Fashion and Textiles


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 and textiles major, you will specialize in either fashion merchandising or fashion 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 one-year visiting student program with the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City. Upon completion of three years at SUNY Oneonta and one year at FIT, you will earn a bachelor’s degree (BS) in Fashion and Textiles from SUNY Oneonta and an associate's degree (AAS) from FIT. You can earn the AAS degree from FIT in one of the following areas: Accessories Design, Fashion Design, Textile/Surface Design, Advertising and Marketing Communications, Fashion Business Management, or Textile Development and Marketing. Acceptance to FIT is competitive and not guaranteed.

You'll get plenty of great opportunities outside of the classroom, too. You could study abroad in Milan, Florence, Paris or London; do an internship in New York City; or get involved in the Student Fashion Society (SFS). Past internship placements have included Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Dolce and Gabbana, Cosmopolitan and Saks Fifth Avenue. Every 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.

Fashion Opportunities at Oneonta


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Jordan Glasser
When she was 6 years old, Jordan Glasser ’14 would spend hours helping her grandma transform hand-me-down clothes into dress-up costumes. She never imagined that, one day, she would be making a living turning visions of empire waists and princess seams into one-of-a-kind bridesmaid dresses.
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.
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