At a Glance

(BFA) Bachelor of Fine Arts
123 Total Credits
General Education Credits 39
Program Credits 66
Elective Credits 18

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design prepares students for success in the fashion industry by developing technical and creative skills needed for students to cultivate fashion concepts, create patterns and construct garments, use current construction and digital technology to present their own fashion lines. Program emphasis is on technical design and product development with special focus on ready-to-wear fashions under a broad curriculum in a supportive classroom and studio environment that allows students to cultivate individual design concepts for a variety of fashion markets through studio and lecture classes with individual and team-based projects and experiential career-based opportunities including off-campus semesters and required internships. A minor in Fashion Design is available.

  • Students will master fashion design concepts and skills as required for the fashion industry upon successful program completion.
  • Students will cultivate theoretical and practical research and creative process skills to develop innovative solutions to fashion design problems, as required in the fashion industry. 
  • Students will employ hand and digital design methods for garment visualization, patternmaking, development/construction, production and presentation, as required in the fashion industry.
  • Students will be prepared for entry-level positions in the fashion industry upon graduation.
The Fashion Design program is housed in the three floors of Jephson Campus B.  This facility includes:

Sewing/design laboratory including:
  • Industrial sewing machines
  • Juki 8700 straight stitch
  • Merrow/rolled hem
  • Singer 831 sergers
  • Union cover stitch
Pattern cutting tables
Professional dress forms

CAD lab with:
  • dual platform Macintosh computers
  • fashion industry software including OptiTex patternmaking and NEDGraphics presentations
  • scanners
  • printers
  • large format printer capable of printing up to 44" fabric
Material resource room
Lecture and seminar rooms
  • Fashion Tour Class: The week-long Fashion Tour in New York City is offered each spring semester to provide students with an overview of the fashion industry and to prepare them for internships. Students attend seminars with management personnel at fashion businesses including showrooms, design rooms, retailers, industry associations and museums. In addition, students tour the famous garment district for fabric and trim sourcing during a four-day field trip to New York.

    Fashion Show: Each April the Fashion Studies Department sponsors a professional caliber juried fashion show that captures the energy and excitement of the fashion industry. The show gives students an opportunity to display their designs to an audience of friends, family, and industry professionals. Students may participate in the planning, and production of the show through the Fashion Promotion class. The show is the culmination of an entire year of illustrating, patternmaking and construction of garments, and show planning by all fashion students.

    Senior Collection/Senior Project: All students are required to complete a senior project in which they write a major research paper. Students focus on the analysis of a business topic and design students also create the concept and garments for an original fashion collection. This highly creative project is the culmination of four years of education in the Fashion Studies Department. 

    New York City Semester: This is an option for qualifying students, during which they are enrolled in Cazenovia College and take their courses in New York City, including internship, and an elective class. Options are also available for study-abroad programs.

  • Three credits of Internship course work are required for Fashion Design students.
  • Students must complete a required number of credits in their program and demonstrate knowledge-based and social competency to qualify for internship placement.
  • The Fashion Tour class provides students with an overview of the fashion industry and prepares them for internships.
  • Faculty and staff in the Fashion Studies Program, College Career and Internship offices work with students to help define their goals, explore internship options, and complete the application process.
  • Read more about the semester in New York City program and sample internship sites on our Fashion Internships page.
  • Assistant Designer
  • Patternmaker
  • Stylist
  • Sales Representative
  • Retail Management 
  • Sample Pattern Maker 
  • Quality Control Analyst
  • Merchandise Manager   
  • Technical Designer
  • Apparel Manufacturer
  • Store Management
  • Product Development
  • Costume Designer
  • Design Business Owner
  • Fashion Promotions Coordinator
  • Assistant Buyer


   Course (Credits)
   See Degree Requirements: General Education requirements (33)
   Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Information Literacy:
   FD 498 Senior Project: Research and Development(3)
   Senior Capstone: FD 499 Senior Project: Apparel Collection (3)
   Course (Credits)
   FA 218 Fashion History (3)
Total Arts & Sciences Program Credits - 3
Course (Credits) 
   SA 111 Drawing –Perception & Composition (3)
   SA 131 Color –Design & Theory (3)
   SA 132 Structuring Human Space (3)
   VC 118 Digital Foundations (3)
   FD 110 Clothing Construction I (3)
   FD 111 Clothing Construction II (3)
   FD 113 Fashion Drawing (3)
   FD 131 Survey of the Global Apparel Industry (3)
   FD 212 Patternmaking: Draping (3)
   FD 213 Basic Textiles (3)
   FD 221 Patternmaking: Flat Pattern (3)
   FD 255 Digital Techniques in Fashion Illustration (3)
   FD 321 Advanced Patternmaking (3)
   FD 322 Computerized Patternmaking (CAD) (3)
   FD 365 Product Development Principles (3)
   FD 366 Product Development Applications (3)
   FD 381 Fashion Design Internship (3)
   FD 382 Fashion Tour (2)
   FD 393 Internship Prep (1)
   FD/FM 3__ Fashion Elective (3)
   FD 451 Advanced Apparel Design (3)
   FD 493 Professional Practices & Portfolio (3)
Total Career Program Credits - 63
Open Electives  
    Courses (Credits) 
    100-400 level    (12)
    300/400 level   (6)
Total Open Elective Credits -18