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Portfolio Development Recommendations

Below are courses identified by the chairperson of each department as courses that would assist a student in preparing a portfolio for their major.

Not all courses are required for the degree program and not all are offered every term to continuing education students.

View currently offered courses.

For more specific advisement, you can contact the academic department directly.

View Portfolio Requirements and tips (from FIT's Office of Admissions).

  • Accessories Design Department (AAS)
    LD 261 Sketching Accessories (2.5 credits)
  • Communication Design Department (AAS)
    CD 122 Digital Layout I (1.5 credits)
    CD 123 Basic Bookbinding (1.5 credits)
    CD 261 Portfolio Development (1.5 credits)
    (offered only in Fall terms)
  • Computer Animation and Interactive Media (BFA)
    Admissions Requirements: All applicants are required to have an A.A.S. degree from an accredited college or 60 credits in a bachelor's degree program, from an accredited institution, including all of the liberal arts course work required for the A.A.S. degree at F.I.T. A degree in art or design is recommended but not required. Applicants should have an art background, with an emphasis on drawing. All applicants must have completed the following course work or the equivalent prior to application: CG211, CG212, CG213 & CG221.
  • Fabric Styling Department (BFA)
    Any courses that include instruction in the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Fashion Design Department (AAS)
    AR 101 Fashion Art and Design (1.5 credits)
    FF 111 Visual Design Concepts 1 (2 credits)
    FD 133 Materials and Construction 1 (2 credits)
  • Illustration Department (AAS)
    IL 111 Fashion Illustration 1 (3 credits)
    IL 123 General Illustration 1 (1.5 credits)
    IL 131 Illustration Life Drawing 1 (1.5 credits)
    IL 133 Anatomical Life Drawing for the Illustrator 1 (2 credits)
    IL 143 Fashion Drawing 1 (2 credits)
  • Interior Design Department (AAS)
    FA 141 Drawing 1 (1.5 credits) (especially for students with no drawing background)
    ID 151 Basic Drafting Techniques (1.5 credits) (take together with ID 133 or prior to ID 133)
    ID 133 Presentation Techniques 1 (1.5 credits)
    ID 172 Design, Color, and Lighting Principles & Theory (1.5 credits) (primarily for individuals who are not sure if they want to do Interior Design; is a good intro to ID, but does not do much to prep a portfolio)
  • Jewelry Design Department (AAS)
    Any Basic 100-Level JD Design & Drawing courses
    FA 104 Sculpture: Basic (1.5 credits)
    FA 107 Basic Design (1.5 credits)
    FA 141 Drawing 1 (1.5 credits)
    TD 141 Nature Studies (1.5 credits)
  • Menswear Department (AAS)
    FF 111 Visual Design Concepts 1 (2 credits)
  • Photography Department (AAS)
    PH 117 Principles of Photography incl. Darkroom Instruction (2 credits)
    PH 118 Beginning Digital Photo (2 credits)
    PH 130 Lighting 1 (2 credits)
    PH 171 Digital Darkroom (2 credits)
  • Textile/Surface Design Department (AAS)
    TD 112 Textile Color Fundamentals (2 credits)
    TD 121 Studio Practices (3 credits)
    TD 141 Nature Studies (1.5 credits)
  • Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design (AAS)
    DE 101 Principles of Display and Exhibit Design: Small Scale (2 credits)
    DE 102 Principles of Display and Exhibit Design: Large Scale (2 credits)
    DE 141 Display Graphics l (2 credits)
    DE 143 Styling for Visual Presentation (2 credits)

Any of the above courses would help a student who needs to build a portfolio.  For students without drawing skills, consider a basic drawing class in Fine Arts.