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 YMA and Geoffrey Beene fashion competitions, and the Barbara L. Kuhlman fiber and wearable arts program.

Research, done independently or through a faculty member’s team, provides valuable practical knowledge while testing students’ interests. Students also have the opportunity to work and conduct research in the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection.

The annual student-managed and designed Cornell Fashion Collective Fashion Show features the apparel designs of our students.

Many FD&M 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.

Students pursue internships with companies including Malia Mills Swimwear, The Row, MBF Trend Consulting,The Illumigo Project, Newbury Yarns, Inc., Marios Schwab LTD, Prabal Gurung, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, JS International, Mara Hoffman, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Fiber Science Learning Experiences

Research, studying abroad, and field experiences add a significant experiential component to the course of study, providing valuable practical knowledge while testing students’ academic and career interests.

Undergraduate research can be pursued with a faculty mentor and through special projects with student teams. Students can also apply to the Honors program to pursue an independent research inquiry under the guidance of a faculty member.

Many students choose to study abroad or participate in the college's Urban Semester program in New York City, or in an international exchange program, such as through the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, among others.

Students engage in summer internships in technical apparel, personal care, and semiconductors, as well as military and testing labs. Additional field experiences include summer research positions, medical internships, or National Science Foundation funded Research Experience programs.