Fashion Degrees

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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion

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 such as Facebook and Twitter. 

Centenary offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fashion, with two concentrations; Design and Merchandising. Students may complete both concentrations and some add minors in business, art, communications, or graphic design in order to be exceptionally well-equipped for future employment. 

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Reason 1: Well-rounded education.

Centenary College is one of only a few colleges to combine innovative Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising programs with a strong liberal arts education. Our graduates are in high demand because they have a good general education.  Design students and merchandising students take the same introductory courses, so our designers understand merchandising and our merchandisers understand design. This makes them very competitive in the job market.

Reason 2: We are a strong collaborative community.

Because Centenary is a small college, the fashion department is a collaborative community. Our students help each other; seniors will help freshmen hone their sewing skills; juniors will assist seniors in completing their final collections; everyone lends a hand with preparing garments for fashions shows.

The faculty knows all the students in the program. They have offices near the fashion laboratories and are available to provide assistance outside of class time.

Reason 3: Flexible scheduling

At Centenary College, the sewing rooms, textiles laboratory, and computer rooms are available to students whenever there is not a class in the room. This means that students may work in the evening, on weekends (and in the middle of the night).

Reason 4: Experience the industry outside of the classroom. 

Centenary offers a large variety of learning opportunities outside of the classroom. These include shadowing experiences; field trips, which include working on runway shows and producing merchandising displays in stores; and collecting and distributing prom dresses for disadvantaged girls. Students have access to a large variety of internships in New Jersey, New York and at Disney world. Students may also spend a semester or summer studying aboard in England, Italy, Ireland, or Korea.

Reason 5: Career counseling from day one.

Centenary provides students with excellent career counseling. The Career Development advisors assist students from freshman year until after graduation. They help with career choices, résumé building interview tips and connecting students to alumni and employers. All fashion students, designers and merchandisers prepare a professional career portfolio to showcase their skills and achievements.

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