Sustainable Fashion

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About This Program:

Unique among college programs focusing on fashion, this degree prepares students for leadership roles, helping them transform the industry and develop creative strategies to support sustainability, social equity, and ethical practices within fashion. Students in the Sustainable Fashion program will learn the benefits of operating a business under a new paradigm, eschewing the former singular goal of profit for shareholders and replacing that with the need to serve a wide range of stakeholders. This program prepares graduates to understand the full range of business needs from supply chain to merchandising, to marketing messaging.

January Term Deadline: January 3, 2022

Time to Complete Degree

Part-time: Approximately 16 Months

Full-time: 12 Months

Jobs in this Field:

  • Director of Sustainable Strategy
  • Manager for Innovation in Sustainable Business Transformation
  • Sustainable Operations Manager
  • Raw Materials and Sourcing Expert

90% of Graduates

Advanced in career or pivoted to a career in fashion

97% of Graduates

Are employed or starting a business

Our Graduates are Working at:

  • Coach

  • PVH

  • Tiffany & Co.

  • Kendra Scott

  • Macy’s

  • The Real Real

  • Bonobos

  • And more!

Your Professors are Scholars + Practitioners in Their Field

Mariza Scotch

Mariza Scotch

Creative Director, Mariza Scotch Designs

Teaching Fashion as Culture/Culture as Fashion

Prasan Kumar

Prasan Kumar

SVP Strategy Director at Publicis Groupe

Teaching Purpose-Driven Marketing and Communications.

David Grad

David Grad

Executive Leadership Coach

Teaching Value-Based Leadership Skills for an Interconnected World

Program Structure

Participating in a research-based curriculum, students in the fashion program will write master’s theses designed to address real-world challenges, collaborating with partner companies and organizations.

Thesis partnerships are facilitated by GCNYC’s Center for Social Impact and Innovation, which provides a support network and collaborative research opportunities for students, social entrepreneurs, and leaders in sustainability across industries.

8

Courses

 

36

Credits Earned

 

MS

Master of Science degrees focus on an area of specialization vs MBAs which offer a broad overview of business. GCNYC offers a Master’s of Science rather than an MBA so that more of our courses can focus on our specialty: sustainability and fashion.

Making Impactful Education Affordable

90%

Of Students Get Scholarships

Tuition and Scholarships

Learn about financial support

33% Less Expensive

Than competitive grad programs in NYC

Learning Options

Create a schedule that dovetails with your busy life and additional commitments!

In-Person

  • 12 Weeks of Classes
  • Hosted on campus at 64 Wooster Street
  • Social distancing and other safety protocols followed
  • Live courses are offered in the evenings from 6:00pm to 9:30pm on weeknights Monday through Thursday
Hybrid

  • Opt for a hybrid approach
  • Split attendance between in-person and Zoom
  • Frequency is determined at the time of course registration
Online

  • 12 Weeks of Classes
  • Students participate in campus classes via Zoom
  • Students interact with their instructor and other students online
  • Online courses meet virtually for live 3.5 hour sessions

Alumni Spotlight

I feel that the community of peers and mentors I met during my time at GCNYC was fantastic. Being surrounded by people driven by a similar mission was very powerful. The systems thinking course taught by Seisei was very impactful; She opened our minds up to considering how actions affect the system they are within. The course was interactive, insightful, and fun.”

– Natalie Hojell, Sustainability Consultant at Great Forest

“The classes at GCNYC that I was taking were so relevant to what I was teaching in my classes, that I started incorporating everything I was learning into my curriculum.”

– Lorenza Wong, Sustainable Fashion Entrepreneur and Adjunct Instructor, FIT and Parson’s School of Design

Courses & Curriculum

Learning Objectives

  • To develop intellectual acuity in the relevant theories, principles and practices of social business.
  • To critically understand impact, sustainability, and equity considerations in a changing world and how to apply them to new and existing business dynamics in the fashion industry.
  • To critically examine the trends in contemporary marketing campaigns to effect social, political, and ethical impact and deploy marketing communications for ethical and social impact.
  • To demonstrate critical understanding of cultural heritage, cultural appropriation and intersectionality in the fashion space.
  • To develop critical thinking and analytical skills to comprehend and select appropriate methodologies and research techniques for independent research.

