Course Overview

The Fashion and Accessory Design course is a hands-on summer program for High School students. It is a two-week noncredit program that aims to provide insight into the multi-faceted world of fashion and accessory design. The emphasis is on how fashion design evolves, where are ideas 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 the designers such as Proenza Schouler and Marc Jacobs currently working on 7th Avenue in New York City. London, Milan and Tokyo will also be explored along with Paris and New York 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.

All students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion and have the opportunity to request a Syracuse University noncredit transcript.

Course Objectives

  • Develop your design portfolio
  • Explore the history of fashion design
  • Design and create fashion accessory pieces
  • Gain insight into the careers available in fashion design

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: SCN 055

Format: On Campus (at Syracuse University)

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school sophomore, junior, or senior status – or a 2022 high school graduate. 

Credit: Noncredit

Grading: Pass/Fail


  • Residential: $3,585
  • Commuter: $2,730

Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees. Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Information

Summer College – On Campus: Experience what college is really like: take a college-level course, live in a residence hall, have meals with friends in a dining hall, and participate in activities and events on campus.

“Before the start of my Summer College Fashion Design course at Syracuse University, I was excited to learn about the fashion industry in a multifaceted way. I was immediately immersed in the course and looked forward to the creative projects. Professors Mayer and Conover did an excellent job in teaching over ZOOM. I’ve never felt more passion and excitement regarding the fashion industry. My creativity skyrocketed throughout the innovative projects. Looking back at my time at Syracuse Summer College – Online, I’m very proud of everything I accomplished.”

— Sasha W., Summer College – Online Fashion Design Student, 2020

Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesClass Time (Eastern Time)Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College – On Campus 2-Week Session II: Sunday, July 17 – Friday, July 29, 2022MTWThF
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Students will break for one hour for lunch. Class times subject to change.

Course Requirements

Technology Requirements

  • Laptop or desktop computer with a webcam and mouse
  • Reliable internet access
  • A space conducive to taking an online class (without distractions)

Required Supplies

Students should budget for required textbooks and/or supplies. A supply and textbook listing will be emailed to students before the start of the program.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

9 a.m. to noon: Mornings will be spent being introduced to key concepts of fashion and accessory design through lecture, demonstration and discussion

Noon to 1 pm: Lunch break

1 to 4 pm: Afternoons will be spent in the fashion design studios in the School of Design working on exercises and design projects that explore key concepts discussed in the morning sessions. Students will be immersed in fashion design much like our undergraduate students are and should expect to spend all studio hours working on projects with our TA

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College – On Campus activities to meet and connect with other students! Check out our On Campus Experience page for more information!

End Event

The course will culminate with a fashion exhibition of all of the projects completed during the course. This one hour exhibition will take place in the afternoon of our final day, Friday July 29.

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.

Read about how Mayer’s Advanced Fashion Illustration students worked with a famous British designer on a project this semester! And check out the fashion design program’s Instagram page!

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.

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