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Academic Minors

Students at FIT have the opportunity to pursue an academic minor: a selection of courses focused on a particular discipline or a combination of disciplines. Minors provides a more cohesive program of study and a deeper understanding of the chosen fields. These courses may also fulfill some of the majors general education requirements.

Please schedule an appointment with an academic advisor to create the best plan of action for completing the 5 courses (which the majority of the time adds up to 15 course credits) in a timely manner. Successful completion of the selected course credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher GPA (2.5 or higher is required for Creative Technology) is required. Please take note of the Important Facts in declaring and earning an academic minor.

Online Minors Options - there are several Academic Minors which can be completed entirely online through a specific set of courses.

Visit the undergraduate courses and departments page of the online catalog for course descriptions, prerequisite requirements, and SUNY General Education designations. Please note: academic minor requirements are subject to change. 

Liberal Arts Minors

Information about these minors can be found on the School of Liberal Arts webpage.

African American and Africana Studies
American Studies

Asian Studies
Caribbean Studies
Communication Studies
Ethnic Dress in a Global Context
Fashion History, Theory, and Culture
Film and Media Studies
History of Art
Integrative Wellness
International Politics
Italian Studies
Latin American Studies
Mandarin Chinese

Middle East and North African Studies
Women and Gender Studies

Art and Design Minors

3-Dimensional Design
Color Studies

Creative Technology
Design Thinking (for students in the Schools of Business & Technology and Liberal Arts only)

Business and Technology Minors

Creative Entrepreneurship
International Trade and Marketing

Interdisciplinary Minor

Information about this minor can be found on the School of Liberal Arts webpage.

Ethics and Sustainability

Declaring a Minor

Visit the Academic Advisement Center located in Feldman Center, Room C402 to declare and create the best plan of action for completing a minor in a timely manner. For more detailed information on minor requirements please make an appointment to speak with your Academic Advisor. Please note that requirements for academic minors are subject to change. Also, be sure to review Academic Minors: Important Facts

Minor Descriptions and Requirements

3-Dimensional Design

Sculpture Sketch This minor substantiates the connection between multiple disciplines in the School of Art and Design involving 3D design and divergent, creative thinking processes for 3D construction. This minor would complement students in all majors across the School. This minor adds a specialization that serves as a valuable complement to many of the degree programs in the School of Art and Design.

Minor Coordinator: Josef Zutelgte, Pomerantz Center, Room, D346

Must complete 5 courses selected in any sequence Credits
DE 101 Principles of Display and Exhibit Design: Small Scale  2
DE 102 Principles of Display and Exhibit Design: Large Scale  2
FA 110 Sculpture Studio: Visual Expression of Form and Space  1.5
FA 115 Sculpture and Casting  1.5
JD 138 Introduction to CAD Modeling for Designers 
JD 139 Jewelry Design & Ideations I* (Coreq. JD 174 or approval)  2.5
LD 112 Decorative Leather Techniques  2.5
PK 211 Introduction to Packaging Design  1.5
PK 216 Foundation in Packaging Design* (Coreq. for 1YR CDF students
VP 211 Styling, Prop and Set  2

Please check the website for 
course descriptions and any prerequisite information.

Color Studies

Color SpectrumColor is intriguing, complex, and pragmatic. It can promote brand recognition, increase sales, attract attention, and convey concepts. The FIT minor in Color Studies offers students from all majors the opportunity to learn to use color with intention. Cultural or geographical, psychological or symbolic, aesthetic or gender-related – color can be analyzed and applied in many ways to enhance creative work, further careers, and enrich lives.

Minor Coordinator: Jada Schumacher, Pomerantz Center, Room, D313

Must complete 5 courses selected in any sequence Credits
CD 234 - Color Studies  2
FA 101 - Painting  1.5
FA 106 - Printmaking - Basic 2
GD 336 - Color Voyage  2
IL 126 - Watercolor Comps and Illustrations  1.5
IL 127 - Applying Color to Illustrate the Written Word  1.5
PH 118 - Beginning Digital Photography  2
PH 100 - Photography for Artists  2
PH 104 - Basic Digital Photography for Visual Design Communication  2
TD 112 - Textile Color Fundamentals 2

Please check the website for course descriptions and any prerequisite information.

Creative Technology

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The Creative Technology minor offers a learning opportunity for students who are interested in expanding and exploring their technological knowledge and experience. This minor equips students with a basic understanding of digital culture, design technologies, as well as the opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration.

The Creative Technology minor is open to all students in the Schools of Art and Design, Business and Technology and Liberal Arts.

Co-Coordinator: C.J. Yeh, [email protected], Pomerantz Center, Room D315
Co-Coordinator: Christie Shin, [email protected], Pomerantz Center, Room D319


  • The successful completion of at least five (5) courses (as detailed below) is required, with a minimum 2.5 GPA. The minor must be completed prior to graduation.
  • You are encouraged to complete four (4) classes from the list of choices before registering for the required CT 441 Creative Technology Lab.
  • If only three classes have been completed, you must registered for the fourth class or be in the process of completing the fourth class before registering for the required CT 441 Creative Technology Lab.
  • Prior to registering for CT 441 Creative Technology Lab, please contact minor coordinator C. J. Yeh or assistant coordinator Christie Shin. 

