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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. This 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. Upon successful completion of the selected courses in a minor with a 2.0 or higher GPA (minimum 2.5 or higher GPA is required for Creative Technology), the minor is recorded on the students transcript. Please visit the undergraduate courses page of the online catalog for course descriptions, prerequisite requirements and SUNY Gen Ed designations. Please note: Academic Minor requirements are subject to change. 

Liberal Arts Minors

American Studies
Asian Studies
Communication Studies
Fashion History, Theory and Culture
Film and Media Studies
History of Art
International Politics
Italian Studies
Latin American Studies
Mandarin Chinese
Middle East and North African Studies
Women and Gender Studies


Art and Design Minor

Creative Technology
Design Thinking (for Business & Technology and Liberal Arts students only)

Business Minor

International Trade and Marketing

Interdisciplinary Minor

Ethics and Sustainability

Declaring a Minor is Simple

Visit the Academic Advisement Center located in the 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: Academic Minor requirements are subject to change.

Please be sure to review the Academic Minors: important facts page. 

Minor Descriptions and Requirements

Creative Technology
The primary goal of the Creative Technology Minor is to provide a flexible, interdisciplinary learning opportunity for students who are interested in expanding and exploring their technological knowledge and experience. This minor equips students with an in-depth understanding of media design, digital culture and cutting edge technologies, as well as the opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration. The CT minor is applicable to both Art and Design and Business and Technology students.

The successful completion of five (5) course minimum (as detailed below) are required and a minimum 2.5 GPA in these courses are expected to fulfill the requirements for a Creative Technology Minor. The minor must be completed prior to graduation.

Students can apply no more than two (2) classes from their own major area (these courses, however, must be from Group A or Group B) toward the CT minor. The remaining courses must be: two (2) related area courses and the capstone class, CT441.
A minimum of two (2) out of four (4) choice classes for the minor must be from Group B. Students can choose to select all 4 courses from Group B.
Students are encouraged to complete all four (4) classes from the list of choices before registering for the required CT441 Creative Technology Lab.
If a student has not completed all four (4) classes before registering for the required CT441, the student must have completed three (3) choice classes successfully and registered or in the process of completing the fourth (4th) choice class before they register for the required CT441 Creative Technology Lab.
A meeting with the CT Minor Coordinator is required prior to registering for CT441 Creative Technology Lab.

* Please contact the Creative Technology Minor Coordinator, C.J. Yeh (chinjuz_yeh@fitnyc.edu) located in the Pomerantz Center, room D315, or Assistant Coordinator, Christie Shin (christie_shin@fitnyc.edu) located in the Pomerantz Center, room D319, as soon as you have declared the CT minor at the Academic Advisement Center.
* Prior to each semester during convocation week, there will be a mandatory CT Minor Orientation in order to allow the students who declared a CT Minor to meet with the CT Minor Coordinator in order to develop realistic courses of study to complete the CT Minor.
* Prior to registering CT441 Creative Technology Lab, a meeting with the Creative Technology Minor Coordinator, C.J. Yeh or Assistant Coordinator, Christie Shin is required. Please email Minor Coordinator or Assistant Coordinator for an appointment.

Group A
CD 123 Basic Bookbinding
CG 121 Applications for Social Media
CG 211 Computer Assisted Design 
CG 214 Web Page Constructions pre-req. (CG 111 or PH114 or TD 111 or approval of instructor)
CT 200 Content Design and Research for Artists
CT 244
/ CD 244 / GD 244 Intro to Web Design pre-req. (CD 126 or CD 225)
CT 432 Self-Promotion and Digital Portfolio Design pre-req. (CG121 or approval of instructor)
FA 117 Traditional Techniques in Fine Arts
FA 171 Printmaking l
ID 151 Basic Drafting Techniques
IL 128 Perspective Drawing, Composition and Concept 
PH 117 Principles of Photography Including Darkroom Instructions
PH 118 Beginning Digital Photography
PH 171 Digital Darkroom
PK 212 Foundation in Three-Dimensional Design for Consumer Packaging
TY 101 Intro to Toy Design
Group B
AD 364 Digital Media advertising pre-req. (AD 216)
CG 212 Introduction to 3D Computer Modeling pre-req. (CG 211 or PH 272 or IL 125 or CD 251)
CG 224 Programming for Artists 
CG 251 Digital Editing for Film and Video pre-req. (CG 111 or PH 114 or approval of chairperson)
CG 312 3D Computer Modeling and Rendering pre-req. (CG 212)
CT 300 Typography for Digital Content pre-req. (CD 273)
CT 301
Intro to Dynamic Environments pre-req. (DE 216)
CT 331
Media Integration for Photography and Video
CT 411 Design and Interaction pre-req. (CT 341 or approval of instructor) 
CT 412
 Content-centric App Design pre-req. (CT 300)
CT 431 Intro to User Experience Design pre-req. (CT 300)
IS 313 Environmental Experience
PH 331 Lighting for Still and Moving Images pre-req. (PH118 or PH 130 or PH 132 or PH 181)
PK 342 Advanced Computer Graphics for Packaging Design pre-req. (PK 341) co-req. (PK 354)

 Required Capstone course
CT 441 Required Capstone Class: Creative Technology
pre-req (Declaration of Minor through the Advisement Center and Minor Coordinator’s Approval)
*Please email either Minor Coordinator to schedule an appointment

Please note:
CT341, CT371 and ID472 were removed from the minor Fall 2017.
CD441 and GD344 were removed from the minor effective Spring 2018.

Please visit http://catalog.fitnyc.edu/undergraduate/courses/ for course descriptions and prerequisite requirements. 

Design Thinking (for Business & Technology / Liberal Arts Students only)
Design today is truly a multidisciplinary collaborative field where business leaders, managers, and marketing specialists work closely with teams of designers, writers and developers to accomplish goals ranging from small projects to complete business strategies. This minor is oriented towards 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. Students will learn how to design research including history, trends, best practices, and existing practice review can be incorporated into an analysis and design strategy. Students will learn how to develop a design strategy through creating a communication and management approach that integrates the talents of designers in different fields.

Minor Coordinator: Eric_Daniels@fitnyc.edu located in the Pomerantz Center, room D316.

DD 114 Creativity and Aesthetics
DD 115 Design Management Collaboration
DD 116 Design Process 
DD 117 Digital Documentation and Presentation 
DD 118 Environments and Experiences 

Please visit http://catalog.fitnyc.edu/undergraduate/courses/dd/ for course descriptions and prerequisite requirements.  

International Trade and Marketing
The objective of an ITM minor is to explore and expand student knowledge of the international trade and marketing field. Students 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. Students 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@fitnyc.edu or designated ITM faculty located in the Business and Liberal Arts Center, room B429.

IN 312 International Trade
IN 322 Global Marketing

Select Three of the following courses: 
IN 313 International Business Transactions
IN 320 Compliance Management in International Trade  prerequisite: IN312
IN 323 Import/Export Regulations  prerequisite: IN312
IN 324 International Marketing Research  prerequisite: IN322
IN 341 International Logistics
IN 342 International Corporate Responsibility  
IN 423 Global Marketing of Luxury Brands  prerequisite: IN322 or approval of instructor
IN 424 Export Promotion Marketing  prerequisite: IN322
IN 433 Global Sourcing  prerequisite: IN323
IN 434 International Management
IN 441 International Business Law
IN 442 International Finance  prerequisite: MA222 or MA331
IN 443 International Business Strategies and Fashion Law

Please visit http://catalog.fitnyc.edu/undergraduate/courses/in/ for course descriptions and prerequisite requirements.