School of Art and Design

Applications accepted for fall only.      NYSED: 00833      HEGIS 5012

The major in Textile/Surface Design offers qualified students the opportunity to prepare for careers in the fabrics, fashion, home furnishings, and related industries as designers, colorists, stylists, and studio directors, as well as freelance entrepreneurs. Curriculum below is for the entering class of Fall 2016. 

Semester 1Credits
MAJOR AREATD 112 - Textile Color Fundamentals2
TD 113 - Textile Surface Design: Styles Sources2
TD 126 - Textile Design Studio Practices3
TD 141 - Nature Studies1.5
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*6
Semester 2
MAJOR AREATD 114 - Computer Aided Print Design3
TD 161 - Fundamentals of Screen Printing2
TD 138 - Introduction to Woven Design2.5
RELATED AREATS 111 - Fundamentals of Textiles3
ART HISTORYchoice - see Requirements*3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*3
Semester 3
MAJOR AREATD 238 - Woven Design and CAD3
TD 251 - Techniques for Decorative Fabrics and Surfaces3
TD 271 - Textile/Surface Design Using Adobe Illustrator2
RELATED AREAchoice - see Related Area Electives**1.5
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*6
Semester 4
MAJOR AREATD 202 - Advanced Professional Practices3
TD 253 - Advanced Decorative Fabrics2
TD 262 - Advanced Screen Printing3
ELECTIVEchoice - General Elective1.5
ART HISTORYchoice - see Requirements*3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements**3
 Total Credits: 62
*Fall 2016 Requirements: see below

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

  • Three (3) credits from each required 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.

**Related Area Elective(s) - 1.5 credits (minimum):

BE 261 Starting a Small Business (3 cr.)BL 201 Business Law for the Artist (3 cr.)CD 123 Basic Bookbinding (1.5 cr.)CG 121 Applications for Social Media (2 cr.)CG 214 Web Page Construction (1.5 cr.)CG 212 Introduction to 3D Computer Modeling (2 cr.)EP 311 Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3 cr.)FA 131 Life Drawing I (1.5 cr.)FA 132 Life Drawing II (1.5 cr.)FA 171 Printmaking I (1.5 cr.)IN 201 Global Sourcing in the Textile Industries (3 cr.)PH 118 Beginning Digital Photography (2 cr.)  or any available course in Accessories, Advertising, Advertising and Marketing Communications, Fabric Styling, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Home Products Development, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Textile Development and Marketing or any course in the Creative Technology minor or any business or art course in the Ethics and Sustainability minor

Upper Division Alternatives:
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in Fabric Styling and Textile/Surface Design, and the Bachelor of Science program in Textile Development and Marketing.