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.
Message from the Curriculum Chair
Hello Future Fashion Experts!
Welcome to the Fashion Design department at Westchester Community College! This program is structured to best build technical and creative skills that form our students into responsible, effective, successful artists and designers who are not only equipped for a career in the industry but also who are working towards building a better future through fashion design.
As incoming first-year students, I suggest registering for FASH 108 History of 20th Century Fashion and FASH 120 Garment Construction. Some of the fashion courses are only offered once a semester so it is best if you can review the Pathways form (below) before registering, and do not hesitate to get in touch with me with any questions regarding this.
As Curriculum Chair, it is important for you to meet with me early on in the semester. It is helpful to review your course selections together to ensure curriculum requirements are met and that you follow an efficient timeline to get the most out of the program and your experience here at Westchester Community College. As always, I am more than happy to discuss your career and/or transfer plans.
I would also like to mention other opportunities in the Design Program that may be of interest to you.
- Internship Program – Many of our students have been placed in success internships with local businesses. These internships can be used to fulfill a business elective.
- Transfer Opportunities – Many students find it beneficial to continue their education after their time at Westchester Community College. The department is committed to providing services and opportunities to help facilitate this transition.
- Fashion Club: This student run organization produces the year-end fashion show for the department, arranges travel opportunities to Manhattan and elsewhere, and participates in fundraising activities to support club events.
- Volunteer Opportunities and Mentorships: The Westchester Community College Fashion Department works closely with several designers, organizations, and businesses that provide valuable field experience opportunities for students.
Feel free to contact me at email@example.com or (914) 606-5620.
Curriculum Chair: Karen Schlusberg
Information about the chair
Office location: Gateway 344
Department/Division: Fashion Merchandising
Title(s): Curriculum Chair
Degree Information: MBA
Karen Schlusberg is a seasoned fashion educator, philanthropist, style industry executive and successful entrepreneur best known for her keen sense of style and community generosity. With both a Bachelor’s degree and MBA in Marketing from Iona College, Karen has harnessed her love of fashion into the field of higher education. While teaching fashion merchandising at Marist College, Karen created “Fashionology”, a fashion student run store. Most recently as interim curriculum chairperson of Fashion Merchandising at SUNY Westchester Community College, Karen has developed strategic partnerships with FIT and high school programs, and is considered a mentor among students during her six years as senior adjunct professor of fashion.
Karen has successfully parlayed her ability to grow the bottom-line as CEO and founder of 13-year old Maize Boutique, winning “Best of Westchester” for three years in a row. Additionally, Karen has partnered with both Eileen Fisher and Operation Prom to offer student opportunities to give back to the community and become socially responsible style leaders.
Prior to her entrepreneurial and teaching endeavors, Karen was an executive of product development at such major corporations as Liz Claiborne where she led design teams both domestically and abroad. Karen’s financial acumen was well known in the apparel industry where she consistently increased profit and was able to grow and develop new categories and opportunities for each of her companies.
Karen’s commitment to fashion at Westchester Community College is always a student-driven passion and includes such numerous initiatives as Miami Fashion internships, style newsletters and the exciting fashion shows and events on campus.
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)
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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