SUNY Oneonta

Programs: Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising

Address: 108 Ravine Pkwy, Oneonta, NY 13820

SUNY Oneonta

Founded in 1889 and located in Oneonta, New York, this public, four-year liberal arts college, with approximately 5,900 students, offers a wide variety of bachelor’s degree programs and a number of graduate degrees.

The Fashion and Textiles program at Oneonta focuses on the relationship of textiles and clothing to the physical, aesthetic, psychological, cultural, economic, and social needs of individuals and their families. Students observe current and past fashion trends, make sketch designs of accessories of clothing, pick out colors and fabrics, and many more.

Computer-aided Design

Computer-aided design lets them view designs of clothing on virtual models and in a multitude of colors and shapes. They learn this and other technologies in parallel with the traditional methods. Fundamental coursework includes textiles, color, tailoring and sewing, fashion history, pattern making, and the design of various clothing.

A to Z Processes

Students of fashion merchandising are taught the A-to-Z processes in the fashion business ranging from producing, product development, promoting and buying and selling fashion items.

Career opportunities include positions as: fashion buyers, fashion directors, retail store managers, textile merchandisers, designers, showroom sales representatives, product development managers, and merchandise display artists.


On campus there is a fully equipped Apparel Construction Lab, a Textile Science Lab, and a Historic Costume Storage Room which is an atmospherically controlled room that is specifically designed to apparel from various periods. Those facilities further enable students to have a real-world experience. Students who wish to broaden their cultural experience may choose to study abroad for a semester or summer session.

Internships and Brands

Fashion students have completed internships at notable companies and brands such as: Steve Madden, Victoria’s Secret, Vera Wang, Yves Saint Laurent, Oscar De La Renta, Betsey Johnson, Michael Kors, Kenneth Cole Productions, Armani Exchange, Donna Karan, Jones Apparel, Liz Claiborne, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Dolce and Gabanna, Fashion Group International and Saks Fifth Avenue. They have also worked at important publications such as: Cosmopolitan, Glamour Magazine, TeenVogue, W Magazine and Marie Claire.

SUNY Oneonta was ranked #16 on the 2014 U.S. News and World Report list of ” Best Colleges in the North” and named to the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine list of “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” for eight years running.

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