy. Make some caricatures in the park to earn crumpled dollar bills. No matter what backup plan you have, make sure it is a solid goal that can be achieved. Rejection can be hard. But it’ll hit you harder if your backup plan isn’t solid and attainable.

Congratulations! You’ve completed the list. Now you are one step closer to finding the fashion school of choice. Now, take a deep breath and chase your dreams.

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