School of Business and Technology

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The major in Fashion Business Management provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for assuming positions in the merchandising industry in areas such as buying, sales, creative fashion presentation, retail management, and marketing. Curriculum below is for the entering class of fall 2022. 

Semester 1Credits
MAJOR AREAFM 108 - First Year Experience I3
FM 116 - Fashion Business Practices3
FM 245 - Fashion Forecasting for Merchandisers3
GENERAL EDUCATIONEN 121 - English Composition G13
choice - see Requirements*3
Semester 2
MAJOR AREAFM 109 - First Year Experience II3
FM 110 - Product Elements and Principles2
choice - see Major Area Elective(s)*3
RELATED AREATS 110 - Product Elements and Principles Laboratory1
GENERAL EDUCATIONSS 141 - Macroeconomics G43
choice - see Requirements*3
Semester 3
MAJOR AREAFM 203 - Business Intelligence in Planning and Buying3
FM 204 - Innovation in Product Development3
FM 205 - Fashion Marketing and Digital Technology3
choice - see Major Area Elective(s)*3
GENERAL EDUCATIONMA 222 - Statistical Analysis G23
choice - see Requirements*3
Semester 4
MAJOR AREAFM 206 - Strategies of Merchandising3
FM 207 - Retail Strategies3
RELATED AREAchoice - see Related Area Elective*1.5 - 3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*6
 Total Credits: 61.5-63
*Fall 2022 Requirements: See below.

Associate Degree General Education: 

  • Three (3) credits from each required General Education area, totaling 9 credits: G1, G2 (MA 222 ), and G3
  • Three (3) credits from G4 (SS 141)
  • Nine (9) credits from three different areas in liberal arts courses in G5–G10
  • Three (3) credits of any 200- or 300-level English literature or speech course   

See list of Gen Ed approved courses under FIT' General Education Requirements and Courses. An FIT Gen Ed course cannot be used to meet more than one General Education area.

Related Area Elective(s): 1.5-3 credits
CHOICE of AC 111, AC 141, AC 171, AR 101, AR 115, DE 101, HD 111, HP 201, IC 297, ID 103, JD 101, PH 118, PH 162 TD 112, TS 215, or TT 261

Major Area Elective(s): 6 credits
CHOICE of two:FM 144, FM 201, FM 212, FM 213, FM 222, FM 223, FM 226, FM 228, FM 231, or FM 251

Evening/Weekend Option:
A four-semester degree program is available for this degree program (see Curricula Overview or visit the FIT website at The sequence of courses is the same as that listed on this page.

Online Degree Option:
The one-year online degree is designed to give students flexibility in earning an Associate of Applied Science degree (see Online Learning for additional information).

Upper Division Alternative(s):
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Science programs in Cosmetics and Fragrance MarketingDirect and Interactive MarketingFashion Business ManagementHome Products DevelopmentInternational Trade and Marketing for the Fashion IndustriesProduction Management: Fashion and Related Industries, and Textile Development and Marketing. By completing certain course requirements, graduates may also apply to the Bachelor of Science programs in Advertising and Marketing Communications and Technical Design.

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

Upon graduating from the Fashion Business Management AAS degree program, students will demonstrate:

  1. Business Fundamentals: Students will be able to identify and apply current business methodology and discuss current situations and opportunities connected to the fashion business.
  2. Communication: Students will be able to compare how business decisions are established by using coherent written, verbal, and presentation skills.
  3. Globalism:  Students will be able to identify and evaluate the current global issues in how they will affect the fashion business. 
  4.  Technology: Students will be able to illustrate and distinguish their technology proficiency by beginning to adapt to the various technologies in the courses of the fashion business.
  5. Research and Critical Thinking: Students will be able to explain and conduct research of primary and secondary data to make business decisions. 
  6. Product Commercialization: Students will be able to begin to evaluate the functions of product development, the merchandising of a line and how it works within the Product Life Cycle.
  7. Retailing/ Wholesaling: Students will be able to identify and compare the differences between retail and wholesale in the fashion business.