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Suzanne Cotton, who studied at the Parsons New School for Design in New York City and Paris, France, has extensive experience in the garment industry, where she specialized in knitwear design for more than 18 years for such companies as Design Options and Marisa Christina. Cotton moved to Columbus, OH to become the design director for BellePointe, whose customers included Macy’s, Saks Fifth Ave, and specialty retailers across the United States and Canada. Cotton holds a BFA in fashion design, Parsons New School for Design 1990 and an MS in marketing and communication, Franklin University, 2011. Cotton has been a full time faculty member at the Columbus College of Art & Design since 2006 and has taught a variety of classes during that time including Patternmaking, Fashion Construction, Fashion Illustration I and II. Cotton currently teaches the senior thesis class Collection in addition to her Department Chair duties. In 2015 she was the recipient of the CCAD Teaching Excellence Award.