Degree Details

FIT offers Associate in Applied Science (AAS) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree programs in Fashion Design. See eligibility requirements before you apply.

Student competitions and exhibitions offer opportunities to tap into industry connections. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CDFA) and Lululemon Athletica are among student competition sponsors.

FIT events include an exhibition (AAS) and the annual student show, the Future of Fashion (BFA). Mentors have included Norma Kamali, Phillip Lim, Calvin Klein, Zac Posen, Dao-Yi Chow, and Stacey Bendet.

student cutting muslin

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) 
The AAS curriculum provides training in the techniques of fashion art and apparel design. FIT also offers a two-year International AAS program with one year of study in New York and the other in Florence.

If you have transferable credits from another college, you may be able to earn your Fashion Design AAS in one year.
Learn about the One-Year AAS program 

The Fashion Design AAS program can be completed in the evenings and on weekends.
Learn about Evening/Weekend AAS Programs

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) 
Students can continue their studies and earn a BFA degree. The fifth semester in common is a blended curriculum, which assists you in pursuing and registering for a concentration, based on availability. They are:

  • Children’s Wear
  • Intimate Apparel
  • Knitwear
  • Special Occasion
  • Sportswear

FIT also offers an International BFA program with one year of study in New York and the other in Milan.


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Learn From the Best

Our educators are avid researchers who explore new and innovative ways to enhance the Fashion Design program at FIT.
Garment That Detects Breast Cancer
Amy Sperber, associate professor of Fashion Design, worked on developing a garment that contains optoelectronic circuits that can detect breast cancer and monitor the effects of breast cancer treatment during neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT).
innovating with MIT students
Assistant professor Andy Lui worked with students and faculty of FIT and MIT during the Summer Exchange Workshop. The partnership's goal is to accelerate innovation in high-tech, U.S.-based manufacturing involving fibers and textiles.
Professor Sperber created an NFT of this digital design of dirty socks as a way to test the technology—and make a wry commentary about art.

Exploring Phygital Fashion

Digital fashion represents a major opportunity for designers who want to sell their work without leaving an indelible environmental footprint.

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By the Numbers

Students have many hands-on opportunities that contribute to their success after completing our Fashion Design program.
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*according to CEO World
of graduates had an internship
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Contact Us

If you have questions about this program, please reach out.

Fashion Design
School of Art and Design
Business and Liberal Arts Center, Room B701
(212) 217-5000