Values Based Leadership Skills for an Interconnected World

This course will enable students to identify, understand, develop and articulate their key personal abilities in the context of their future career aspirations. The development of their academic and professional skill set is essential to securing and/or developing fulfilling careers as expert managers and leaders in increasingly diverse and international workplace organizations.

Navigating Global Change: Business Practices for the Common Good

This course reflects the fact that organizations do not operate in a vacuum: they are both shaped by and themselves also shape the geo-political, economic, social and technological environments in which they operate. Understanding the interaction between organizations and their wider contexts is essential to effective management and responsible leadership. This course is designed to equip students with the information and analytical skills required to critically reflect upon some of the most significant issues which pose challenges to business managers and organizational leaders in the modern world.

Business Strategy as an Instrument for Economic, Social and Environmental Sustainability

This course aims to provide students with academic knowledge and analytical tools with which to discuss and practice strategic management in a world characterized by rapid change and increasing concerns for economic, social and environmental sustainability. The course seeks to address the who, what, why, where and how of strategic decisions, with an emphasis on generating sustainable growth across national boundaries. Students will develop the knowledge and skills required to undertake the necessary research and analysis to advise a firm on the issues that organizations face, and the choices they must make, to develop strategies for sustainable growth.

Purpose-Driven Marketing and Communications

This course covers the end-to-end process of marketing communications planning – from research to creative briefing – using a lens of ethics, integrity and responsibility. It takes both an analytical and a creative approach to develop a strategy for both traditional and digital marketing initiatives by introducing a framework that helps marketers cover all critical elements for a successful campaign. The strategy is built with the consumer, their needs and their rights, at its core, not the product.

Fashion as Culture / Culture as Fashion

We are all curators, with endless content to consider. As visual language becomes dominant in an online consumer marketplace, how do we understand the provenance, relevance, value, worth, and cultural power of fashion? By interrogating the exchange between consumer desire and corporate fashion marketing, this course proposes further investigation of their inherent duopoly. We will consider fashion as an indicator of social affinities, aspirations, privileges — and also of personal, societal, and environmental costs and benefits. As traditional notions of value shift, we’ll envision how we might redefine “luxury” in the context of both climate change and intersectionality. Brand identity is a conceptual and paradigmatic force; we’ll examine its impact on consumerism and ask the question: What are the politics of aesthetics and how are they changing?

Sustainable Fashion Strategy

Building a new sustainably-focused fashion business, or shifting an existing business not currently managing sustainability considerations, requires a specific set of skills, considering all needs of the business from supply chain to marketing messaging. As the world changes and demands a new paradigm for operating a business – eschewing the former singular goal of profit for shareholders and replacing that with the need to serve a wide range of stakeholders – a new knowledge base, a greater flexibility and an entirely different skill set is required to succeed. Success under such a paradigm is not just doing better than before but actively doing good.

This course covers the range of considerations specific to operating with a common good lens but general to every fashion business, focusing on product creation including designing for reduced impact, material sourcing for sustainability and ethics, supply chain considerations, tools and metrics by which to manage sustainability/ethics/impact in your business, brand voice and impact messaging, circular economy considerations, risk management, positive impact opportunities, best business structures for positive impact, and shifting stakeholder perspectives. Through readings, lectures, class discussion, guest speakers, and development of a sustainability focused business outline students will develop the toolset needed to function at any level of a business – from independent contributor to CEO – to support positive impact.

Research Methods

This course aims to develop advanced skills related to a range of contemporary research methods needed for academic and practical research at a Master’s level. Students should be able to critically evaluate new concepts, ideas and evidence from a range of sources and crucially and transfer their skills into practice. Emphasis is placed on written and oral presentation skills at an advanced management level.

Thesis

The aim of this course is to conduct business research/consultancy and report on the findings. Drawing on the proposal developed in Research Methods, the course focuses on the business research project, which involves an investigation of a substantial business issue or problem. Students are required to demonstrate critical awareness of business practice, relevant theories and research techniques and approaches. The project element of the course in particular offers students the opportunity to apply course concept, theories and techniques, draw on internationally published literature and good practice, and develop and interpret knowledge about management practice in their area of study.

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