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Academics

The School of Fashion Design is a fully licensed studio school offering a 2-year Certificate in Fashion Design, and a 3-year Diploma in Fashion Design. 

Certificates are awarded to students completing our 2-year fashion design curriculum. Diplomas are awarded to students who complete their third year “Designer’s Line” collection in a concentration of their choice (bridal, sportswear, children’s wear, menswear, swimwear, lingerie, etc).

Students may complete our programs on a full or part time basis, or take individual classes on a Continuing Education part-time basis. New semesters begin each fall, spring and summer.

     2-year Certificate in Fashion Design
     3-year Diploma in Fashion Design

The School of Fashion Design is a private nonprofit studio arts school, licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Division of Professional Licensure, Office of Proprietary Schools.

Students may elect to complete our two-year Certificate in Fashion Design on a full or part time basis. Full time students generally take five courses each semester for two years. Students completing the full program receive a Certificate in Fashion Design from SFD.

Students may also elect to complete a third year of study to receive their Diploma in Fashion Design.  These students spend their third year working on a unified design Collection within a specific design concentration (bridal, sportswear, children’s wear, menswear, swimwear, lingerie, etc).

The School of Fashion Design is the only educational institution in Massachusetts dedicated exclusively to the study of fashion design. Our curriculum stresses a solid foundation in traditional techniques, and addresses technological demands of the contemporary market.

Coursework begins at the beginning. Students with no prior drawing or sewing experience learn from scratch. Students with prior experience hone their skills and solidify best practices in the design discipline.  Our expert faculty brings professional industry experience to our studio classrooms, providing students with a unique hands-on environment to prepare for their fashion careers.


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Semester I

Clothing Construction I
Fashion Sketching I
History of Costume
Pattern Making I
2-D Color & 3-D Design
Semester II

Clothing Construction II
Fashion Sketching II
Pattern Making II
Professional Development in Fashion Design
Fundamentals of Textiles

Semester III


Clothing Construction III
CAD for Apparel I
French Draping I
Pattern Making III
CAD Art for Fashion Design

Semester IV


Clothing Construction IV
French Draping II
Pattern Making IV
Production and Technical Design
Expert Fit Patterns: Grading and Specifications


Classes begin September, January, and June.
Courses are offered days, evenings, and Saturdays.
Students may also elect to take courses on a part-time basis.

Comparable courses taken at other institutions may be transferred in accordance with SFD policies. The maximum time for completion of the Certificate in Fashion Design is three years from the date a student begins study at SFD.

Full course descriptions below.

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Internships

Students are highly encouraged to complete an internship in their course of study at SFD. We will assist in placing students in internships. Internships with local designers or larger corporations provide students with practical workplace experience and a competitive advantage in a highly competitive industry.

The School of Fashion Design has established relationships with local designers and companies seeking fashion design interns. Our faculty and staff regularly research internship opportunities, and are available to assist students with placement. SFD alumni also frequently contact us with internship opportunities.

Our students have enjoyed internships with:

Boston Ballet
Carolina Herrera
Daniel Faucher Couture
Denise Hajjar
Michael Kors
Proenza Schouler
Rag  & Bone
and more



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Continuing Education

The School of Fashion Design offers individual classes in fashion design for the returning student, fashion professional, or fashion enthusiast seeking personal development.  Our full course catalog is offered on an individual class basis.

Our expert faculty brings professional industry experience to our studio classrooms, providing students with a unique hands-on learning experience at every skill level.

If you wish to take more advanced classes, and you have prior experience, you may be asked to show samples of your work so that we can determine the best placement for your skill level.

Courses are offered days, evenings, and weekends.
Classes begin September, January, and June.

Classes include:
Clothing Construction (Levels I, II, III, IV)
Fashion Sketching  (Levels I, II, III, IV)
History of Costume
History of Costume II (Couture)
Pattern Making (Levels I, II, III, IV)
Textile Workshop
Color & 2-D Design
French Draping (Levels I & II)
Couture Detail
3-D Design
CAD Apparel - Pattern Making & Grading (Levels I & II)
CAD Art (Levels I & II)
 
Full course descriptions below.

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Students taking part time classes are able to apply those course credits toward our Certificate in Fashion Design, provided the entire course of study is completed.  Comparable courses taken at other institutions may be transferred in accordance with SFD policies. The maximum time for completion of the Certificate in Fashion Design is three years from the date a student begins study at SFD.

