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School of Business and Technology

Applications accepted for fall and spring.       NYSED: 00828     HEGIS 5004

The major in Fashion Business Management provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for assuming positions in the merchandising industry in areas such as buying, sales, product development, creative fashion presentation, retail management, and marketing. Curriculum below is for the entering class of Fall 2018. 

Semester 1Credits
MAJOR AREAFM 114 - Introduction to the Fashion Industry3
FM 116 - Fashion Business Practices3
FM 117 - Introduction to Fashion Marketing3
FM 224 - Merchandising Math Applications3
RELATED AREAAC 111 - Advertising and Promotion3
TS 111 - Fundamentals of Textiles3
Semester 2
MAJOR AREAFM 225 - Fashion Merchandising3
FM 244 - Product Development3
FM 262 - Contemporary Retail Management3
FM 268 - Team Development Workshop2.5
choice - see Major Area Elective(s)*3
RELATED AREAchoice - see Related Area Elective(s)**1.5
 Total Credits: 34

Fall 2018 Requirements: see below

*Major Area Electives: 3 credits (minimum)
CHOICE of one (1) course: FM 144FM 212FM 213FM 222FM 223FM 226FM 228FM 231FM 245FM 251, or FM 491

**Related Area Electives: 1.5 credits (minimum) 
CHOICE of one (1) course:  AR 101,  AC 221AR 115DE 101HD 111HP 201IC 296IC 297, or ID 103JD 101, MG 153,  PH 118,  PH 162, or TD 112

If you are a high school student 

You should apply to the two-year Associate in Applied Science (AAS) program. High school students may not apply directly to the Bachelor of Science (BS) program. On completing the AAS, many students choose to apply to the two-year BS program.

If you have an AAS from FIT 

You may apply to the bachelor's degree program. Graduates of this program may apply to the Bachelor of Science (BS) program in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing, Direct and Interactive Marketing, Fashion Business Management, Home Products Development, International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries, Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries, or Textile Development and Marketing. If you complete certain prerequisite courses, you may apply to the Advertising and Marketing Communications BS program.

NOTE: FM 114 and 244MG 153MA 222SS 141, and TS 111 are considered bridge courses for this major, and must be completed prior to fifth (5) semester for students accepted into the BS program from non-FBM Associate Degree programs. See your advisor for more information.

If you have credits or a degree from another college

You may apply to the bachelor's degree program as a transfer student if you meet one of the following criteria by the time you enroll at FIT:

  • you will have earned an associates or bachelor's degree in a program that is exactly equivalent to the FIT Fashion Merchandising Management AAS program.
  • you will have earned at least 60 credits toward a bachelor's degree in an equivalent or related program.

A college program is equivalent if it contains the same major area and liberal arts distribution as the FIT Fashion Merchandising Management 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 to the Bachelor level.

Requirements for Admission to the One-Year Associate Degree Program (on campus and online)

The application for one-year AAS programs is the same application used for the two-year programs. Once the application is filed, an official college transcript from each institution should be forwarded to the Admissions Office showing all completed coursework and, if applicable, degree and date granted.

In order to be eligible for the one-year program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Graduation from a four-year college or completion of at least 30 transferable credits at a college with a minimum of 24 credits equivalent to FIT's liberal arts requirements: 3 credits in college-level mathematics above basic algebra; 3 credits in English composition; 3 credits in literature or speech; 3 credits in physical science, biology, or life science; 12 credits in the humanities/social sciences; and one course in physical education.

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