Fashion and Textiles Major

Fashion student at work
Fashion student preparing to sew fabric using a sewing machine.
Students modeling clothes made by fashion students.
Fashion student cutting a piece of fabric with scissors.
Students modeling clothes at a fashion show.
Fashion student marking fabric to be used on clothing being developed behind them.
Various fashion supplies in a storage container.
Fashion studnet sewing material onto a dress by hand.
Green Dragon Fashion Show with students modeling clothes made from recycled material.

About the Major

Whether you want to run your own clothing boutique, be a buyer for a large fashion company, write for a fashion magazine or become a fashion merchandiser, our Fashion and Textiles program will prepare you for success!


As a Fashion and Textiles major at SUNY Oneonta, you’ll specialize in either merchandising or design. Fashion merchandising courses focus on marketing, retailing, promotions, economic analysis, entrepreneurship and fashion journalism. Fashion design courses include apparel construction, apparel design, illustration, pattern making, computer-integrated design and wearable art.

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Course Topics Include

Some Fashion and Textiles courses include:

  • Fashion in the Global Economy
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Innovations in Wearable Art
  • Sustainability
  • History of Costume
  • Textile Science
  • Retailing and Management Entrepreneurship
  • Socio-Psychological Aspect of Dress
  • Technology in Fashion




FIT Visiting Student Program

Oneonta is the only SUNY university in the region that offers a one-year visiting student program with the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City. Acceptance to FIT is competitive and not guaranteed. Upon completion of three years at SUNY Oneonta and one year at FIT, you will earn a bachelor’s degree in Fashion and Textiles from SUNY Oneonta and an associate’s degree from FIT in one of the following areas:

  • Advertising and Marketing Communications
  • Communication Design Foundation
  • Fashion Business Management
  • Fashion Design
  • Footwear and Accessories Design
  • Textile Development and Marketing
  • Textile/Surface Design

Hands-On Learning Opportunities

Can you picture yourself designing a one-of-a-kind clothing line and then unveiling it on a runway before a cheering audience? Landing an internship at Vera Wang? Or how about getting an inside look at the Italian fashion industry during a summer study abroad program? These are just a few of the amazing opportunities you’ll have as a Fashion and Textiles major at Oneonta!

SUNY Oneonta offers plenty of opportunities outside of the classroom for Fashion and Textiles majors. You could study abroad in Milan, Florence, Paris or London; do an internship in New York City; or get involved in one of our fashion-focused student clubs. Past internship placements have included Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Dolce and Gabbana, Cosmopolitan, Saks Fifth Avenue and many more.


  • Smart classrooms with internet-connected computers, LCD projectors and the ability to play modern multimedia files
  • A curated historical collection with more than 1,000 garments, accessories, print media and tools from 1790 through today
  • An apparel construction studio equipped with 20 Juki industrial sewing machines, 24 Bernina sewing machines, five sergers and an embroidery machine
  • A textile science laboratory, capable of testing the physical capabilities of yarn and fabric, such as flammability, colorfastness, shrinkage, tear strength, pilling, abrasion resistance and wrinkle resistance
  • A state-of-the-art 3D body scanner capable of accurately measuring the human body in an instant, allowing for creating of customized garments and increased speed of production
  • A Mimaki digital textile printer for creation of customized surface designs, allowing increased speeds and decreased waste in clothing production

Student Clubs

Each spring, the Student Fashion Society organizes and produces 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.

The Revival of Apparel Club (RAC)runs the Red Closet Thrift Shop on campus, helping students gain hands-on retailing and merchandising experience. The Thrift Shop is one of the key sustainability initiatives on our campus, and proceeds help fund annual sustainability scholarships for students across campus.


Mallory Kerman
As a freshman studying Fashion & Textiles at SUNY Oneonta, Mallory Kerman had never owned a pair of Levi’s. Peek into her closet now and you’ll find SIXTY pairs of the classic denim brand.
Patrick Cammer
When I came here, I thought I wanted to be a designer for men’s suits, but I discovered a real passion for the outdoors. I got a job over the summer at a Boy Scout camp in New Mexico and found that I loved working with outdoor gear. Now, I want to open my own store selling outdoor gear in the Midwest.
Annacleta Chiweshe stands between a rack of dresses and a dress form
When the lights are turned down, music is turned up and models hit the catwalk for the Student Fashion Society’s Spring Fashion Show at SUNY Oneonta each year, Associate Professor of Fashion and Textiles Annacleta Chiweshe is the one cheering the loudest. “It gives me a lot of satisfaction when I see students learning the skills I teach them and producing something unique,” she said.

Student Profile: Cassidy Napolitano, Fashion & Textiles

Fashion & Textiles Major at SUNY Oneonta

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Department of Human Ecology
Telephone: 607-436-2705

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