Summer Fashion Academy

The NYC Summer Fashion Academy is a pre-college program that immerses you in creative, career and personal development, for one unforgettable industry experience in New York City.

The NYC Studio is pleased to announce its new Summer Fashion Academy at our New York City location in the heart of the Garment District. Our program will get you closer to your future in fashion design, product development, buying/merchandising, entrepreneurship, styling, media, promotion and more. Study tour classes take you to leading fashion companies, museums and markets, and our “lunch and learns” pair you with top industry professionals and alumni. 

Forecast your future by getting college and career ready!


The NYC Summer Fashion Academy (NYC SFA) program meets daily, Monday - Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for 16 days during the month of July. There is no overnight programming and students are responsible for daily travel to and from the program's campus. Students will participate in lectures, discussions, design studio work, field trips, lunch and learns, digital learning communications and small-group mentoring. The curriculum will encourage students to CREATE, DEVELOP and EXPERIENCE the New York City fashion industry. 


High school students will enroll in NYC SFA's required cluster of classes to gain a broad understanding of fashion and to uniquely determine where they fit in its dynamic future. 

Classes include:

  • Accessory Design Studio
  • Contemporary Fashion Leaders + Topics
  • Fashion Entrepreneurship
  • Fashion Styling + Visual Merchandising
  • Trend Forecasting + Media
  • Study Tour + Lab
  • Fashion Industry Orientation


  • A daily, healthy lunch
  • Relevant pre-college coursework
  • An assigned NYC fashion mentor
  • A custom designed Kent State NYC Studio tote
  • A fashion career and project portfolio
  • A sincere VIP industry peek
  • Pass/fail grading and tailored instructor feedback


High school students between 16 - 18 years of age are eligible to apply.


The program will run for 16 days from Monday, July 6, through Thursday, July 30, 2020. Classes meet daily from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Thursday only. There is no overnight programming.


The summer 2020 NYC Summer Fashion Academy application is NOW OPEN! To begin your application, please complete our INTEREST FORM

The 2020 application period is Jan. 31 - May 15, 2020.

Step 1: Fill out the NYC Summer Fashion Academy INTEREST FORM. 

Please submit an interest form to start your NYC SFA application. This will help us learn more about you and what you love about the fashion industry. Your responses will also help us pair you with an alumni mentor who will help you cultivate your interests. 

Step 2: Receive and review the NYC SFA application packet and program handbook.

After receiving your interest form, the NYC Studio will send you the application packet and program handbook via email. The application forms will require information and signatures from both you and your parents and the program handbook contains important program information for both you and your parents to review. 

Step 3: Return your completed application packet forms.

After you have reviewed the application packet and program handbook, please complete the required forms and return them to the NYC Studio via email or mail. 

Step 4: Pay the NYC SFA program fee. 

When the NYC Studio receives your completed application forms, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for paying the program fee. This is the final step in the application process and will confirm your participation in our summer 2020 program. 


The NYC Summer Fashion Academy program fee is $1,799. The program fee includes program registration, a daily lunch, Study Tour transportation, museum admission, key design studio materials and project supplies. 


Please contact the NYC Studio at or 212-967-1730.