Fashion Design AAS


Spring Semester: November 1 - SlideRoom Fee (USD): $10

Fall Semester: February 1 - SlideRoom Fee (USD): $10

The Fashion Design portfolio submission consists of three parts:  a written essay, two design projects, and a sewing project. All sketch and garment images for the portfolio submission must be a size that you can scan or photograph easily. Construction details should be clearly represented in both your design sketches and garment photographs. Originality, creativity, and design aesthetic are valued. Your ability to clearly follow directions is a very important consideration.

The Fashion Design program prepares students to excel and flourish in the fashion industry. The philosophy of the program focuses on individual students’ design development and professionalism. Through rigorous coursework, students develop their analytical, creative, and intellectual
competencies. The learning environment broadens students’ aesthetics, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills and graduates apply these abilities to career opportunities in the evolving global marketplace. The AAS degree builds foundation skills through hands-on and digital methodology and students examine and implement practical and conceptual design solutions through two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques in projects and assignments.

Please submit a short essay, two design projects consisting of 7 to 14 images, and a sewing project consisting of 4 to 9 photographs.


Fashion Design AAS Essay

Please respond thoughtfully and note that your answer does not replace the essay that you are required to submit as part of your FIT/SUNY application.

In 250 words or less, provide an example of when your point of view differed from a teacher or employer during an evaluation of your performance. How did you handle the situation?


Project One:  Sportswear Coordinates (formerly Mix-and-Match Designs) (3-6 images)

Sportswear is an American term used to describe clothing consisting of separate pieces, such as jackets, trousers, sweaters, skirts, and shirts, that can be worn individually or in various combinations. Sportswear is also known as Ready-to-Wear and includes a wide range of market segments, including Streetwear and Athleisure.

Create a mood/inspiration page for the following sportswear designs. The mood page should be an image that has inspired you to create the designs below. Include a short written explanation of how the designs have been inspired by the mood page image, and list the destination and season of the year when your designs will be worn.

Draw original garment designs in color using the medium of your choice. Show sportswear separates that work together. Imagine that you are designing a wardrobe of 4 pieces that worn together in various combinations could be worn for different situations. As one example, you have a customer who must pack lightly but must be prepared to dress appropriately for a business meeting, a casual lunch and an important dinner date.

  • Design a jacket
  • Design a top (use the top twice, once on each figure)
  • Design a pant
  • Design a skirt

Sketch your designs in color on two hand drawn figures. Do not trace or use a template for your figures. Include back views of the garments on an additional figure or as a flat sketch. For portfolio submission, scan or photograph real fabric swatches (not “digital”) and identify those fabrics (fabric weave/knit and fiber; for example, wool gabardine, silk charmeuse, cotton gauze, etc.) on the front of the sketches. (If you are currently unable to obtain real fabric swatches due to COVID-19 restrictions, you may use “digital” swatches. Be sure to identify the fabrics
[fabric weave/knit and fiber].) Submit 3 to 6 images for this project.

Project Two: Fashion Design Artwork (4-8 images)

Submit four to eight sketches of your original fashion design artwork on figures that you have drawn yourself. Express your creativity, style, and variety. Do not include fine art samples; only fashion design artwork should be submitted. Edit your portfolio. Do not submit more than is requested.

Draw original designs in color. Use the medium of your choice. Note: original artwork can be computer generated, but not required. Design sketches are to be on full-length fashion figures with back views.

Include scanned or digital photo of actual 2” x 2” fabric swatches on the front of each sketch. Identify the type of fabric (e.g. 100% wool gabardine).

(If you are currently unable to obtain real fabric swatches due to COVID-19 restrictions, you may use “digital” swatches. Be sure to identify the fabrics [fabric weave/knit and fiber].)

Write 2 sentences for each image to explain inspiration or your thought process.

Project Three: Sewing Project (4-9 Photographs)

Submit photographs of two or three garments you have sewn (include front and back views). Samples are to demonstrate knowledge of construction. Originality, creativity, and design aesthetic are valued. Photograph the clothing on a person or dress mannequin. Garments can be created from commercial patterns or you can develop your own patterns or drape the design. Garment examples must be sewn. Do not show existing garments that have just been decorated.

Take photographs of the front and back of each garment, a third photograph may be taken to showcase special details on a garment. Submit up to nine photographs for this project.

Provide 11-23 items. Images (up to 5MB each) and PDFs (up to 10MB each)