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Industry Survey

Supported by a Perkins/VATEA grant, the Office of Curriculum and Instruction coordinated the development of three Industry Surveys focused on the relevant technology and job skills required of entry-level graduates for the workforce.  

Surveys conducted in 2005 and 2011 focused on the skills needed by FIT graduates entering the fashion and textile industries in the product design and product development in the fashion and textiles areas.  The 2012 survey focused on those skills required of students graduating from fashion merchandising, particularly in the retail and buying/planning areas.

In the 2011 survey, a total of 121 individuals from 115 companies responded.  In 2012, a total of 56 people responded from 45 different companies.

A Panel Presentation of the results of the 2011 survey was held on January 25, 2012.  The results of the 2012 survey were presented in a panel on October 5, 2012.

For more information on the 2011 Industry Survey focusing on the fashion and textiles industries, see:

For more information on the 2012 Industry Survey focusing on buying/planning and retail, see:

Members of the Industry Survey Committee are:

  • Professor Naomi Gross, Fashion Merchandising Management
  • Professor Renee Cooper, Fashion Merchandising Management
  • Professor Ann Denton, Textile Development and Marketing
  • Professor Patrice George, Textile Development and Marketing
  • Dr. Dympna Bowles, Dean for Curriculum and Instruction


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