Below is a list of the credit courses FIT offers online. Note that not all of these courses are offered every semester. For a list of courses offered by semester, visit the Registrar's Class Search page. After you select the semester and subject, make sure to choose "Online" from the Instructional Method options.
AC 111 Advertising and Promotion
For Advertising and Marketing Communications, Fabric Styling, Fashion Merchandising Management, and Textile Development and Marketing students. Concepts, perspectives, and methods for the development and implementation of integrated marketing communications programs for producers, manufacturers, and retailers are analyzed and critiqued.
AC 114 Marketing for Integrated Marketing Communications
This course provides students with a broad background to marketing concepts as they apply to integrated marketing communications (IMC). Students explore the role of marketing both within the organization and the external environment in which firms operate. The process of developing marketing with an IMC perspective is addressed, as well as how managers use these elements to gain competitive advantage in a global economy.
AC 161 Multimedia Computing for Advertising and Marketing Communications
Students develop computer skills applicable to the communications industry, including word processing, spreadsheets, networking, presentations, desktop publishing, and internet research. Through hands-on use, they complete such industry-oriented projects as print ads, press releases, and advertising analyses.
AC 171 Mass Communications
Analysis and comparison of mass media and the communication arts as they are used in advertising, marketing, promotion, and the dissemination of public information. Includes an overview of careers available in communications. Students learn communications theory, new electronic media, and their potential applications.
AC 222 Sales Promotion
Prerequisite: AC 111
Students plan and develop sales promotion activities in order to achieve specific marketing and communications objectives. Both business-to-business and business-to-consumer sales promotion campaigns are developed.
AC 231 Advertising Copywriting
Prerequisite(s): (AC 111 and CD 122) or AD 216
Evaluating, writing, and editing copy for national, trade, and retail advertising and promotion, internal communications, and direct marketing for all market levels. Includes copy-testing techniques and visualization for copy brainstorming.
AC 361 Computer Applications for Marketing Communications
Prerequisite(s): AC 161 or MG 153
AC 361 is an intermediate level computer course designed to improve skills in word processing, spreadsheets, desktop publishing and presentation through the use of marketing communications case studies. Emphasis will be on using software applications to solve marketing communications problems and to enhance target audience communication and response.
AD 494 Senior Design Project Research
Prerequisites: CD 372 and EN 322
A comprehensive study of the research methodology needed to write a thesis. Collect and analyze data and develop design criteria to produce a thesis on the topic, "to make a difference in the world."
AR 101 Fashion Art and Design
For Fashion Merchandising Management, Patternmaking Technology, and Textile Development and Marketing students. Studies basic proportions of the fashion figure, garment details and terminology, and principles of color. (G6: Arts).
BE 261 Starting a Small Business
Investigates the problems and challenges of opening and managing a small business. Emphasis is placed on analysis of financial statements and on developing a business plan.
BL 343 Introduction to Business Law
An introduction to basic legal principles relating to branches of commercial law, with special emphasis upon the laws of contracts, sales, agency, and other areas relevant to the career aspirations of fashion industry students.
DM 211 Workshop in Direct Marketing
Students study direct marketing principles and practices and develop a multifaceted direct marketing plan.
DM 435 Internet Marketing
Prerequisite(s): DM 211 or FM 213
Students are introduced to current marketing principles and practices on the internet. The course explores email, the internet, and search engine marketing (SEM) as practical applications used to create direct marketing plans and programs that integrate online and offline strategies. In addition, students study the legal and ethical issues involved in using the internet as a marketing tool.
EN 121 English Composition
Prerequisite: college-level English proficiency as demonstrated by placement test or completion of appropriate ES course(s)
This course encourages students' confidence, writing fluency, and the development of a competent writing self by focusing on the writing process. A number of forms are employed, including brainstorming, free writing, journal writing, reading response journals, and formal essay writing. Classes are conducted as workshops, and both peers and instructor offer constructive feedback. (G1: Basic Communication).
EN 200 Digital Writing
Prerequisite: EN 121
Investigates digital writing, ranging from individual artifacts such as memes to complex digital environments such as websites. Students explore digital identity, “slactivism,” remix culture, and other topics through course readings, discussions, and digital composition projects ranging from text-driven blogs to truly multimodal animations, infographics, and videos.
EN 201 Organizational Communication and Workplace Relationships
Prerequisite: EN 121
This course explores modes of communication and workplace relationships as they converge to shape organizational behavior. The class cultivates professional communication skills expected in a business environment, especially in creative industries. A prominent component of the course includes city lab assignments capitalizing on FIT’s location in New York City.
EN 231 Short Fiction
Prerequisite: EN 121 or equivalent
Students read and analyze stories by authors from around the world. They consider various aspects of narrative and explore different modes of storytelling. The study of short fiction prepares students to read more widely on their own in the future. Special attention is paid to speaking skills. (G7: Humanities).
EN 235 African-American Literature
Prerequisite(s): EN 121 or ES 129
A survey of the history of African-American literature from slavery to the present is offered. Students read and analyze various genres of African-American literature and are introduced to the social, economic, and political forces that have influenced the writers. Through presentations, critical reading, and analytical writing, students become familiar with the influence of these works on the evolution of world literature. (G7: Humanities).
EN 236 Major Writers of the Western World
Pre-requisite: EN 121 or equivalent
Studies major themes in the cultural heritage of the Western world from Greek tragedy to the modern novel. Readings are from such representative writers as Plato, Sophocles, Euripides, Dante, Shakespeare, Austen, Flaubert, Tolstoy, Ibsen, Chekhov, Mann, and Sartre. (G7: Humanities).
EN 245 Intercultural Communication
Prerequisite: EN 121 or equivalent
Students are introduced to the communication process among people from different cultures. The
course examines how factors such as cultural patterns, verbal and nonverbal communication, and perception play a role in intercultural relationships. Theory and research in intercultural communication are presented and students apply this information to intercultural encounters.
EN 271 Literature and History: The Development of American Culture to 1865
Prerequisite(s): EN 121 or ES 129
Students read significant texts from America's cultural development against the background of a narrative of U.S. history through the Civil War. The course surveys a wide variety of literature, from firsthand accounts of slavery to philosophical sources of the U.S. Constitution to early documents in the debate over the role of women in society. (G7: Humanities; G10: American History).
