The Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design (FSAD) offers a comprehensive education that covers the art of designing clothing and accessories, the business of manufacturing and marketing them internationally, and the science of fibers and textiles. In addition to a shared core of foundation courses, students will specialize in one of three options: Fashion Design, Fashion Design Management, or Fiber Science.

In the Fiber Science option students will explore the physical, chemical, and engineering properties of fibrous materials and their applications, including biomedical materials, advanced engineering composites, geotextiles, and protective clothing, as well as the more traditional applications found in apparel and interiors.

Download the curriculum and a sample schedule worksheet for this option.

To apply to the Fiber Science & Apparel Design program, please contact Human Ecology undergraduate Admissions.

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 Fiber Science concentration teaches the physical, chemical, and engineering properties of fibrous materials and their applications. In addition to foundation courses in basic sciences, the requirements include courses in Fiber Science and related fields. There is considerable flexibility in this curriculum that will permit the student to develop their program around their special interests, in collaboration with their adviser.

You will find that your classes at Cornell are very demanding. Therefore, although you may register for up to 18 credits, we strongly recommend that you limit your enrollment to the list of required classes, and other courses up to no more than 16 credits, for this first semester. The minimum number of credits that can be taken to remain in good standing is 12 credits. Keep in mind that if you find that you are overloaded, it is quite acceptable to drop a non- required course during the first part of the semester. Deadlines for adding and dropping courses will be provided later.

The following classes are required during fall semester for all Freshmen in Option III:
Freshman writing seminar (3cr) (both writing seminars must be completed during the freshman year to remain in good academic standing)

MATH 1120 or 1220 Calculus (4) OR CS 1110 or 1112 Programming (3-4)
CHEM 2070 General Chemistry (4)

The following course is recommended for all freshmen:
Physical Education (1) (2 credits to be completed, preferably the freshman year)
FSAD 1250 Fashion, Art, and Design Thinking