Home Products Development
There’s an entire industry behind almost everything we use wherever we live. Our homes, apartments, dorms, and beyond are filled with things we need, want — and even love. In this unique program, you’ll learn to create products that meet consumers’ changing needs and desires.
In a close-knit, collaborative academic environment, you’ll learn to understand consumer trends and behavior, identify opportunities in the market, develop product concepts, and manage the product development process of taking new ideas from concept to consumer. And you’ll benefit from the program’s close ties to industry leaders in this growing field.
Home Products Development BS
Designed for and by the growing home products industry, this program explores the management of the materials, manufacturing, and marketing of home industries: textiles, furnishings, and housewares. Working individually and in teams, you’ll learn about the structure of the home industry, products, categories, sourcing and supply chains, target marketing, branding, licensing, and more.
You are eligible to apply if you have an AAS from FIT, but you may need to take several prerequisites. Learn more about eligibility for this program.
We focus on all aspects of the development process to create products that are innovative, functional, and meaningful to consumers.
How you think drives how we live … Blending creative vision and function, this industry translates ideas into products that transform the consumer market and home environment.
Outside the Classroom
Students have interned at Lifetime Brands, Robinson Home, J. Queen, S. Lichtenberg, Town & Country Living, Thro by Mario Lorenz, Himatsingka America, WGSN, Iconix Brand Group, West Elm, Design Within Reach, Chilewich, Macy’s, Anthropologie, The Inside, and Georg Jensen. Graduates have worked at Ralph Lauren Home; RH (Restoration Hardware); Martha Stewart Omnimedia; Bed, Bath, & Beyond; West Elm; Cuisinart; OXO; and Lifetime Brands. Their roles include product development, product management, trend forecasting, merchandising, showroom management, sales, and design. Other areas of opportunity include styling, e-commerce, and trade shows.
some related minors
Learn From the Best
Shannon Maher is an assistant professor of the Home Products Development Department and dean of the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology. Maher received a master’s degree from Marist College and completed a bachelor’s degree at Marymount University.
Founder of the innovation lab SPRQ, Edward Cardimona has led global brands including Nike, Diane von Furstenberg, and IKEA, and developed celebrity partnerships with Serena Williams, LeBron James, Cindy Crawford, and Ellen DeGeneres. He holds a BFA from The New School.
Carolyn A. D’Angelo
A managing director of brands at Gordon Brothers and president of Laura Ashley, Carolyn D’Angelo develops new content and geographies for the iconic retail brand’s consumer home sectors. She has led the brand management strategy for Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse, and Sur La Table, and has worked with home goods brands at Ralph Lauren and Disney. She holds a BA and MBA from Pace University.
Home Products Development
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