Fashion Design

Associate in Science Degree Program

Hegis Code: 5012 Admissions: 1-800-724-0833 
ext. 5018 or 5022
NYSED Code: 36785

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Program Description
This program will provide students with foundation courses in apparel drawing and design, draping and flat pattern making, garment construction, design presentation, computer-aided design and costume history. Courses will be taught by faculty who are working professionals using techniques and equipment employed in the industry. The program is both inspiring and challenging as students learn and incorporate artistic, technical and theoretical skills that will prepare them for transfer to complete their four-year degree or entering the job market with increased employability and opportunity for career advancement.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of the AS Fashion Design Degree program, a student will be able to

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the apparel development process from concept through realization and construction
  • Communicate, present and defend creative design ideas  and critique peer student designs
  • Develop sewing, flat pattern and draping skills to construct garments
  • Develop drawing, rendering and computer-aided design techniques to present illustrated apparel concepts
  • Produce a portfolio that demonstrates competence in apparel construction, design and rendering for a variety of markets and categories

Employment Potential
Graduates of this program pursue a variety of fashion careers that include apparel designer, product developer, stylist, technical designer, buyer, inventory planner, merchandiser, costume designer, and fashion retail positions.  

Requirements for Program Entry

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Satisfactory placement in Entering Student Assessment

Developmental Assistance Available

For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is readily available through SUNY Ulster's Learning Center, The Gary and Janaki Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

For More Information

For more information contact Admissions here or the Department here.


To print a copy of the Program Planning Sheet, click here

Click on the Course Number for the course description.
First Semester
Course Number Description Credits
Elective Social Science 3
ART 112 Fashion Design & Drawing I 3
ENG 101 *
College English I 3
FAS 101 Intro to Fashion Industry  3
FAS 110

Apparel Construction

Semester Credits 15
Second Semester
ENG 102 College English II 3
FAS 120 Apparel Design I 3
FAS 124 Fashion CAD I 3
FAS 130 Costume History  3
FAS 215 Textiles 3
LIB 111
Information Literacy 1
Semester Credits 16
Third Semester

ART 113

Fashion Design & Drawing II

FAS 220  Apparel Design II  3
FAS 224

Fashion CAD II

COM 103 or 
COM 105
Oral Communication or
Public Speaking
MAT 101 *
or higher
Survey of Mathematics or higher level math 3-4
Semester Credits 15-16
Fourth Semester
ART 108  Art History II


Gen Ed elective   3


Open elective 

FAS 221
Design Studio 3
Natural Science 3-4
Semester Credits 15-16
Total Credits 61-63
NOTE: Through advisement, students will also fulfill General Education Requirements.





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