EN 272 Identity in America: History and Literature, 1865 to Present
Prerequisite(s): EN 121 or ES 129 or equivalent
Students read and interpret literary texts in order to understand the evolution of America's self-images since the Civil War. They explore the cultural context of particular works and how identity manifests itself in literature. Themes examined include regional and ethnic diversity between 1865 and World War I; modernism and expatriation in a context of alienation, loss of faith, and new scientific questions between 1918 and World War II; the civil rights and women's movements through 1980; and multiculturalism, postmodernism, and the implications of technological development and globalization in the last 20 years. (G7: Humanities; G10: American History).
EN 274 Voices of Civil Rights in American History
Prerequisite(s): EN 121 or ES 129 or equivalent
An examination of the evolution of civil rights rhetoric in the history of the United States. Students study civil rights speeches and the political, social, and cultural events that surrounded them. Speeches are analyzed using Aristotle's logic, emotion, and ethics. (G10: American History).
EN 321 Business Writing
Prerequisite: EN 121 or equivalent, and one additional college-level English or speech course
Students analyze business situations to write effective correspondence, job search materials, reports, and presentations. They also learn various strategies to elicit appropriate responses for specific audiences. Students are guided in techniques of business research and documentation and develop strategies for using available technology.
EN 322 Writing in the Art and Design Professions
Prerequisite(s): EN 121 or ES 129 or equivalent, and any additional EN course
Art and Design students analyze a variety of professional situations in order to create competitive marketing materials, persuasive presentations, and reader-appropriate correspondence. They also develop strategies for producing effective proposals and briefs through guided research and descriptive writing practice. Students develop strategies for using available technologies.
EN 335 Working Women in the United States: 1865 to Present
Prerequisite(s): EN 121 or ES 129 or equivalent
A survey of almost 150 years of U.S. history and literature through the lens of working women. Students learn the landmarks of American history, women's struggles, and their contributions. (G7: Humanities; G10: American History).
EN 361 Creative Writing
Prerequisites: EN 121 or equivalent, and one additional college-level English or speech course
In a workshop environment, students prepare a portfolio of works from one or more of the following genres: fiction, poetry, or drama. Structure, plot, characterization, point of view, theme, and metaphoric language are explored, and works-in-progress are critiqued by faculty and fellow students. Through the process of writing, critiquing, and revising, ideas are shaped into imaginative form. (G6: Arts).
EN 362 Creative Nonfiction
Prerequisites: EN 121, and EN 231 or EN 232 or EN 233 or EN 236 or EN 241 or EN 242 or EN 244 or EN 245 or EN 253 or equivalent, and one English or Speech selective course
In this advanced writing course, students are taught the skills needed to produce informal essays or chapters of nonfiction books of high quality. Drawing upon observation, experience, and research, they create works of intellectual substance that reveal carefully shaped structure. Students develop ease and efficiency in their writing processes and work toward clarity, grace, and individual style. (G1: Basic Communication).
EN 363 Fiction Writing
Prerequisite(s): EN 121 or ES 129
Fiction Writing” is a course in imaginative storytelling. Students read short stories and novel excerpts by established writers and create their own fictions, beginning with craft exercises and evolving toward polished stories as the semester progresses. In a workshop environment, students discuss and respond constructively to each other's works-in-progress. (G6: Arts).
EN 364 Poetry Writing
Prerequisite(s): EN 121 or ES 129
Students learn the major elements of writing poetry through a variety of exercises and examples. Works-in-progress are critiqued by fellow students in a rigorous yet supportive environment. Poems are revised and collected in a portfolio at the end of the semester. (G6: Arts).
EN 371 Chinese Odyssey: Introduction to Chinese Literature
Prerequisite(s): EN 121 or ES 129 or equivalent
Students study Chinese literature by reading and examining a variety of literary forms from a range of historical periods. The course focuses on relationships between the self, the nation, gender roles, and modernity and how the influence of local and global histories has shaped the focus and reception of each work. All readings are in English. (G7: Humanities; G9: Other World Civilizations).
ES 023 English as a Second Language Workshop
Co-requisite: ES 123
With intensified instruction in reading and writing, students apply and practice the English skills taught in the co-requisite ES 123. Sessions consist of small-group and individual work.
ES 123English as a Second Language
Co-requisite: ES 023
For students who need to improve their skills in English as a second language. Instruction is given in reading and writing English, with some practice in listening and speaking. Students must register simultaneously in the corresponding section of ES 023. More than one semester of ES 023/123 may be needed. Additional instruction (ES 024, ES 025, ES 027, ES 028) may be required after ES 023/123.
ES 033 College English Preparation Workshop
Co-requisite: ES 133
A writing-intensive course in which students expand upon the skills taught in the co-requisite ES 133. Sessions consist of small-group and individual work.
ES 133 College English Preparation
Co-requisite: ES 033
A writing-intensive course focusing on the stages of the writing process and on strategies to enhance reading comprehension and study skills. Topics include grammar, paragraph structure, and essay development. Students must register simultaneously in the corresponding section of ES 033. Additional instruction (ES 034) may be required.
ES 037 Survival Grammar
Prerequisite: appropriate English placement test result
Co-requisite: EN 121
Students improve their writing skills by focusing on the fundamentals of grammar and conveying
information in an accurate, engaging, and efficient way.
FA 141 Drawing I
This course introduces drawing with an emphasis on developing perceptual skills. Line, value, placement, and perspective with still life and interiors as subjects are studied. Black-and-white materials are used. (G6: Arts).
FD 241 Apparel Product Data Management
Introduction to product data management. Students learn to facilitate the communication and coordination of pre-product development tasks by linking design, engineering, costing, and manufacturing information through a centralized database of product-related information.
FD 244 Design Development: Digital Communication & Management
Prerequisite(s): FF 245
This course is an in-depth survey from concept to completion of the industry-standard for design-to-manufacturing procedures and practices. Utilizing digital apparel management programs and tools ( such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft Excel and Gerber-PDM software), students learn to effectively execute design ideas and communicate design information across multiple platforms for various design and development stages.
