Each city is a world center of a specific aspect of the fashion industry. An intensive ten-day seminar in each city explores that specialty:
- New York: Digital technology, retail, finance, and entrepreneurship
- Paris: Historical and contemporary luxury industry
- Hong Kong / Mainland China: Production and supply chain; consumer demographics and demand
Students gain a broad understanding of the social, cultural, and economic factors influencing sourcing, manufacturing, and marketing in today’s global economy. Guest lectures and site visits complement classroom studies.
The program is completed within an 18-month period. In the final cross-disciplinary capstone project delivered before a panel of industry experts, candidates must demonstrate their leadership abilities in addressing the global business concerns of the 21st century.Degree Requirements
General For admittance to degree candidacy, students must have satisfied all outstanding prerequisites, completed a minimum of 36 approved course credits, achieved a final grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, and successfully completed the capstone seminar. Students must have advanced to degree candidacy before being permitted to attend graduation ceremonies. Capstone Project Student teams and individuals create a thesis - or problem - that reflect current industry practices and trends, and must develop creative solutions and recommendations through a presentation directed to executive management, corporate entities, or entrepreneurs.
Emphasis is placed upon global business concerns, including merchandising, sourcing, marketing, financial management, leadership, and digital commerce, among other disciplines. Students collaborate on the capstone project with third-year law students from Cardozo School of Law, who act as consultants to GFM's client, in offering legal advice based on copyright, trademark, privacy, counterfeit, and other legal issues. Groups are graded on their ability to analyze issues from the perspectives of the corporate environment, collect and understand data, conduct effective surveys, utilize concepts learned in the program, and present professionally. A three-member jury of industry professionals will judge the final projects for entry into the capstone event held in January, to an audience of family, faculty, and industry executives.
Time Requirement for Degree Completion Students matriculate on a full-time basis, and have three semesters to complete all degree requirements, including the capstone project. Extensions may be granted to degree candidates, on a case-by-case basis, at the discretion of the chairperson.