School of Art and Design

Applications accepted for fall only.      NYSED: 00735      CIP: 50.0407

Students in the Knitwear concentration hone their expertise through applied experiential learning and the creative application of critical problem-solving. They prepare for positions as fashion designers and brand builders by refining their conceptual, aesthetic, and technical skills. An internship is required. The program prepares graduates for careers in the fashion industry and related design fields. Registering for this concentration is based on availability. Curriculum below is for the entering class of fall 2022.

Semester 5Credits
MAJOR AREAFD 357 - Introduction to Knitwear Design3
FD 381 - Stretch Fundamentals2.5
FF 311 - Lifestyle Collection Design2.5
FF 322 - 20th Century Style for the 21st Century Aesthetic *3
choice - see Requirements*: Major Area Elective(s)2
LIBERAL ARTS choice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/Foreign Language3
Semester 6
MAJOR AREAFD 342 - CAD for Fashion Design and Development
  or FF 345 - Advanced Digital Fashion Design *
FD 358 - Advanced Knitwear Design: Creative Development and Execution1.5
FD 359 - Advanced Knitwear and Full Fashion Creative Design Development2
FF 353 - Advanced Knitwear Design2.5
choice - see Requirements*: Major Area Elective(s)2
RELATED AREATS 368 - Weft Knitting Principles2.5
LIBERAL ARTS choice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/Foreign Language3
Semester 7
MAJOR AREAFD 356 - Fully-Fashioned Knit Design: Stoll M1 Plus2
FD 453 - Simulated Knitwear Design2
FF 495 - Senior Portfolio: Knitwear Design2.5
RELATED AREATS 461 - Weft Knit Fabrication and Finishing Techniques2.5
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/History of Art3
choice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts3
Semester 8
MAJOR AREAFD 489 - Senior Thesis: Knitwear Design3
FF 491 - Internship2
RELATED AREATS 491 - Senior Thesis Planning and Execution1.5
choice - see Requirements*: Related Area Elective(s)2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/History of Art3
choice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts3
 Total Credits: 61

*Fall 2022 Requirements: See below.

Liberal Arts: 18 credits

  • 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 the General Education Foreign Language requirement (G8)

Liberal Arts Elective(s): 6 credits. Select Liberal Arts courses from the following subject areas: AB (Arabic); CH (Chinese); EN (English); FI (Film and Media Studies); FR (French); HA (History of Art); HE (Health Education) HE 201, HE 301IT (Italian); JA (Japanese); MU (Music); HI (History); MA (Math); MC (Modern Languages and Cultures); PE (Physical Education and Dance) PE 215, PE 216, PE 217; PL (Philosophy); PO (Portuguese); SC (Science); SP (Spanish); and SS (Social Sciences). 

Major Area Electives: 4 credits minimum. 
CHOICE of any 300- or 400-level major area course (for which prerequisites have been met), or AP 242, AP 243, AP 241, FD 231, FD 281, or FD 282

Related Area Electives: 2 credits minimum.
CHOICE of any 100- or 200- level related area course from LD, ML, TD, or PH (for which prerequisites have been met), or AC 114, BE 261CL 112, CT 303, CT 322DE 143EP 311, EP 321, FA 101, FA 103, FA 104, FA 105, FM 268, FM 303FM 324, IC 497, IN 312IN 322, IN 342, IN 400IN 443, JD 101, JD 123, JD 138MG 301, MG 311, TD 481, TS 116, or TS 368

NOTE: FF 322  is required and may be taken in either 5th or 6th semester.

CHOICE of FD 342 or FF 345 is required and may be taken in either 5th or 6th semester.

Students who successfully complete the Fashion Design BFA program will be able to:

  1. Create fashion collections that  reflect creativity and innovation through the use of advanced techniques achieved through shape, color, silhouette, proportion and fabrication.
  2. Create original design collections for diverse fashion markets, demonstrating proficient artistic ability and utilizing advanced hand and digital rendering techniques.
  3. Independently select and apply appropriate, innovative technologies to conceptualize, create, produce and communicate fashion design and related concepts.
  4. Apply the knowledge of environmental, social, economic, and political impacts of climate change to design fashion using ethical and sustainable principles.
  5. Understand and apply advanced concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion in the fashion design development process that honor communities and people who have been marginalized and excluded from the dominant fashion discourse.
  6. Utilize information and communication technologies to research, evaluate, create, and communicate information as it relates to fashion design concepts at an advanced level.