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Top Fashion Design Programs in Massachusetts

Written by FS StaffAugust 20, 2013

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.

Students, alums, and others may not publish an “official” list of America’s best schools, but their “Top Schools” directory gets pretty close to the official version. The schools that make the list may be judged by factors such as job placement services, cost, convenience, student clubs and organizations, intramural sports, art and culture, facilities, student population, and maybe even Greek life.

Continue reading to find out about Massachusetts’s top fashion design programs and what they have to offer. Please note that the schools listed below are in order by student population, from largest to smallest.

Top Fashion Design School Programs Massachusetts - Boston

Fisher College
Student Population: 1,812
Backdrop: Urban, 1+ acre campus, easy access to Cambridge
Degrees Offered: B.S. Management with a Fashion Management or Retail Management concentration

Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Student Population: 1,769
Backdrop: Urban, 5-acre campus, easy access to Cambridge
Degrees Offered: B.F.A. Fashion Design, B.F.A. Fibers, B.F.A. Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Fashion Design Certificate

Bay State College
Student Population: 1,200
Backdrop: Urban, 1+ acre campus, easy access to Cambridge
Degrees Offered: Bachelor's Degree Fashion Merchandising, Associates Degree Fashion Design, Fashion Retail Merchandising, and Retail Business Management

Top Fashion Design School Programs Massachusetts - Other Cities and Towns

North Dartmouth
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Student Population: 9,225
Backdrop: Suburban, 710-acre campus, easy access to Boston, Providence RI
Degrees Offered: B.F.A. Textile Design/Fiber Arts, B.F.A. Jewelry/Metals, Minor in Textile Design/Fiber Arts, Certificate in Artisanry with a focus in Textile Design/Fiber Arts or Jewelry/Metals, Minor Jewelry Metals

Framingham State University
Student Population: 4,489
Backdrop: Town, 73-acre campus, easy access to Boston
Degrees Offered: B.S. Fashion Design and Retailing with a concentration in Apparel Design or Merchandising, Apparel Design Minor

Lasell College
Student Population: 1,700
Backdrop: Suburban, 50-acre campus, easy access to Boston, Cambridge
Degrees Offered: B.A. Fashion Communication and Promotion, B.A. Fashion Design and Production, B.S. Fashion and Retail Merchandising

Mount Ida College
Student Population: 1,500
Backdrop: Suburban, 72-acre campus, easy access to Boston, Cambridge
Degrees Offered: B.S. Fashion Design, B.S. Fashion Merchandising & Marketing, B.S. Interior Design

Newbury College
Student Population: 1,006
Backdrop: Suburban, 10-acre campus, easy access to Boston, Cambridge
Degrees Offered: B.S. Fashion Merchandising, B.S. Interior Design

The New England Institute of Art
Student Population: 825
Backdrop: Suburban, 1+ acre campus, easy access to Boston, Cambridge
Degrees Offered: B.S. Fashion & Retail Management, B.S. Interior Design

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