School of Art and Design

Applications accepted for fall only.      NYSED: 00835       HEGIS 5012

The courses listed below are offered in the Fashion Design program in Florence(FDF). Students may attend this overseas program for one year by spending semesters 1 and 2 in New York and semesters 3 and 4, or semester 4 only, in Florence, or by spending semesters 1 and 2 in Florence and semesters 3 and 4 in New York. Refer to the Fashion Design AAS degree requirements and to the department’s website at for courses to be taken in New York and for other information. Students must complete IT 111 Italian I before attending Fashion Design program in Florence for the second year or for the fourth semester only. Credit for IT 111 is included in the degree total credits. Curriculum below is for the entering class of Fall 2015. 

One Year in Florence - Semesters 1 and 2

Semester 1Credits
MAJOR AREAFD 111 - Draping I: Fundamentals3
FD 121 - Flat Pattern Design I1.5
FD 131 - Sewing Techniques I1.5
FF 111 - Visual Design Concepts I2
FF 114 - Model Drawing I for Fashion Designers1
RELATED AREAFA 105 - Life Drawing1.5
GENERAL EDUCATION/ART HISTORYchoice - see Requirements* or Foreign Language* G83
choice - see Requirements*3
Semester 2
MAJOR AREAFD 112 - Draping II: Constructed Silhouettes3
FD 132 - Sewing Techniques II1.5
FD 221 - Flat Pattern Design II1.5
FF 112 - Fashion Art and Design II2
FF 241 - Fashion Design Computer: Photoshop1.5
RELATED AREATS 132 - Introduction to Textiles for Fashion Designers3
GENERAL EDUCATION/ART HISTORYchoice - see Requirements*3
choice - see Requirements* or Foreign Language*3
 Total Credits: 35

One Year in Florence - Semesters 3 and 4

Semester 3Credits
MAJOR AREAFD 211 - Draping III: Soft Silhouettes3
FF 211 - Visual Design Concepts III2
FF 221 - Fashion Past and Present2
FF 242 - Fashion Design Computer: Illustrator1.5
GENERAL EDUCATION/ART HISTORYchoice - see Requirements* or Foreign Language* G83
HA 112 - History of Western Art and Civilization: Renaissance to the Modern Era3
Semester 4
MAJOR AREAFD 212 - Design Studio IV: Advanced Draping3
FD 241 - Apparel Product Data Management1.5
FF 212 - Visual Design Concepts IV2
FF 243 - Digital Flats and Specs1.5
RELATED AREACL 112 - Faces and Places in Fashion2
ELECTIVE(S)choice - General Elective(s)1-2.5
GENERAL EDUCATION/ART HISTORYHA 212 - Renaissance Art in Florence G73
choice - see Requirements* or Foreign Language*3
 Total Credits: 31.5-33
*Fall 2015 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 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.                                                

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.                          

Foreign Language:
IT 111, 112, 213, or 214 . 
NOTE: IT 111 must be taken before attending the program in Florence for the second year or the fourth semester only.

History of Art and Civilization:
HA 112 (G5) and HA 212 (G7) are offered in Florence.

NOTE: If student attends FIT in Florence during year 1, he or she should complete the following courses in New York in year 2: Basic Communication (G1), Mathematics (G2), and  Science (G3).