Program Overview

Summer College students in the jewelry portion of class
Summer College students in the jewelry making portion of class

The Fashion & Accessories Design pre-college program is a hands-on, immersive experience for high school students. It is a two-week noncredit program that aims to provide insight into the multi-faceted world of fashion and accessories design. The emphasis is on how fashion design evolves, where ideas are generated, how a designer creates a collection (whether it be fashion or accessories), and the workings of the fashion industry.

Students will study the origins of the fashion industry from the glamour of Parisian haute couture to designers such as Proenza Schouler and Marc Jacobs who are currently working on 7th Avenue in New York City. London, Milan, and Tokyo will also be explored through fashion shows, projects, and an exciting final presentation that will feature student designs. The emphasis will be threefold; fashion collection development, accessory design, and accessory creation.

Working closely with the professors each day in the fashion and accessory studios, students will be sketching and creating samples and the course will culminate in a fashion presentation to showcase the student designs in an exciting and professional setting.

  I still could not believe it! When I arrived, I instantly fell in love with the Syracuse University campus and energy. When my classes began, it was exhilarating taking a campus bus to the warehouse, where fashion classes were being held. Once I arrived on the 7th floor, my breath was taken away. It made me love the idea of becoming a fashion designer even more. I loved the creative space. I met my professors and the session began. I learned how to train my mind to think fast and effectively, making sure my work was always handed in on time, and the importance of working in teams.  ~ Adore E., Summer College Fashion and Accessories Design student, 2018

Program Objectives

  • Develop your design portfolio
  • Explore the history of fashion design
  • Gain insight in the career of fashion design while creating your own pieces

Art & Design Track

Interested in learning more about art and design? Summer College students can choose an additional art and design program in a consecutive session and receive 10% off both sessions. Choose two additional art and design programs and receive 15% off all three sessions (Scholarship and Financial Aid will apply to each program attended). Or build your own track and explore even more of what Syracuse University has to offer!

Session I: June 27 – July 10: Art & Activism, Art & Craft of Animation, Industrial Design

Session II: July 11 – July 24: Art Intensive: Sculpture & Time-Based Forms (ARI 200), Fashion and Accessories Design, Graphic Design, Photography

Session III: July 25 – August 7: Environmental & Interior Design

 View all programs by session date to build your own track!

Learn more about Fashion and Accessories Design:

Program Dates & Details Eligibility Requirements Program Cost Program Requirements Typical Day Faculty Bios

Program Dates & Details

Session Dates

Session II: July 11 – July 24, 2020
Duration: 2 weeks


Credit: Noncredit
Grading System: Pass/Fail

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

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Program Cost

Program Cost:

  • Residential: $3,560
  • Commuter: $2,746

*Please visit our Program Costs page for more detailed information. Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.  Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Requirements

Student Expectations

Pre-college fashion high school students summer

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

All of the School of Design’s programs are housed in The Nancy Cantor Warehouse, Syracuse University’s seven-floor building located in downtown Syracuse. Students will be engaged at the Warehouse from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily, with an hour break for lunch. The Warehouse is easily accessible from campus using the Connective Corridor bus.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!

End Event

Students will be sketching and creating samples, and the program will culminate in a fashion presentation to showcase the students’ designs in an exciting and professional setting. This presentation will be held on the final day of the program, Friday, July 24. More details coming soon.

Final Academic Obligation

Students are permitted to leave on Friday, July 24 after 4:30pm upon the completion of the end event. If students have any questions regarding their final academic obligation, we encourage them to reach out to their instructor. Please refer to the Move-Out page for important information regarding the checkout process.

Faculty Bios

Jeffrey Mayer – Professor Fashion Design, Co-Director of the Fashion Design Program

Jeffrey Mayer is the program coordinator for the Fashion Design program, the Curator of the Syracuse University Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection, and author of ‘Vintage Details; a Fashion Sourcebook’ which features vintage garments from the collection.

His teaching within the program varies from hands-on design in the area of Construction, Flat Pattern, Draping and Illustration to Textiles and the History of Fashion.

Mayer holds a advanced degree from University of Connecticut and along with co-designer, Todd Conover, designed high-end evening wear under the label Conover Mayer from 1994-2006 which sold at such retailers as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

Todd Conover – Associate Professor Fashion Design, Co-Director of the Fashion Design Program

Todd Conover is a senior faculty member in the Fashion Design Program and is responsible for the senior level capstone course and annual Syracuse University Fashion Show. As a professional graphic designer he also teaches Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator for the fashion industry.

His teaching has included every facet of the program and as an internationally known metal smith and jewelry designer Todd has an especially strong background in accessory design and jewelry creation.

Conover has a degree in Fashion Design from Syracuse University and was co-designer with Jeffrey Mayer in their business Conover Mayer, 1994-2006. Currently he is a member of the Society of Illustrators and the Society of North American Goldsmiths.