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Kent State Designs First-of-its-kind Graduate Program in Fashion

Posted Mar. 18, 2013
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A group of Kent State students from the School of Fashion
Design and Merchandising have their work critiqued by a
panel of judges from the industry. The fashion school is
set to begin a Master of Fashion degree that is the first of
its kind in the nation.

Kent State University’s fashion school is leading the academic runway with the creation of a Master of Fashion degree that is the first of its kind in the nation. The university’s Board of Trustees formally approved the path-breaking graduate program on March 13, allowing the university’s Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising to begin enrolling students for Fall Semester 2013, pending approval by the Ohio Board of Regents.

Kent State’s fashion school, which is the largest fashion program in Ohio and one of the largest in the nation, already has earned a widespread reputation for academic excellence, innovation and highly prepared graduates. The popular fashion magazine Fashionista.com ranks Kent State’s fashion school third best in the nation and 13th best in the world. In addition, the Ohio Board of Regents designated the school an Ohio Center of Excellence in the state’s Strategic Plan for Higher Education.

The new degree program is geared toward professional practice, responding to the fashion industry’s growing use of integrated technologies and the trend toward entrepreneurship that spawns small- to medium-sized businesses that manufacture goods locally or within the United States. It is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in fashion merchandising, fashion design or related fields who want to expand their employment options in the $300-billion, global fashion industry. Graduates of the program, who will be able to customize a course of study with a high level of specialization, will be prepared to advance their careers, expand their entrepreneurial opportunities or pursue initial careers in academia.

Click here to see the summary of board actions on March 13.