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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 3 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 spending the 3rd semester only at FIT in Florence may take IT 111 in Florence. Curriculum below is for the entering class of Fall 2018. 

One Year in Florence - Semesters 1 and 2

Semester 1Credits
MAJOR AREAFD 117 - Design Studio I - Introduction to Draping2
FD 133 - Materials and Construction I2
FF 111 - Visual Design Concepts I2
FF 143 - Digital Design Studio3
RELATED AREATS 131 - Textile Principles for the Fashion Designer3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements* or Foreign Language* G83
choice - see Requirements*3
Semester 2
MAJOR AREAFD 127 - Design Studio II - Soft Draping3
FD 134 - Materials and Construction II2
FF 121 - Fashion Research and Inspiration2
FF 161 - Fashion Art Studio3
RELATED AREAFA 105 - Life Drawing **1.5
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - See Requirements*3
choice - see Requirements* or Foreign Language*3
 Total Credits: 35.5

One Year in Florence - Semesters 3 and 4

Semester 3Credits
MAJOR AREAFD 243 - Apparel Design Studio - Patternmaking3
FD 217 - Design Studio III - Structured Draping3
FF 211 - Visual Design Concepts III2
FF 245 - Digital Design: Flats and Floats1.5
ART HISTORYHA 112 - History of Western Art and Civilization: Renaissance to the Modern Era3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements* or Foreign Language* G83
Semester 4
MAJOR AREAFD 227 - Design Studio IV: Advanced Draping3
FD 244 - Design Development: Digital Communication Management1.5
FF 212 - Visual Design Concepts IV2
ART HISTORYHA 212 - Renaissance Art in Florence G73
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements* or Foreign Language*3
 Total Credits: 28
*Fall 2018 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 non-HA 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.          

** Related Area Electives:  1.5 credits (minimum) 
FA 105 or CHOICE of another Fine Arts course        

Foreign Language:
IT 111IT 112, IT 213, or IT 214 
NOTE: IT 111 is required prior to arrival for Fashion Design students spending a full year in Florence. For those who select Fall semester only in Florence, students have the option to take IT111 prior to arrival or in Florence as part of semester 3 coursework.

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).  

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.