Massachusetts

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

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.

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