Applied Science (AAS) in Fashion Design

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  • Course description
    You’ll learn the fundamentals of professional draping, patternmaking, and sewing techniques. You’ll master computer-aided design (CAD), and learn how to take a design from concept to finished garment. This singular program guides you to become not only a designer with your own creative vision, but a professional prepared to take your place in this challenging industry.

    • Located on New York’s Seventh Avenue—also known as Fashion Avenue—FIT has been a part of the fashion industry since 1944.
    • Faculty members are seasoned professionals with current experience, opening doors to the industry.
    • Top designers serve as “critics,” helping students create an outfit to present in an on-campus exhibition (AAS) or the annual student runway show, FIT on the Catwalk (BFA). Critics have included Carolina Herrera, Norma Kamali, Gemma Kahng, Calvin Klein, and Bob Mackie.
    • The CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), Cotton Incorporated, and Lululemon Athletica are among many sponsors of student competitions that provide opportunity and experience.
    • An  internship  at a leading fashion house gives you experience and valuable connections. Internship sites have included Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Tommy Hilfiger, among many others.

    In this program, you’ll:
    • connect with industry leaders at guest lectures and industry events, and build a network of valuable contacts.
    • find inspiration at  The Museum at FIT , where you’ll study its world-class collection of couture, designer, and historical garments close up.
    • have the opportunity to  study abroad . Programs include the unique International Fashion Design degree.

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