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Capital Region Career & Technical School

Global Fashion Studies

FashionThe Global Fashion Studies Program at Capital Region BOCES prepares students for careers and higher education in the exciting and ever-changing fields of fashion, apparel, accessories, merchandising - and more!

With the ever-increasing focus on fashion trends, star apparel and more, this field is perfect for students with strong design skills, a strong imagination or just a desire to stand-out.

Students are prepared for further study in career fields ranging from advertiser/promoter/marketer to visual display specialist, retail manager, sales representative, stylist/personal shopper, fashion show producer, fashion journalist and entrepreneur.

Fast Facts

Information provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Job Projections: Stagnant
  • Median U.S. Salary: $62,860 per year (in 2012)
  • Education requirements: Most fashion designers have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as fashion design or fashion merchandising. Employers usually seek applicants with creativity, as well as a good technical understanding of the production process for clothing, accessories, or footwear.


Fashion picHow Capital Region BOCES CTE can get you there

In this two-year program, students learn about all phases of the fashion industry, and they explore college and career opportunities.

Year one focuses on merchandising, while 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 two- or four-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.

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College articulation agreements

  • 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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