FD 341 Design with High-Tech Fabrics
Students examine the relationship between high-tech fabrics and contemporary sportswear, outerwear, and performance design. The course concentrates on the qualities and functions of high-tech fabrics and their adaptability for specific functions or fashion looks. Students also learn the special construction techniques and machines needed for these fabrics.
FF 143 Digital Design Studio
Co-requisite: FF 111
Students learn the fundamental and advanced techniques specific to fashion design using relevant software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Course assignments emphasize digital design development sketching techniques, color stories, line planning, silhouette, and fabric design. The first 15 sessions focus on Photoshop, the last 15 sessions cover Illustrator.
FF 241 Fashion Design Computer: Photoshop
Prerequisite: AR 101 or FF 111 or FF 113 or approval of Fashion Design-Art assistant chairperson
Students learn the fundamental and advanced techniques specific to fashion design, using Adobe Photoshop. Course assignments focus on establishing fashion design principles through digital line design development techniques. Students develop increasingly advanced skills using the core software to produce coordinated fashion design presentations. The focus of each design project targets specific customers and categories.
FF 242 Fashion Design Computer: Illustrator
Prerequisite: AR 213 or FF 141 or FF 241 or approval of Fashion Design-Art assistant chairperson
Students learn the fundamental-to-intermediate-level techniques specific to fashion design using Adobe Illustrator. The course covers all aspects of drawing, including working with images and color. Course assignments focus on establishing industry techniques and developing proficiency in creating fashion designs using Adobe Illustrator.
FF 243 Digital Flats and Specs
Prerequisite(s): FF 241 and (FF 141 or FF 242)
Students learn to create garment specification sheets by integrating manual and digital skills. Digital design techniques and business practices are explored in order to create a presentation of a design collection.
FF 245 Digital Design: Flats and Floats
Prerequisite(s): FF 143 Corequisitie(s): FF 211
Students execute creative and complex fashion flats utilizing digital tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator and Excel. Working from actual samples, they learn industry standards to digitally illustrate flat measurements and develop detailed callouts with related information.
FF 491 Internship (Fashion Design)
An unsalaried, 12-week internship in the industry, scheduled individually for a minimum of 87 hours at the worksite and 3 hours on campus. Integrates students' design knowledge with field experience at a specific manufacturer with a company employee as a supervisor/mentor. The Internship Center assists the Fashion Design Department in placement.
FI 111 Introduction to Film
This course provides students with the tools to analyze moving image presentations in an academic setting or as a filmmaker. Students examine the uses of camera, editing, sound and elements of the production design as they create meaning in film images and narratives. Examples are drawn from a full range of feature films, documentaries, other forms of entertainment and advertising, whether delivered theatrically, through television or over the Internet. (G7: Humanities).
FM 114 Introduction to the Fashion Industry
This survey covers the history, characteristics, and global interrelationships of all segments of the fashion industry. The course explores how fiber, textile, and apparel producers, retailers, and home furnishings companies merchandise and market their products within the industry and to the consumer.
FM 116 Fashion Business Practices
A comprehensive introduction to the modern fashion business environment. The structures, finances, management, organization, and ethical responsibilities of fashion enterprises are examined in a global context.
FM 117 Introduction to Fashion Marketing
This course focuses on the integration of fashion marketing concepts, practices and applications and facilitates the development of a marketing/merchandise plan. Through a case study approach, students analyze opportunities regarding merchandise positioning, brand imagery, targeting and segmentation of an apparel or other fashion product.
FM 118 Consumer Motivation in Fashion
Students learn demographic and psychographic information pertaining to consumer behavior and how it relates to the marketing of fashion. Discussions concentrate on consumer research, geographic distribution, income, education, leisure time, family structure, lifestyle, attitude, reference groups, and consumerism as influences.
FM 121 Merchandise Planning and Control
Prerequisite: passing grade on FMM math placement test or MA 005
Provides an understanding of the concepts and calculations necessary for successful merchandising and familiarizes students with the terminology of operating statements, retail method of inventory, planning seasonal purchases, methods of figuring markups, turnover, stock-sales ratios, open-to-buy, markdowns, and terms of sale.
FM 212 Case Studies in Fashion Marketing
Prerequisites: FM 116
Through the case study method, analyze the decision-making process used to arrive at independent solutions to typical marketing problems. Student analyses and presentations of actual cases are evaluated for weighing of factual data, disciplined thinking, and arrival at rational conclusions.
FM 213 Introduction to Direct Marketing
Prerequisites: AC 111 and FM 114
Presents a comprehensive overview of the direct marketing industry, including its various components and career opportunities. Through the use of case studies and/or assignments, students learn strategic planning: how to choose and merchandise a product, pinpoint a target audience, develop marketing tests, and analyze results. Students are also introduced to the various electronic vehicles currently used in this ever-changing industry.
FM 221 Workshop in Fashion Merchandising Management
Prerequisites: FM 121 and FM 122
Presents students with opportunities to apply knowledge gained in prior courses to creative solutions for specific problems. Workshop projects such as a day spent with a merchant or the selection of merchandise from manufacturers offerings aid in understanding the principles and procedures of successful fashion merchandising.
FM 222 Import Buying
Prerequisite: FM 224
Analyzes important factors in developing import programs, distribution of products, market sources, financing, and aspects associated with apparel and other imported products. The impact of imports on domestic apparel businesses is examined.
FM 223 Creative Fashion Presentations
Prerequisites: AC 111 and FM 114
Students prepare and present fashion information through clinics, shows, and written communiques. They learn how to research, analyze, and forecast fashion trends. Awareness of career opportunities in the fashion industries is fostered.
FM 224 Merchandising Math Applications
Prerequisite: Passing grade on FMM math placement test or MA 005
Students develop an understanding of the merchandising concepts and calculations necessary for interpreting and responding to financial planning and control reports of the merchandising and store operational teams. Among such reports are sales analyses, maintained markup reports, gross margin and seasonal plans.
