Prospective Fashion Students
The Fashion Program features a comprehensive curriculum leading to the Bachelor Degree of Professional Studies (BPS). Students may choose from two concentrations within the Program -- Fashion Design or Fashion Merchandising.
The Fashion Design concentration trains students to create apparel for various markets considering creative, trend, target customer, technical, and production factors. Students develop skills in design, textiles, draping and flat pattern making, garment construction, and computer-aided design. In their senior year, they design and execute an apparel collection under the guidance of a professional designer to be shown at the school’s annual Silver Needle Fashion Show, as well as a professional portfolio. Fashion Design Concentrations may pursue a minor in Fashion Merchandising and/or Product Development.
In addition to the Marist College Admissions application, a portfolio is required for fashion design applicants who would like to be considered for the Fashion Design Sequence. Please see the Required Design Project instructions to apply.
Fashion Merchandising concentrates on the planning, procurement, and marketing aspects of the fashion business. Students learn to research target markets, analyze business results, and develop strategies that effectively meet the needs of consumers. In their senior year, Merchandising students create an in-depth business plan and comprehensive investors' presentation. The Fashion Merchandising concentration is structured with a Business minor which may be declared by the Merchandising concentration.
In addition to the Marist College Admissions application, an essay is required for fashion merchandising applicants who would like to be considered for the Fashion Merchandising Sequence. Please see the Required Merchandising Project instructions to apply.