Summer Pre-College Admission

Fashion Design Program

Session 1: The 2019 Session 1 programs will run June 30th - July 13th.
Session 2: The 2019 Session 2 programs will run July 14th - July 27th.

Do you have what it takes to become a fashion designer?  Are you interested in pursuing a career in the Fashion Industry?  The Marist Summer Pre-College Program in Fashion Design provides you with an opportunity to experience some of the exciting elements of fashion design while attending an intensive thirteen-day program on the beautiful Marist College campus.  Upon completion of the course, high school students will receive three college credits along with the opportunity to explore the exciting world of fashion design.



Welcome to Marist!

Marist College is a highly selective comprehensive liberal arts institution noted for its leadership in technology in and out of the classroom. When prospective students see Marist–our beautiful location on the Hudson River, top-notch facilities, the faculty attentiveness, and the sheer enjoyment of their experience here–they want to join our community. At Marist, students get a premium education, develop skills, make lifelong friends, and finish ahead of the competition for their next steps.

This year we are excited to offer two different fashion design summer pre-college programs!

Fashion Design I: Apparel Construction for Fashion Design:  Within this course, students will explore apparel construction and sewing techniques. Students will be introduced to professional construction techniques and terminology used in the fashion industry, as well as learning fabric manipulation, draping, and patternmaking skills. 

The students will be introduced to an innovative approach of draping a garment directly to a dress form and exploring their design ideas. They will be exposed to different types of fabric and its’ properties on how it reacts to the human body. The students will work on various fabric manipulation techniques like slicing, collaging, quilting and lace/mesh. The unique fabric they create will be constructed to a finished garment. In the process, the student will learn skills in fabric technique manipulation, design process, patternmaking and garment construction.

The summer experience will be further enriched with a field trip to New York City in order to explore the New York City Fashion Industry and visit a fashion wholesale fabric showroom.

Program Goals (Students will):

  • Gain hand sewing skills and learn how to operate an industrial sewing machine.
  • Create their own unique fabric using various fabric manipulation such as slicing, collaging, modern quilting and lace/mesh.
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of draping a basic bodice to a dress form as a starting point and exploring more complex designs based on their creativity.
  • Use innovative draping techniques and translating the draped design into patterns.
  • Develop, design and construct a garment using the manipulated fabric they developed.

Fashion Design II: Fashion Design Portfolio Development: Within this course, students will explore designing a collection of apparel culminating in a portfolio presentation. Students will learn the elements of basic fashion design sketch and develop a portfolio of their own.  

The focus of this Summer Pre-College Program will be in Fashion Design Portfolio Development.  The Summer Pre-College Fashion Design program allows you to fully explore designing a capsule collection culminating in a portfolio presentation of clothing. Students will learn the elements of basic fashion design sketch and develop a portfolio of their own.

Students learn how to develop their design ideas in fashion sketches by understanding garment and accessories details, silhouettes, construction of garments and rendering techniques. Students will develop and refine their presentation skills as they progress towards the ultimate goal of a fully finished portfolio collection.

A field trip to New York City will include a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the current exhibition at the Costume Institute and a visit to a working design studio in Manhattan in order to further enrich the student’s understanding of the career opportunities available to fashion designers.

Program Goals (Students will):

  •     Gain an understanding of the process of designing a capsule apparel collection.
  •     Learn advanced figure drawing techniques.
  •     Develop advanced garment rendering techniques.
  •     Acquire an understanding of garment, silhouettes, and construction.
  •     Gain an understanding of presentation techniques as they apply to a fashion design.
  •     Develop projects that will culminate in a completed fashion capsule collection


College Credit

Marist Summer Pre-College is geared toward sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school. Both session 1 and 2 are introductory courses, but the content varies slightly between the two sessions. This gives students the opportunity to choose the session that works best for their schedule, or stay for 4 weeks and earn 6 college credits!


Program Cost

Please see below for the 2019 Pre-College program costs. Cost includes tuition & fees, housing & all meals, field trips, and all course materials. Cost does not include travel expenses. Students may wish to bring funds for incidentals, shopping at the Marist Bookstore or the local mall, souvenirs, and any personal items they wish to purchase.