FM 225 Fashion Merchandising
Prerequisite: Passing grade on FMM math placement test or MA 005 and FM 224
This course provides a comprehensive look at the merchandising environment including the functions and objectives of the merchandising team and the principles and techniques practiced by today's buyers, planners, product developers and account executives. Students work in teams on simulated merchandising projects to execute a seasonal plan.
FM 228 The Business of Fashion Styling
In the course, students explore the role of a fashion stylist as it applies to the field of merchandising. They learn about career opportunities in fashion styling and wardrobe consulting. The business requirements and entrepreneurial opportunities in the field of fashion styling are explored.
FM 244 Product Development
Prerequisites: FM 268 and TS 111
Introduces the concepts and methods by which retailers create special, store-branded merchandise for targeted customer segments. The process of product development, from research to production to distribution, is studied.
FM 245 Fashion Forecasting for Merchandisers
Prerequisite: FM 117
Students explore and apply various forecast research methods in preparation for developing, planning, purchasing, or merchandising apparel lines and collections. Using the case study method, trend research is evaluated through the use of scholarly texts, articles, databases, and relevant websites to identify opportunities for growth and profitability in a fashion business.
FM 251 Small Store Fashion Retailing
Prerequisites: FM 224
Enables students to understand the procedures of organizing a small, fashion retail enterprise and to become aware of the decision making inherent in successful small-store merchandising. Students develop a model for a small fashion retail store.
FM 262 Contemporary Retail Management
Studies operational functions of retailing customer service, store credit, logistics, selling, staffing, and managing employees while exploring exciting careers in retail store management.
FM 268 Team Development Workshop
Through individual and team role-playing and workshop activities, students learn the management skills needed in the international workplace. Communications skills, teamwork, and process management are stressed.
FM 321 Workshop in Apparel Merchandising
Hands-on workshops simulate the activities of a fashion merchandiser in overseeing the research, development, and presentation of a line for an apparel manufacturer. Emphasizes handling key accounts and the merchandiser's relationship with design, production, and sales staff.
FM 324 Business of Licensing
Students examine the business aspects of licensing as they apply to the fashion industry, from licensing assignments through the merchandising approval process. Appropriate skills for negotiating and planning licensed product lines are developed. Business and career opportunities with manufacturers, retailers, product developers, and designers of licensed fashion merchandise are explored.
FM 328 Merchandising for Omni Retailing
Prerequisite(s): FM 224 and FM 225
This course covers omni-channel retailing, which is rapidly gaining momentum in the industry as consumers gain control of the shopping experience and demand to shop everywhere and in every way. The course looks at how e-commerce and social commerce, as well as mobile devices and tablets, are revolutionizing the role of the brick-and-mortar store to create a seamless shopping experience.
FM 361 Management for Retailing
Prerequisite: FM 268
A comprehensive study of the role of the manager in today's retail climate. Students learn the effect of an organizations culture on the management process and how it is viewed from a global perspective. Decision-making, planning, structure, leadership, and defining control are also studied.
FM 422 Merchandising Strategies
Prerequisites: FM 325 and MA 213
Students, working as members of a mock merchandising team for a fashion manufacturer or retailer, develop and refine goals and strategies to enhance market strength, increase market penetration, and build relationships among internal and external customers.
FM 424 Global Merchandising
Prerequisite: FM 361
This course explores the multiple merchandising practices used around the world in fashion apparel companies--both retail and wholesale. American merchandising theory is used as a base of comparison in the consideration of various religions, cultures, legal systems, and other global systems.
GD 232 Survey of Graphic Design
Traces the development of modern graphic design. Significant stylistic trends and influences are analyzed and compared. The processes used by major designers to realize design solutions are examined. The people, processes, and products involved in the development of modern graphic design are explored.
GD 491 Senior Thesis Research
Prerequisite(s): GD 346
In developing their senior thesis, students learn about the nature and extent of information needed and how to effectively access this information. They create a working bibliography and outline, critically evaluate sources and authority, analyze primary sources, and become familiar with written and oral communication techniques relevant to research.
HA 112 History of Western Art and Civilization: Renaissance to the Modern Era
Presents the history of Western art and civilization from the early Renaissance to the modern era. Illustrated lectures explore painting, sculpture, and architecture in relation to pertinent religious, political, economic, and social conditions. (G5: Western Civilization; G7: Humanities).
HA 121 Cities and Civilizations: The Eastern Mediterranean World, c. 3000 BCE - 1000 CE
Students examine the art and civilization of the ancient to medieval eastern Mediterranean (including western Asia) from a non-Western perspective. Illustrated lectures and discussions survey the cultures, societies, and arts of the great urban centers of antiquity up to the Crusades. (G7: Humanities; G9: Other World Civilizations).
HA 219 African American Art
Diverse African traditions have contributed to the rich fabric of American life since the 17th century. Students study the continuities and disruptions of these traditions in art, from the first moments of slavery through the contemporary era. (G7 Humanities: G10 American History).
HA 221 East Asian Art and Civilization
Introduces major characteristics of East Asian civilizations through a survey of traditional art and architecture. Illustrated lectures survey artistic traditions in relation to historical, religious, and social aspects of these civilizations. (G7: Humanities; G9: Other World Civilizations).
HA 223 African Art and Civilization
Surveys cultures of sub-Saharan Africa. Illustrated lectures present art and architecture in relation to history, religion, economic conditions, and social and political structures. (G7: Humanities; G9: Other World Civilizations).
HA 225 Art and Civilization of India
Introduces major characteristics of Indian civilization through a survey of its traditions of art and architecture. Illustrated lectures survey artistic tradition in relation to historical, religious, and social aspects of this civilization. (G7: Humanities; G9: Other World Civilizations).
HA 226 Art and Civilization of the Islamic World
This course examines the art and civilization of the Islamic world, from the birth of Islam in the seventh century AD to the present. Students are introduced to the spiritual, philosophical, and sociopolitical factors that led to the formation of this multiethnic style. (G7: Humanities; G9: Other World Civilizations).
HA 229 Korean Art and Civilization
This course is a survey of the art and civilization of Korea from its prehistoric origins to the early 21st century. We will examine how Korea created artistic traditions in response to regional and international trends, and how Korea adopted new artistic styles through relationships with China and Japan.
(G7 Humanities; G9 Other World Civilizations).
