FAQ

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How much does it cost?
Our classes are $1,335 each regardless of whether you are a full-time or part-time student.  International students are required to study full-time at SFD and International tuition is $16,000 annually.  Our Teen Fashion Clinics are $850.

All classes will also require supplies to be purchased. Supply costs vary per class. You can view our current required supplies list here.
Supplies for a first-year student are approximately $1,200 for the year.


Where are you located?
136 Newbury Street 
Boston, MA 02116
(Between Clarendon & Dartmouth Streets)
Green Line to Copley Square Station, or
Orange Line to Back Bay Station, or
Commuter Rail to Back Bay Station (on Worcester, Needham Heights, and Wickford Junction lines)

What are your building hours?

Building hours Fall 2019

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Tuesday, Thursday 8:30 am – 9:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday closed

Do you offer classes in Spanish?
No, all of our classes are taught in English by our expert faculty in our studio workspaces.

Can I attend part time or just take one class?
Students may elect to attend full or part time.
You may take a class or two without being enrolled in the full program. 

How long is the SFD program?
If enrolled full time, the Certificate Program can be completed within two years.

What level of certification do I receive at SFD?
SFD is a hands-on studio school offering a 2-year Certificate in Fashion Design.  Some student elect to stay on a third year to do an independent study in a concentration of his or her choice (ex: bridal, sportswear, children’s wear, menswear, swimwear, lingerie, etc), partnered with one of our expert faculty in that field. 

Do you offer Saturday or evening classes?
Yes, SFD offers flexible programming.
We offer day, evening and Saturday courses. 
See our full schedule for specific class times and availability.

When can I begin taking classes?
New semesters begin each September, January and June.

What experience do I need? Do I need a portfolio to enroll?
You must be a high school graduate or have your GED
No previous sewing or fashion experience required.
No portfolio required (although we welcome work samples if you have them)
Applicants need to submit: 

    •    Your online application
    •    Nonrefundable application fee ($30 part-time, $50 full-time)
    •    Full-time students should also supply high school or college transcripts, one letter of reference, and book an appointment for a personal interview (if residing within 100 miles of SFD)
• International students need to first complete an online Full-time application to activate the VISA process with SFD

I am an International Student – how do I apply?
We enroll students from around the globe!

International students need to first complete an online Full-time application to activate the VISA process with SFD.

You will need to submit certain required financial documents, such as a bank statement, verifying your ability to reside in the US for at least one year.

What are the best classes to start?
To get started, we recommend our three foundation courses;  Sketching, Pattern Making, and Sewing Construction. If you are studying full-time, you may then also take two additional electives.

How much work will I have?
For every classroom hour, full time students are expected to do roughly two hours of homework; full time first-year students should expect roughly 25 hours/wk of homework.  If you are working full or part-time, we recommend you take classes at SFD on a part-time basis as well.

Do I need to have my own sewing machine?
Students may work at the school during posted hours, but it is recommended that students have their own machine at home.

Does SFD offer financial aid?
SFD is a studio school focused on fashion design.  We do not require students to take English and Math, therefore, we do not accept Federal Financial aid; however,
We do offer several unique scholarships of our own. 
You can be a part time student and still receive a scholarship.
SFD tuition is reasonably set with student expense in mind, and the school offers a paced payment plan for tuition. Students taking courses full time are generally able to complete the program in only two years. Students completing our program should not expect to carry student loan debt upon graduation.

What is my career outlook after attending SFD?
At SFD, we are committed to excellence in educating students in the complete fashion design process, from creation and innovation to comprehensive technical expertise, so that you are prepared to become a leader in the global fashion design industry. You are strongly encouraged to complete an internship. The school assists students in finding internships.  While studying at SFD, you are starting your own network of professional contacts in the fashion industry. See our Careers and Alumni pages for more information about life after SFD.