Associates of Fine Arts in Design

What You Will Learn

The Fashion Design track offers a diverse and interdisciplinary studio environment whereby students gain insight to multiple areas of design and their influences within industry, society and profession. Architecture, Interior Design, Industrial Design, Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising are areas that make up the studio culture in the Design Program at CCM.

The Fashion Design track provides a comprehensive foundation for students transferring to four year colleges and universities to pursue a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design. Contemporary and traditional skillsets acquired at CCM provide the student with immediate opportunities in industry as Design Assistants or Interns, Pattern Making Assistants, and Fashion/Trade Show Assistants.

Why Study Fashion Design at CCM?

County College of Morris has designated studio classrooms with state-of-the-art equipment and software available to all design students during their academic studies at CCM. The class size average is 12:1 in the studio; this ratio fosters a mentoring relationship between the student and professor. Studios are supplied with materials and resources that allow extensive opportunities for creative exploration in research and process.

Faculty are dedicated and highly accomplished. Many maintain professional practice, bringing real world problems to the design curriculum and classroom.

The program is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

Career Opportunities

Associates Degree:

  • Fashion Design Assistant
  • Fashion Design Intern
  • Pattern Making Assistant
  • Fashion Show Assistant
  • Trade Show Assistant


Bachelors Degree:

  • Fashion Designer
  • Artists and Sketchers
  • Assistant Designers
  • Cutters
  • Head Designers/Design
  • Pattern Graders
  • Pattern Makers
  • Set and Exhibit Designers
  • Sewers
  • Spec and Fit Technicians
  • Specialty Designers
  • Trend Researchers


Career Specialties in Fashion Design:

  • Accessory design
  • Children’s clothing design
  • Costume design
  • Footwear design
  • Lingerie design
  • Men’s wear design
  • Sportswear design
  • Swimwear design
  • Uniform design
  • Women’s wear design

Where You Can Go

Upon completion of an Associate in Fine Arts degree (AFA), the majority of Fashion Design track students transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Science (B.S.). Students have transferred to the following institutions based on their portfolio and GPA from CCM:

  • Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
  • Montclair University
  • Centenary University
  • Marist College
  • Parsons School of Design
  • Pratt Institute
  • Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)
  • Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)
  • Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM)


Students uncertain about their career goals or preference of Design discipline are offered opportunity for exploration within this program.

Contact Info

Art and Design Department
Emeriti Hall, Room 102

Professor Kelly Whalen
Design Special Projects

Professor Nieves Gruneiro-Roadcap