School of Art and Design  

Applications accepted for fall and spring.      NYSED: 00835      CIP: 50.0407

The program is designed to enable students to evolve successfully as creative womenswear apparel design leaders and brand builders through creative application of design knowledge acquired using experimental learning. The program is progressive and leads to the development of the student's own aesthetics. Successful students will be able to adapt and apply their acquired knowledge to the evolving fashion industry, related design fields, and other creative careers not yet imagined. Curriculum below is for the entering class of fall 2020. 

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
ART HISTORYchoice - see Requirements*3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - 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*6
Semester 3
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 HISTORYchoice - see Requirements*3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*3
Semester 4
MAJOR AREAApparel Specialization16.5
or Art Specialization2 
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*6
 Total Credits: 63.5

Apparel Specialization 1

FD 227Design Studio IV: Advanced Draping3
FD 244Design Development: Digital Communication and Management1.5
FF 212Visual Design Concepts IV2
Total Credits6.5

Art Specialization 2

FD 244Design Development: Digital Communication and Management1.5
FF 213Model Visualization Techniques1
FF 244Design Collections: Visual Solutions2
FF 291Fashion Portfolio Collection2
Total Credits6.5

*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                 

Evening/Weekend Option:
An evening/weekend option is available for this degree program (see Curricula or visit the FIT website at

Upper Division Alternative(s):
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in Fabric StylingFashion Design-Children's Wear, Fashion Design-Intimate Apparel, Fashion Design-Knitwear, Fashion Design-Special Occasion, Fashion Design-SportswearTextile/Surface Design, and Toy Design, and the Bachelor of Science programs in Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries, Technical Design, and Textile Development and Marketing.

Additional Location: The two-year AAS in Fashion Design is offered in Incheon, South Korea, as part of FIT at SUNY Korea.

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

  1. Apply comprehensive abilities in creating and presenting product for entry-level positions in the fashion industry.
  2. Work well together as emerging team players and innovative design thinkers.
  3. Understand and implement new technologies relative to design development, material choices, and the manufacture and distribution of fashion.
  4. Adapt their inspired knowledge and abilities to ongoing changes in global fashion and related creative industries.
  5. Bring their evolving design point-of-view and work aesthetics to various types of imaginative challenges.
  6. Explore sustainability in their design development.