FIT’s approach to teaching blends theory and practice, and the college is deeply aligned with the leaders in the fields it serves. With a faculty drawn from professionals in design, art, business, and academia, FIT offers a curriculum rich in insight gained from their continuing professional activities, combined with the traditional educational values of the liberal arts. Student-instructor interaction is encouraged. Courses are structured to foster participation, independent thinking, and self-expression.
The School of Liberal Arts offers curricula that foster critical thinking, as well as three degree programs. The School also administers Presidential Scholars, FIT’s honors program, which is available to academically exceptional students in all disciplines. The program offers challenging courses, projects, colloquia, and extracurricular activities.
FIT offers students the opportunity to pursue minors in the Liberal Arts, Art and Design, and/or Business and Technology, which are offered in two forms: traditional subject-based minors and interdisciplinary minors. Interested students should contact the Academic Advisement Center. See Academic Minors to select and schedule a minor along with a major.
Industry Advisory Boards
Many of FIT’s degree programs are supported by advisory groups of professionals, drawn largely from the college’s highly placed alumni. Group members consult with faculty to review the curriculum and recommend updates and innovations. They arrange for student field trips to professional workplaces, participate in student recruitment, and help students identify career possibilities. Advisory groups also plan seminars on technical subjects and the latest advancements in their fields, and work to maintain close ties between industry and the college.
In the Classroom and Beyond
FIT makes extensive use of New York City’s resources through industry-sponsored competitions, projects, and field trips—all of which bridge the gap between classroom and workplace. Students have designed window displays at Saks Fifth Avenue and had advertising campaigns implemented by state tourism agencies. They have won prizes from companies such as DSW, Kornit, Carolee, and Sephora and had their designs implemented by firms such as Estée Lauder.
Internships and Career Placement
Internships and job placement are an essential part of the FIT experience. The college’s extensive internship program provides students with vital experience in a vast array of New York City businesses. Sponsor organizations have included American Eagle, Bloomingdale’s, Calvin Klein, L'Oréal, Hearst Magazines, MTV, and Saatchi & Saatchi. Nearly one-third of FIT student interns are offered employment on completion of their internships. FIT’s Career and Internship Center provides a wide range of career-building workshops and resources, and offers lifetime services to all alumni.