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The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is a State University of New York college of art and design located in New York City, New Yorkmarker, United States.

The Institute

Founded in 1944, the Fashion Institute of Technology is a selective college of art and design, business, and technology, of the State University of New York. Seventeen majors are offered through the School of Art and Design and ten through the School of Business and Technology leading to the A.A.S., B.F.A., or B.S. degrees. The School of Graduate Studies offers programs leading to the Master of Arts or Master of Professional Studies degree. FIT is an accredited institutional member of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research.

The Campus

The nine-building campus includes classrooms, television and radio studios, labs, design workshops, and multiple exhibition galleries all of which reflect the most advanced education and industrial practices.

The campus has a Barnes & Noble College Bookstore located in Building A. The Conference Center at FIT features the John E. Reeves Great Hall, a space suitable for conferences, fashion shows, lectures, and other events. The campus also has two large theatres, including the Haft Auditorium and the Amphitheatre.

FIT serves over 6,500 full-time and 3,000 part-time students. Four dormitories, three of which are on-campus, serve approximately 2,300 students and offer a variety of accommodations.


FIT's urban campus is located in the Chelsea neighborhoodmarker of Manhattanmarker and occupies an entire tree-lined city block on West 27th Street from Seventh Avenue to Eighth Avenue.

Academic programs

To qualify for the A.A.S., a student must be in degree status, satisfactorily complete the credit hours prescribed for a given major with approximately one third of all required credits in the liberal arts, achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0, and receive the recommendation of the faculty. To qualify for the B.S. or B.F.A., a student must be in degree status, satisfactorily complete the credit and course requirements prescribed by the major, and receive the recommendation of the faculty. A minimum of 60 approved credits is required; at least half of the credits required in the major area must be earned in residence at the upper-division level. If the student has an appropriate Fashion Institute of Technology associate degree, a minimum of 30 approved credits must be earned in residence at the upper-division level.

Academic facilities

The Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center offers facilities for design studies: photography studios with black-and-white darkrooms, painting rooms, a sculpture studio, a printmaking room, a graphics laboratory, display and exhibit design rooms, life-sketching rooms, and a model-making workshop. The Shirley Goodman Resource Center houses the Museum at FIT and the Library/Media Services, with references for history, sociology, technology, art, and literature; international journals and periodicals; sketchbooks and records donated by designers, manufacturers, and merchants; slides, tapes, and periodicals; and a voluminous clipping file. The Gladys Marcus Library houses books, periodicals, and nonprint materials. FIT also has many computer labs for student use. The Instructional Media Services Department provides audiovisual and TV support and a in-house TV studio. Student work is also displayed throughout the campus. Fashion shows featuring the work of graduating B.F.A. students occur each academic year.

The Design/Research Lighting Laboratory, a development facility for interior design and other academic disciplines, features 400 commercially available lighting fixtures controlled by a computer. The Annette Green/Fragrance Foundation Laboratory is an environment for the study of fragrance development.k

Notable Alumni and Attendees

The Museum at FIT

The Museum at FIT includes important collections of clothing, textiles, and accessories. Exhibitions are free to the public.

The museum's galleries provide a showcase for a wide spectrum of exhibitions relevant to fashion and its satellite industries. The annual student art and design exhibition is shown here, as are other student projects.

Fashion historian Valerie Steele was named Director of the Museum in 2003.

External links


  1. FIT Facts at
  2. Enrollment data at
  3. FIT Residential Life Homepage
  4. Amsale in the news at
  5. Council of Fashion Designers of America Profile at
  6. Article about Reginald Bullock from
  7. Article from The Austin Chronicle
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  10. Asiance Article
  11. Joel Schumacher Biography at Yahoo! Movies
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