See SFD Policies.


Summer

The School of Fashion Design offers classes during the summer session.

Courses include (subject to summer schedule availability):
Clothing Construction (Levels I, II, III, IV)
Fashion Sketching  (Levels I, II, III, IV)
History of Costume
History of Costume II (Couture)
Pattern Making (Levels I, II, III, IV)
Textile Workshop
Color & 2-D Design
French Draping (Levels I & II)
Couture Detail
3-D Design
CAD Apparel - Pattern Making & Grading (Levels I & II)
CAD Art (Levels I & II)

Our expert faculty brings professional industry experience to our studio classrooms, providing students with a unique hands-on learning experience at every skill level.

Summer courses may be applied toward the Certificate in Fashion Design if the student is pursuing the full SFD course of study. Classes may be taken on an individual basis for fashion professionals, or fashion enthusiasts seeking personal development.

See summer schedule.

Apply today!




Teen Fashion Clinics


The School of Fashion Design offers a cutting edge, hands-on fashion program for the next generation of designers. Ideal for both beginner and advanced level students, our Teen Fashion Clinics provides teens an opportunity to test their interest in fashion, explore their talents, or get a jumpstart on their fashion education.

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Faculty

Elaina Barisano
Massachusetts College of Art, BFA
School of Fashion Design, Alumnus

Elaina Barisano has enjoyed a diverse fashion and fine art career…diverse, yet always centered around creative problem solving through design. Elaina brings to her classroom a wealth of knowledge and experience in pattern making, technical sketching and fashion illustration, lace motif engineering, leather design, visual merchandising, interior design, design engineer, and fine art.
 
Teaching is Elaina’s first love, and her enthusiasm for her students is contagious. Elaina’s objective as a teacher is ‘to be a guide, not a critic; to be a light, not a judge,’ and her goal for all her students is to become accomplished and confident in their design work in their career. She says, “my greatest joy is to see my students believe in themselves, take chances, take risks and grow to feel what it means to be fully aware, productive, and alive in the moment.”
 
 
Jay Calderin
 
The Boston Globe refers to Jay Calderin as "a budding designer's best friend.” He is the author of The Fashion Design Reference & Specification Book (formerly Form, Fit, Fashion), which the LA Times called, "a new fashion bible for designers, aspirers and the just plain curious, this tome contains all the secrets." The Library Journal said, “In 100 short articles embellished with full-color photos and illustrations, Calderin brings even highly conceptual and esoteric fashion design ideas down to earth” about his second book Fashion Design Essentials. He collaborated on Fashion Design, Referenced, and was a contributor to Native Fashion Now, the book that accompanied the Peabody Essex Museum's exhibit of the same name. What They Didn’t Teach You in Fashion School is his latest book. Internationally acclaimed couturier Ralph Rucci says, "The importance of Jay Calderin's book truly cannot be overstated. Not only is it important to show what the human hand can do, but equally as necessary is to guide young people through the process of working in this field. This book provides readers with that wide and deep overview.”
 
Calderin founded Boston Fashion Week and has served as the organization's Executive Director since 1995. In 2012 he was appointed Creative Director of the first Chengdu Fashion Week in China. His work as a fashion designer has graced the pages of Vogue and Elle magazines. He held the office of Regional Director of the Fashion Group International of Boston (FGI Boston) from 2009-2010 and has served on the Design Industry Group of Massachusetts (DIGMA) Design Advisory Council since 2008. In 2015 Jay was invited to serve on the Leadership Council for Boston Creates - a citywide cultural planning process led by the Mayor of Boston's Office of Arts and Culture. Jay was honored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay as Big Brother of the Year in 2009, by Youth Design as Mentor of the Year in 2014, and in 2018 by the Boston Arts Academy for his achievements in fashion.

 
 
Joe Carl
Teaching Assistant
School of Fashion Design, Alumnus

Joe Carl graduated from the School of Fashion Design in 2005. Since then, he has been working as Assistant to the Designer at Daniel FaucherCouture. Joe is a teaching assistant at The School of Fashion Design and Massachusetts College of Art & Design. He also co-teaches the High School Prep program at SFD. Joe is currently working on earning his Masters Degree in Fashion Design.
 
