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Program Description

If you love clothes, are a creative person or love to make your own clothes, then the Fashion Design program at Centenary University is for you.

Our Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Fashion, Design concentration will prepare you for a career as a clothing and accessory designer, product developer, technical designer, fashion illustrator, patternmaker, or sample room supervisor. The Fashion Design curriculum exposes students to the processes and procedures to create well-designed functional apparel for the consumer-driven, global fashion industry. You will examine and research trends, evaluate consumer markets and buying behaviors and use technology to conceptualize, design and construct apparel products.

Real-World Training

In Centenary’s Design program, you will learn by doing. All students will be trained in the use of Gerber Technology’s computer-aided design software, which is considered the industry gold standard for intelligent pattern design. You will also learn advanced techniques in:
  • Apparel construction
  • Sketching/illustration
  • Pattern making
  • Draping
  • Portfolio development

With these skills under their belts, all Design students cap off their academic careers by creating a fashion collection that is presented in a runway show.


  • AFC 1001 Academic Foundations at Centenary I 4
  • WRI 1001 Comp and Rhetoric I 4
    WRI 1002 Comp and Rhetoric II
  • FAS 1000 Apparel Construction 4
  • FAS 1001 Introduction to the Fashion Industry 4
  • CAT II Mathematics 4
    (All MTH prefix courses except remedial and MTH1000) 4
  • WRI 1002 Composition and Rhetoric II
    WRI 2012 Advanced Composition
  • FAS 2000 Advanced Apparel Construction 4
  • FAS 1010 Social Responsibility in the Global Fashion (CAT VI Core) 4
  • FAS 2011 Textile Science (CAT V Core) 4
  • FAS 2010 Design Studio I – Flat Pattern 4
  • VAR 1000 Introduction to Computer Graphics 4
  • VAR 1007 Drawing for Fashion 4
  • CAT III Art and Humanities: Rel; Phil; West. Civ. 4
  • CAT III Arts and Humanities: Fine Arts 4
  • CAT IV Social or Behavioral Sciences 4
  • FAS 2008 Fashion Sketching 4
  • CAT III Art and Humanities: Literature 4
  • FAS 3001 Retailing 4
  • FAS 3005 History of Costume 4
  • FAS 3015 Fashion Graphics 2
  • ELECTIVE Elective 2
  • FAS 3010 Design Studio II - Draping 4
  • FAS 3020 Computer Applications in Fashion 4
  • CAT VI Democratic Citizenship 4
  • ELECTIVE Elective 4
  • FAS 4010 Design Studio III – Advanced Problems in Fashion 4
  • ELECTIVE Elective 4
  • ELECTIVE Elective 4
  • ELECTIVE Elective 4
  • FAS 4005 Social and Psychological Aspects of Clothing 4
  • FAS 4012 Design Studio IV – Portfolio Development 4
  • ELECTIVE Elective 4
  • ELECTIVE Elective 4


1. To earn a Bachelor degree, all graduates must successfully complete a minimum of 128 credit hours.
2. Minimum of 32 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 of 2.0 GPA in their major(s).
5. Courses that are special topic listed in the title, typically ending with a 99, are repeatable. Courses are counted multiple times and do not replace grades of the previous special topic course.
6. Credits can only be shared between the core and the major or core and minor requirements. Shared credits within the core requirements is not allowed.

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