Haute Couture

The Haute Couture program caters to the segment of the fashion industry known as the women’s couture market. It provides an education that focuses on design and technology used in the manufacture of “made-to-measure” women’s clothing.

The program offers students the opportunity to enhance their skills in the following areas: couture sewing techniques and embellishments, couture garment construction, and couture design. The programs consists of five sequential courses, offered over four semesters. Admission to the program requires a knowledge of sewing and clothing construction.

Graduates of this program may be employed by design houses, couturiers, and custom tailors, or work as entrepreneurs in their own couture houses.


Students must have taken the following courses prior to entering the certificate program: DP 111 or FD 131 or TL 111, FF 211, DP 212 or FD 112 , or approval of assistant chairperson.

The program consists of five sequential courses in fashion design offered over a three-semester time span:

Course Credits
AP 242 Haute Couture Sewing Techniques 2.5
AP 243 Haute Couture Decorative Techniques & Embellishments      2.5
AP 244 Haute Couture Construction and Technology 2.5
AP 275 Haute Couture Apparel Design 3

AR 292 Haute Couture Portfolio




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Students entering the program must have completed the required prerequisite courses or have demonstrated the equivalent proficiencies, and possess proficiencies beyond entry level prior to registration.

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Academic advisement is available by appointment.
Pamela Snyder-Gallagher, advisor, Fashion Design Department, Business and Liberal Arts Center, Room B801
(212) 217-5280

This certificate is administered by the School of Art and Design