Fashion Design & Technology
The Fashion Design & Technology program enables students to understand how apparel is produced for various markets considering creative, technical, and cost factors. Graduates are prepared for work as junior patternmakers; design assistants; technical design, and more. You will develop skills in textiles, draping and flat pattern making, garment construction, apparel design, and other skills used in the design fields from apparel manufacturing to home products.
Information about the chair
Department/Division: Fashion Design & Technology Curriculum Chair
Title(s): Curriculum Chair
Degree Information: MFA
Juanita Alcena holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hunter College and an MFA from Paris American Academy. She has been an entrepreneur running her own fashion line in Miami since 1988 (Alcena Design Studio, Inc.). She has taught as an adjunct throughout her career as she finds teaching to be extremely rewarding. She has taught at Miami Dade, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale (for over a decade), and American Intercontinental University in Florida where she also served as Department Chair for three years. She has taught a broad range of courses in garment design and construction, sewing and patternmaking. She spoke with us about innovative ways to teach mathematics in her introductory courses. She also has taken the initiative to create noncredit experience for her students to expand their knowledge into specialty areas such as swimwear and children’s clothing.
Program Learning Outcome
Fashion Design Class Spring 2021
Fashion Design & Technology A.A.S.The Fashion Design & Technology program enables students to understand how apparel is produced for various markets considering creative, technical, and cost factors. Graduates are prepared for work as junior patternmakers; design assistants; technical design, and more. You will develop skills in textiles, draping and flat pattern making, garment construction, apparel design, and other skills used in the design fields from apparel manufacturing to home products. Fashion Design & Technology A.A.S.
Fashion Merchandising A.A.S.Love style, have an interest in merchandising, or a desire to work in textiles and fashion marketing? The dynamic, creative, and challenging world of fashion has a variety of career opportunities. The Fashion Merchandising program combines fashion studies with business courses to prepare students for positions in resident buying offices, fashion manufacturers, designer showrooms, retail stores, fashion publications, and other firms associated with the fashion industry. Fashion Merchandising A.A.S.
About Westchester Community College
Nearly 33% of Westchester Community College students receive some form of financial aid. Financial Aid is available to students who qualify. In addition, the Westchester Community College Foundation offers $1.6 million in scholarships annually.
The Westchester Community College Athletic Department sponsors thirteen different intercollegiate athletic teams in various sports. The roster of sports offered includes Men’s Baseball, Women's Softball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Bowling, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Men's Golf, Men's and Women's Track and Field, Men’s Soccer, and Women’s Volleyball. Visit the Vikings Athletics website for schedules, reports, and more.
We’re accessible: Public transit-friendly main campus and extension locations. Online classes for wherever you are. Valhalla (main campus); extension sites in New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, Yonkers, Shrub Oak, Mahopac, Ossining, Port Chester and Peekskill (Center for the Digital Arts) and White Plains (Center for the Arts).
- Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
- The College of Westchester
Transfer agreements vary by school, details are available online. After successfully completing your studies at Westchester Community College, you can transfer almost anywhere, in-state or out-of-state. NYS residents are also guaranteed admission to a SUNY four-year campus.
Curriculum Chair: Karen Schlusberg
School: Business and Professional Careers
Academic Dept: Professional Careers
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