At a Glance

(BFA) Bachelor of Fine Arts
120 Total Credits
General Education Credits 39
Program Credits 66
Elective Credits 15

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design prepares students for career success in the fashion industry. Students cultivate original design concepts, study current and past fashion trends, create patterns, construct/sew their own fashions and use current digital technology in a highly individualized classroom/studio environment supported by faculty and industry mentors. Students explore the diverse fashion industry through a generalist curriculum focused on creativity,  technical skills and ready-to-wear product development, supplemented with experiential opportunities. Students cultivate fashions for a variety of market categories through individual and team-based projects with input from industry partners and presented in an annual fashion show/presentation. Each student completes an internship with a fashion company and may pursue off-campus opportunities such as a New York City Semester or a semester abroad. 

Students interested in fashion may enroll in the Fashion Design minor or Fashion Merchandising minor as a complement to their chosen major. 

Cazenovia College is accredited by the prestigious National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Meeting NASAD standards confirms that Cazenovia’s curricula, faculty, facilities, and student work are among the best in the U.S.

  • Master fashion design concepts and skills as required for the fashion industry.
  • Cultivate theoretical and practical research and creative process skills to develop innovative solutions to fashion design problems.  
  • Employ hand and digital design methods for garment visualization, patternmaking, construction, product development, and presentation and promotion. 
  • Students will consider fashion production and processes in the context of a liberal arts environment at Cazenovia College.  

The Fashion Design program is housed in the three floors of Jephson Campus B. This facility includes: 

Two Sewing/Design Laboratories with Specialized Fashion Industry Equipment:

  • Juki 8700 Straight Stitch Machines 
  • Merrow/Rolled Hem Machine
  • Singer 831 Sergers
  • Union Cover Stitch Machine 
  • Pattern Cutting Tables
  • Professional Dress Forms

Fashion CAD Lab featuring: 

  • Large Format Printer for digitally printing up to 44" fabric for student-designed designs
  • Fashion Industry Software including OptiTex patternmaking and NEDGraphics presentations
  • Scanners
  • Printers

Fabric and Supplies Resource Room 

Two Lecture/Seminar rooms for multi-use classroom learning and presentations 

Students become immersed in the world of fashion as a Fashion Design major! Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising programs are located in Jephson Campus B, with all three floors dedicated to fashion classrooms, studios and learning resources. Fashion students venture off-campus for Look Again, a student-centered brand marketed at The Key, in Cazenovia and even further afield for a Fashion Tour class in New York City, student fashion shows/presentations for venues in Syracuse or other local and regional locations, internships near or far, and semesters in New York, Europe or Japan. 

  • Look Again: Students gain practical fashion entrepreneurial experience with Look Again, a student-centered sustainable fashion brand that has gained national recognition. The Look Again line is designed and merchandised in Product Development courses for hands-on, real-world learning in creating  innovative fashions for specific target markets. Repurposed, reworked and curated vintage clothing and accessories are produced by students and marketed and sold at The Key in downtown Cazenovia.
  • Fashion Merchandising Minor: Fashion Design students may minor in Fashion Merchandising to gain a stronger business background to support their fashion design knowledge. A wide range of other minors are available to meet students’ academic and career goals.
  • New York Fashion Tour Class: This week-long experience includes visits to New York fashion showrooms and businesses, designer workrooms and trade shows to experience the excitement of the fashion industry and provide the foundation for fashion internships and careers. Cazenovia College alumni and industry partners host seminars to share career insights. Students stay in a midtown hotel, tour the famous New York garment district, attend cultural and alumni events and source fabric and trims for upcoming projects. Class runs for one week in January. 
  • Student Fashion Show/Presentation: Each April the Fashion Programs present a professional-caliber juried show that captures the energy and excitement of the fashion industry. Students display their designs to an audience of friends, family and industry professionals on a runway and/or video presentation. The show is the annual culmination of illustrating, patternmaking and construction of garments and show planning by all fashion students, led by the Fashion Promotion class.
  • Students have the opportunity to participate in local and regional fashion events. Recent participation has included showing original garments, modeling or backstage work at New York Fashion Week, Syracuse Fashion Week and Stitched Albany. 
  • Senior Capstone Project/Senior Collection: Senior capstone projects includes a written research paper on a topic of the student’s choice and an accompanying Senior Collection conceptually related to the research topic. Each student plans all production aspects of the collection presentation for the annual student fashion show/presentation including models, choreography, music, etc. The Senior Collections are the culmination of four years of Fashion Design study.
  • New York City Semester: Students live and study in New York City as a Cazenovia College student. Students complete internship and elective courses while living independently, as an option for qualifying students. 
  • Study Abroad Options are also available for semesters in Canterbury, England, Athens, Greece and Nahoya, Japan, with an emphasis on completion of General Education courses for Fashion Design students.
  • L.I.M. in New York City offers graduate fashion degrees and provides special articulation opportunities for students completing a B.F.A. Fashion Design or B.P.S. Fashion Merchandising specialization at Cazenovia College. Students have been accepted into fashion design, fashion merchandising and other related programs throughout the country. 
  • Buyer
  • Costume Designer
  • Designer
  • Design Business Owner
  • Home Furnishings Marketing
  • Product Development
  • Public Relations
  • Retail Management
  • Sales Representative
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Stylist
  • Technical Designer
  • Visual Merchandiser

Fashion Design graduates have been accepted into premier graduate programs throughout the country.  


   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)
   FA 111 Art History: to the Middle Ages OR FA 112 Art History: Renaissance to the Present OR FA 318 20th Century Designers (3)
Total Arts & Sciences Program Credits - 6

Course (Credits) 
   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 451 Advanced Apparel Design (3)
   FD 493 Professional Practices & Portfolio (3)
   SA 111 Drawing –Perception & Composition (3)
   SA 131 Color –Design & Theory (3)
   VC 118 Digital Foundations (3)
   FD/FM 3__ Fashion Elective (3)
Total Career Program Credits - 60

Open Electives  
    Courses (Credits) 
    100-400 level    (9)
    300/400 level   (6)
Total Open Elective Credits -15