Our innovative approach to a fashion design education means that students are able to achieve real and amazing results in a short amount of time. We’ve designed a curriculum that allows you to spend more time doing what you love with your new skills. NYSD creates an inspirational learning environment where fashion design students learn real and relevant industry skills—including design development, textiles and color application, fashion illustration, garment construction, and Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

The program exceeded all my expectations and was exactly what I was looking for. I hope to be able to go back soon because NYSD felt like home.
— Laura P., Class of Winter 2016

Program Snapshot

Evening/Weekend or Day
Certificate Program
Career Guidance
Payment Plan Options

Next Start Dates:
6/4 (Day)
8/20 (Eve)
9/4 (Day)

Program Overview

You’ll graduate with a solid understanding of the design process and garment construction, as well as with a collection designed and created by you and an incredible fashion portfolio— all essential for a career in fashion design.

Teachers move fast and mentor students to work like professional designers in the industry, following clear methods and meeting strict deadlines.

Program Outline

  • Principles and Elements of Fashion Design
  • Fabrics
  • Color Theory
  • Sewing Workshop
  • Fashion Drawing
  • Construction I
  • CAD Illustration
  • Draping
  • Fashion Portfolio

Program Facts

Application Deadlines: Rolling Admission

Average Course Length

6 Months


16 hours per week with additional studio time for construction courses.


Beginners - Intermediate.

Program Schedule

Day - Monday/ Wednesday, 9am - 5:30pm & Friday 9am - 1pm
Day - Tuesday/ Thursday, 9am - 5:30pm & Friday 2 - 6pm
Evening - 2 weeknights (Mon/Wed or Tue/Thu), 5:30-9:30pm and Saturday, 9am-6pm

English Language

This program requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.



High School Diploma or College Degree. GED Certificate. If you do not have any, ask us about the Ability to Benefit test (ATB).


There are NO previous fashion design work or education requirements for entry into this program.

Documentation for Domestic Students

  • HS Diploma/College Degree
  • Government Issued Photo ID
  • Proof of Address

Documentation for International Students

  • Original and Translated HS Diploma/College Degree
  • Passport
  • Valid Visa
  • Proof of Address in the States

Tuition Fee

$9,900 USD for Domestic and International Students.

Application Fee: $100

Books and Supplies: approximately $500

Living Costs for New York City

Prices are based per month:
  • Rent: $1,000-$1,400 for 1 bedroom
  • Transportation: $121 monthly Metrocard
  • Food: $260 for groceries

Find out more living costs here.


We do not offer financial aid, however, there are several payment plans available.

Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

What Will I Learn?

Design Creation

Great collections are about so much more than designing pretty clothes. We teach a solid grounding in design concepts to ensure there’s always substance behind your style. You learn how a collection evolves from inspiration to a tangible, perfectly executed piece of clothing.  


Literally the thread and needle of the design process, here you will learn the necessary technical skills for turning your wildest design ideas into a reality. With classes in patternmaking, sewing and draping, you’ll be able to create runway ready garments.

Collection Presentation

All hard work must be showcased. To do so, you’ll learn the digital aspects of the global fashion industry. Using the Adobe Software (Photoshop and Illustrator), you’ll learn to create and grow your essential portfolio that will be used throughout your career in the fashion industry.


Our Students 

Many of our students come from backgrounds outside of fashion design and do not know where to begin this journey. That’s where we come in. We provide the support and help lead our students to achieving their goals. By the end of the program, they are amazed at how much they’ve accomplished in such a short amount of time.  


Our Instructors

Our team of educators include professionals from the industry who are committed to nurturing the next generation of designers. Our instructors for the fashion design program are patternmakers, costume designers, merchandisers, stylists, and fashion designers among many more. You’ll gain industry contacts just by attending class!  

Program Requirements

This Fashion Design program does not require prior experience in fashion design. For those beginners, an introductory class to sewing is included during the first tier at no extra cost. Students with some knowledge of sewing are also welcome to join and will benefit the most from our courses. They'll have a head start and be able to grasp concepts easily.  


Next Steps