Massachusetts

List of Massachusetts area schools offering degree programs in fashion design, fashion marketing, fashion merchandising, and more.

Our 2016 rankings of the top 10 fashion merchandising programs on the East Coast.

We define the East Coast as Virginia, Rhode Island, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. 

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) was founded in 1944. The school is a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) system and it is home to more than 9,500 students enrolled in 37 majors and 12 certificate programs across five schools including the School of Art and Design, Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, School of Liberal Arts, the School of Graduate Studies, and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. The School of Business and Technology and the School of Art and Design offer several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers.

Our 2016 rankings of the top fashion design programs on the East Coast.

We define the East Coast as Virginia, Rhode Island, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. 

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Founded in 1944, the school is home to more than 9,500 students enrolled in 37 majors and 12 certificate programs across five schools including the School of Art and Design, Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, the School of Liberal Arts, the School of Graduate Studies, and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. The School of Art and Design is home to FIT’s fashion program.   

Offerings include BFA, BS, MA, and MPS programs in many areas of fashion. FIT also offers one- and two-year AAS options and both credit and non-credit Certificates. An international option in Florence is on the menu for fashion design students pursuing an AAS degree, and an option in Milan/New York is available for knitwear and sportswear students pursuing a Baccalaureate degree. 

Our 2015 rankings of the top 10 fashion merchandising programs on the East Coast.

We define the East Coast as Virginia, Rhode Island, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. 

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

Our 2015 rankings of the top fashion design programs on the East Coast.

We define the East Coast as Virginia, Rhode Island, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. 

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

Top 20

Our 2014 list of the Top 20 fashion marketing school programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

 

Our 2014 rankings of the top 15 fashion merchandising programs on the East Coast.

We define the East Coast as Virginia, Rhode Island, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. 

Our 2014 list of the Top 75 Fashion Merchandising School Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York
The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is a leader in the worlds of art, design, business and technology. Accredited by the prestigious National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, FIT offers 43 majors leading to Associates, Bachelors, and Master’s degrees. Part of the popular State University of New York (SUNY), FIT was established in 1944 with just 100 students on the top two floors of the High School of Needle Trades.

Our 2014 rankings of the top fashion design programs on the East Coast.

We define the East Coast as Virginia, Rhode Island, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. 

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

 

1. Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York
Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), State University of New York (SUNY) offers a wide variety of Associate and Bachelor’s degree programs for aspiring fashion designers. Unique offerings include a BFA in Fabric Styling, AAS and BFA degrees in Accessories Design, and AAS and BFA degrees in Fashion Design with Concentrations in Children’s Wear, Intimate Apparel, Knitwear, Special Occasion, and Sportswear.

 Rhode Island

To determine if any given school deserves a place in the annual guide to “America’s Best Colleges,” college ranking agencies and other organizations consider factors such as faculty resources, financial resources, program offerings, peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, and student selectivity. Many Rhode Island colleges and universities often score high in all areas.

Massachusetts

From Princeton Review to U.S. News & World Report, everyone seems to have their own idea of which schools are the best of the best. These organizations, agencies, and others may consider factors such as graduation and retention rates, student selectivity, and program offerings to decide which schools are truly the best. This may work for certain organizations and agencies, but what do students, alums, education blogs, and other similar groups think? Well, they tend to agree with Princeton Review and U.S. News, but for different reasons.

Massachusetts

Massachusetts is home to more than 6.6 million residents. More than 1.5 million live in the state's top ten largest cities, with 636,479 residents residing in Boston alone. Boston, as you may have already guessed, is the center of the fashion world here, thanks in large part to its size and growing population. In fact, Boston’s population is growing faster than the suburbs and faster than any urban area northeast of New Jersey. On top of this, the Huffington Post named Boston the 10th most fashionable city in America in 2012.

Massachusetts

We all know that fashion programs are plentiful in places like New York, California, Pennsylvania, and Texas, but did you also know that off-the-beaten path places such as Massachusetts also have a lot to offer? In fact, Massachusetts is home to a whopping 124 Title IV degree-granting institutions and many of these schools offer some of the region’s best fashion programs.