Please note:  If you have already declared the Creative Technology minor, please review your DARS audit for remaining course options and/or schedule an appointment to speak with your academic advisor for assistance. 

Also note: CT 341, CT 371, and ID 472 were removed from the minor in Fall 2017. CD 441 and GD 344 were removed from the minor in Spring 2018. CT 331 and CG 224 were removed from the minor at the end of spring 2020. The following requirements below are intended for students declared after Fall 2020. If you have already declared your minor, please speak to your academic advisor for assistance.

Required Courses  Credits
CT 200 Content Design and Research for Artists 2
CT 244 / CD 244 / GD 244 Intro to Web Design (prerequisite: CD 126, CD 224 or CT 200) 2
AD 364 Digital Media advertising (prerequisite: AD 216 or CT 200) 2
CT 411 Design and Interaction (prerequisite: CT 244) 2
Required Capstone Course  
CT 441 Creative Technology Lab (prerequisite: declaration of minor and coordinator approval) 2

Please check the website for course descriptions and prerequisite requirements. 
*Semesterly course offerings are subject to change. 

Design Thinking 

students in a classroomThis minor is open to students in the Schools of Business & Technology and Liberal Arts only.




Design today is a multidisciplinary collaborative field where business leaders, managers, and marketing specialists work closely with teams of designers, writers, and developers to accomplish goals. These goals range from small projects to complete business strategies.

The Design Thinking minor was created for non-designers who are intending to work in the design industry or with designers, either as business developers, retail managers, account managers, or strategic planners.

You will learn how design research (history, trends, best practices, and existing practice review) can be incorporated into an analysis and design strategy. You will learn how to develop a design strategy by creating a communication and management approach that integrates the talents of designers in different fields.

Minor Coordinator: Eric Daniels, [email protected], Pomerantz Center, Room B451


Completion of The Following 5 Required Courses Credits
DD 114 Creativity and Aesthetics 2
DD 115 Design Management Collaboration 2
DD 116 Design Process 2
DD 117 Digital Documentation and Presentation 2
DD 118 Environments and Experiences 2

Please check the website for course descriptions and prerequisite requirements.  

Creative Entrepreneurship
baker-scholars-reception  The Creative Entrepreneurship minor provides a cross-disciplinary learning opportunity to students who are interested in learning the methodologies, tools, and techniques necessary for the development and growth of new entrepreneurial ventures, business opportunities and an entrepreneurial mindset.  This minor will expand on the understanding of entrepreneurial thinking and the discipline for all the creative industries. It also prepares students with an understanding of entrepreneurship and discovering business opportunities, how to leverage creativity and innovation for these opportunities, along with the skills to create, build and manage entrepreneurial ventures.

This Creative Entrepreneurship minor is available to students in the Schools of Art and Design, Business and Technology and Liberal Arts.

Minor Coordinator: William_Reinsch@fitnyc.edu, Business and Liberal Arts Center, Room B451

The successful completion of at least five (5) courses are required to earn the minor.

Required Course: Credits
EP 311 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3
Completion of 4 elective choice options:  
EP 300* / FD 300* Fashion Design Concept Launchpad (Interdisciplinary) 3
EP 360 Social Enterprise 3
EP 361 Cognitive Entrepreneurship 3
EP 362 Introduction to Blockchain for Creative Businesses 3
EP/CM 363 Beauty Entrepreneurship 3
CM 251 The Business of Beauty 360 3
DM 321 Database Marketing* 3
More Elective options to come!  

* Requires special permission from the Direct and Interactive Marketing Department located in B403

Please check the website for course descriptions and any prerequisite information.

International Trade and Marketing

students looking at a woven item




The objective of the ITM minor is to explore and expand your knowledge of the international trade and marketing field.

You will develop a greater understanding of how the fashion and creative industries have developed international trade patterns and how the internet is rapidly changing this field with focus on professional opportunities, project management, intercultural skills, and technical trends involving goods and services in the channels of trade, logistics, and online research.

You will learn about and examine the major trends revolutionizing global marketing, the evolution of international companies into global firms, and the expanding role of e-commerce.

Minor Coordinator: Christine Pomeranz (or designated ITM faculty members), [email protected], Business and Liberal Arts Center, Room B429

Completion of The Following Two Required Courses: Credits
IN 312 International Trade    3
IN 322 Global Marketing 3
Completion of 3 Electives of Choice: Credits
IN 313 International Business Transactions 3
IN 320 Compliance Management in International Trade (prerequisite: IN 312) 3
IN 323 Import/Export Regulations (prerequisite: IN 312) 3
IN 324 International Marketing Research (prerequisite: IN 322) 3
IN 341 International Logistics 3
IN 342 International Corporate Responsibility   3
IN 423 Global Marketing of Luxury Brands (prerequisite: IN 322 or instructor approval) 3
IN 424 Export Promotion Marketing (prerequisite: IN 322) 3
IN 433 Global Sourcing (prerequisite: IN 323) 3
IN 434 International Management 3
IN 441 International Business Law 3
IN 442 International Finance (prerequisite: MA 222 or MA 331) 3
IN 443 International Business Strategies and Fashion Law 3

Please check the website for ITM course descriptions and prerequisite requirements.