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Boston Schools of Fashion Design: Courses and Degree Programs

There are a few schools within 11 miles of Boston, Massachusetts, that have fashion design programs. Read an overview of two schools' programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Fashion Design Schools in Boston, Massachusetts

The purpose of the following resource is to introduce you to the program options at two Boston fashion design schools, which include one private and one public college. In addition to the program summaries, you'll find a comparison table with key school facts and information about an additional school option.

  • Lasell College is situated about 11 miles from Boston in Newton and offers a bachelor's degree in fashion design and production. Lasell College also offers two fashion-related student organizations and clubs: the Fashion Connection and the Fashion and Service Society.
  • Also located right in Boston, approximately three miles from the downtown, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design offers a bachelor's degree program for aspiring fashion designers. The college has been host to fashion design exhibitions from designers like Zandra Rhodes and holds annual student-designed fashion shows.

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Comparison of Schools

The following table will provide you with a sneak peek at our three featured schools. Start reading to find information about enrollment, tuition, admissions and graduation rates.

Lasell College Massachusetts College of Art and Design
School Type 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2014) 2,070* 2,095*
Campus Setting Small city Large city
Tuition and Fees (2015-2016) $32,000* $11,725 in-state; $31,225 out-of-state*
% of Full-Time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 97%* 89%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 76%* 73%*
Retention Rate (2013-2014) 75% for full-time students* 89% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (2008) 57%* 70%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Lasell College

The areas of focus in this school's program are clothing design, the promotional and visual techniques associated with design and retail merchandising.

Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design and Production

This 4-year degree program provides students with a basic foundation in both business and liberal arts. It includes courses in fashion history and illustration, apparel and pattern development, clothing construction and digital design. Undergraduates also study textiles, draping, couture detail and tailoring. They also develop a portfolio and produce a thesis in their senior year. Additional requirements include a general education core, art courses, electives and a fashion design internship.

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Aspiring designers study high fashion, fine art and commercial fashion in this school's program. The construction of clothing for women and men is included, in addition to the creation of theatrical costumes.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design

Areas of study in this program include fashion history, illustration and marketing; textiles; handbag design and tailoring. Students also become familiar with the digital tools used in fashion design and learn how to draft and construct patterns. Curriculum requirements also include a general education core and departmental electives; study abroad in Antwerp and Paris or Brazil is optional. The program culminates in a design project and portfolio.

Other School Option

Mount Ida College is located about ten miles from downtown Boston. This private, not-for-profit college is somewhat smaller than the two featured schools and offers a bachelor's degree program in fashion design.

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