HA 231 Modern Art
Prerequisite: HA 112
Presents the history of Western art from the 19th century through the mid-20th century in the context of cultural history. (G7: Humanities).
HA 234 Warhol and Pop Art
Prerequisite(s): HA 112
Students study American and European Pop art movements, focusing on Andy Warhol, who has had the greatest impact on visual culture from the 1960s to today. Influences including Duchamp, Abstract Expressionism, and Neo-Dada practices are addressed, as are advertising, sexuality, celebrity, postmodernism and the ongoing relevance of Warhol and Pop. (G7: Humanities).
HA 243 History of Photography
A history of photography from its beginnings to the present day. Illustrated lectures present a chronological survey that focuses on photographers, technical advancements, and aesthetic considerations in the context of pertinent ideas and events. (G7: Humanities).
HA 314 History of American Art
Prerequisite: HA 112 or equivalent, or approval of chairperson
A history of art in America from the early colonial period to the early 20th century. Illustrated lectures present painting, sculpture, and architecture in relation to pertinent religious, political, economic, and social conditions. (G7: Humanities; G10: American History).
HA 331 Contemporary Art and Culture: 1945 to the Present
Prerequisite: HA 231 or approval of chairperson
Presents the recent history of Western art and culture. Illustrated lectures present artistic developments in relation to pertinent ideas and events in contemporary culture. (G7: Humanities).
HA 344 History of Western Costume
Prerequisite: HA 112
Illustrated lectures present the historical and social development of Western costume, from antiquity to the present, in the context of the history of art and design. (G7: Humanities).
HA 346 Twentieth-Century Fashion and Art
Prerequisite(s): HA 112
A survey of 20th-century fashionable dress in the context of the history of art and design, with emphasis on the work of leading fashion designers. Students study garments and accessories in the collection of The Museum at FIT, as well as photographs, fashion illustrations, and films.
HD 111 Career Planning
Provides students with an opportunity to explore their own values, interests, and capabilities and to acquire an in-depth knowledge of the fashion industry and potential career opportunities. Helps students gain insights into the relationship between self-knowledge and career decision-making. Students have access to a computerized career guidance system for the fashion industries. Guest speakers from the industry address career trends and options.
HE 101 Health Education
Stresses the holistic approach to health and focuses on the theory of wellness as a preventive measure
against illness. Provides a forum for examining such health issues as nutrition, exercise, relationships,
sexuality, substance abuse, and death and dying, among other topics.
HE 102 Stress Management
Identifies how stress affects the mind, body, and spirit. Students learn skills to reduce stress and
cope with unavoidable stress in their personal and professional lives.
HI 202 U.S. History: Civil War to Present
An introduction to American history, this course moves from a brief view of American geography, economics, and government to a more focused examination of the social, political, and economic experience from the Civil War through the Cold War and to the present. Students are introduced to basic historical methodology and learn to apply these techniques through critical reading, analytical writing, and verbal presentations. (G10: American History).
HP 201 Introduction to Home Products
Students are familiarized with the wide range of home products, both soft lines (textile) and hard lines (non-textile), that comprise the home furnishings industry. Product development and merchandising within each category are emphasized. Many sessions take place at retailers and industry showrooms throughout the city.
IC 296 AAS Internship B: Career Exploration
A 2-credit internship course for AAS students with a focus on the internship experience and on helping students identify suitable career paths.
IC 298 AAS Internship D: Career Exploration
A 4-credit internship course for AAS students with a focus on the internship experience and on helping students identify suitable career paths.
IC 496 Senior Internship B: Career Planning
A 2-credit advanced internship course for baccalaureate students with a focus on the internship experience and on helping students plan their careers and market themselves professionally.
IC 497 Senior Internship C: Career Planning
A 3-credit advanced internship course for baccalaureate students with a focus on the internship experience and on helping students plan their careers and market themselves professionally.
IC 498 Senior Internship D: Career Planning
A 4-credit internship course for baccalaureate students with a focus on the internship experience and on helping students plan their careers and market themselves professionally.
IC 592 Internship - Exhibition Design
IC 592 OL is a customized, online course designed to support Exhibition Design Master’s Program students’ experiential learning during industry-specific internships taken for academic credit. During their six-week summer internships requiring a minimum of 78 onsite internship hours, students develop their technical skills of exhibition design by gaining real-life work experience at exhibition-design companies, museums, or other industry-related organizations.
ID 221 Interior Design: 1650-1850
Traces the major period styles used in interior design in England, France, and the United States from the mid-17th to the mid-19th centuries, with an analysis of their evolution from concepts and forms developed in early classic civilizations.
ID 253 CAD I
Prerequisite(s): CG 111 and ID 157
Introduces general concepts of computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), with emphasis on two-dimensional drafting applications such as floor plans, furniture plans, reflected ceiling plans, and elevations. Students create, store, modify, and plot drawings. Students are taught to generate hard copies of their work.
ID 254 Interior Design Working Drawings
Prerequisite(s): ID 158 and ID 243
Students learn how to prepare a construction set of working drawings for use by contractors and the building trades. Architectural drafting techniques, schedules, specifications of materials and finishes, and principles of door and cabinetwork detailing are included. Students read drawings and understand conventions employed by architects, engineers, and the building trades.
ID 255 Autocad II
Prerequisite: ID 253
Presents CAD drafting, dimensioning, and detailing in order to create two-dimensional drawings for architecture, interior design, and construction. Methods for creating and using different line types and text styles are demonstrated. An introduction to three-dimensional modeling is included.
ID 354 CAD III
Prerequisite(s): ID 214 and ID 255
Three-dimensional modeling for interior designers. The course consists of lectures, demonstrations, and lab exercises describing and teaching the general concepts and techniques of creating, viewing, and manipulating three-dimensional computerized architectural models.
IL 125 Introduction to Adobe Photoshop for the Illustrator
This introduction to basic Adobe Photoshop enables students to apply its computer power to the production of both digital and traditional imagery from concept to finish.
IN 312 International Trade
Introduces international trade as it is practiced today. Students learn how various industries have developed different international trade patterns and how the internet is rapidly changing this field. Focus is placed on international trade as an industry, professional opportunities, project management, intercultural skills, and technical trends in logistics an online research.
