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Fashion Design

BFA program

MassArt Fashion Design BFA students are steeped in a program that emphasizes creative process, industry practice, and technical competency and craft.

Since 1907, the MassArt Fashion Design department has been cultivating and nurturing designers, leaders, and artists in the realm of fashion. Our mission is to shape thoughtful, individual, and collaborative designers and makers into creative problem solvers and critical thinkers, equipped with the technical and innovative skills to become reflective agents of change.

Our core values support students who are preparing for the creative industries and community engagement to design with purpose, and to be sustainable practitioners who are environmentally and socially responsible as well as culturally aware and also prioritize equity and inclusion.

Fashion Design students study the processes, techniques, and tools of the modern fashion industry, and become proficient in:

  • digital and hand drawing
  • pattern drafting
  • garment construction
  • tailoring and couture techniques
  • trend forecasting
  • fabric innovation
  • digital textile production

Students also learn the business fundamentals of apparel marketing, manufacturing, and production processes, while also exploring sustainable practices, organic and eco-friendly textiles, waste minimization, and upcycling.

The program emphasizes 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 versatile fashion designers fully prepared to enter the competitive industry.

Fashion Design is a part of every person’s life – it’s the art you live your life in and wear every day. Cara Tuttle's Headshot. Cara Tuttle Associate Professor, Fashion Design
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Fashion Design Studios

Students have access to studios, classrooms, labs, 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 fashion archive within the department and are afforded college-wide gallery, library and exhibition space.


Our partners

The MassArt Fashion Department collaborates with the following companies and organizations as part of the undergraduate experience:

Primark, Anne Fontaine, Italian Trade Commission, Council of Fashion Designers of America, Bemis SewFree, Revere Hotel, Riccardi of Boston, Neiman Marcus, Peabody Essex Museum, Levi Strauss, Rogers Corporation, Copley Place Mall, Finagle a Bagel, RadiciSpandex

Boston Ballet, TJMaxx, Diane Von Furstenberg, Oscar de la Renta, Zac Posen, Marc Jacobs, Heartloom, Boston Conservatory, Puma, Reebok, Converse, OKW, Alan Bilzerian, Vera Wang, L’Elite

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Fashion Design BFA program are expected to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes.


  • Produce innovative and original designs
    Understand design elements: color, line, texture, silhouette
    Use research to inform design development
    Appreciation for historical reference


  • Understanding of the creative process
  • Build collaborative skills
  • Build verbal and written communication skills
  • Time management
  • Professionalism


  • Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends
  • Evaluate work of self and others with a critical eye
  • Understanding team and group partnering


  • Development and understanding of clothing construction and craft
  • Development and understanding of flat pattern drafting and draping techniques
  • Work effectively with industry standard software (Illustrator, Photoshop, Gerber)


  • Understanding apparel manufacturing and production procedures
  • Market understanding through category and customer
  • Connecting through internships and project collaborations
  • Social consciousness


  • Create professional and organized presentations that reflect individual style
  • Effectively communicate two- and three-dimensional designs
  • Produce accurate and detailed technical flat drawings by hand and computer
  • Produce a body of work – apparel lines/collections and portfolio suitable for seeking professional opportunities
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A Sustainable Approach to Fashion

Heily Rivas ‘24 BFA
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Boston, MA 02115

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