Located steps from the Chelsea galleries and not far from many top arts and cultural institutions, FIT draws on New York City’s resources to immerse students in an unparalleled intellectual and artistic experience. In this program, you’ll discover your personal creative voice and join a close-knit community of students and faculty who help you develop as an artist, inside the classroom and beyond.
You’ll gain proficiency in a range of disciplines — painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture — and explore 3D design and multimedia. You will graduate with the skills to pursue a career in the applied arts or as a practicing artist.
Fine Arts AAS
This program provides a rich foundation in the fine arts. You’ll study figurative and abstract painting, basic and life drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and 2D and 3D design. Once you have your AAS, you can go on to apply for a BFA in Fine Arts. You are also eligible to apply to the Animation, Interactive Media & Game Design, Textile/Surface Design, and Toy Design BFA programs.
Fine Arts BFA
The BFA builds on your skills and pushes you to explore a range of creative possibilities, from traditional media to 3D design and multimedia. You will be challenged to develop conceptually mature work that expresses an individual, identifiable voice. And you’ll have the resources to do so in our first-class studios and print shop. In the final semester, you will participate in a required internship in an art-related setting and complete a senior thesis project in sculpture or painting.
If you have an AAS in Fine Arts from FIT, you may apply. More about eligibility for this program.
As part of a dynamic, creative community, you’ll be encouraged to develop your existing interests and explore new ones.
Make a difference. Make art … Art looks inward and outward to reveal both the artist and the world, all of which you can use to motivate and encourage others.
Outside the Classroom
Students have interned at the Museum of Modern Art, Hispanic Society of America, National Academy Museum, and facilities such as professional printmaking studios and art restoration companies. You’ll graduate with the skills to pursue a career in the applied arts or as a practicing artist. Some graduates work in art-related professions in museums, galleries, and arts organizations, while others go on to graduate study for studio practice, art therapy, or art education.
some related minors
Learn From the Best
FIT’s New York location enables us to attract a Fine Arts faculty of renowned working artists, who are also gifted teachers and mentors. Meet more Fine Arts faculty.
Werring is an artist specializing in painting and mixed media. Werring received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University. He is currently an associate professor in the Fine Arts Department.
Pierce specializes in painting, drawing, and printmaking. An assistant professor of Fine Arts at FIT, she received an MFA from the University of Washington and a BFA from the Art Institute of Boston. Pierce completed a residency at the Centre d’Art Marnay, Marnay-sur-Seine, France, and received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant.
Art and Design Gallery
The Art and Design Gallery is open from 9 am until 5 pm, seven days per week. The gallery is located at the northwest corner of Seventh Avenue and 27th Street.