Massachusetts College of Art

Programs: Fashion Design, Fibers, Jewelry

Address: 621 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 2115

Massachusetts College of Art

Founded in 1873 and located in Boston, Massachusetts, this college of visual and applied art is one of the oldest art schools, the only publicly funded free-standing art school in the United States; it was also the first art college in the United States to grant an artistic degree. It has 18,000 students and a campus of 6 interconnected buildings, some of them recently renovated.

The fashion design department teaches students how to design, research and construct both couture and ready-to-wear garments.

Students are encouraged to explore their individual interests and to develop their own style as they master illustration, design, pattern-drafting and mass-production techniques.

Students also gain exposure to the design of theatrical costumes and digital textiles while studying at Mass Art

Basic Foundations to Cutting Edge

Traditional methods of foundation and shape are developed for couture and bespoke clothing. Trend forecasting and fabric innovations are explored for ready-to-wear line production. Computer knowledge in industry software Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator along with Gerber CAM are incorporated into the curriculum. Faculty teach time-honored design methods along with cutting edge computer design technology as students complete ensembles in a variety of apparel categories while considering issues of marketability, cost, care and comfort.

Senior Year Project

For the degree project undertaken during the senior year, students create a signature line or collection, drawing upon independent research and their individual aesthetic. Students have participated in Council of Fashion Designers of America competitions and team projects with the Italian Trade Commission, Chadwick’s and Karmaloop. Fashion design students obtain internships and positions – from designing to manufacturing and product development; theater costuming and retail merchandising – with Michael Kors, Rag and Bone, DKNY, Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Sui, Victoria’s Secret, Puma, Nautica, Zac Posen, Tory Burch, Betsy Johnson, Armani AX, Tommy Hilfiger, Vera Wang, and Nicole Miller.

Accreditation & Admissions

The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. It is ranked among the top art colleges in the country. Businessweek recognized MassArt as one of the top global design schools, and U.S. News & World Report ranks MassArt’s MFA Program #1 in Massachusetts.

Admission to the Graduate Programs is highly selective, ranking among the top three graduate programs in art and design in the country, as reported by the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.

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