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Applications accepted for fall only.      NYSED: 00735      HEGIS 1009 

This overseas academic program is offered in collaboration with the Politecnico di Milano. Courses listed below include those offered in Milan. Students may attend the Milan program for one or both years.  The sequence presented here represents two full years of study in Milan. Students following a year sequence should refer to the Fashion Design - Sportswear program. Equivalent course substitutions offered in Milan fulfill some related area and major area course requirements. Refer to the department's website at for course and other related information. Students must complete IT 111 before attending the Fashion Design program in Milan. Curriculum below is for the entering class of Fall 2018. 

Semester 5Credits
MAJOR AREAFD 357 - Introduction to Knitwear Design3
FD 381 - Stretch Fundamentals2.5
FD 342 - CAD for Fashion Design and Development2
FF 311 - Lifestyle Collection Design or MetaDesign Project part A***2.5
Major Area Elective or Meta Design Project part B***3
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - Italian or Art History*3
Semester 6
MAJOR AREAFD 369 - Sportswear Development Concepts3
FF 322 - 20th Century Style for the 21st Century Aesthetic3
FF 363 - Design Directions in R-T-W2.5
choice - see Major Area Electives**2
RELATED AREAMG 301 - Apparel Production: Labor Analysis or Milan Tech & Production~2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - Italian or Art History*3
Semester 7
MAJOR AREAFD 462 - Designer Sportswear Incubator2.5
FF 497 - Senior Portfolio: Sportswear Design2.5
choice - see Major Area Electives**2
RELATED AREATD 481 - Screen Printing: Scarves2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - Italian or Art History3
choice - see Liberal Arts*3
Semester 8
MAJOR AREAFD 485 - Senior Thesis: Sportswear Design3
FF 491 - Internship2
choice - see Major Area Electives**1.5
RELATED AREAPH 162 - Photographic Styling2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - Italian or Art History*3
choice - see Liberal Arts*3
 Total Credits: 61

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, 362, 461, and 462FR (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, 217PL (Philosophy), SC (Science), SP (Spanish), and SS (Social Science). 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:  5.5 credits. CHOICE of FD 386 Swimwear Design (2 cr.)FD 341 Design with High-Tech Fabrics (1.5 cr.)FD 475 Leather Apparel Design (2 cr.)FF 323 Aesthetic Exploration and Development (2.5 cr.), or FD 343 2D/3D Experimentation (2.5 cr.)

*** MetaDesign Project parts A and B: 5.5 credits. The Meta Design Studio course at FIT in Milan addresses the learning outcomes vital for creative fashion design collection-building and merchandising a successful brand/product mix for a targeted customer group. It is taught as a true international exchange of design ideas with participation by students from FIT in Milan, the Politecnico di Milano, and Erasmus. Students conduct research independently on the brief, then must critically defend their ideas, edit, create cohesion, compile, and present their original multiple product collection in a global collaborative team setting.

~ Milan Tech & Production: 2 credits. This course may be used as a substitute for MG 301 Apparel Production: Labor Analysis (2 cr.)

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.

FIT in Milan reserves the right to modify the order of course offerings, or which courses are offered in Milan.

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


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.  


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.