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Fashion Studies

The Minor in Fashion Studies

Executive Committee
Andrew Clark, Ph.D. (French and Comparative Literature); Joseph B. Desciak, Ph.D. (Dean's Office); Sertan Kabadayi, Ph.D. (Marketing); Kai Brothers (Theatre); Becky Bodurtha (Theatre)

Overview
New York City is one of the fashion capitals of the world. In 2015 Fashion Week generated an estimated $887 million for the city. Fordham Law School also houses the first fashion law institute in the country. Like so many other fields, the fashion industry is in a time of transformation. Growth in emerging markets, the rise of new media and social networks, and increasing pressure to develop merchandise that is produced and marketed sustainably are among the various new challenges impacting the world of fashion.

New York City is home to a variety of schools and programs offering studies in fashion, but none of these fashion programs are situated within a four-year, traditional liberal arts undergraduate college. Placing a program of fashion studies within a liberal arts institution provides the perfect context in which to prepare young people to enter the fashion industry with a broad understanding of the many ways in which the world of style functions in the world today: psychologically, sociologically, historically, politically, economically, thus empowering them to help bring about changes in the industry itself.

Possible careers for fashion minors linked to relevant majors:

  • Public Relations: fashion show producer, public relations specialist, fashion editor
  • Fashion Media: magazine editors, staff writers, marketing/social media assistant
  • Fashion Design: design director, fashion forecaster, designer
  • Merchandising and Retail: Merchandise Manager, product specialist, trend analyst
  • Marketing and brand management: marketing executive, international marketing director, e-commerce catalog manager.

Requirements
Curriculum: An interdisciplinary minor, weaving together business, creativity, and social theory. Students will take six courses: 3 required introductory courses, one in each of these three areas: introduction to fashion and culture, introduction to fashion design, and introduction to the business of fashion), and 3 electives, depending upon their specific area of interest.

Three required courses:

  • ANTH 1500 - Introduction to Fashion and Culture
  • THEA 1210 - Introduction to Fashion Design
  • MKBU 3436 - The Business of Fashion

Three electives chosen from courses such as these:

  • AFAM 3133 - The Poetics and Politics of Youth Performance
  • FITV 2522 - Fashion, Costume, and Film
  • COMC 2221 - Fashion as Communication: Syntax of Style
  • COMC 3237 - Gender Images in Media
  • COMC 3174 - Public Relations
  • JOUR 4767 - The History of Women's Magazines
  • PSYC 3320 - Consumer Behavior
  • SOCI 2200 - Sociology of Culture
  • THEA 1151 - Drawing: Architecture and Stage
  • THEA 1220 - Fashion Techniques
  • THEA 2211 - Stage Makeup and Hair
  • THEA 2230 - Costume Design

*Courses listed above, taken before the fall of 2014, will count towards the Fashion Studies Minor.

**Academic internship (3+ credits) may be applied as elective with approval from minor advisor. Contact the Office of Career Services and the Fashion Studies Minor advisor for information.


Fall 2017

  • ANTH 1500 - Intro to Fashion and Culture*
  • THEA 1210 - Intro to Fashion Design*
  • THEA 1151 - Drawing: Architecture and Stage
  • COMC 2221 - Fashion as Communication: Syntax of Style
  • COMC 3174 - Public Relations

Spring 2018

  • THEA 1210 - Introduction to Fashion Design*
  • MKBU 3436 - The Business of Fashion*
  • AFAM 3133 - The Poetics and Politics of Youth Performance
  • COMC 3174 - Public Relations
  • JOUR 4767 - The History of Women's Magazines
  • PSYC 3320 - Consumer Behavior

Fall 2018

  • ANTH 1500 - Intro to Fashion and Culture*
  • THEA 1210 - Intro to Fashion Design*
  • THEA 1151 - Drawing: Architecture and Stage I
  • DTEM 2443 - Fashion and Digital Media
  • JOUR 2787 - Fashion Journalism
  • COMC 3174 - Public Relations

*Required courses for the minor


For more information, please contact:

Allison Pfingst
Administrator and Advisor
Fashion Studies Minor
Lowenstein, Room 806D
212-636-3947
apfingst@fordham.edu