A Day in the Life: Fashion Design

Want to catch a glimpse of what art school is truly like, from the inside?  Check out “A Day in the Life,” a current art student’s perspective.  First up: Marsha, a Fashion Design major at MassArt in Boston.  When you’re finished reading I hope you’ll hop onto her blog site to see what she’s up to, and give her a “thanks for sharing.”  I also hope you’ll leave a comment to let me know what you’d like to hear next at artcollegelife.com.

A tree grows at MassArt (c) ElainePelz

A tree grows at MassArt (c) ElainePelz

This is my spring semester, sophomore year in the Fashion Design department.  I’m currently taking six classes; Pattern Drafting 2, Creative Fashion 1, History of Photo, Literary Traditions, Fashion Illustration 2, and Web Design.  I should only have five.  If it’s too much work I’ll drop Web design.  This semester my favorite required class is Creative Fashion 1. Our first assignment is the famous non-textile dress. We can choose anything we want to make this dress out of; I chose computer chips and cords. This class is considered a studio class and is 5 hours long. Usually in the beginning we go over what we are doing and watch a demo and then just work on our assignments. Our classes are really small, always under 20 people, so we get one-on-one help. After this class everyone is always coming out of it covered in glue, and staples stuck to everything. It’s just such a fun atmosphere and assignment.

The biggest thing I love about MassArt is being in such a nice city, being able to get anywhere by T and being able to walk to work.  I’m saving up money because I got accepted to Paris Fashion Institute(!) where I’ll go in this summer.

One thing I want to clear up is about the stereotype of “Art School.”  The work load is CRAZY.  Anyone going into art school thinking “oh this will be easy,” is totally wrong.  Go home.  I do more work than any of my friends that go to BU and Northeastern.  Our homework is not necessarily difficult, but it is time consuming.  Any given weekly assignments in any class could literally take you 10+ hours of work.  Because craftsmanship is always supposed to be at its highest standards most of the time if you mess up, you start over.  On top of studio classes all BFA degree students have to take all of the same standard academic classes as any other college kids.  But with this work load everyone coming out of the Fashion Department is an expert at what they do and prepared for any amount of work thrown at them.

And even though this all probably sounds terrible, I wouldn’t choose anything else because I love having my entire life being filled with what I love.  My 10+ hours on one assignment takes up my free time with sewing, drawing, and researching designers.  I’d be doing all that anyway because I love it.  In the short time I have been at MassArt I have realized how dedicated and passionate everyone is about what they do.  The people are all so different, fascinating, and random, which makes MassArt such a great place to learn from one another and to really express yourself. 

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