School of Art and Design

Applications accepted for fall only.      NYSED: 00735     HEGIS 1009 

Building upon the success of the AAS studies in Fashion Design, courses in the BFA program advance in complexity as students hone their expertise in the children's wear concentration. Through applied experiential learning and the creative application and development of critical problem-solving challenges, students become adept fashion designers.  Students attain a greater understanding of the fashion design process, further perfect their conceptual/technical skills, and advance in the development of a personal design aesthetic and their adaptive abilities. This program prepares graduates for success in children's wear careers, related design fields and for other careers not yet imagined. Registering for this concentration is based on availability. Curriculum below is for the entering class of Fall 2018. 

Semester 5Credits
MAJOR AREAFD 357 - Introduction to Knitwear Design3
FD 381 - Stretch Fundamentals2.5
FF 311 - Lifestyle Collection Design2.5
FF 322 - 20th Century Style for the 21st Century Aesthetic3
choice - see Major Area Electives**2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Liberal Arts/Foreign Language*3
Semester 6
MAJOR AREAFD 365 - Explorations in Children's Wear Design2
FD 366 - Fundamentals of Children's Wear Design2
FF 342 - Digital Children's Wear Design2
FF 343 - Children's Wear Design2.5
choice - see Major Area Electives**2
RELATED AREAchoice - see Related Area Electives***2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Liberal Arts/Foreign Language*3
Semester 7
MAJOR AREAFD 467 - Children's Wear Niche Market2
FD 498 - Children's Wear Practicum1.5
FF 493 - Senior Portfolio: Childrenswear Design2.5
RELATED AREAchoice - see Related Area Electives***2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Liberal Arts/Art History*3
choice - see Liberal Arts Requirements*3
Semester 8
MAJOR AREAFD 488 - Senior Thesis: Childrenswear Design3
FF 491 - Internship2
choice - see Major Area Electives**2
RELATED AREAchoice - see Related Area Electives***2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Liberal Arts*3
choice - see Liberal Arts/Art History*3
 Total Credits: 60.5

Fall 2018 Requirements:  See below

* Liberal Arts: 18 credits

  • Liberal Arts electives: 6 credits. Select Liberal Arts courses from the following subject areas: CH (Chinese), EN (English), FI (Film & Media) - any FI course other than FI 261, 361, 461, 362, and 462, FR (French), HA (History of Art),  HE (Health Education) 201, 301, IT (Italian), JA (Japanese), MU (Music), HI (History), MA (Math), LA (Liberal Arts), MC (Modern Languages & Cultures), PE (Physical Education & Dance) 215, 216, 217, PL (Philosophy), SC (Science), SP (Spanish), and SS (Social Sciences). See Liberal Arts Courses.
  • History of Art: 6 credits. CHOICE of one (1) HA course that meets General Education Other World Civilizations requirement (G9) and one (1) additional HA course. See the full list of Art/Design History courses under HA: History of Art and Civilization.
  • Foreign Language: 6 credits. Two semesters of the same foreign language, one of which must meet General Education Foreign Language requirement (G8)

**Major Area Electives:  6 credits minimum 
CHOICE of major area courses (for which prerequisites have been met) from the following: FD 231, FD 281, FD 321, FD 341FD 342FD 343FD 364, FD 366, FD 374,  FD 383FD 384FD 385FD 386, FD 461, FD 467, FD 472FD 475FF 312FF 323FF 324FF 343FF 344FF 345FF 353FF 398. The same course cannot be used to fulfill a required Major Area and a Major Area Elective.

***Related Area Electives:  6 credits
CHOICE of any two to four elective courses (for which prerequisites have been met) totaling 6 credits from the following: AC 114, BE 261, CD 123, DE 102, DE 143, EP 311, EP 321, FA 101, FA 103, FA 104, FA 105, FM 324, FM 301IC 496, IN 322, IN 443, LD 112LD 133, LD 136LD 143, MG 301, PH 162, TD 101, TD 183, TD 227, TD 481, TS 116TS 368

Note:  The assortment of Major Area Elective and Related Area Elective courses available and offered during a given semester is subject to change. All courses will not be available or offered each semester. The list of course options may evolve over time; contact the Fashion Design Department for details.

All applicants to FIT Fashion Design programs pare expected to provide a competitive portfolio. Sewing skills are strongly recommended.

If you are a high school student 

You should apply to the two-year Fashion Design Associate in Applied Science (AAS) program. High school students may not apply directly to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program. On completing the Fashion Design AAS, many students choose to apply to the two-year Fashion Design BFA program or other FIT bachelor's degree program.  

If you have credits or a degree from another college 

You may apply to the two-year Fashion Design BFA program as a transfer student if you meet one of the following criteria by the time you enroll at FIT:

  • you will have an associates or bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a program that is equivalent to the FIT Fashion Design AAS program (womenswear).
  • you will have earned at least 60 credits toward a bachelor's degree in an equivalent Fashion Design program (womenswear) at an accredited institution.

A college program is equivalent if it contains the same major area and liberal arts distribution as the FIT Fashion Design AAS program. Applicants from college programs that are not equivalent must apply to the AAS program. Please note that FIT AAS students receive priority admissions consideration.

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