Programs: Fashion Design
Founded in 1870 and located in Syracuse, New York, this private research university of 21,200 students has a 683-acre campus. The bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degree program in fashion design prepares well-educated and highly skilled design professionals in the field of fashion.
In first-year foundation you begin with the basic skills of garment construction and fashion design concepts. You see yourself grow as a designer, taking courses in draping and conceptual design. At this point you turn your initial drawings into three-dimensional forms, and finally, finished designs.
The computer-aided design (CAD) courses feature the Gerber System, the standard computer system used throughout the fashion industry.
You also study experimental textiles, knit design, accessory design, surface pattern design, fashion drawing, history of art, and history of fashion. You can learn the skills necessary for fashion shoots by taking photography courses outside the department.
Annual Fashion Show
You may enter your designs in the school’s annual fashion show that attracts area and industry professionals. The Fashion Association of Design Students plays an active role in the fashion show and also arranges for smaller shows, field trips, and visiting speakers such as Oscar de la Renta, Tommy Hilfiger, Nicole Miller, Thai Nguyen, Todd Oldham, Russell Simmons, and Stephanie Solomon.
All programs in the Department of Design are housed in The Warehouse; an open industrial space recently renovated to contain professional studio facilities for each design program; two shared computer labs; a printing lab; and Design Works, a fabrication lab.
Syracuse University Abroad
Students are encouraged to study overseas through Syracuse University Abroad. The University’s center in London offers special opportunities. In addition to classes they would normally take on the SU campus, students take courses in such areas as millinery design, shoe design, and electronic machine embroidery. SU Abroad offers other study abroad locations through the World Partners Program, including Australia, Costa Rica, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, and Russia.
You can also apply the skills you learn in the studio and classroom, in professional settings by voluntarily participating in an internship. Graduates work for design houses in small-scale or mass distribution, trade magazines, fashion periodicals, and support industries. In its 2014 ranking of U.S. colleges, U.S. News & World Report ranked Syracuse 62nd among undergraduate national universities.