SUNY Oneonta’s Fashion & Textiles program focuses on the relationship of textiles and clothing to the physical, aesthetic, psychological, cultural, economic and social needs of people and their families. As a fashion major, you'll choose a concentration in either merchandising or design. Fashion merchandising courses focus on marketing, merchandising, retailing, promotions, economic analysis and fashion journalism. Fashion design courses include apparel construction, apparel design, illustration, pattern making, Computer Assisted Design and wearable art.
Oneonta is the only SUNY school in the region that offers a 3-1 visiting student program with the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. If you choose this option, you'll earn a bachelor’s degree in fashion and textiles from SUNY Oneonta in three years. If you are accepted to FIT, you'll also earn an associate's degree in one of the following areas: Accessories Design, Fashion Design, Jewelry Design, Textile/Surface Design, Advertising and Marketing Communications, Fashion Merchandising Management, or Textile Development and Marketing.
You'll get plenty of great opportunities outside of the classroom, too. Study abroad in Milan, the fashion capital of Italy. Do an internship in New York City. Or get involved in the Student Fashion Society. Recent internship placements have included Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Dolce and Gabanna, Cosmopolitan, Saks Fifth Avenue and many more. And every spring, the Student Fashion Society puts on a highly anticipated fashion show where students design, create and present their own original clothing lines and a panel of judges selects the top designers.