School of Art and Design

Applications accepted for fall only.      NYSED: 00735     CIP: 50.0407

Building upon the success of the AAS studies in Fashion Design, courses in the BFA program advance in complexity as students hone their expertise in the intimate apparel concentration. Through applied experiential learning and the creative application and development of critical problem-solving challenges, students become adept fashion designers. Students attain a greater understanding of the fashion design process, further perfect their conceptual/technical skills, and advance in the development of a personal design aesthetic and their adaptive abilities. This program prepares graduates for success in intimate apparel careers, related design fields, and other careers not yet imagined. Registering for this concentration is based on availability. Curriculum below is for the entering class of fall 2020.

Semester 5Credits
MAJOR AREAFD 357 - Introduction to Knitwear Design3
FD 381 - Stretch Fundamentals2.5
FF 311 - Lifestyle Collection Design2.5
FF 322 - 20th Century Style for the 21st Century Aesthetic **3
choice - see Requirements*: Major Area Electives2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/Foreign Language3
Semester 6
MAJOR AREAFD 342 - CAD for Fashion Design and Development
  or FF 345 - Advanced Digital Fashion Design **
FD 376 - Intimate Apparel Couture3
FF 364 - Shapewear and Foundation Design2.5
RELATED AREAchoice - see Requirements*: Related Area Electives4
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/Foreign Language3
Semester 7
MAJOR AREAFD 383 - Haute Couture Embellishments2.5
FD 472 - Structural Design Fitting Techniques1.5
FD 481 - Structural Design2.5
FF 494 - Senior Portfolio: Intimate Apparel Design2.5
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/History of Art3
choice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts3
Semester 8
MAJOR AREAFD 487 - Senior Thesis: Intimate Apparel Design3
FF 491 - Internship2
choice - see Requirements*: Major Area Electives2
RELATED AREAchoice - see Requirements*: Related Area Electives2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts3
choice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/History of Art3
 Total Credits: 60.5

*Fall 2020 Requirements: See below.

Liberal Arts: 18 credits

  • History of Art: 6 credits. CHOICE of one (1) HA course that meets General Education Other World Civilizations requirement (G9) and one (1) additional HA course. See the full list of Art/Design History courses under HA: History of Art and Civilization.  
  • Foreign Language: 6 credits. Two semesters of the same foreign language, one of which must meet the General Education Foreign Language requirement (G8)

Liberal Arts Elective(s): 6 credits. 
Select Liberal Arts courses from the following subject areas: AB (Arabic); CH (Chinese); EN (English); FI (Film and Media) – any FI course other than FI 205261361362461, and 462FR (French); HA (History of Art);  HE (Health Education) 201301; IT (Italian); JA (Japanese); MU (Music); HI (History); MA (Math); MC (Modern Languages and Cultures); PE (Physical Education and Dance) 215216217; PL (Philosophy); PO (Portuguese); SC (Science); SP (Spanish); and SS (Social Sciences).

Major Area Elective(s): 4 credit minimum. CHOICE of major area courses (for which prerequisites have been met) from the following: FD 231FD 281FD 321FD 341FD 342FD 343FD 364FD 366FD 374FD 383FD 384, FD 385FD 386FD 461FD 467, FD 472FD 475, FF 312, FF 323, FF 324FF 343, FF 344, FF 345, FF 353, FF 398. The same course cannot be used to fulfill a required Major Area and a Major Area Elective requirement.

Related Area Elective(s): 6 credits. CHOICE of any two to four elective courses (for which prerequisites have been met) totaling 6 credits from the following: AC 114BE 261CD 123DE 102DE 143EP 311EP 321FA 101FA 103FA 104FA 105, FM 268, FM 324IC 497IN 322IN 443LD 112LD 133,
LD 136, LD 143, MG 301PH 162TD 101TD 183TD 227, TS 116TS 368

NOTE:  The assortment of Major Area Elective and Related Area Elective courses available and offered during a given semester is subject to change. All courses will not be available or offered each semester. The list of course options may evolve over time; contact the Fashion Design Department for details.

**NOTE: FF 322 is required and may be taken in either 5th or 6th semester.
                  CHOICE of FD 342 or FF 345 is required and may be taken in either 5th or 6th semester.

Students who successfully complete the Fashion Design BFA program will be able to:

  1. Create global design products utilizing their advanced knowledge of new technology and traditional craft.
  2. Identify problems, anticipate challenges, and envision solutions in existing fashion systems. 
  3. Understand and incorporate sustainability decisions into their design aesthetics and creativity. 
  4. Collaborate across disciplines as a team leader, effective team member, and innovative design thinker. 
  5. Function independently with a forward-looking ability to promote their inventive personal design vision through the creative work they present.