Sewing Classes in the Rochester, NY Area with School Overviews

Oct 28, 2018

Where to Find Sewing Classes in Rochester, NY

Although the Rochester, NY, area has a limited number of schools and organizations that provide formal training in sewing, one community college offers a degree program and a certificate related to this skills-based area. Read about the instructional options here, and find a table with important information about program cost. A brief paragraph about another option for home or professional sewers can be found near the end of the article.

  • Genesee Community College in Batavia is located between Buffalo and Rochester, NY, about 32 miles from the latter's downtown. The college is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system and offers a 2-year degree in fashion business.

School Facts

This table is designed to provide you with at-a-glance facts about Genesee Community College. In addition to tuition and program costs, it includes admission and graduation statistics.

Genesee Community College
School Type 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 5,906*
Campus Setting Distant town
Tuition and Fees $4,580 for in-state students; $5,180 for out-of-state students (2017-2018)*
% of Beginning Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017) 96%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A (open admissions)*
Retention Rate (2017) 56% for full-time students; 47% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate 29% (for students beginning in 2014)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Genesee Community College

The Business and Commerce division's fashion program provides students with comprehensive training in all aspects of the garment industry, including sewing. In addition to classroom activities, students have the opportunity to visit designer showrooms and attend industry-related field trips to New York City and Toronto, Canada. Students must hold a high school diploma or its equivalent and take college placement tests to enroll.

Associate of Applied Science in Fashion Business

This is a 64-credit, occupational degree program that allows students to specialize in fashion design or fashion merchandising management. To earn the degree, students must complete general education courses in English, science and social science, as well as 30 credits of related fashion business courses. These include topics in fabric and textile studies, fashion trends, sales, retailing and visual merchandising.

Students who pursue the 12-credit specialization in fashion design can also take courses in clothing design and draping, clothing construction, fashion illustration and fashion technology. Through the class in apparel construction, aspiring designers can acquire hands-on sewing machine skills, learn about the different types of stitches and execute a variety of garment features, including darts, collars, pleats, pockets and sleeves. They will also be taught how to work with facings, interfacings, linings and zippers.

Fashion Design - Certificate

Genesee Community College also offers a 30-credit certificate in fashion design. Students complete many of the required fashion design courses from the fashion business degree program, including those involving sewing skills, in this 2-semester program.

Other School Option

In addition to the option listed above, Sew Creative in Fairport is about 11 miles away from Rochester and provides individual courses in sewing machine basics, machine embroidery, quilting and individual garment construction.

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