Fiber Science & Apparel Design
Our students and faculty study apparel design and fiber science through the art of design, the science of chemistry and physics, the application of management principles, and the perspective of history.
The Undergraduate Major has three concentrations: apparel design, fashion design management, and fiber science. Students learn the basics of design, apparel, and fibers and then focus on one concentration for upper level course work. They complement these courses with others in the College of Human Ecology, across Cornell and through Study Abroad opportunities.
The Graduate Program in Fiber Science & Apparel Design offers five graduate degrees. In the M.S. and Ph.D. in fiber science, students learn the basics of fiber chemistry, engineering and physics and can apply this knowledge to nanotechnology, sustainable materials, biomedical materials and more. The M.A. and Ph.D. in apparel design integrate principles in the application of design, technology, physical sciences, the humanities, and social sciences to meet basic human needs for clothing and offer students the opportunity to apply their knowledge to topics that include functional and fashion apparel design, the meaning of dress and fashion, and apparel technology. The Master of Professional Studies in Human Ecology, with concentrations in both Fiber Science and Apparel Design, is a one-year program intended for for professionals who need further academic training but whose career goals are not oriented to research and teaching at an advanced level.