School of Art and Design

Applications accepted for fall only.      NYSED: 00835       CIP: 50.0407

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 2020. 

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 217 - Design Studio III - Structured Draping3
FD 243 - Apparel Design Studio - Patternmaking3
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 and 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 2020 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):  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 IT 111 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).