Introduction to Perfumery Certificate

Welcome to the world of creative perfumery

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FIT's premier certificate provides an intensive learning opportunity for professionals through a combination of theoretical and hands-on instruction. In a laboratory environment students will be taught to identify and classify both natural and synthetic fragrance materials. Through a combination of lecture, discussion and hands-on creation students will learn fragrance matching, how to develop fragrance accords, the descent of fine fragrances, and the science behind perfumery.

Offered in collaboration with the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing department and taught by recognized industry practitioners, this program provides information on the science of fragrance evaluation and perfume creation.

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Learn How To

  • Identify and classify raw materials
  • Perfumery raw materials - natural and synthetic
  • Techniques of smelling
  • Floral accords
  • Structure of a fragrance
  • Chemical reactions in perfumery
  • Regulatory issues in perfumery

Why FIT?

  • The Annette Green Fragrance Foundation Studio, modeled on professional facilities, is the only fragrance lab on a U.S. college campus.
  • Curriculum designed by FIT's Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing department which is a leader in fragrance education.
  • Taught by industry experts.
  • Earn a certificate from FIT, our Cosmetics and Fragrance program is the only one of its kind in the country.

Meet Your Instructors

Virginia Bonofiglio

Virginia Bonofiglio
Assistant Professor and Associate Chairperson, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing, FIT
Virginia Bonofiglio has been the Chairperson of the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing program at FIT for over ten years. She was trained as a perfumer and has created  fragrances for a wide variety of products across multiple categories Prior to entering the academic arena she was the SVP of Fragrances for Technology Flavors and Fragrances, a creative fragrance manufacturer.

Jillian Friedman

Jillian Friedman
Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing, FIT

Senior level product development and marketing expert focused on fragrance, product development and education.


Center for Continuing and Professional Studies (CCPS)

FIT's CCPS offers credit and noncredit certificates and courses in fashion, business, design, technology, and marketing, to help you enter into or advance your career in the fashion and related industries. With short programs and flexible schedules, you can learn at a time and pace you can manage and afford.