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School of Art and Design

Applications accepted for fall only.       NYSED: 84201        HEGIS: 5012

The Accessories Design major provides the knowledge and skills to prepare students for positions in design, product development, merchandising, and pattern- and sample-making. Curriculum below is for entering class of Fall 2018. 

 
Semester 1Credits
MAJOR AREALD 111 - Leather and Materials Technology2.5
LD 113 - Manipulating Leather: Volume and Texture2
LD 121 - Accessories Design and the Human Anatomy2
LD 133 - Footwear Design I3
LD 143 - Handbag Design I3
ART HISTORYchoice - see Requirements*3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*3
Semester 2
MAJOR AREALD 134 - Footwear Design II3
LD 144 - Handbag Design II3
LD 262 - Technical Drawing for Accessories2
RELATED AREAPH 272 - Photoshop I for Photographers2
ART HISTORYchoice - see Requirements*3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*3
Semester 3
MAJOR AREALD 231 - Boot Design2.5
LD 243 - Belt Design2.5
RELATED AREAIL 321 - Digital Sketching and Comping for the Illustrator1.5
choice - see Elective*2
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*6
Semester 4
MAJOR AREALD 228 - Accessories CAD2
LD 242 - Advanced Handbag Construction2.5
LD 263 - Rendering for Accessories2.5
RELATED AREAchoice - see Elective*2
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*6
TOTAL CREDIT REQUIREMENTS
ART HISTORY6
GENERAL EDUCATION18
MAJOR AREA32.5
RELATED AREA7.5
 Total Credits: 64
 
 

*Fall 2018 Requirements: see below

FIT's General Education and Art History Requirements for Art and Design Associate Degree Programs:

  • Three (3) credits from each required General Education area, totaling 9 credits: G1, G2 and G3
  • Six (6) credits from two (2) different areas in non-HA liberal arts courses in G4-G10
  • Three (3) credits of any 200- or 300-level English literature or speech course
  • Six (6) credits from Art and Design History courses: HA 112 (3 credits, required for all Art and Design majors), plus another 3-credit HA course.

FIT's Gen Ed courses are organized along the following categories: G1 Basic Communication; G2 Mathematics; G3 Natural Sciences; G4 Social Sciences; G5 Western Civilization; G6 The Arts; G7 Humanities; G8 Foreign Language; G9 Other World Civilizations; G10 American History. 

See list of Gen Ed approved courses under FIT's General Education Requirements and Courses.  An FIT Gen Ed course cannot be used to meet more than one General Education area.

Related Area Electives: 4 credits
CHOICE of any two to three courses (for which prerequisites have been met) totaling 4 credits: AC 111, AC 114, AC 141, AR 115, BL 201, CD 113, CD 123, CD 235, CG 121, CG 214, DE 101, DE 102, FA 101, FA 104, FA 106, FA 107FA 113, FA 114, FA 116, FA 203, FD 231, FD 341, FD 475, FF 341, FM 116, FM 212, FM 324, FS 341, FS 451, GD 202, ID 121, ID 151, ID 158, ID 322, IL 127, IL 131, IL 133, IL 141, IL 181IN 201JD 101, JD 121, JD 213, JD 219, PH 112, PH 117, PH 118, PH 171, PH 201, TD 111, TD 113, TD 312, TS 111, TS 171, TS 215, or TY 101
 

Certain majors require specific courses. Please review your DARS audit to determine if a particular course is required by your major to meet General Education credits.

If you are a high school student 

You may not apply directly to the bachelor's degree program. High school students should apply to FIT's two-year Associate in Applied Science (AAS) program in Accessories Design and after completing that degree apply to the two-year bachelor's program.

Applicants to this program are expected to provide a competitive portfolio.

If you have an AAS from FIT

You may apply to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program.

Graduates of any FIT Art and Design AAS program are eligible to apply to the Accessories Design BFA program. However, graduates of any Art and Design AAS program other than Accessories Design must complete LD 133 (Footwear Design/Construction 1) and LD 143 (Handbag Design/Construction1) before beginning the BFA program, and LD 134 (Footwear Design/Construction 2) and LD 144 (Handbag Design/Construction 2) before the start of the seventh semester of the Accessories Design BFA program.

If you have credits or a degree from another college

You may apply to the two-year Accessories 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 college in a program that is equivalent to the FIT Accessories Design AAS program.
  • you will have earned at least 60 credits toward a bachelor's degree in an equivalent program at an accredited college.

A college program is equivalent if it contains the same major area and liberal arts distribution as the FIT Accessories Design AAS program. Applicants from college programs that are not equivalent must apply to the Accessories Design AAS program. Most transfer students are eligible for the one-year AAS program.

You must also complete LD 133 (Footwear Design/Construction 1) and LD 143 (Handbag Design/Construction 1) before beginning the BFA program, and LD 134 (Footwear Design/Construction 2) and LD 144 (Handbag Design/Construction 2) before the start of the seventh semester of the BFA program.

Applicants to this program are expected to provide a competitive portfolio. Please note that FIT AAS students receive priority admissions consideration.

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