San Francisco, CA (population: 817,411) has four fashion design schools within its city limits. The Art Institute of California-San Francisco, the highest ranked school in the city with a fashion design program, has a total student population of 1,462. It is the 3505th highest ranked school in the USA and the 335th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles). To learn more about fashion design programs in San Francisco, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of fashion design professors at The Art Institute of California such as Gary Acord, Harvey Bailey, Brandon Baron, Carol Brown, John Chester, and Cindy Chow.
Fashion Design students from San Francisco schools who go on to become fashion designers, fashion merchandisers, fashion models, fashion marketers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 15,780 people working as fashion designers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $74,410. Also, Designers make on average $50,420 per year and there are about 10,510 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City Metropolitan area alone, there are 280 employed designers earning an average salary of $63,990. Fashion designers in this area earn $81,320/yr and there are 260 employed.
San Francisco lies in San Francisco county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City Metropolitan area has 982,930 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $30/hr average worker wage, and a $61,940 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in San Francisco are held by fashion designers, and 0/1000 are held by designers.
Of the 4 fashion design schools in San Francisco, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of California-San Francisco comes out as the most expensive ($30,077/yr) for fashion design students, with City College of San Francisco as the lowest, reported at only $4,129/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from San Francisco|
|South San Francisco||CA||64,345||0||-||0||7.8 miles|
|San Mateo||CA||93,990||1||15.1982||101||16.4 miles|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||16.9 miles|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||21.7 miles|
|Walnut Creek||CA||64,055||0||-||0||24.1 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||26.3 miles|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||38.2 miles|
|San Jose||CA||977,893||9||20.6572||297||46.3 miles|
|Santa Cruz||CA||57,690||2||37.6705||80||59.8 miles|
|West Sacramento||CA||50,542||1||29.8049||4||73.4 miles|