New York City’s college for creative and business talent
Occupying an entire block in Manhattan, FIT places you at the heart of the fashion, advertising, visual arts, design, business, and communications industries. A State University of New York (SUNY) college of art and design, business, and technology, FIT offers programs leading to A.A.S., B.F.A., and B.S. degrees, all based on a blend of career-oriented studies and a solid liberal arts foundation.
Range of majors
You can select from a wide range of major study areas, from design and fashion to advertising and marketing communications to international business. Each major combines the practical and theoretical, provides hands-on learning, and prepares you for the professional world. They reflect FIT’s unique and stimulating learning environment, which is alive with energy and filled with talented students and dedicated faculty who are also influential working professionals—business owners, designers, artists, and more. And with class size limited to 25 students, you’ll receive the kind of individual attention that will help you shine.
Liberal arts foundation
FIT’s liberal arts courses are creatively adapted to the needs of particular majors, and liberal arts minors are designed to balance each major’s special emphasis. Studying the liberal arts at FIT means honing skills in communication and critical thinking, gaining an in-depth understanding of humanities and natural and social sciences, and exploring the complexities of world cultures. This solid education will not only become the foundation for a great career—it will go far toward helping you grow into a more well-rounded and creative person.
Campus life at FIT is dynamic and vital. The David Dubinsky Student Center houses a state-of-the-art fitness center, a student radio station, the Style Shop (an FIT student-run boutique), student government and club offices, and a counseling center. FIT has intercollegiate teams in cross-country, dance, half marathon, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track & field, women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball. You can choose from more than 70 clubs and organizations, from the Ad Group to the Break Dancing Club to the Merchandising Society.
Living on campus can be the best way to have the complete college experience. More than 2,300 students call FIT home, choosing their best housing option from our four residence halls. As a resident, you’ll enjoy both independence and a diverse, close-knit community in a safe, comfortable, supportive environment. From education to recreation, from new friends to New York shopping, almost everything you need is nearby. And the staff is there to help you thrive and make the most of your time at FIT.
New York City
Being an FIT student means having tremendous opportunities to learn, play, and explore the abundance of New York City from your home base in the lively Chelsea neighborhood. The city is our playground, our muse, and our extended campus. With theater, live music, galleries and museums, restaurants, and shopping, the city offers unparalleled opportunities to explore. With bus and subway stops located just steps from the College, you’ll soon be a citizen of the city, navigating it with ease.
FIT’s innovative approach to experiential learning—through professional critiques, industry-sponsored competitions, and internships—is the key to your future success. While our classroom dynamics reflect the real-world activities and attitudes of the showrooms, studios, or corporate offices in which you’ll one day work, our extensive internship program offers invaluable on-site experience with leading retailers, manufacturers, designers, ad agencies, radio and television networks, and consumer magazines—from MTV to Bloomingdale’s to Vogue, to name just a few.
Internships are a required element of many programs and are available to all students enrolled in a degree program. Through internships we set the stage for passing on our connections and industry partnerships—and open the door for you to forge valuable relationships of your own. Nearly one-third of FIT student interns are offered employment when they complete their internships.
Founded in 1944, the Fashion Institute of Technology is a State University of New York college of art and design, business, and technology, located in the heart of New York City.
Number of full-time students: 7,252
Number of faculty: 977
Student-faculty ratio: 17:1
Associate-level, New York City/State residents: $2,250 per semester
Associate-level, out-of-state residents: $6,750 per semester
Baccalaureate-level, New York City/State residents: $3,085 per semester
Baccalaureate-level, out-of-state residents: $8,905 per semester
Notable alumni: Those in fashion include Calvin Klein, Amsale Aberra, Reem Acra, Francisco Costa, Norma Kamali, Nanette Lepore, and Ralph Rucci. Other prominent graduates include Leslie Blodgett, Executive Chairman of Bare Escentuals; Tony Chi, international restaurant designer; Edward Menicheschi, Vice President and Publisher of Vanity Fair; and Joe Zee, Creative Director of Elle.
Programs of Study
• Accessories Design
• Advertising and Marketing Communications
• Advertising Design
• Art History and Museum Professions
• Communication Design
• Computer Animation and Interactive Media
• Computer Graphics
• Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing
• Direct and Interactive Marketing
• Exhibition Design
• Fabric Styling
• Fashion Design
• Fashion Merchandising Management
• Film and Media
• Fine Arts
• Graphic Design
• Home Products Development
• Interior Design
• International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries
• Jewelry Design
• Packaging Design
• Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries
• Technical Design
• Textile Development and Marketing
• Textile/Surface Design
• Toy Design
• Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design