In this three month curriculum, students learn the traditional art of menswear tailoring. The emphasis is placed on developing the advanced hands-on technical skills specific to the menswear industry. Students will first take their sewing skills to the next level by perfecting the fundamentals of both machine and hand sewing. Upon mastering these skills, students then progress to patternmaking. This process includes creating patterns for a menswear shirt and blazer.  At the culmination of the program, students synthesize their skills to create a bespoke vest, jacket and pantsuit.  Throughout this process, students will be mentored on creating a menswear portfolio and resume. By completing the Menswear Tailoring program, students will be better prepared to enter the menswear division of the fashion industry.

Fast paced program, straight to the point which keeps you on your toes, no time to slack. The program teaches you the skills you need to construct a shirt, a blazer, and a trouser. The teachers are very patient, understanding and they are there with you every step of the way. It’s a great program and it’s affordable.
— Valley St. Phard., Class of Winter 2016

Program Snapshot

3-4 Months
Certificate Program
Career Guidance
Payment Plan Options
Fashion Show/Exhibition Final

Next start date: 5/09/2018


Program Overview

Once students finish the Fashion Design program they have the opportunity of advancing their skill with an intensive specialized program. Menswear Tailoring challenges students to develop advanced hands-on technical skills that are specific to menswear. Students will understand the appropriate tools used to create fine tailored clothing. Once students have understood the foundations of tailoring, they will move on to drafting patterns of garments such as a tailored shirt. By the end of the program, students will have acquired the necessary skills in knowledge to create their own full suit with linings.

Program Outline

  • Sewing for Menswear
  • Patternmaking
  • Menswear Tailoring

Program Facts

Application Deadlines: Rolling Admission

Average Course Length

3-4 Months


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


Intermediate - Advanced.

Program Schedule

Evening - 2 weeknights (Mon/Wed or Tue/Thu), 5:30-9:30pm

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).


Students MUST have previous fashion design work or education experience for entry into this program. Students should have knowledge in both, sewing and patternmaking.

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

$4,400 USD for Domestic and International Students.

Application Fee: $100

Books and Supplies: approximately $200

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.


The primary phase of Menswear Tailoring begins with understanding the tools and equipment necessary to create a fine tailored menswear garment. Then students will dive straight into the sewing skills needed to master the construction of a suit jacket and pant. They will continue to learn these specific sewing skills throughout all three phases of the program.


The next skill set required for menswear tailoring is patternmaking. Students gain these abilities through creating a menswear tailored shirt pattern. They will create a sloper and learn how to mark, notch and adjust patterns.


For the final phase of this course, students will be producing a full suit including linings. This is the culmination of demonstrating the acquired skill set from this program.



Our Instructors

Our instructors for the menswear program are all industry professionals who specialize in tailoring. They are patternmakers and fashion designers with real-world experience creating their own menswear lines.  

Program Requirements

Students are required to have basic skills in both machine and hand sewing. In addition, students should be comfortable with measuring and creating patterns. This is necessary prior to working with menswear patterns and creating slopers.  A basic understanding of how menswear fits will be needed as students learn to create patterns for dress shirts, menswear jackets and pants.


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