Framington State


Located in suburban Boston, Framingham State University prepares aspiring designers for careers in fashion design, technical design, patternmaking, personal styling, product coordination, product development, and research and development.  FSU partners with the business community to keep both the faculty and the students on the leading edge of the ever-changing apparel design and retail industry.  The school has companies and individuals from important fashion houses nearby on its Industry Advisory Board.  They include J. Jill, Reebok and Stride Rite.

East Coast

Each day we receive emails from aspiring fashion designers asking us for advice as to which fashion design schools are the “best” in the US, a given state, or in a particular area of the country.  As such advice is difficult to provide on an individual basis, we have instead created this list of the Top 20 Fashion School Programs on the East Coast. For the record, we define the East Coast as Virginia, Rhode Island, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. 

Fashion marketing is a niche specialty degree as many fashion schools do not offer degrees specific to the marketing side of fashion. In preparing this list, we reviewed the program offerings of over 200 schools in the US that offer fashion related programs. Our goal with this list is to give students who are interested in fashion marketing a starting point by which they can identify the schools that offer fashion marketing specific programs. 

Massachusetts College of Art & Design

Massachusetts College of Art & Design: Fashion Design.
Boston, Massachusetts
Fashion Design Department

A primary goal of Massachusetts College of Art & Design’s fashion program is to teach students the fundamental skills and knowledge they need to successfully enter the fashion industry as professional designers. MassArt fashion majors are trained in both high fine arts couture and commerce, gaining marketable experience creating custom-made apparel as well as ready-to-wear clothing. Students also have the opportunity to work with traditional and non-traditional materials to create accessory design and theatrical costume. The fashion program trains students in the design and construction of men, women, and children’s clothing, as well as in essential design techniques such as detailing and pattern making. Students are encouraged to develop their own interests and style as they advance through the curriculum, which is taught using traditional design techniques combined with up-to-date computer design technology. Fashion majors culminate the design program with a Senior year degree project in which individuals conduct independent research and use the skills they’ve learned to create their own line of garments.

Framingham State College

Framingham State College: Fashion Design & Retailing/ Apparel Design/
Merchandising.
Framingham, Massachusetts
Fashion Design & Retailing, Consumer Sciences Department

The Framingham State College fashion program offers students several advantages that support their academic success and promote their advancement into professional positions in apparel design and merchandising. Several opportunities, programs, and services are in place to help achieve this goal, including business and industry partnerships, up-to-date computer technology, full-time faculty, personalized advising, career counseling, small class sizes, a core curriculum combined with liberal arts education, and a diverse student body. To better accommodate the various needs of student, and to support their academic success, Framingham State College offers some online courses.

Lasell College

Lasell College: Fashion Design & Production/ Fashion & Retail Merchandising/ Fashion
Communication & Promotion.
Newton, Massachusetts
Fashion Department

To make graduates more marketable in the fashion industry and related fields, Lasell College’s fashion curriculum incorporates both industry knowledge and a strong liberal arts education. The fashion program offers an arts and science foundation combined with courses that emphasize product knowledge and contemporary business practices. Lasell College’s fashion program is underpinned by the philosophy of connected learning, which strives to give students the opportunity to implement theoretical concepts they learn in class through industry-related assignments. Students work in the field alongside leading professionals in the fashion industry. Students gain highly sought-after skills in critical thinking and decision-making for use in professional settings.

Boston

The Boston Fashion Scene

Boston is the largest and most fashionable city in the state of Massachusetts, and everyone plays a part. For starters, most cultural institutions in Boston and surrounding areas, such as Lowell and Salem, regularly feature fashion collections and exhibitions. The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem hosted a collection of New York fashion icon Iris Apfel, and the American Textile Museum in Lowell has regular exhibitions that explore all aspects of fashion from fiber to haute couture. Next, Boston is home to the state’s largest fashion week—Boston Fashion Week. The event has been a tradition since 1995 and consists of a full week of fashion events at various venues throughout the city.