http://fitnyc.edu/fashiondesign

School of Art and Design

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

Students in the Special Occasion 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 2021.

 
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 Major Area Electives**2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Liberal Arts/Foreign Language*3
Semester 6
MAJOR AREAFD 231 - Haute Couture Sewing Techniques2
FD 342 - CAD for Fashion Design and Development
  or FF 345 - Advanced Digital Fashion Design ****
2
FD 368 - Special Occasion Bridal Design3
FF 373 - Special Occasion Bridal Design2.5
RELATED AREAchoice - see Related Area Electives***4
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - Liberal Arts/Foreign Language*3
Semester 7
MAJOR AREAFD 383 - Haute Couture Embellishments2.5
FD 481 - Structural Design2.5
FF 496 - Senior Portfolio: Special Occasion Design2.5
choice - see Major Area Electives**1.5
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Liberal Arts/Art History3
choice - see Liberal Arts3
Semester 8
MAJOR AREAFD 486 - Senior Thesis: Special Occasion Design3
FF 491 - Internship2
choice - see Major Area Electives**2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Liberal Arts/Art History3
choice - see Liberal Arts*3
TOTAL CREDIT REQUIREMENTS
MAJOR AREA38.5
RELATED AREA4
LIBERAL ARTS18
 Total Credits: 60.5
 

*Fall 2021 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 electives: 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) 201301; IT (Italian); JA (Japanese); MU (Music); HI (History); MA (Math); MC (Modern Languages and Cultures); PE (Physical Education and Dance) 215216217; PL (Philosophy); PO (Portuguese); SC (Science); SP (Spanish); and SS (Social Sciences). 

Major Area Electives: 5.5 credits minimum. 
CHOICE of any 300- or 400-level major area elective from FD/FF courses (for which prerequisites have been met). In addition, students can take FD 231 / AP 242 or FD 281.

Related Area Electives: 4 credits minimum.
CHOICE of any 100- or 200- level related area elective from LD, ML, TD, or PH (for which prerequisites have been met). In addition, students can take CL 112EP 311EP 321FM 324IN 322IN 342IN 443MG 301 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.