Professional excellence in design and business
Occupying an entire block in New York City, FIT places you at the heart of the fashion, advertising, arts, design, business, and communications industries. A State University of New York college of art and design, business, technology, and liberal arts, FIT offers programs leading to Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees, all based on a blend of career-oriented studies and a solid liberal arts foundation.
Range of majors
Students may choose from among 17 Art and Design degree programs ranging from Fine Arts, Toy Design, and Photography to Animation, Interactive Media, and Game Design. Each distinct major in the School of Art and Design combines the practical and the theoretical, provides hands-on learning, and prepares you for the professional world. You will learn from a world-class faculty of professionals with small classes and a student-faculty ratio of 16:1.
Campus life is dynamic and vital. While many FIT students commute to campus, 2,160 undergraduate students call FIT home, choosing from traditional or apartment-style rooms in one of our four residence halls. 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), a dance studio, laboratories, Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, student government and club offices, and a counseling center. FIT has 10 intercollegiate teams, and you can choose from more than 60 student clubs and organizations.
High-achieving high school seniors are eligible to apply for the Presidential Scholars honors program. Scholars will take specially designed liberal arts courses and participate in extracurricular art and cultural activities.
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, ourmuse, and our extended campus. With theater, live music, galleries, museums, restaurants, and shopping, the city offers unparalleled opportunities to explore.
Internships and placement rates
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.
Nearly one-third of FIT student interns are offered employment when they complete their internships, and 86% of FIT’s 2017–2018 bachelor’s degree recipients are employed.