School of Art and Design  

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

The Fashion Design AAS program offers qualified students the opportunity to prepare for positions as designers, assistant designers, technical designers, or stylists. Through the application of design knowledge and experiential learning, the students develop their unique sense of 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. Curriculum below is for the entering class of fall 2022.

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 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): 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 WearFashion Design – Intimate ApparelFashion Design – KnitwearFashion Design – Special OccasionFashion Design – SportswearTextile/Surface Design, and Toy Design, and the Bachelor of Science programs in Production Management: Fashion and Related IndustriesTechnical 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. Create garments that reflect creativity and innovation through the use of foundational techniques achieved through shape, color, silhouette, proportion and fabrication.
  2. Adapt and develop artistic abilities to form original  fashion designs with understanding of diverse fashion proportions, utilizing hand and digital rendering techniques.
  3. Effectively use appropriate, innovative technologies to conceptualize, create, produce and communicate fashion design and related concepts.
  4. Develop an understanding of ethical and sustainable principles in fashion design considering environmental, social, economic, and political impacts of climate change.
  5. Recognize and apply foundational 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 a foundational level.