Bachelor of Fine Arts
The Fashion Design department goals are to support personal development in design by emphasizing concept-driven fashion, innovation and presentation. Through creative process, industry practice, technical competency and craft, students build the knowledge and critical thinking needed to become a versatile fashion designer.
Fashion students are encouraged to develop innovative design messages as they master pattern drafting and detailing techniques along with exploring current practices used by sustainable fashion designers/companies, organic and eco-friendly textiles, waste minimization and upcycling in design and manufacturing.
Fashion Design facilities offer studio/classrooms, labs, lecture and workrooms equipped with industry-standard cutting tables, industrial machines, dress forms and software for apparel and textile design. Students connect with the materials resource center and research/reference library within the department and are afforded college-wide gallery, library and exhibition space.
Fashion students research, sketch, design and construct garments. Traditional methods of foundation and shape are developed for bespoke clothing. Trend forecasting and fabric innovations are explored for ready-to-wear line productions. Students communicate theme concepts, design silhouettes and production flat sketches in storyboard development and presentations. They become proficient in CAD and digital printing for textiles.
The senior-year degree project draws on independent research and students are encouraged to explore their individual aesthetic. Final portfolios reflect the student’s work along with their experience from participation in industry internships. Fashion Design faculty represent diverse areas of fashion expertise and research including global design and sustainability; historical costume research; working with artisans in Brazil, France and India.
The MassArt Fashion Department collaborates with the following companies and organizations as part of the undergraduate experience:
Projects: Primark, Polartec, Matouk Linens, Italian Trade Commission, Revere Hotel | Boston Common, Neiman Marcus, Peabody Essex Museum, Levi Strauss, Rogers Corporation - Poron, Karmaloop, Copley Place Mall, LVMH - PPR, Finagle a Bagel, RadiciSpandex, Simon Malls
Internships: Boston Ballet, TJMaxx, Oscar de la Renta, Zac Posen, Heartloom, Amsale Group, Boston Conservatory, Puma, Reebok, Converse, OKW, Sondra Celli, DVF, Vera Wang
MassArt Fashion Stories
Project Runway star Sandhya Garg joins MassArt Fashion Department. Read more
Portfolios by Gloria Im '15 BFA and Morgan Hill '16 BFA were selected for the CFDA+ 2015 Fashion Design Graduate platform. Read more
For the opening of Primark's first US store, the retail giant partnered with MassArt Read more
MassArt's 2015 Fashion Show featured in The Huffington Post. Read more
Discover the legacy of MassArt Fashion, from 1907 to today. Read more