Mount Ida College

Mount Ida College was founded in 1899 as a women's private high school on Mount Ida Hill in Newton Corner, Massachusetts. In 1939, Mount Ida moved to its present campus in Newton on the site of the former Robert Gould Shaw II Estate. At that time there was a demand for advanced studies for women and the College evolved into one of the first junior colleges in New England. Over the next forty years programs were added to meet the increasing demand for career and professional education. The first associate degrees were awarded in 1967.

In the 1980's the College became a co-educational institution with both a junior college division and a senior college division where bachelor degrees were awarded in addition to associate degrees, again with an emphasis on career and professional education. In the late 1980's three small Boston-based institutions – Chamberlayne Junior College, New England Institute of Funeral Service Education and Coyne School of Technical Electricity – merged with Mount Ida on the Newton campus.

Today more than 80 percent of our students are enrolled in bachelor degree programs, and ... [ Read All ]


United States

777 Dedham St
Phone: 617.928.4500

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Location and Getting there

Newton, Massachusetts; eight miles (13 km) from downtown Boston with convenient access to downtown Boston and the region via public transportation. Newton has twice been ranked "America's Safest City."  

Department and information about the department

The School of Design at Mount Ida College offers progressive bachelor and associate degree programs.

All programs blend a strong liberal arts education, art foundation and a core design curriculum with practical hands-on learning and professional experience to encourage your creative expression. Small class sizes put the focus on your success – by supporting and developing your individual creativity, and honing your intellectual and professional abilities. Plus, computer technology and an on campus gallery ensure that you are industry-ready and fully prepared to compete in your chosen profession.

In addition, the Fashion Design, Graphic Design and Interior Design are accredited by NASAD, the primary professional organization for design schools.  

Information For  Undergraduates

Computer Animation
The computer animation program at Mount Ida College prepares students to translate creative concepts into objects, characters and motion through coursework in graphics, storyboarding, post production and publicity. Animation skills are used in many fields including advertising, entertainments and business contexts that rely on simulations.

Fashion Design
The fashion design degree program at Mount Ida combines creativity and technology to make you highly marketable in this competitive field. From a variety of course offerings that reflect the trends and diversity of the industry… to design studios…to participation in the annual fashion show – you benefit from a one-of-a-kind experience that will open the doors to a fulfilling career in fashion design.

Fashion Merchandising and Marketing
A degree in fashion merchandising or fashion merchandising and marketing exposes you to fashion merchandising business and art foundation courses combined with practical experience from internships to give you the edge you need to succeed in this exciting fast paced industry.

Graphic Design
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