Fashion Design MFA

Fashion Design MFA Showcase 2023 UNI / VERSAL at NYFW the Shows. Designer: Morgan CardwellPhoto Credit: Joe Carrotta.
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FIT’s MFA in Fashion Design is a creative laboratory where technology, talent, and inspiration intersect in one of the world’s premier fashion capitals.

The relentless pace of the fashion system can hinder innovation. We slow it down to make room for experimentation, reflection, and artistic growth. We also provide insight and education on urgent social issues impacting the fashion landscape. You will graduate with a thesis collection that is uniquely your own.

Six graduates "Design the Look"

NBC’s TODAY with Hoda & Jenna partnered exclusively with FIT on a new, weeklong series: Hoda and Jenna’s “Design the Look.” Custom looks for the hosts were unveiled every day, created by six recent FIT Fashion Design MFA graduates.

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Fashion Design MFA 2023 Showcase

UNI / VERSAL featured the graduating students' final thesis collections in a runway show during New York Fashion Week.

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Fashion Design MFA class

Fashion Design MFA

Our program’s unique four-semester thesis process will give you the freedom to experiment and create in a highly-structured environment supported by an experienced and dynamic faculty. Through your courses and guest lectures, you’ll learn about brand identity, legal issues, and the global supply chain to help focus your designs, develop prototypes, and define your market niche.

Degree Details


Theory plus practice … Start with an idea. Focus the idea. Work on it. And see where it takes you.

Beyond Graduation

Graduates work in bustling, high-end design houses, leading fashion brands, intimate ateliers, and entrepreneurial ventures, including starting their own brands and consultancies. Others go on to teach in addition to their robust careers.

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Learn From the Best

Our faculty members have made their mark on leading brands. Now they want to help perfect yours. Meet more Fashion Design MFA faculty.
Cathleen Sheehan

Cathleen Sheehan is a fashion industry veteran, multidisciplinary strategist, and  chair of FIT's Fashion Design MFA program. She has successfully advised hundreds of global brands, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits on design, product, and market strategies to leverage core strengths and opportunities within the dynamic fashion, beauty, tech, and retail landscapes.

Kip Chapelle

Kip Chapelle

As a designer for dozens of celebrity clients and one of the first to have a retail presence in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, Kip Chapelle has been instrumental in shaping New York’s fashion scene. Having worked for Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Sean John, Geoffrey Beene, Barneys New York, and Saks Fifth Avenue, he was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2011. He holds an AAS from the Fashion Institute of Technology. 

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The work of Vasi Zivanic spans commercial fashion and fine arts, with collaborators including Zaha Hadid, Calvin Klein, Estée Lauder, fashion designer Victoria Bartlett, and fashion photographer Steven Klein. Her costume designs are frequently commissioned for award-winning stage performances, while her art has been exhibited internationally. A winner of the Kahn Career Award for Exceptional Talent, Zivanic holds a BFA from the University of Design in Belgrade and an MFA from Boston University.


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Fashion Design MFA

236 West 27th Street
(212) 217-4300

Cathleen Sheehan


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