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Program Description

Fashion is an exciting, ever-changing world that combines creativity, business knowledge, an understanding of why customers buy garments, trend forecasting, styling, technology, and even the use of social media.

Centenary University is one of only a few schools that combine an innovative Fashion program with a strong liberal arts education. We offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Fashion, with two concentrations:

  • Design
  • Merchandising

Students may complete one or both concentrations as well as a minor in related fields such as Business, Studio Art, Communication, Graphic Design, or Social Media. Our Fashion curriculum covers a wide range of topics including marketing, trend forecasting, styling, technology, and even the use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

Design students and merchandising students take the same introductory courses. Our designers understand merchandising and our merchandisers understand design.

Ready for the Job Market

Our well-rounded program will help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to break into the fashion industry. Our career development advisors are ready to assist you from the moment you step on campus until after graduation. They will help you identify career choices, build a strong résumé, ace your job interviews and connect with alumni and employers. All fashion students, designers and merchandisers prepare a professional career portfolio to showcase their skills and achievements.

Our faculty includes professors who have years of experience in the fashion industry. In addition to teaching you the ins and outs of the business, they can help connect you to a variety of learning opportunities outside of the classroom. As a Fashion student, you will have access to job shadowing experiences and field trips, ranging from working on runway shows and producing merchandising displays in stores to collecting and distributing prom dresses for disadvantaged girls. Our students also have access to internships in New Jersey, New York and even places like Walt Disney World. Students may also spend a semester or summer studying aboard in England, Italy, Ireland or Korea.

A Collaborative Environment

With our small class sizes, our students know and help each other. Seniors will help freshmen improve their sewing skills; juniors will assist seniors in completing their final collections; and everyone lends a hand with preparing garments for fashion shows. At Centenary, the sewing rooms, textiles laboratory and computer rooms are available to students whenever there is not a class in session. That means you can hone your skills on your schedule — evenings, nights and weekends.

Minor in Social Media Marketing

Why not make your resume pop and your skills soar with a Minor in Social Media Marketing? Centenary’s unique Social Media Marketing minor is the perfect addition to Fashion; giving you cutting edge skills and setting you up for tomorrow's job opportunities. The minor includes 4 Courses that fit within the free electives section — no extra credits or time:
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Digital Advertising
  • Digital Analytics
  • Social Media Marketing

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Course # | Course Title | (Title Credits Completed)

  • AFC 1001 | Academic Foundations at Centenary I | (4)
  • WRI 1001/1002 | Composition and Rhetoric I or Composition and Rhetoric II | (4)
  • FAS 1000 | Apparel Construction | (4)
  • FAS 1001| Introduction to the Fashion Industry | (4)
  • CAT II | Mathematics | (4)
  • WRI 1002/2012 | Composition and Rhetoric II or Advanced Composition | (4)
  • FAS 1010 | Social Responsibility in the Global Fashion (Cat. VI: Global) | (4)
  • VAR 1003 | Design and Color Fundamentals
  • VAR 1007 | Drawing for Fashion
  • VAR 1000| Introduction to Computer Graphics | (4)
  • CAT III | Arts and Humanities: Humanities | (4)
  • FAS 2010 | Design Studio I – Flat Pattern
    FAS 3005 | Visual Merchandising | (4)
  • FAS 2011| Textile Science (Cat. V Core) | (4)
  • FAS 3001 | Retailing | (4)
  • CAT. III | Arts and Humanities: Literature | (4)
  • CAT IV | Social/Behavioral Science | (4)
  • CAT. VI | Democratic Citizenship | (4)
  • FAS Elective| Fashion Elective | (4)


1. To earn an associate’s degree, all graduates must successfully complete 64 credit hours.
2. Minimum of 64 credits must be taken at Centenary University.
3. All graduates must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.
4. All graduates must have a minimum 2.0 GPA in their major(s).
5. Students will be guided by the degree audit sheet in effect at the time they declare specific major(s).
6. Credits can only be shared between the core and the major or core and minor requirements. Shared

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Financial Aid

Being able to pay for attending college is no easy task. Located in the Seay Building, the Office of Financial Aid offers assistance to you and your parents to ensure that you have the financial resources to focus on your education.