Students take advantage of a variety of opportunities beyond formal coursework.

Participation in national and international design competitions, as well as mentored independent projects is encouraged. Students regularly participate in and win scholarships in the prestigious Fashion Scholarship Fund and Geoffrey Beene fashion competitions, and the Barbara L. Kuhlman Fiber and Wearable Arts Scholarship.

Research provides valuable practical knowledge while broadening students’ interests.  There are opportunities for students to join faculty research groups, to work and conduct research in the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection, or to pursue independent research projects with faculty mentorship.  Students can apply to the Honors program to pursue an independent research inquiry under the guidance of a faculty member as seniors.

The annual student-managed and designed Cornell Fashion Collective Fashion Show features the apparel designs of our students and offers students opportunity to produce a professional-quality show.

Many students spend a semester studying abroad in international fashion centers such as London, Paris, and Florence, or take part in Cornell exchange programs in Hong Kong, Paris, Seoul, or New Zealand. There are programs geared to the interests of design, fashion business, and fiber science.

Fashion Design and Fashion Design Management students generally pursue summer internships with fashion industry firms such as: Malia Mills, The Row, MBF Trend Consulting, Nike, Inc., Marios Schwab LTD, Prabal Gurung, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, JS International, Mara Hoffman, Under Armour, and Saks Fifth Avenue.  Fiber Science students may engage in summer internships in technical apparel or personal care, as well as in product development and testing labs. Additional field experiences include National Science Foundation funded Research Experience programs.