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 Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design at Mount Ida. In our Fashion Design program, you will stitch your own fashion design creativity into the traditional cloth of a New England college education. Mount Ida’s Fashion Design degree offers practical, hands-on instruction in small classes led by experienced fashion designers. You will 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 will 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 will 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 will 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

In addition, you will also study history, literature, art and science, gaining a broad cultural perspective you cannot get from most fashion design schools. Additionally, 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 Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design requires 123 credits and is broken down as follows:

  • 66 credits in Fashion Design core courses
  • 21 credits in art foundation courses
  • 6 credits in Fashion Industry Marketing and Management 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.


Faculty & Staff Directory

Mount Ida’s Fashion Design program has an exceptional job placement record. The Fashion Design curriculum prepares graduates for career pathways in the following areas:

  • 3D Technical Designer
  • Apparel Designer
  • Apparel Production Technician
  • Apparel Product Designer
  • Costume Designer
  • Fit Specialist
  • Patternmaker
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Textile Print Designer
  • Trend Researcher

Students may also pursue graduate studies by enrolling in the Master of Science in Management 4+1 program at Mount Ida, which allows students to complete master’s courses during their senior year, facilitating the completion of a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just five years. Other graduate study options include a Master of Fine Arts or other graduate programs in related fashion studies.