Mount Ida College senior Ani Moushigian began her college career with two complementary goals: to pursue every opportunity available to her and to do it well. Four years later, Moushigian has absolutely achieved those goals, and then some.  Throughout her four years at Mount Ida, she has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments and awards in academics and her collegiate activities.

Moushigian’s journey to Mount Ida to pursue her passion of interior design began several years ago growing up in Watertown, Massachusetts. Moushigian recalls her grandmother’s love of interior design as the spark igniting her blossoming interest in the areas of art, design, painting and drawing.

Pursuing Passion

Deciding to pursue her passion for interior design in college, Moushigian researched Interior Design accredited degree programs in Massachusetts, immediately discovering how Mount Ida stood apart from the start.

“All roads pointed to Mount Ida,” notes Moushigian. “When I arrived at Mount Ida, everyone was extremely helpful and I loved the small class sizes. Faculty is always willing to sit down with you and explain something that perhaps you don’t fully understand. I found that to be consistent through all four years.”


From her first day on campus at Mount Ida, Moushigian embraced her goal of getting involved and committed in everything she did.

“I got involved right away. I’ve been an Orientation leader three times, a member of the Institutional Design Committee for the new Student Center and a member of the Interior Design Society, including Co-President my junior and senior year,” says Moushigian.

Interior Design Society

As Co-President of the Interior Design Society, Moushigian is proud of her accomplishments in building up the club over the past two years to include more student networking on and off campus. Recent successful events have included the Lunch and Learn series, fashion shows and trips to New York City and Newport, Rhode Island.

“It’s important to network and explore off campus. The Interior Design Society recently visited Chapman Construction in Newton.  In addition we have had industry representatives come in and speak with our group as a part of our Lunch and Learn series,” Moushigian notes. “When you visit an actual company, learning impacts you in a different way as you are exposed to practicing professionals in your field who can really speak to you.”

Study Abroad

Moushigian knows the importance of off-campus learning experiences, seizing the opportunity to study abroad her sophomore year at Lorenzo deMedici in Italy and also participating in Mount Ida’s alternative spring break program two years in a row, this year as a co-coordinator.

“When you are in college, you need to take advantage of every opportunity. I knew I wanted to study abroad and I studied Italian for two years prior,” says Moushigian. “It was an unbelievable experience. There were classes in Italy that are just not available in the U.S.  When we would learn about history in class, instead of just reading about places in a book, I was able to actually visit those places and visually experience them.”

Real-World Experience

Pursuing every opportunity also included obtaining multiple internships in her field to gain real-world experience and to explore the many different focus areas of interior design. During her four years, Moushigian has interned at some of the oldest design firms in the local area including Boston Design Center’s The Martin Group and DRA Architects.

Career by Design

Currently enrolled in Mount Ida’s dynamic 4+1 program, Moushigian will spend an additional year at Mount Ida obtaining her master’s degree in management with a concentration in interior architecture. Currently she is working hard at pursuing her dream career in humanity design through her undergraduate thesis project.

“My first graduate class was global issues and designs, and it had a big impact on me. I was challenged with picking a big global issue in design and connecting it to my thesis which as a result of the class, has a concentration on fair trade,” notes Moushigian. “I am currently redesigning a building in Ghirardelli Square and using its function as Ghirardelli’s first steps into the world of fair trade.”

For Moushigian, interior design is not just art, but rather a way to help people and communities live more productive and fulfilling lives.

“I really like applying what I can do well to help other people, and that is what interior design is: helping people and creating a space for the end user to work well in and live well in,” concludes Moushigian.

For more information on the Interior Design Program at Mount Ida, please visit our degree program homepage.

Rising junior and senior high school students will have the opportunity to sharpen their design skills this summer during Mount Ida College’s Design Week. The program, beginning July 13 through July 18, invites high school students to get a taste of what it’s like to study design and related areas at the college level and to get informed and inspired about career paths in the design field.

The program will teach students to incorporate a wide array of design disciplines using state-of-the-art technology.

“We want to give high school students an opportunity to explore at the college level their interests and passions in a variety of design related fields,” says Jason Donati, Dean of Mount Ida’s School of Design. “Students will emerge from our one-week program with new skills, a new vocabulary for their area of interest, and increased confidence as an artist and problem solver – in addition to a portfolio for career pathways.”


Students will spend the week attending career-focused lectures, going to workshops and getting hands-on studio experience with leading design instructors.

In addition to experiencing Mount Ida campus life, students will choose from one design field workshop that interests them the most in the areas of: animation, game art and digital visualization; fashion design; fashion merchandising and marketing; graphic design; interior design; and commercial photography.

Students will have access to our on campus design studios throughout the week to conceptualize, work on and complete their own personal design portfolio.

For more information on how to reserve your spot at Mount Ida Design Week, visit our webpage at or contact us directly at (617) 928-4506. The deadline to register is July 3.

April 7, 2014, Newton, MA—Join us to experience Exposed, Mount Ida College School of Design’s annual Fashion Show, produced by students from the Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising & Marketing and Graphic Design programs, on Saturday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Royale Nightclub on 279 Tremont Street in Boston. Ticket information available at Our Fashion Show event is open to the Mount Ida Community and the general public.

“This year’s Fashion Show is a creative tour-de-force of three School of Design programs,” said Kathleen Potter, Fashion Merchandising & Marketing Professor.  She continued, “On the runway, you will see the culmination of work from our fashion design students. While behind the scenes, our graphic design and fashion merchandising and marketing students have been focused on everything from creative, marketing and communications to event planning of this much-anticipated show.”


Mount Ida welcomes and is very proud to present our panel of respected and accomplished fashion industry experts who will judge our fashion design students’ work on the runway: Kathy Benharris, Fashion Show Producer; Jay Calderín, Founder and Executive Director of Boston Fashion Week; David Josef, local Fashion Designer; and Yolanda Cellucci, local Fashion Designer and icon. Our judges will assess creativity, uniqueness, originality, and quality of the garments featured in the Exposed Fashion Show.

We are also thrilled to introduce a new venue for our fashion show, Royale Nightclub, in the heart of Boston’s theatre district. The new location offers real-world, big city excitement and energy for our students’ Fashion Show production.

In addition to purchasing tickets online, tickets are available for purchase on campus at the Campus Center: Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Center for Engagement and Leadership on the second floor; and Monday – Thursday from 11:00 2:00 p.m. at the Dining Commons on the first floor.

To learn more and to catch all the behind-the-scenes details of our designers and participating School of Design students, follow us on social media on Twitter @MountIdaExposed. Please use #MountIdaExposed to share your posts and photographs with us.

About Mount Ida College

Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts that provides career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation of social sciences, humanities, and the arts—all to prepare our students for achievement in their chosen careers, and in life. With a tight-knit, inclusive community, a diverse student body, winning NCAA Division III sports teams, a beautiful and safe suburban campus, and a vibrant school spirit, Mount Ida is the place where students become the best version of themselves. To learn more, visit the College’s website at