Boston Schools of Fashion Design: Courses and Degree Programs

Oct 20, 2021

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 10 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.
  • Located right in Boston, approximately three miles from downtown, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design offers a certificate and 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.

Comparison of Schools

The following table will provide you with a sneak peek at our two 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 (2019) 2,041* 2,095*
Campus Setting Small city Large city
Tuition and Fees (2019-2020) $37,000* $13,700 in-state; $38,400 out-of-state*
% of Full-Time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2018-2019) 97%* 96%*
Acceptance Rate (2019) 84%* 58%*
Retention Rate (2018-2019) 74% for full-time students* 85% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (for students who began their studies Fall 2013) 59%* 71%*

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 Fine Arts in Fashion Design and Production

This 4-year degree program provides students with a basic foundation in this area of study. 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 complete a thesis project in production. Students must also complete an 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.

Fashion Design Certificate

This short program offers foundational coursework in tailoring, pattern drafting and creative fashion design. Students can take electives in textile design, fashion industry production, costume design and digital tools for fashion design. The program can be completed in two or three years.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design

Areas of study in this program include fashion history, illustration, 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 seven 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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