Many fashion designers have a bachelor's degree in fashion design or visual merchandising, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some fashion designers develop careers with an associate degree. Additionally, 25 percent of designers are self-employed and may not need formal education.
In addition to education, aspiring fashion designers usually complete an internship program with an assistant designer. During college, aspiring designers complete classes in areas such as computer-aided design, art and visual merchandising. During education and work experience, fashion designers need to develop a mix of design talents and artistic flair. Computer skills, attention to detail and communication skills are also important for this career.