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July 29, 2015
Capital Region Career & Technical School

Global Fashion Studies

Global Fashion Studies prepares students for careers and higher education in the exciting and ever-changing fields of fashion, apparel, accessories, merchandising - and more! In this two-year program, students learn about all phases of the fashion industry, and they explore college and career opportunities.

Global Fashion Studies year one focuses on merchandising, and year two focuses on marketing and retailing, including mastery of retail customer service skill standards set by the National Retail Federation and NOCTI Retail Trades Performance Standards. Students learn through specialized software, hands-on projects, lectures and guest speakers, videos, field trips, and work-based learning experiences such as job shadowing and internships. Through a year-long entrepreneurship project, students work together to design a product, conduct market research and produce and sell their accessory designs. They also create a professional fashion portfolio showcasing their best work.

After completing Global Fashion Studies, students may enter the workforce or advance their education at 2- or 4-year colleges such as Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and Laboratory Institute of Merchandising (LIM) in Manhattan, Herkimer County Community  College, and the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in California.

Students in the Global Fashion Studies program also have the option to spend 10 days with their teacher touring Paris and London. They travel  to various fashion venues such as fashion museums and a perfume factory, take guided fashion walks and experience London Fashion Weekend.



Career opportunities:

  • Merchandiser/buyer
  • Advertiser/promoter/marketer
  • Visual display specialist
  • Retail manager
  • Sales representative
  • Stylist/personal shopper
  • Fashion show producer
  • Fashion journalist
  • Entrepreneur


Units of study:

  • The history of fashion
  • The business of fashion
  • Business etiquette
  • International fashion/designers/retail
  • Fashion illustration
  • Fashion digital design
  • Mass production/quality assurance
  • Inventory control
  • Promotion and salesmanship
  • Visual display
  • Personal buying
  • Fashion styling
  • Modeling and fashion show production
  • Green fashions
  • Business math (year one)
  • Integrated English (year two)


College articulation:

  • The Laboratory Institute of Merchandising (LIM), Manhattan
  • Herkimer County Community College
  • Schenectady County Community College


Academic prerequisites:

  • 9th grade reading level
  • Business math (making change, retail, measurement, yardage, fractions, percentages, decimals)
  • Consistent record of attendance
  • Students supply notebook, art supplies and patterns and fabrics to construct garments for class projects


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Going Green:

  • Global Fashion Studies students connect the worlds of fashion, merchandising and the natural environment by incorporating recycled and renewable materials into their designs. Today's fabrics may be made from organic materials or recycled products, and some are designed using applied nanotechnology.


Global Fashion Studies program earns college praise

Career & Tech's Global Fashion Studies program has earned the praise of Herkimer County Community College, home of several alumni and a recent field trip destination of this year's students.  HCCC Fashion Professor Janice Jenny recently wrote to teacher Judy Hicks:

"I am always very impressed with the quality and enthusiasm of the students from your program. They are by far more knowledgeable than the typical high school graduate we get. You have done an amazing job preparing your students for both careers in the fashion industry, and for higher education in that field."

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