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Portfolio Requirements

NOTE: This is a summary of portfolio requirements. You must download complete portfolio requirements and instructions from the FIT Admissions Office in order to complete and submit your portfolio.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree

Portfolio submissions for Fashion Design consist of: a design test, a sewing test, a written essay, and a portfolio cover page. Construction knowledge should be represented in both your design sketches and garment images. Originality, creativity, and design aesthetic are valued.

PART ONE: Design Test

You will be required to create a mood/inspiration page for a selection of original mix-and-match garment designs. You will also be required to submit sketches of your original fashion design artwork.

PART TWO: Sewing Test

Prospective fashion design students are asked to submit photographs of garments they have sewn to demonstrate knowledge of construction. Originality, creativity, and design aesthetic are valued.

PART THREE: Written Essays

You will be required to provide a short essay (250 words or less). Please respond thoughtfully and note that your answers do not replace the essay/academic history that you are required to submit as part of your FIT/SUNY application.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

You must submit a portfolio if:

  • you have an AAS in Fashion Design from FIT, and your overall GPA is below 3.0


  • you are an external candidate, with credits or a degree from an institution other than FIT

Your portfolio should consist of representative artwork from your Fashion Design classes. It should reflect your advanced knowledge, skill, and creativity. After you have applied and your application has been reviewed for eligibility by the FIT Admissions Office, you will receive additional information regarding your portfolio.

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