School of Art and Design

Applications accepted for fall only.      NYSED: 00762     CIP: 50.0407

The program is designed to enable students to evolve successfully as menswear apparel design leaders and brand builders through the creative application of design knowledge acquired using experiential 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 2022.

Semester 1Credits
MAJOR AREAMW 121 - Menswear Design Studio Art I2.5
MW 131 - Menswear Flat Pattern Design I3
MW 145 - Menswear Design Studio – Construction2
RELATED AREATS 111 - Fundamentals of Textiles3
GENERAL EDUCATIONEN 121 - English Composition3
choice - see Requirements*3
Semester 2
MAJOR AREAMW 103 - Menswear Jacket Tailoring2
MW 122 - Menswear Design Studio Art II2.5
MW 134 - Menswear Flat Pattern Design II2
RELATED AREAFA 105 - Life Drawing
  or IL 103 - Illustrating the Male Figure
ART HISTORYchoice - see Requirements*3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*3
Semester 3
MAJOR AREAMW 222 - Menswear Design Studio Art III3
MW 234 - Menswear Flat Pattern Design III4
MW 262 - Presentation/Portfolio2
RELATED AREAFM 116 - Fashion Business Practices
  or TS 116 - Knit Design Principles and Technology
ART HISTORYHA 215 - History of Menswear3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*3
Semester 4
MAJOR AREAMW 223 - Menswear Design Studio Art – Digital2
MW 256 - Advanced Menswear Design IV5
IC 297 - AAS Internship C: Career Exploration3
ELECTIVEchoice - General Elective*1.5
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*6
 Total Credits: 65-66
*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 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), and HA 215

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.  

Upper Division Alternative(s):
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in Fabric Styling and Textile/Surface Design, and the Bachelor of Science programs in Direct and Interactive MarketingProduction Management: Fashion and Related IndustriesTechnical Design, and Textile Development and Marketing. By completing certain course requirements, graduates may also apply for admission to the Bachelor of Science programs in Fashion Business Management and International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries.

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

  1. Design and create menswear products for a global customer.
  2. Understand and implement new technologies relative to menswear design development, material choices, manufacture, and distribution of fashion.
  3. Work well together as emerging team players and innovative design thinkers with a menswear expertise.
  4. Bring their personal design aesthetic to various types of projects while including sustainability in their design development.