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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 in Applied Science (AAS) Degree

Portfolio submissions for Textile/Surface Design consist of: a design test, a portfolio of original work, a written essay, and a portfolio cover page. We want to understand your creative process in both written and visual components.

PART ONE: Design Test

The Design Test is a very important part of the total portfolio evaluation. We request that you put thought and effort into the concept, design, and execution of these projects. As an applicant to Textile/Surface Design, you will be required to submit a floral drawing test and a still life composition painting test.

PART TWO: Your Original Artwork

As part of the requirements for admission to Art and Design majors, applicants must submit original work for evaluation by the FIT faculty. Applicants to the Textile/Surface Design AAS program are expected to submit a competitive selection of original artwork, 8-10 images that may include the following categories: paintings, knits and wovens, collages, drawings, computer assisted designs, screen prints, printmaking.

PART THREE: Written Essay

You will be required to provide a short essays (500 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

Your portfolio should consist of projects from your major art classes that reflect your knowledge, skill, and creativity in textile and surface design. After your application has been reviewed for eligibility, you will receive additional instructions regarding your portfolio.

FIT reserves the right to photograph and maintain a digital and/or slide file of artwork submitted by applicants for admission to the college.

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