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FIT to Launch Master of Arts Degree Program in Sustainable Interior Environments

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) will offer a new Master of Arts (MA) degree program in Sustainable Interior Environments in fall 2011.

The program is one of the primary undertakings of an FIT initiative inspired by a sustainability commitment to action submitted by FIT president, Dr. Joyce F. Brown, at the Clinton Global Initiative University meeting in Austin, TX in 2009. The only program of its kind offered by a State University of New York (SUNY) college, the Sustainable Interior Environments program will be administered through FIT's School of Graduate Studies.

The need and support for this new degree was established from input by industry professionals, professional organizations, FIT alumni, and current students. Interest in large part stems from the growing industry demand for expertise in sustainable design methodology, plus the deficit of this information in many educational programs.

Graduates of the MA program in Sustainable Interior Environments will gain highly marketable expertise that will allow them to assume leadership positions in the design industry, educational institutions, and industry research centers. The program also will prepare students to provide services to architectural, interior, and product design firms as consultants and experts.

The program is designed for established professionals with a minimum of three years of experience, including interior designers, architects, facilities planners, and managers with at least a bachelor's degree in these or closely related fields.

In order to accommodate work schedules, classes for the intensive two-year, 36-credit program will be held on evenings and weekends. Courses will include Environment Behavior Research: Concepts and Application, Ecology and Human Impact, Chemistry for Interior Environments, Materials and Products for Sustainable Interior Environments, Survey of Sustainable Architecture and Interior Design Historical Origins, and Harvesting Daylight. The program culminates with a research-oriented capstone project.

The MA in Sustainable Interior Environments program includes three dimensions: It is practice-oriented, it incorporates research, and it takes advantage of New York City resources. FIT's prime Manhattan location provides students with direct access to the most innovative green and high-performance projects, to new products, and to new legislative and grass-roots initiatives.

For more information on the MA degree program in Sustainable Interior Environments, contact Grazyna Pilatowicz, assistant professor, Interior Design,