Immerse yourself in the fashion design and merchandising industries in this hands-on summer camp

Fashion Boot Camp is a week-long camp for students entering grades 7-12 who are interested in learning more about the fashion industry. You’ll learn the ins and outs of Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandise Management. This camp is non-credit and pre-college, offering you hands-on exploration of the many opportunities the fashion industry has to offer.

Fashion Boot Camp
Mount Mary University
June 18-22, 2018

The cost to attend this week-long camp is $400 per camper. Lunch is included.

Scholarships for campers:

Six scholarships (up to $200) are awarded to students passionate about fashion design or merchandising. We ask for 1-2 examples of a fashion related project or assignment as well as a personal essay. Submit your application for a scholarship.

Session descriptions:


  • 9-10:30 a.m. – ACCESSORIES: Create and sew your own accessories that compliment your designs to walk the runway with.
  • 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. – FASHION COLLECTIONS: Learn the basics of what it takes to design your own fashion collection, as well as improve upon your fashion drawing skills.
  • 1-3 p.m. – SEWING: Choose Beginner or Intermediate level, and create your own garment to wear at the Fashion Boot Camp Finale runway show.


  • 9-10:30 a.m. – FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY: This class will explore the possibilities with digital photographs, as well as editing in Photoshop. Students will take photos of the garments they have styled, as well as the retail spaces they have created. Students will also need to provide their own digital camera and SD card drive to use for the course.
  • 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. – FASHION STYLING: This class explores writing for the fashion industry, reviewing current trends, and utilizing fashion photographs to create your own fashion blog.
  • 1-3 p.m. – TREND FORECASTING: Learn how to create trend boards and fashion forecasts using professional resources.
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Fashion Photography

Composing and editing photos takes skill. We'll show you how.

Mount Mary fashion bootcamp runway show

Live Fashion Runway Show

At the end of a busy week, you'll show your friends and family what you created.

Mount Mary fashion bootcamp runway show

Visual displays and modeling

Each section of Fashion Boot Camp learns skills that fashion designers and merchandisers use every day.

Mount Mary fashion bootcamp

Learning to illustrate

Sketching and drawing are foundational to fashion design. Our fashion faculty teach you how to improve your skills.

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Fashionistas stick together

You'll be experiencing Fashion Boot Camp alongside other middle and high school students who live and breathe fashion. The friendships will last beyond the week!