Kent State Fashion School Launches All-Inclusive Summer Academy for High School Students

Photo of student in Kent State's Fashion SchoolThe Fashion School at Kent State University is currently accepting applications for the Summer Fashion School Academy, a one-week program that introduces high school students to key areas in fashion design and merchandising. 

“The Fashion School Academy will allow creative, motivated teens to explore their passion for fashion in a pre-college, summer residence program,” said academy coordinator Marji Wachowiak. “Our mission is to inspire creative and resourceful fashion leaders.”

The Summer Fashion School Academy is intended for students ages 16-18 who have completed their sophomore year of high school and are interested in exploring careers in the $4 billion fashion industry. The 2015 academy session will take place June 14-20, with applications and payment due May 17. Cost is $1,500 ($150 due at registration, and the remaining $1,350 due on May 17). The camp is all-inclusive and includes six nights in a Kent State residence hall, all meals, supplies and materials.

The program offers a carefully curated series of lessons and activities that approach fashion from multiple angles, examining both the design and business aspects. Students will work individually and in teams to complete a variety of creative projects, including creating a finished garment from an original design, using the digitally equipped TechStyleLAB to design an accessory and producing a cumulative fashion show at the end of the week.

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

For more information about the Summer Fashion School Academy at Kent State and to download an application, visit

The Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kent State University offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs and is consistently rated among the best fashion schools in the nation and worldwide. For more information about Kent State’s Fashion School, visit

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Photo Caption:
A student works on a garment in a studio in Rockwell Hall, home of Kent State University’s Fashion School.

Media Contacts: 
Effie Tsengas,, 330-672-8398
Marji Wachowiak,, 330-672-0194
Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595

POSTED: Friday, April 10, 2015 - 10:19am
UPDATED: Friday, January 11, 2019 - 4:23pm
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