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School of Design

Fashion Design
Bachelor of Science

Focus your bold creativity while building your technical skills in a top-ranked fashion program.

Student works on mannequin in the School of Design for a project.

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), Mount Ida’s Fashion Design program will prepare you for a professional career in the fields of apparel design, apparel manufacturing, and the retailing industry.

Our program is ranked as one of the Top 20 Fashion Design Colleges on the east coast by FashionSchools.

Preparation for the real world.

Fashion Design students 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, and contemporary fashion trends. You’ll have a chance to utilize up-to-date software and fashion-forward techniques to develop a strong and comprehensive portfolio of work. Juniors and seniors in the program develop full lines of clothing with opportunities to exhibit their collections at the annual Mount Ida Spring Fashion Show, Boston Fashion Week, and nearby retail galleries. Graduates of our fashion design program can compete successfully for jobs throughout the fashion industry due to connections made and internship opportunities in Boston and New York.

For details about the curriculum, the complete course listing, specific program requirements and expected learning outcomes please refer to the Fashion Design degree program in our College Catalog.

Model on a Fashion Design Runway

Program Requirements - 123 credits, broken out into the following categories:

  • 72 credits- Program Requirements Courses
  • 21 credits- Art Foundation Courses
  • 30 credits- All College Curriculum and Other Required Courses

Here are some of the core courses you may be taking:

  • FD 105- Draping and Couture I
  • FD 205- Computer Applications for Fashion Design
  • FD 221- Sophomore Design Studio
  • FD 303- Technical Design and Production
  • FD 311- Fashion Industry Sketching
  • FD 402- The Business of Fashion
  • FD 405- Senior Design Student: Development

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Here to teach, guide, cultivate and inspire.

As well-respected in their industries as they are in the classroom, Mount Ida’s instructors will expand your practical knowledge, challenge your thinking, and empower you to reach your potential.

To learn more about our faculty, please visit the Fashion Industries faculty directory.

Faculty Spotlight

Aleta Deyo

Fashion Design Program Coordinator Associate Professor

Professor Deyo is the ‘voice’ of Fashion Futures, the annual student-produced runway show, proudly announcing each designer’s name as the fashions appear. The show is the culmination of weeks of frenetic activity, with Deyo keeping track of the details that bring packed houses to the show held in a large Boston club. But, that is one night that all began semesters ago in the classroom. To Professor Deyo, costume design is about solving multiple problems to achieve one final ...

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Life after Graduation.

Mount Ida’s Fashion Design program has an exceptional job placement record. The Fashion Design curriculum prepares graduates for many career pathways. Students can expect to find placement in the following positions after graduation:

  • 3D technical designer
  • Apparel designer
  • Apparel production technician
  • Apparel product designer
  • Costume designer
  • Fit specialist
  • Patternmaker
  • Quality control technician
  • Textile print designer
  • Trend researcher

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Admissions

We assign every prospective student a dedicated admissions counselor to guide them along every step of the applications process. Our no-fee applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so there’s no better time to apply. Learn more about the process in our Admissions & Aid section.

Tuition Fees and Aid

Tuition:

Resident Students, 2017-2018 tuition, fees, room & board (before aid is deducted) is $49,400.

Commuter Students, 2017-2018 tuition and fees (before aid is deducted) is $35,720.

Additional information regarding the breakdown of direct, indirect costs and program fees can be found by viewing the 2017-18 Billing Guide.

*Students enrolling in the Veterinary Technology, Design and Dental Programs (excluding Pre Dental Hygiene and Degree completion) should add $1,700 for expected program expenses.

Aid:
As part of our commitment to making college affordable, Mount Ida College has increased the aid we award from $12 million in 2012 to over $20 million in 2017. All new students entering in Fall 2018 are expected to receive some type of merit award, with most awards anticipated to be between $15,000 – $27,000 per year – and that’s before we award need-based aid. Visit here for more details about other costs and financial aid.

98%

of Mount Ida students 
receive some form of financial aid

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Upon meeting the Mount Ida Fashion Design seniors I was struck by the diverse group of students from around the region and globe all working together to build solid collections informed by respectful communication and strong friendships.
David Bermingham

Fashion Design Adjunct Professor

Fashion Design in the School of Design