New York

List of New York schools offering degree programs in fashion design, fashion marketing, fashion merchandising, and more.

Cornell University

The times they are a-changin.   And Cornell University, which has been training designers for decades, is at the forefront of the future of fashion.  Technology and the shift to manufacturing overseas, has completely altered the way the Fashion Industry operates.  Cornell students have access to state of the art technologies, design studios, and labs. The University encourages internships and study trips abroad.  Cornell is also home to the only PhD in apparel design in the United States.

Marist College

The Mission of the Fashion Program at Marist College is designed to prepare students to keep pace with the ever-changing needs of the fashion industry.  Students develop creative, technical, and business skills required for successful employment in design, manufacturing, retailing, and more.  The Fashion Program incorporates the latest technology, including computer-aided design. Internships are encouraged, as is a semester abroad in international fashion capitals like Paris and Florence.  With the Big Apple just 80 miles south of the Poughkeepsie campus, students may also opt to study at “Marist in Manhattan”.  Seniors have the opportunity to display their designs in the school’s annual Silver Needle Fashion Show, juried by an international team of fashion industry stars.  Assisting the student designers in the show over the decades...fashion icons including Kenneth Cole, Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors.

East Coast

Each day we receive emails from aspiring fashion designers asking us for advice as to which fashion design schools are the “best” in the US, a given state, or in a particular area of the country.  As such advice is difficult to provide on an individual basis, we have instead created this list of the Top 20 Fashion School Programs on the East Coast. For the record, we define the East Coast as Virginia, Rhode Island, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. 

In preparing this list, we reviewed the program offerings of over 200 schools in the US that offer fashion related programs. Our goal with this list is to give students who are interested in fashion merchandising a starting point by which they can identify the schools that offer fashion merchandising specific programs. The criteria we used in making this list consists of the following, in no particular order: academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program and faculty, and geographic location. More info on our criteria.

Fashion Management Schools

Fashion Management is a specialized management degree that typically focuses on the business side of the fashion industry, which includes retailing, marketing, manufacturing, visual merchandising, consumer behavior, fashion cycles, store planning, and event production. Fashion Management programs often, though not always, include training in fashion design. 

Fashion marketing is a niche specialty degree as many fashion schools do not offer degrees specific to the marketing side of fashion. In preparing this list, we reviewed the program offerings of over 200 schools in the US that offer fashion related programs. Our goal with this list is to give students who are interested in fashion marketing a starting point by which they can identify the schools that offer fashion marketing specific programs. 

Each day we receive emails from aspiring fashion designers asking us for advice as to which fashion design schools are the “best” in the US, a given state, or in a particular area of the country.  As such advice is difficult to provide on an individual basis, we have instead created this list of the Top 75 Fashion Design School Programs in the US.

New York Schools with Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising

At Fashion-Schools.org we have profiled colleges across the US that offer fashion design and fashion merchandising related programs. Below is a list of profiles of New York colleges:

The Art Institute of New York City, New York, New York

Fashion Institute of Technology

Fashion Institute of Technology: Fashion Design
New York, New York
Department of Fashion Design

Fashion Institute of Technology’s Fashion Design program focuses on exposing students to the demands and practices that they will face in their careers in the fashion world.  Students learn how to create a garment from design to the finished product, while studying draping, patternmaking, and sewing techniques.  The program includes traditional liberal arts courses, providing students with critical thinking and communication skills as well as the technical skills needed for success in the fashion industry.

Cornell University

Cornell University: Fiber Science and Apparel Design, Apparel Design / Apparel/Textile Management / Fiber Science
Ithaca, New York
Fiber Science & Apparel Design, College of Human Ecology

Cornell University’s Apparel Design concentration utilizes studio courses to help students develop their individual approaches to apparel design and their own personal design philosophy.  The Fashion Design Management concentration focuses on the topics of consumer behavior, product development, communication, finance, globalization, and social responsibility to prepare students for management and marketing careers.  The Fiber Science concentration teaches students the physical, chemical, and engineering properties of materials and textiles.

Fashion Institute of Technology

Fashion Institute of Technology: Menswear
New York, New York
Menswear Department

Fashion Institute of Technology’s Menswear program prepares students for the industry with classes on design techniques, patternmaking skills, sewing, and tailoring.  Students learn how to create a balanced clothing line with wearable clothes and properly priced pieces to sell and succeed in the competitive menswear field.  The program also includes traditional liberal arts classes to provide students with critical thinking and communication skills for success in the industry.