IN 313 International Business Transactions
The management of international trade transactions is introduced, with emphasis on agency, distributorship, franchising agreements, import/export, and licensing. Students learn the theory and practice of conducting international negotiations and how to apply the self-regulatory standards used in international trade. The use of the internet and business-to-business e-commerce websites to transact international business is also examined.
IN 322 Global Marketing
Introduction to the research techniques and implementation strategies practiced in global marketing by the fashion and related industries. Students examine the major trends revolutionizing international marketing, the evolution of international companies into global firms, and the expanding role of e-commerce. The role of intercultural communication and negotiation styles in global marketing strategies is studied in detail.
IN 323 Import/Export Regulations
Prerequisite: IN 312
Import and export regulations enforced by the U.S. Customs Service are presented, including ECCN and HTSUS classification, country of origin, customer screening, export licensing, quota/visa, required import/export documentation, and valuation. Students develop an import or export international business plan.
IN 324 International Marketing Research
Prerequisite: IN 322
Students learn how to plan, implement, and present an international marketing research project. The course explores secondary data that are available through libraries, public agencies, and online resources and analyzes strategies for generating primary data in foreign markets. International team-building and presentation skills are reviewed and practiced. Lectures and critiques are provided by guest speakers from the industry.
IN 341 International Logistics
International logistics - the organized movement of goods, services, and people across countries - is explored. Students survey the impact of market, government regulations, and technological forces on ground, ocean, and air transportation systems. International conventions and the role of unions in logistics are also studied.
IN 342 International Corporate Responsibility
Students study the sustainability movement, and how ethical, social, and environmental issues are being addressed by multinational corporations. Through the review of current case studies, the course examines the role of fashion businesses in creating socially responsible and ecofriendly global supply chains and their effect in international trade policies.
IN 423 Global Marketing of Luxury Brands
Prerequisite: IN 322 or approval of instructor
Through case studies, business articles, and position papers, students learn how international luxury brands are affected by globalization, how they compete for emerging markets and use elements of sustainability and social responsibility in their competition strategies. Students explore the concept of the global consumer and the impact of this consumer on marketing strategies.
IN 424 Export Promotion Marketing
Prerequisite: IN 322
This course is an introduction to the variety of export assistance policies, programs, and initiatives available to U.S., foreign, and global businesses to effectively market fashion-related goods and services. Students examine various export promotion strategies organized by the U.S. government, foreign governments, and bilateral and private-sector joint programs that aid in the exportation of goods and services.
IN 433 Global Sourcing
Prerequisite: IN 323
Students examine the import market process, import regulations, sources of supply, supplier management and development, and transportation in order to learn how to participate in the global marketplace and negotiate in cross-cultural situations.
IN 434 International Management
This course is a guide to the world of international business and addresses the myriad factors that influence decision makers working in this environment. How organizational structure, personnel decisions, resource planning and allocation, and other business alternatives are affected by a firm's global participation is assessed.
IN 441 International Business Law
Students develop a thorough understanding of the legal framework for international business transactions in the fashion and related industries. They learn how international sales contracts are structured, how international trade rules and national laws apply to cross-border transactions, and how international business disputes are settled
IN 442 International Finance
Prerequisite: MA 222 or MA 311
Students learn to use the basic principles and techniques of international financial management and develop an understanding of the financial environment in which multinational corporations and small international businesses operate. Focus is on international capital budgets and capital structure, international cash management, international tax regulations, management of currency and exchange-rate risks, and short- and long-term trade finance.
IN 443 International Business Strategies and Fashion Law
This management course introduces the strategic business considerations faced by international fashion firms as they set up operations in foreign markets. Students examine the market entry process of fashion firms and identify key financial, legal, management, and marketing issues.
IT 111 Elementary Italian
This introductory course enables students with no background in Italian to communicate with Italian-speaking people. The basic skills of speaking, reading, and writing in Italian are established, and Italian culture is introduced. Teacher-instructed multimedia laboratory sessions reinforce skills learned in the classroom. (G8: Foreign Language).
IT 112 Italian II
Prerequisite(s): IT 111 or equivalent
Students expand upon the skills established in Italian I and continue to study Italian culture. Teacher-instructed multimedia laboratory sessions reinforce skills learned in the classroom. (G8: Foreign Language).
IT 214 Italian IV
Prerequisite: IT 213 or equivalent
Building on Italian III, students refine their communication skills in Italian. More advanced supplementary reading materials (including poetry, short stories, and magazine and newspaper articles), films, and videos further the students' knowledge of Italian culture. Teacher-instructed multimedia laboratory sessions reinforce skills learned in the classroom. (G8: Foreign Language).
IT 342 Writing Women of the Italian Renaissance
Prerequisite: IT 214 or equivalent
This course introduces students to the lives and literary endeavors of a selection of women who lived in Italy during the Renaissance and addresses how these women were written about in the context in which they wrote. Topics addressed in the course include their purpose and motivation for writing, the kinds of texts they wrote and the audience served, and the effect of social class and religion on their work. This course is conducted entirely in Italian. (G7: Humanities; G8: Foreign Language).
JD 138 Introduction to CAD for Jewelry Design
Prerequisites: CG 111 and JD 131 or approval of chairperson
Students create two- and three-dimensional computer-generated drawings and models specific to jewelry design. Using modeling software and other computer applications, students develop basic jewelry design skills to create a personal style.
JD 171 Materials and Properties
Students learn basic chemistry and physics as they pertain to materials used in jewelry. Emphasis is on how chemicals and acids used in the industry, and the chemical composition of various stones, affect production.
LD 228 Accessories CAD
This course introduces students to Adobe Illustrator, which is used as a CAD tool for designing accessories. Auxiliary software includes Adobe Photoshop.
MA 142 Geometry and the Art of Design
Prerequisite: arithmetic proficiency
A contemporary primer of geometric topics that expand the concepts of shape and space, this course presents some of the established and emerging ways geometry can provide tools and insights for artists and designers. Included are a variety of visual phenomena such as fractals, knots, mazes, symmetry, and the golden ratio. (G2: Mathematics).
