The Fashion School's Summer Fashion Academy


Details for the 2020 Summer Fashion Academy will be announced Feb. 1, 2020.

The Summer Fashion Academy

The academy is a one-week program that introduces high school students to key areas in fashion design and merchandising. The Summer Fashion Academy will allow creative, motivated teens to explore their passion for fashion in a pre-college, summer residence program. Our mission is to inspire creative and resourceful fashion leaders.


The Summer Fashion Academy is for students who:

  • Have completed their sophomore year of high school
  • Are 16 to 18 years of age
  • Are passionate about fashion
  • Are interested in exploring careers in the $4 billion fashion industry

The Summer Fashion Academy is a one-week program that offers a carefully curated series of lessons and activities that approach fashion from multiple angles, examining both the design and business aspects. The program is every bit as fun as it is enriching. During the course of the week, students will work individually and in teams to complete a variety of creative projects.

In five days packed with creative exploration, students will:

  • Create a three-dimensional design, from initial idea to developed concept to finished garment;
  • Use the digitally equipped TechStyleLAB to design an accessory;
  • Explore the foundations of fashion design;
  • Learn about fashion’s history and the role fashion plays in our society;
  • Meet other students who share their passion for fashion;
  • Have access to the resources and instructors of a world-class fashion institution; and
  • Produce a cumulative fashion show and celebration to end the week.


The Summer Fashion Academy will be a unique opportunity for teens interested in fashion careers to explore the underlying mechanisms and processes of the fashion world. Furthermore, the academy offers students a true preview of the college experience, preparing teens for the expectations, rigors and opportunities of college life.


June 2020 (Official date will be announced Feb. 1, 2020)


  • $1,500 ($150 due at registration)
  • All-inclusive — includes six nights in a Kent State residence hall, all meals, supplies and materials.

Housing Information and Details

All students will stay in Kent State University housing (double occupancy) in residence halls on campus. Counselors reside in the residence halls to supervise at all times. Roommate requests can be noted on the application and we will do our best to accommodate requests.


Mailing Address

The Fashion School's Summer Fashion Academy
The Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001

Building Location

Rockwell Hall
515 Hilltop Dr.
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242-0001