School of Art and Design

Applications accepted for fall only.       NYSED: 84201        CIP: 50.0407

The Footwear & Accessories Design major provides the knowledge and skills to prepare students for positions in design, product development, merchandising, and pattern- and sample making. Curriculum below is for the entering class of fall 2022. 

Semester 1Credits
MAJOR AREALD 111 - Leather and Materials Technology2.5
LD 113 - Manipulating Leather: Volume and Texture2
LD 121 - Accessories Design and the Human Anatomy2
LD 133 - Footwear Design I3
LD 143 - Handbag Design I3
ART HISTORYchoice - see Requirements*3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*3
Semester 2
MAJOR AREALD 134 - Footwear Design II3
LD 144 - Handbag Design II3
LD 262 - Technical Drawing for Accessories2
RELATED AREAPH 272 - Photoshop I for Photographers2
ART HISTORYchoice - see Requirements*3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*3
Semester 3
MAJOR AREALD 231 - Boot Design2.5
LD 243 - Belt Design2.5
RELATED AREAIL 321 - Digital Sketching and Comping for the Illustrator1.5
choice - see Elective*2
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*6
Semester 4
MAJOR AREALD 228 - Accessories CAD2
LD 242 - Advanced Handbag Construction2.5
LD 263 - Rendering for Accessories2.5
RELATED AREAchoice - see Elective*2
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*6
 Total Credits: 64
*Fall 2022 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 into 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 Elective(s): 4 credits
CHOICE of any two to three courses (for which prerequisites have been met) totaling 4 credits: AC 111, AC 114, AC 141, AR 115, CD 113, CD 123, CD 235, CG 121, CG 214, DE 101, DE 102, FA 101, FA 104, FA 106, FA 107, FA 113, FA 114, FA 116, FA 203, FD 231, FD 341, FD 475, FF 341, FM 116, FM 212, FM 324, FS 341, FS 451, GD 202, ID 121, ID 151, ID 158, ID 322, IL 127, IL 133, IL 181, IN 201, JD 101, JD 121, JD 213, JD 219, ML 113, ML 115, ML 116, ML 123, ML 241, ML 243PH 117, PH 118, PH 171, PH 201, TD 111, TD 113, TD 312, TS 111, TS 215, or TY 101

Students who successfully complete the Footwear & Accessories Design AAS degree will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze, and elect appropriate materials for fabricating accessories.
  2. Identify the anatomy of the foot and hand and apply ergonomics to the design of handbags and footwear. 
  3. Illustrate technical specification for handbags, footwear, and belts. 
  4. Construct innovative designs in handbags, footwear, and belts from concept to finished sample. 
  5. Develop critical thinking skills through research projects, design exploration, and presentations. 
  6. Illustrate total design concepts from ideation to finished rendering, by hand and by computer.