Summer Fashion Academy

The Kent State University School of Fashion Design and Merchandising will take place June 12-17, 2023. 

Thank you for your interest and please check back in the future for further summer opportunities. For more information about studying Fashion at Kent State University, please visit

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.

Thank you for your interest and please check back in the future for further summer opportunities. For more information about studying Fashion at Kent State University, please visit


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.


  • TBA
  • All-inclusive — includes six nights in a Kent State residence hall, all meals, supplies and materials.

Financial aid is available for those that qualify. Once the student has been registered, additional information will be sent to students and families who are interested in applying for financial aid. 

Online Registration Information

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Space within the academy is limited to 40 participants and is available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on online payment of registration fee. Once the $150 registration fee payment has been confirmed, you will be sent information regarding additional forms.

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.


Sheets, light blanket, pillows and regular-sized towels are provided, although we highly recommend bringing personal blankets and pillows. Meals will be provided; however, if you wish to bring additional snacks or money, please plan accordingly.


  • All activities are monitored by faculty in the classroom or by the academy team, which consists of the academy coordinator and counselors during non-class time.
  • All daytime activities are group activities, and students are not left alone except during curfew.
  • The academy team makes every effort to establish a safe and secure environment and asks that students do their part as well, following house safety rules while here.
  • There is a strict, zero-tolerance policy regarding smoking and the use of illicit substances. The academy life team does its best to ensure these rules are followed and will dismiss any student who is found to be breaking these rules.


Mailing Address

The School of Fashion'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


If a student cancels, $50 of the registration fee is nonrefundable.

Due to staffing and housing commitments, the entire $150 registration becomes nonrefundable prior to the start of the academy (date to be determined).