Kent State University launches summer fashion academy

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Kids can attend local summer camps that focus on nearly any topic and activity nowadays.

Sports, dance, music, Chinese, engineering, zoo, science, religion. You name it.

Now you can add fashion to the list.

The Kent State University fashion school, which offers one of the highest-rated programs in the world, is launching its first Summer Fashion Academy for high school students.

The one-week program, set for June 14-20 and taught by instructors at the Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, is designed to introduce students to careers in the $4 billion fashion industry.

“We just want to continue to elevate the school and continue to find new ways to offer opportunities to students interested in fashion,” academy coordinator Marji Wachowiak said. “It made sense.”

Many other fashion schools offer summer camps, including the University of Cincinnati, she said.

The program is for students ages 16-18 who have completed their sophomore year of high school. It will focus on fashion design and business and incorporate individual and team projects. A fashion show will conclude the program.

It’s not inexpensive. The cost is $1,500, which includes six nights in a Kent State residence hall, all meals, supplies and material.

The inaugural camp won’t be large. The university hopes that 20 students participate in the first year and it grows from there.

Six students have enrolled, and the camp is accepting kids on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more details or to download an application, go to

Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or Follow him on Twitter at @armonrickABJ.


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