School of Art and Design

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

The Fashion Design BFA program in the sportswear specialization is offered in collaboration with the Politecnico di Milano. Studying abroad in Milan offers the opportunity for students to be immersed in the culture of one of the most fashion forward countries in the world. Students enjoy learning in a city recognized internationally as one of the world’s most important fashion capitals and are able to tour the facilities of world-renown luxury manufacturers. Refer to the Fashion Design BFA degree requirements and to the department’s website at for courses to be taken in New York and Florence and for other relevant information. Students may attend the Milan program for either 5th semester; 3rd year; and/or 4th year. Students attending 5th semester or 3rd or 4th year in Milan should refer to the Fashion Design New York–Knitwear program. The courses listed below are offered in the Fashion Design program in Florence (FDF). Curriculum below is for the entering class of fall 2022.

Semester 5Credits
MAJOR AREAFD 342 - CAD for Fashion Design and Development2
FD 357 - Introduction to Knitwear Design3
FD 381 - Stretch Fundamentals2.5
FF 311 - Lifestyle Collection Design or MetaDesign Project part A**2.5
Major Area Elective or Meta Design Project part B**3
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/History of Art or Liberal Arts Elective(s)/Italian3
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 Requirements*: Major Area Elective(s)2
RELATED AREAMG 301 - Apparel Production: Labor Analysis or Milan Tech & Production2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/History of Art or Liberal Arts Elective(s)/Italian3
Semester 7
MAJOR AREAFD 462 - Designer Sportswear Incubator2.5
FF 497 - Senior Portfolio: Sportswear Design2.5
choice - see Requirements*: Major Area Elective(s)2
RELATED AREATD 481 - Screen Printing: Scarves2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/History of Art or Liberal Arts Elective(s)/Italian3
choice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts3
Semester 8
MAJOR AREAFD 485 - Senior Thesis: Sportswear Design3
FF 491 - Internship2
choice - see Requirements*: Major Area Elective(s)1.5
RELATED AREAPH 162 - Photographic Styling2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/History of Art or Liberal Arts Elective(s)/Italian3
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 General Education Foreign Language requirement (G8)

Liberal Arts Elective(s): 6 credits. Select Liberal Arts courses from the following subject areas: CH (Chinese); EN (English); FI (Film and Media Studies); FR (French); HA (History of Art); HE (Health Education) HE 201, HE 301; IT (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 Elective(s):  5.5 credits. CHOICE of FD 341, FD 343, FD 386, FD 475, or FF 323

**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 

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.


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.