Department of Fashion Merchandising Management

Fashion Institute of Technology: Fashion Merchandising Management
New York, New York
Department of Fashion Merchandising Management

Fashion Institute of Technology’s Fashion Merchandising Management program focuses on fashion marketing, product development, planning, and fashion management.  Students learn real-world skills by visiting showrooms, specialty shops, and buying offices.  The program also includes traditional liberal arts classes to provide students with critical thinking and communication skills for success in the industry.

Fashion Institute of Technology

Fashion Institute of Technology: Technical Design
New York, New York
Department of Technical Design

Fashion Institute of Technology’s Technical Design program is a new program from the school famous for producing some of the world’s top fashion designers and managers.  Students benefit from FIT’s professional faculty and connections in the fashion industry and state-of-the art classrooms, laboratories, and studios.  Classes include Computer Patternmaking, Advanced Textiles, Technical Design, and Computer Corrections.

Fashion Institute of Technology

Fashion Institute of Technology: Accessories Design
New York, New York
Department of Accessories Design

Fashion Institute of Technology’s Accessories Design program combines traditional liberal arts courses with hands-on classes to help students develop both critical-thinking and technical skills.  Students design and produce a full professional-quality accessories line, including belts, footwear, handbags, and more.  Faculty with professional experience and FIT’s other ties to the industry provide students with the education and connections they need to launch their careers.

Genesee Community College

Genesee Community College: Fashion Merchandising Management
Batavia, New York
Business/Fashion Merchandising Management

The Fashion Merchandising Management program at Genesee Community College prepares students for careers in the industry with hands-on experience producing commercials, developing Web pages, and creating fashion portfolios.  Students participate in trips to New York City and Toronto and produce the largest fashion show in Western New York to build experience in fashion merchandising and in spotting new trends.

Herkimer County Community College

Herkimer County Community College: Fashion Buying & Merchandising
Herkimer, New York
Business: Fashion Buying & Merchandising

Herkimer Country Community College’s Fashion Buying & Merchandising program focuses on providing students with a strong educational background in business, giving them the opportunity to work in marketing, retailing, merchandising, public relations, and other fields.  Students may choose an elective in Fashion Illustration if they are interested in fashion design as well as merchandising.

LIM College

LIM College: Fashion Merchandising, Marketing, Visual Merchandising, Management, Fashion Merchandising & Entrepreneurship
New York, New York
Fashion Merchandising

The Fashion Merchandising program at LIM College focuses on the business side of fashion to prepare its students for careers in the industry.  Students receive relevant, practical, hands-on experience with field trips, internships, and guest lectures.  The program includes professional fashion courses as well as liberal arts and business courses to provide a well-rounded educational background.

Marist College

Marist College: Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising
Poughkeepsie, New York
The Fashion Program

The Fashion Program at Marist College combines fashion courses with a liberal arts education to prepare students for careers in the fashion industry.  Students may take advantage of the school’s very strong internship program to gain valuable experience and contacts in the industry.  The Fashion Design major can be combined with a Fashion Merchandising or Product Development minor, and the Fashion Merchandising major includes a Business minor, with a Product Development minor available.

Pratt Institute

Pratt Institute: Fashion Design
Brooklyn, New York
Fashion Design Department

Pratt Institute’s Fashion Design program inspires creative expression while providing students with technical skills like pattern making, draping, construction and sketching, and more.  Students gain hands-on experience with field trips to design showrooms and museums, as well as internships and design competitions.  A Fashion in Europe class led by Pratt Institute’s professional faculty exposes students to the European design industry with trips to design houses in cities around Europe.

SUNY Westchester Community College

SUNY Westchester Community College: Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Technology & Construction
Valhalla, New York
Department of Fashion Merchandising

The Fashion Merchandising program at SUNY Westchester Community College features a curriculum that combines business and fashion courses to prepare students for a variety of careers in the fashion industry, including positions in buying offices, fashion manufacturers, designers’ showrooms, retail stores, and more.  After graduation, students may choose to transfer to a four-year college to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising. 

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