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31-10-2010
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First off, I'd like to thank you so much for taking your time to respond to my question. i truly appreciate it, really :').

Anyways! .. Yeah, I really want to run my own company. & I understand it's a lot of money .. I still need to figure out that. My idol, how he started, he borrowed a million "yen" (In Japan), and his friend let him borrow his store, and he blew up from there. I'll have to figure out that haha.

But yes. I'm stuck between Design or Management. You see, I want my brand to consist more of textile design? .. Print designs for shirts/sweaters/jeans, accesories, hats, backpacks etc. Something like this, (You don't have to check it out if you don't want haha) http://us.bape.com/ > SHOP.

I know Parsons offers a DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT Major .. which has both :O.
But I feel like if I get into Fashion Design, I will be pushed in more of designing dresses & high end stuff, which isn't really my taste ><;
I feel like management .. is the way to go? :O

Once again, Thank you (:

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There are schools that teach textile design which is about creating fabrics. You should look into that area of design if you want to design fabric ... not fashion design. We have lots' of threads about textiles and textile designs ... just search thread titles only and you'll find them. Here is one about schools for learning this: Textile Design ... Schools

If you are interested in printing designs or logos on fabric ... like on T-shirts, hoodies and bags, etc., then graphic design would be of interest to you ... which you'd most likely find in an art school.

If you plan to actually make the pants, shirts, jackets, etc. ... .then fashion design is still necessary because you need to learn to make patterns, sew them, fit them, etc. Whether it's a high end gown or a pair of cargo pants .... the process of designing and creating them are the same ... just a different aesthetic.

And if you want to be sucessful in business, then you need to learn about financing, marketing, advertising, sourcing, markups and profit and loss.

So, if you can find a school that offers some instruction in all or most of these, I'd say that would be a good start. You'd get a very basic understanding about each, and then, could further your education later in the areas that you want to concentrate in.

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Hi, I'm a high school senior in the Philippines. I was wondering what are good schools to apply to for fashion PR or even magazine work?

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Possiby a school that teaches Communications courses woud be releavant to both PR and publishing ... I'm not sure what they offer in the Philippines.

PR is mostly about writing, making connections with the press and creating buzz along with creating some events. Publishing can be about writing, or graphic arts, or styling ... all of which are vastly different lines of work. So you need to hone down on what specifically you would like to do and then decide what education would be needed.

To learn more, we have threads ... just use the search this forum tool and specify "thread titles" ... keywords: Public Relations (not "PR" because our search enging does not recognize words that are few than 4 letters), Publishing, Magazines.

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Possiby a school that teaches Communications courses woud be releavant to both PR and publishing ... I'm not sure what they offer in the Philippines.

PR is mostly about writing, making connections with the press and creating buzz along with creating some events. Publishing can be about writing, or graphic arts, or styling ... all of which are vastly different lines of work. So you need to hone down on what specifically you would like to do and then decide what education would be needed.

To learn more, we have threads ... just use the search this forum tool and specify "thread titles" ... keywords: Public Relations (not "PR" because our search enging does not recognize words that are few than 4 letters), Publishing, Magazines.
Thank you for your help! I'm still unsure about which career to look at, but basically those are my two choices.

I'm planning on studying abroad and so I'm trying to look for schools that have a good communications department.

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I am currently a journalism major at a pretty prestigious uni in New York State (except its focused more on the sciences and technologies) but I'm not sure I want to study this anymore. All I know what I want my end goal to be- running my own magazine publication or if not that becoming a fashion editor. I've been having second thoughts on being a journalism major- I was thinking of transferring to FIT or something in order to study something more fashion related. Any suggestions as to what I should do? What programs should I look into? Thanks for your help!

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Magaines are extremely complex organizations. Specilizing in any of numerous professions could get you hired. There is not a "right way" to get into it.

Fashion school doesn't necessarily teach you to be a fashion editor ... although it is fashion styling ..nor about climbing the ladder to managing editor. You will learn a lot about fashion but not much about publishing. Most fashion editors get in via personal connections ... from family or school.

I am not familiar with any specialized programs at FIT so I can't make any suggestions there. But once in, you have a better chance of landing a good internship in a fashion magazine ... which is one way to start making connections.

Here are threads about this topic:

What Education is Needed to get into Magazines / Publishing?

How to Get Work in Fashion Magazine Publishing (see Post #1 for related threads)

Careers / Jobs / Positions in Magazine Publishing

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YoninahAlizah, FIT has a program called AMC - Advertising, Marketing & Communications. That may be something you're interested in. I don't know if you live in the area, but I'm sure you can land various internships through the major and school, even.

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BetteT and Katherine... Thank you so much for all of your advice! I am going to go have a look at those threads you recommended... I am sure they will help out a lot! Also I was looking into the AMC program, it sounds interesting and something totally up my ally! Katherine, if you don't mind me asking, but did you major in AMC or something? Do you know anything else about the program at FIT? Thanks so much for all your help!

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Guys. Do you think major in Economics and minor in Art history will help me to get to a "professional" position (directly related to doing fashion) ?

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It might. Theres a lot of business and financial stuff being done by the big companies in fashion ... just the same as an automobile company or a retail chain of department stores. See these threads for some ideas (I don't think we have anything about an econ major specifically, but the business threads may be helpful):

Business Graduates in the Fashion Industry?
Help! Fashion or Business in university?
Art History - where can you go from here?

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LeBonChic- You might want to look into FIT's International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries major. It seems like it might be a good fit for you- it deals with the financial, legal, and intercultural aspects of the fashion industry.

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Thank you, BetteT and YoninahAliza. You both are so kind

BetteT: yeah, I know I can apply to business department but the chance for creative job is not high right ? I prefer creative department but seemingly it's not going to help me get good paid in 3 first years (I plan to continue to attend business school or adult-learning fashion program after 3 years of a full-time job)

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You are correct ... business and econ educational background probably won't land you a job in a creative department. But ... you probably will have a way better chance of just getting any job (in another department) in a fashion business, than all of those who only want to get a creative job. The competition for creative jobs is brutal.

Generally, for creative jobs, they say you need to know someone inside with some power or a friend of the boss. Someone who knows you have the talent and the drive to make it in that department.

Getting any job in a fashion business might give you the opportunity to meet the right people and to impress them. At least you are on the inside. And then, you can study fashion/art ... whatever is needed for your target department ... and keep everyone aware of your goals and what you are doing to prepare yourself. Of course, you will have to do your "business" job very, very well too .... to impress people. Food for thought .......


Don't expect to get paid much on that creative job, once you get into that department or even to do much "creating" .... you'll be starting at the very bottom and will have to work up, over the years.

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Oh yes, I should have thought of this long-term strategy. Doing creative jobs is my ultimate goal anyway but that can totally wait. Building up is important in almost every kind of career.

Thank you, BetteT, I'm now clearer about my vision.

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