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Your fashion education begins here, at the School of Fashion Design, where you learn how to be the best. Our vastly experienced faculty offer expert instruction in our studio workrooms.  We are accepting applications now for full time, part time, continuing education, and high school prep.

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and send with payment to School of Fashion Design, 136 Newbury Street, Boston MA 02116.

Application Requirements & Deadlines

To apply to the School of Fashion Design, you must be a high school graduate or have your GED.

Full-time applicants to the School of Fashion Design are required to submit the following:

    •    SFD full time application
    •    $50 application fee annually, nonrefundable
    •    Copy of high school diploma or GED
    •    High school or college transcripts
    •    One letter of reference (not required for continuing education students)
    •    Optional: portfolio review of fine art and/or sewing examples
    •    Optional: personal interview (if residing within 100 miles of SFD)

Part-time or Continuing Education applicants to the School of Fashion Design are required to submit the following:

    •    SFD part time application
    •    $30 application fee per semester, nonrefundable

Participants in our Teen Fashion Clinics are asked to submit the following:

Teen Fashion Clinics application, including parent signature
    •    $25 application fee, nonrefundable

Application deadlines:

The School of Fashion Design accepts students year-round on a rolling admissions basis.

Small classes fill quickly! We encourage students to enroll early to ensure a seat in our studios. We strongly encourage students to submit applications no later than 30 days prior to the start of a semester.

See our
academic calendar for semester start dates and other important dates.

Tuition & fees

Full time  =  $13,350 annually
(International Students: $17,000), plus the cost of books and supplies.
Part time =  $1,335 per course plus the cost of books and supplies.
Supplies for the first year total approximately $1,200
Students should allot approximately $300 per semester for fabric.
Teen Fashion Clinics =  $850 tuition plus  $125 supplies

The School of Fashion Design accepts all major credit cards:
MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover Card.

No-refund policy: All tuition prepaid is for a specific course(s) and for a specific term. Tuition is nonrefundable for whatever reason, and cannot be credited toward other courses or other terms. Prior to the first day of classes, SFD reserves the right to cancel courses for which there are insufficient enrollments, or to reschedule courses because of time conflicts. Only in the case of courses canceled or rescheduled prior to the first day of classes, is tuition refundable (but for those individual courses that are not canceled or rescheduled, students are not covered by a refund).
Financial Aid

SFD is a studio school focused on fashion design.  We do not require students to take English, Math, or other general education courses, therefore, we do not accept federal financial aid; however

SFD tuition is set reasonably with student expenses in mind, and tuition payments are broken down into a manageable payment schedule. Students taking courses full time are generally able to complete the program in two years, and should not expect to carry student loan debt upon graduation. Some students also elect to take classes on a part time basis.

At SFD, we are committed to doing everything we can to work with incoming students to ensure everyone who is interested is able to complete our program.

We offer a number of scholarships; some for full time study, some for full or part time:

Fashion Career Scholarship,  $2,000
Up to three (3) scholarships awarded annually to high school graduates entering the full-time Certificate in Fashion design program at SFD.

Fashion Academy Scholarship,  $2,000
Up to two (2) scholarships awarded annually to high school seniors who have completed SFD’s Fashion Academy and are now enrolling full time in the Certificate in Fashion Design program. 

SFD Board of Trustees Scholarship, $1,000
The School of Fashion design’s Board of Trustees has endowed a scholarship to be awarded to a student who not only demonstrates talent and great promise, but also a commitment to SFD.  Awarded during 2nd year of study at SFD.  Available for full or part time students.
SFD Alumni Scholarship, $1,000
Through the generosity of SFD Alumni, we have established an Alumni Fund. Each year this scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates creativity and technical proficiency in his or her design work. Awarded during 2nd year of study at SFD.  Available for full or part time students.
Bay Village Community Involvement Scholarship, $1,000
The Bay Village Community Involvement Scholarship is generously provided by SFD friends and supporters in the Bay Village community. Awarded during 2nd year of study at SFD.  Available for full or part time students.

Firas Yousif Originals Scholarship, $1,500
SFD is grateful for the generosity of our colleagues in the local Boston fashion industry. The Firas Yousif scholarship is given to an SFD student pursuing a Certificate in Fashion Design and who demonstrates a commitment to his or her continued professional development in the field of fashion design. Awarded in 2nd year of study at SFD. Available for full or part-time students.
Scholarship Application

There are also several websites that offer free scholarships searches; we encourage you to see if there is a private scholarship available that fits your unique profile and circumstances:


International students

Students from around the globe attend the School of Fashion Design!  We are proud of the diversity of our student population and consider it an important part of the student experience at SFD.

Application procedures for international students are the same as those for US born students.  The only additional requirements for international students are:

    •    You will be asked to submit financial documents, such as a bank statement in English, verifying your ability to reside in the US for at least one year, and

    •    You are required to prepay first year tuition and fees in full.

Per the Department of Homeland Security international students are required to register with SEVIS. The School of Fashion Design is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. International students in need of visa processing (I-20 form) are required to prepay their first academic year's full tuition (ten courses/two semesters) and first year's required supplemental fees, supplies textbooks and kits.  Students are also required to present credentials in support of financial feasibility to live at least one academic year in Boston (sufficient funds for housing, food and other necessities).  SFD reminds international students that normally they may not be employed while in this country.
TOEFEL scores are not required to attend, however, instruction at SFD is conducted in English and a mastery of the language is necessary.

The School of Fashion Design does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

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We always welcome prospective students to tour the school and sit in on one of our studio classes. The School of Fashion Design offers five levels of studio classrooms, a computer lab, resource library and archives, and the A Gallery. The A Gallery, which features an elegant two-story window looking out onto Newbury Street, is an important part of the SFD student experience.  Monthly fashion exhibits allow students to showcase their work to hundreds of thousands who walk and drive down Boston’s most renowned fashion avenue.

Would you like more information about the School of Fashion Design?
Please email us, and someone will get back to you promptly. 

Contact us today to request more information or arrange your visit.


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    •    Full name
    •    Address
    •    Which program you are interested in (full time, part time, Continuing Ed, teen program)
    •    When you are interested in starting (fall, spring, summer)
    •    How you heard about us


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School of Fashion Design, Boston
136 Newbury Street
Boston, MA  02116


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