MA 161 Mathematical Ideas
Prerequisite: Arithmetic proficiency
Provides an overview of the historic, heuristic, and visual dimensions of mathematics. Includes the golden ratio, fractal geometry, sets and groups, logic and circuits, Euler diagrams, number theory, and discrete math. (G2: Mathematics).
MA 213 Quantitative Methods
Prerequisite: algebra proficiency
Explores the mathematical model-building process in the settings provided by linear programming and probability. Includes simplex methods for solving linear programs; duality; matrix algebra; probability models based on equally likely outcomes, independent events, and conditional probability; applications, particularly to business and economics; and elementary math of finance. (G2: Mathematics).
MA 222 Statistical Analysis
Prerequisite: arithmetic proficiency
Studies the principles and methods of statistical analysis including probability distributions, sampling distributions, error of estimate, significance tests, correlation and regression, chi-square, and ANOVA. Introduces the use of the computer to store, manipulate, and analyze data. (G2: Mathematics).
MA 311 Mathematical Modeling for Business Applications
Prerequisite: algebra Proficiency
To instill the value of mathematics as a tool for modeling real-life situations, this course focuses on an analytical approach to business decision-making. Topics covered include finance, cash flow, probability, linear programming, and the business applications of basic equations. Microsoft Excel is used. (G2: Mathematics).
MA 321 Data Analysis for Business Applications
Prerequisites: MA 222 and Algebra Proficiency
This course covers intermediate statistics topics with applications to business. Students graph, manipulate, and interpret data using statistical methods and Excel. Topics include data transformation, single and multiple regression, time series, analysis of variance, and chi-square tests. Applications are from the areas of retail, finance, management, and marketing. (G2: Mathematics).
MC 241 Italian American Cultural Studies
This course is taught in English. This course is a critical examination of Italian American cultural expression in literature and the arts from the late 19th century through today. Students analyze a wide variety of related texts including novels, short stories, plays, and poetry, as well as film, music, and the visual arts. (G7: Humanities, G10: American History).
MC 345 Food for Thought: Gastronomy in Italian Literature and Culture
Prerequisite(s): EN 121 or equivalent
An overview of italian literature reveals how, through food, Italians have affirmed and defended their cultural heritage. Utilizing an analysis of influential literary texts, students examine the historical evolution of Italian cuisine from the excesses of the Roman table to today’s ‘slow food movement’ and Taught in English. (G5: Western Civilization; G7: Humanities).
MG 132 Marketing for Manufacturers
Students are introduced to the basic concept of marketing and the components of the marketing mix in order to understand how fashion products are developed and successfully distributed. Computer-assisted marketing, including barcoding, e-commerce, and the role of the internet, is investigated as a strategic tool for globalization.
MG 153 Excel for Business
Prerequisite: MG 152 or Word and PowerPoint Proficiency Test
This course provides a comprehensive presentation of Microsoft Excel 2000. Topics include charting, data tables, financial functions, formatting, formulas, functions, what-if analysis, working with large worksheets, and other business-related topics.
MG 242 Principles of Accounting
An intensive introduction to accounting theory and practice, employing manual and data processing techniques. Includes problems in double-entry principles, trial balances, adjustments, valuation reserves, closing of books, and preparation of financial statements. Also introduces accounting for manufacturing costs, apportionment of overhead, job order costs, process costs, and standard costs.
MC 262 Revolution as Spectacle: Mexico
An exploration of the cultural context of Mexican Revolution, between 1910 and 1940. Cultural production is examined using interconnected perspectives from critical sources and written and visual archival material. Study of the impact of Mexican literary and artistic revolutionary movements in Latin America and the United States during this period.This course is taught in English. (G7: Humanities; G9 Other World Civilizations).
MG 306 Information Systems: Case Analysis
Prerequisite: AC 161 or MG 152 or MG 153 or TT 173, or equivalent
Principles of management information systems (MIS) are addressed. Students use database and spreadsheet tools (Access and Excel) to problem-solve business situations and present their solutions in PowerPoint. Topics include the business functions of human resources, marketing and sales, finance and accounting, manufacturing, and technology support.
PE 217 Urban Dance: History and Social Context
Through a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach, students explore the conceptual underpinnings and political dynamics of popular urban dance. No prior dance training is necessary. (G6: The Arts).
PH 262 Professional Procedures for the Commercial Photographer
An in-depth understanding of owning and operating a small professional photography business is provided. Students learn and practice organizational and career goal planning techniques, assignment pricing structures, the use of standard contracts, maintaining accurate records, and the creation of standard business forms. Emphasis is on understanding copyright law and tax structure, and learning criteria for retaining legal and financial services.
PL 211 Informal Logic: A Guide to Clear Thinking
Introduction to practical techniques for evaluating, criticizing, and defending arguments using ordinary English. Both deductive and inductive reasoning are considered, and how to recognize fallacies is emphasized. Stresses techniques for producing good arguments of many types. (G7: Humanities).
PL 431 Philosophy: Ethics
An introduction to philosophy in general and to ethics in particular. Philosophy is presented as an ongoing activity with emphasis on providing students with logical and conceptual tools for dealing with real-life situations. The course is oriented toward the development of the students ability to use reason to evaluate arguments, particularly ethical arguments. (G7: Humanities).
SC 111 Introduction to the Physical Sciences
Prerequisite: Arithmetic proficiency. Not open to students who have taken SC 112
Presents basic principles of chemistry, physics, and earth and space sciences with emphasis on understanding the physical world. Includes theoretical concepts as well as applications. Illustrated by suitable lecture demonstrations. (G3: Natural Sciences).
SC 112 OL1 Earth Science
Prerequisite: Arithmetic proficiency
Not open to students who have taken SC111. The historical development, current research, and fundamental principles associated with meteorology, geology, and astronomy are studied. (G3: Natural Sciences).
SC 121 Introduction to Biological Science
3 credits Prerequisite: Arithmetic proficiency. Not open to students who have taken SC 122
Examines the fundamentals of biology with emphasis on molecular, cell, and organismal biology. Biotic diversity, evolution, and genetics are also presented. (G3: Natural Sciences).