 
Daniel Faucher
Senior Instructor
School of Fashion Design, Alumnus

Daniel Faucher is the recipient of both the Bonwit Teller Award and the Designers Line Award. After graduating from SFD, Daniel began his career at North End Fabrics Harrison Textiles as a fabric buyer and store manager. In 1985, after working for several prestigious design firms in Boston and New York, Daniel began designing under his own label, Daniel Faucher Couture, creating special occasion apparel. Daniel is one of the few practitioners of couture dressmaking and creates one-of-a-kind ensembles for his clients in his South End atelier.
 
His collections are seen routinely at the Ritz-Carlton, Boston Harbor, Four Seasons and Colonnade hotels in Boston, and have graced the pages of such publications as Women's Wear Daily, Boston Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and New England Bride. Daniel teaches pattern making, construction, and draping at all levels. Daniel tells his students, “everything in life is a learned skill, and putting in the time and effort is all that is required. Developing those skills happens over time, and everything can be learned.”
 
 
Margaritta C. (Marney) Grimes
School of Fashion Design, Alumnus

Marney Grimes began in the workroom of Alfred Fiandaca as a sample cutter and quickly advanced to Design Assistant. She then held a position as pattern maker at local industry giant Mast Industries. While her children were young, Marney worked independently doing Bridal and Formal alterations. Later, she was the Costume Designer for Winchester Cooperative Theatre and remained in costume design for ten years. In 2009, she was hired by Cibeline Sariano to create custom pieces for individual customers based on her ready-to-wear line. A few years later, she joined the production staff of Daniel Faucher Couture. Today she is on the production staff at Sondra Celli Design. At SFD, Marney teaches Clothing Construction and Pattern Making.
  
 
Phyllis Misite
Boston College, MA and PhD
Framingham State College, BS
Fashion Institute of Technology, AAS

Phyllis Misite has been teaching Computer Aided Design (CAD) since 1994. Computers and fashion design are her passion and combining the two makes it twice the fun for her!  She has taught all facets of fashion design at the college level since 1979 including illustration, pattern making, draping, CAD I, II and III and advanced studio classes.
  
 
Martha Palaza
 
Martha Palaza is an apparel design professional whose experience and education has focused on production, manufacturing, and teaching. Her skills include patternmaking, draping, garment construction, and textiles. Martha has worked as a Costume Technician for Costume Works of Somerville, Massachusetts, whose clients are national theater and opera troupes and entertainment companies. When not working as a freelance pattern maker, Martha teaches at the School of Fashion Design (Boston).

Martha earned an MFA in fashion design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, a BA in studio art from Framingham State University in Massachusetts, and a certificate in fashion design from the School of Fashion Design, Boston.
 
 
Shaunt Sarian

Growing up in his family's handbag workshop in Lebanon, Shaunt learned the skills of meticulous design and the art of making a beautiful bag by hand. Shaunt travels the world in search of inspiration and exotic materials for his handbag and accessory collections. Luxurious textures such as pythons, ostrich, sting ray, patent leather and calf skin are available in a variety of gorgeous colors to create a one-of-a-kind handbag for each client. Each handbag is a statement, a tribute to modern artisanship and design enticed by a European flair.

Earlier in his career, Shaunt had worked for celebrated designers such as Anne Klein, Donna Karan and Cole Haan, developing their products and helping build their accessory brands. Sarian Designs limited edition handbag collections embody everything that is important to Shaunt - distinctive craftsmanship, beautiful materials and personalized attention to the client's vision.
 
 
Lisa Taranto
Boston College, B.S.
School of Fashion Design, Certificate in Fashion Design

Lisa Taranto is an SFD Instructor in Pattern Making, Construction, Sportswear Pattern Making, Sportswear Construction, Level IV Tailoring Construction. After graduating from Boston College with a degree in Biology, Lisa worked in the research field for five years. During this time, she also developed her sewing interest from hobby to professional career in both custom work and teaching fashion.
 
Lisa was also a Technical Designer for companies including Bennett & Co., Judi Armand Inc. for Talbots Collection Label, and L.L. Bean Signature. Her approach to teaching draws on her science background. Lisa says "sewing is like an experiment; theory, materials list, data, observations and conclusion are all components. The end result is influenced by many variables that we can learn to control to get the results that we want.”
 

 
 
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