The Fashion Design option is unique in its focus on the fashion design process, integrating conceptual design thinking with apparel skills, and design methods with innovative, cutting-edge technologies. Following three semesters of apparel and textiles foundation courses, the student is ready to begin the Collections studio sequence, during which they will develop their individual vision of fashion, to be expressed in a final Collection. Download the curriculum and a sample schedule worksheet for this option.
Students will also be able to take courses in other departments of the College and the University. During the summers and occasionally during the winter break many students will do internships to explore aspects of the industry and gain experience. These internships can be done for credit, under the department Internship Guidelines. Most students also go abroad, usually during the spring of the junior year, an important experience for anyone preparing for a career in this global industry. Some students choose to participate in the Cornell New York semester for their Off-campus study. In order to graduate with honors you can apply for the FSAD Honors Program.
The Fashion Design curriculum is centered on a series of studio classes that are offered only once a year, and must be taken in sequence. Each is the prerequisite for the next. Therefore it is essential to be registered in those FSAD classes in your first semester.