SC 326 Human Nutrition
Prerequisite(s): arithmetic proficiency (see beginning of Science section)
Studies the basic principles of nutritional science, including the relationships between health, disease, and special nutritional requirements. History, fads, and fallacies of nutrition are covered. (G3: Natural Sciences).
SP 111 Spanish I
This introductory course enables students with no background in Spanish to communicate with Spanish-speaking people. The basic skills of speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish are established and the cultures where Spanish is spoken are introduced. Teacher-instructed multimedia laboratory sessions reinforce skills learned in the classroom. (G8: Foreign Language).
SS 131 General Psychology
Principles of psychology and their application to general behavior are presented. Stresses the scientific method in understanding learning, perception, motivation, emotion, personality development, and the social influences on human behavior. (G4: Social Sciences).
SS 141 Macroeconomics
Introduction to basic principles and characteristics of economic systems. Primary emphasis is on macroeconomic issues, including national income determination, monetary and fiscal policy, and current economic problems. (G4: Social Sciences).
SS 151 Introduction to World Affairs
Examines the contemporary world including changes in Europe, Russia, and the Third World. Explores timely international issues such as nuclear arms, the breakdown of the Soviet Union, and the Israeli-Arab dispute. (G4: Social Sciences; G9: Other World Civilizations).
SS 171 Introductory Sociology
Study of patterned social behavior and the interrelationships between individual life experience and the social structure that helps to shape it. (G4: Social Sciences).
SS 231 Personality
Prerequisite: SS 131
Emphasizes normal personality development as viewed from a variety of perspectives, including social, educational, biological, and psychodynamic factors. Students apply these psychological principles to problems of everyday living and gain an understanding of both normal and deviant reactions to life events. (G4: Social Sciences).
SS 237 Industrial Psychology
Prerequisite: SS131 or approval of chairperson
Applies psychological principles to issues in the workplace. Personnel selection, training, leadership, motivation, job satisfaction, performance appraisal, and stress are explored to provide future leaders, managers, and technical specialists with information and skills to enhance their interpersonal and organizational effectiveness. (G4: Social Sciences).
SS 242 Microeconomics
Prerequisite: SS 141
Examines the principles underlying the behavior of business firms, resource owners, and consumers within a system of price-making markets. Emphasis is on pricing, resource allocation, cost analysis, price determination under market structures ranging from competition to monopoly, and a functional approach to the distribution of income. (G4: Social Sciences).
SS 343 Labor Economics
Examines labor economics and labor institutions' role in the U.S. economy. Major subjects include the changing labor force and its composition, labor markets, labor unionism, collective bargaining, labor legislation, and government regulation. (G4: Social Sciences).
SS 354 Comparative Political Systems
Study of political systems with a global perspective; compares and contrasts contemporary political ideologies, institutions, and processes from democracies to authoritarian regimes, advanced industrialized economies to developing countries. (G4: Social Sciences; G9: Other World Civilizations).
SS 356 Asia in Motion: National, International, and Transnational Relations
Examines the complexity, diversity, and dynamics of East Asian and Southeast Asian politics. The course analyzes Asia and its moves toward modernity in terms of politics, economics, and culture. Topics include modernization, post-World War II political settings, and post-Cold War regional integration. (G9: Other World Civilizations).
SS 374 Cross-Cultural Studies
Prerequisites: two introductory Social Sciences courses (SS 131, SS 141, SS 151, SS 171), or approval of chairperson
This course provides conceptual and practical knowledge of the societies and cultures, economies, histories, and institutions of non-Western societies. Special attention is paid to the distinctive features of Japan and India. Students are introduced to the range and significance of cultural differences and will be prepared to adapt to these cultural differences as they move into international arenas. (G4: Social Sciences; G9: Other World Civilizations).
SS 379 Sociology of the Digital Era
3 creditsPrerequisite(s): SS 171
This course explores the impact of digital information and communication technologies (ICT’s) in everyday life. Students examine how digital ICT’s have transformed social relations, social structures, identity formation processes, and cultural, political, and economic practices. (G4: Social Sciences).
SS 385 Social Psychology
Prerequisite: SS 131
Human behaviors such as aggression, prejudice, attraction, attitude formation, conformity, helping, and group processes are examined with particular emphasis on their current applications. (G4: Social Sciences).
SS 386 Youth Subculture, Identity, and Fashion: A Sociological Perspective
Prerequisite(s): SS 171
This course explores youth subcultures, in relation to gender, race and class identity. Students are introduced to various case studies of youth subcultures around the world, including Goth, Punk, and Lolita, and analyze how their values, norms, attitudes and beliefs are reflected on their styles. (G4: Social Sciences; G9: Other World Civilizations).
SS 443 International Economics
Prerequisites: SS 141 and SS 342
Reviews the origins of modern international economic theory and discusses present patterns of trade and finance, including the balance of payments and its economic effects, exchange rates, international commodity agreements, and tariff policies. Includes an analysis of the relationship between international economics and current U.S. economic problems. (G4: Social Sciences).
TC 111 Beginning Adobe Illustrator for Patternmaking
Students learn the fundamental and advanced techniques that are specific to pattern making documentation using Adobe Illustrator software on computers. All aspects of drawing, working with images and color are covered. Course assignments focus on creating garments using Adobe Illustrator software. Projects range from basic to intermediate/advanced techniques including rendering over croquis to creating flats and details. Focus is creating exact proportionate garments with stitching, trims and details.
TD 224 Computer-Aided Print Design
(Formerly SD 224)
Using Adobe Photoshop, students scan images and create original designs, repeats, colorways, and coordinates targeting specific markets. Emphasis is on creative use of the software, awareness of industry trends, and the development of an original portfolio of digitally produced designs.
TS 111 Fundamentals of Textiles
General study of textile materials with an emphasis on the factors that produce successful fabrics in the marketplace, including fibers, yarns, construction, color, and finish. Characteristics of a wide range of market fabrics are examined.
TS 131 Textile Principles for the Fashion Designer
For Fashion Design students. Study of textile materials with an emphasis on the factors that produce a successful apparel fabric. Fabric characteristics such as appearance, drapability, hand, and performance are studied. Fabrics used in Fashion Design are also studied.