Oakland has a total population of 399,484 and a student population of 28,906. Of these students, 1,828 are enrolled in schools that offer fashion design programs.
Oakland's largest fashion design school is California College of the Arts. In 2010, California College of the Arts graduated approximately 20 students with credentials in fashion design.
In 2010, 20 students graduated with a fashion design degree in Oakland. If you decide to attend a fashion design school in Oakland, you can expect to pay an average yearly tuition of $33,254.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $1,500 for fashion design related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus at one of the Oakland-based fashion design schools, you will have an added expense of $6,800 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $39,154.
Many fashion design graduates choose to work as fashion designers after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Oakland, your job prospects are not very good. There were 5,900 fashion designers working in California and 70 working in the greater Oakland area in 2010. The number of fashion designers in Oakland is expected to increase by 5% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is the same as the projected nationwide trend for fashion designers.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a fashion designer in Oakland is $67,380 per year, which is higher than the average for fashion designers state-wide.