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FIT Launches Bachelor of Science Degree in Entrepreneurship for the Fashion and Design Industries

Cheri Fein, executive director, Public and Media Relations
212 217.4700 or
In response to industry demand for individuals with entrepreneurial skills, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) has established a new two-year, upper-division Bachelor of Science degree program in Entrepreneurship for the Fashion and Design Industries. Starting in fall 2011, the program, which is the first of its kind in the New York City area, is designed to enable both business and design students to acquire and develop the strong skills and sophistication necessary for organizing and launching new ventures in today's global fashion business environments.

The Entrepreneurship degree program includes courses that enable students to understand the essential connection between inspired design and successful enterprise, said Frank Koe, acting dean of the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology at FIT. In addition, FIT's prime New York City location, faculty of industry leaders, and tuition value as a public college make it the ideal setting for this new program.

The program is intended for students who have earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising Management, or another related major at FIT. Graduates from other colleges who have equivalent degrees also can apply. Students should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for entrance into the program.

Candidates for this BS degree pursue a two-year, 63.5-credit program that includes a semester-long industry internship and the development of a product business in an entrepreneurial incubator. The broad range of courses includes business law, integrated marketing, licensing, finance and accounting, and new venture and growth strategies.

For more information about the BS degree program in Entrepreneurship for the Fashion and Design Industries, contact Janice Messinger, acting associate chair of the program, at 212 217.4856 or For further press information, contact the Office of Communications and External Relations at 212 217.4700 or