Fashion Program Details

DMACC Fashion Institute


Challenges and rapid advancement opportunities set in an exciting atmosphere of change, fast paced business decisions and competition are offered to you in a fashion career. Take part in the action where style becomes a way of expression in apparel and accessories as well as interior design. A career in the fashion industry could include management, designing, buying, marketing or promotion, sales, customer service or visual merchandising.

The curriculum has been designed with the help of employers in both the apparel and interior design industries. Many students achieve management positions upon graduation or shortly thereafter because of the specialized course work and individual effort. Instruction is based upon lectures, labs, internships, speakers and a variety of conferences and field studies in fashion centers such as New York City. These activities offer the student a chance to interact with key industry professionals and develop an invaluable employment network.

Two majors are offered in the Fashion program. Upon successful completion of the Fashion/Design program students will receive an AAS degree. Students with a shorter term educational goal may receive a diploma.

Fashion/Design emphasizes career development along with transfer options for students planning on attending a four year college. Graduates interested in apparel design or interior design degrees usually transfer to a four year program. Contact a DMACC Fashion/Design instructor, counselor or advisor for transfer planning assistance.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?​

For any type of fashion merchandising or management position:

  • Coordinate a team effort in developing and promoting the sale of fashion merchandise.
  • Design visual presentations to project seasonal trends that generate customer excitement.
  • Develop promotional activities such as advertising, visual merchandising, and fashion shows to communicate a strong fashion image for the company.
  • Recruit, lead and motivate members of the fashion merchandising team.
  • Execute merchandising plan, including inventory and budget control, scheduling, store layout, markdowns, training employees, payroll and daily sales records.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • Individuals with a good eye in design can go into a fashion-related career.
  • The diploma major or the AAS degree major may include an emphasis in apparel or interior design.
  • Option of transferring to earn a four-year degree or go immediately into a fashion career.
  • Internships are paid positions with pay de​​​pendent upon previous experience. Rapid advancement and salary increases follow.
  • Work schedules may vary to include some evenings and weekend hours in fashion retail careers.
  • Fashion career opportunities are numerous nationwide.
  • A fashion career offers variety and flex​ibility. Jobs for career-oriented individuals are plentiful. Pay is based on salary plus bonuses with high earning potential.

Looking for a job in the Fashion Industry?

DMACC students and alumni can view current job and internship postings on Handshake, DMACC’s career services platform. Click here to join Ha​ndshake​ and…

  • Access job and internship postings from employers looking to hire DMACC candidates.
  • Share your resume and connect directly with employers through the Handshake messaging center.
  • Stay up-to-date on local and virtual hiring events: career fairs, information sessions, interviewing events, and more.

Also, the DMACC Career Center provides free career services to DMACC students and alumni, Click here to learn more.​

Fashion Program Details

The annual DFI Fashion Gala was born in the Spring of 2015 to create a deeper and more meaningful experience for students. Students who enroll in APP 300: Fashion Events and PR, work together to plan, organize, produce, and promote the event each year.

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New York City Fashion Study Tour

Be a part of the most-awaited trip of the year!

TRIP COST: $2,000 (Financial Aid can be used)


  • Roundtrip Airfare
  • Roundtrip Shuttle to/from NYC Airport to NYC Hotel
  • 5 Nights in Deluxe Hotel (Quads for Students/Double for Advisors)
  • 3 Days of Visits to Key Players in the Fashion Industry with Banson NYC (Tuesday-Thursday)
  • Internship Seminar
  • Assortment Planning Seminar
  • Educational Shopping Trip
  • 1 Group Dinner
  • 1 Ticket to Popular Broadway Show
  • 1 Ticket to Current Fashion Exhibit at Well Knowsn NYC Museum
  • 7-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard

HOW TO SIGN UP: This trip is for current Fashion program students only.

QUESTIONS? Contact Ann Gadbury, Professor, Fashion Design

NCY Fashion Trip