Fun. Fast-paced. Challenging. Competitive. Whether it's business-building behind the scenes or designing for the showroom or runway, fashion today is a diverse and exciting industry. The Fashion Program at Marist College successfully prepares its students to enter the world of fashion and pursue careers in merchandising, planning, product development, retailing, operations, fashion promotion, event product, and a gamut of other employment opportunities. Students gain the skills, knowledge and internship experiences within an encouraging academic environment to help them flourish in the fashion industry.
The four-year curriculum offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design, with supporting minors in Product Development or Merchandising, or a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising, with concentration options in Business, Product Development or Fashion Promotion.
For the arriving Freshman, students immediately begin foundational coursework in Fashion while pursuing classic Liberal Arts coursework in the fine Marist tradition. The unique blending of fashion industry intensive study and timeless liberal arts study remains in place as students progress and learn to chart their career paths. While Design majors begin their program during the first year of study, Merchandising majors have until the end of their Sophomore year to declare the area of concentration most in tune with their career path and goals. This rich academic plan is further supported by both academic opportunities and real life fashion industry experiences including internships, elective courses to appeal to many fashion specializations, study abroad options for short programs or full semesters, entrepreneurial programs, and participation in high-visibility national competitions with other top institutions.
Internship partners include a roster of top fashion companies both national and international. Study abroad options include semester programs at our Florence branch campus, or in London, Paris, or Hong Kong. Students may also opt for an internship intensive semester with Marist in Manhattan. Marist has also honored famous designers with special reprise fashion shows at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion week that are attended by students and fashion industry leaders, including salutes to both Betsey Johnson and Nanette Lapore in 2014. The Marist Fashion Program combines the best of classic education with the newest opportunities of the rapidly changing fashion industry.