Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design:

Our Fashion Design Program offers technical preparation with bold creativity.

Great fashion designers create cutting-edge styles out of classic design principles. A similar pattern shapes the nationally accredited Fashion Design Bachelor’s Degree at Mount Ida. In our Fashion Design Program, you’ll stitch your own fashion design creativity into the traditional cloth of a New England college education. Our bachelor’s degree in fashion design offers practical, hands-on instruction in small classes led by experienced fashion designers. You’ll develop a portfolio of clothing that expresses your fashion design vision, while cultivating the technique you need to weave a long-lasting career in fashion design.

Mount Ida’s Fashion Design Program offers professional preparation from day one, with emphasis on basic fashion design skills such as drawing, sewing, patternmaking and tailoring. You’ll have direct access to the fashion industry via Boston’s very active fashion business community, with internship opportunities at some of the industry’s leading companies. In addition, you can do an internship in New York, gaining workplace experience and making valuable professional contacts while you earn credit toward your fashion design degree.

You’ll develop full lines of clothing in both the junior and senior years, with many opportunities to exhibit your collection, including:

  • Mount Ida’s annual Spring Fashion Show
  • Boston Fashion Week, a more than 20-year-old local showcase that features young designers alongside established industry pros
  • Natick Mall, an upscale shopping attraction about 10 miles from Mount Ida College

Very few fashion design schools can offer these kinds of learning experiences—and that’s why Mount Ida’s Fashion Design Program might be the perfect fit for you.

Our Fashion Design degree provides comprehensive preparation for a career in fashion design. You’ll take a wide range of skill-building courses, mastering advanced fashion design concepts such as:

  • Computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Technical design and production
  • Business in the fashion industry
  • Public speaking and presentation
  • Contemporary fashion trends

But you’ll also study history, literature, art and science, gaining a broad cultural perspective you can’t get from most fashion design schools. And Mount Ida’s vibrant campus and diverse student body are an education in themselves, offering you the chance to build relationships, cross cultural boundaries and draw inspiration from outside your major.

The fashion design degree requires 123 credits and is broken down like this:

  • 66 credits in fashion design core courses
  • 21 credits in art foundation courses
  • 6 credits in fashion design supporting courses
  • 30 credits in arts, science and humanities

Here are just a few of the courses you may be taking:

  • FD 105 – Draping and Couture I
  • FD 317 – Computer-Aided Design I
  • FD 402 – The Business of Fashion

For complete course listings please refer to our catalog. To learn more about our faculty, please visit the faculty and staff directory.


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Our Fashion Design Program has a strong job placement record. Graduates of our fashion design program can compete successfully for jobs throughout the fashion industry. Options for immediate employment include:

  • Assistant designer
  • Spec and fit technician
  • Trend researcher
  • Costume designer
  • Apparel production manager

Long-range options include head designer, fashion business owner and many others (credit Melvyn here). In addition, Mount Ida fashion design program graduates often pursue graduate degrees in fashion design, textile design, costume design or related fields.