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For many people around the world, fashion education means just one thing: FIT. Our
Fashion Design program—one of FIT’s original degree programshas been preparing students for success at every level, from haute couture to ready-to-wear
to mass market, for 65 years.

The program keeps evolving along with fashion itself, but some FIT traditions are
forever: First, our close ties to the industry let us immerse you in what’s happening
now in this fast-changing field. And our own brand of fashion education nurtures your
creativity while providing a rigorous grounding in the practical and technical skills
needed for career success, exposing you to the real demands and practices of the fashion
world.

You’ll learn the fundamentals of professional draping, patternmaking, and sewing techniques.
You’ll master computer-aided design (CAD), and learn how to take a design from concept
to finished garment. This singular program guides you to become not only a designer
with your own creative vision, but a professional prepared to take your place in this
challenging industry.

Highlights

  • Located on New York’s Seventh Avenue—also known as Fashion Avenue—FIT has been a part
    of the fashion industry since 1944.
  • Faculty members are seasoned professionals with current experience, opening doors
    to the industry.
  • Top designers serve as critics, helping students create an outfit to present in an
    on-campus exhibition (AAS) or the annual student runway show, the Future of Fashion (BFA). Critics have included Carolina Herrera, Norma Kamali, Gemma Kahng, Calvin
    Klein, and Bob Mackie.
  • The CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), Cotton Incorporated, and Lululemon
    Athletica are among many sponsors of student competitions that provide opportunity
    and experience.
  • An internship at a leading fashion house gives you experience and valuable connections. Internship
    sites have included Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Tommy Hilfiger, among
    many others.

In this program, you will:

  • connect with industry leaders at guest lectures and industry events, and build a network
    of valuable contacts.
  • find inspiration at The Museum at FIT, where you will study its world-class collection of couture, designer, and historical
    garments close up.
  • have the opportunity to study abroad. Programs include the unique International Fashion Design degree that allows first-year students to begin their studies in Italy.

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