Art Portfolio for FITs Accessories Design Program

Accessories Design


FIT is in the center of the accessories world is New York City—home to the major design studios and sales offices. And FIT has close ties to the industry: to the people and places that can help you launch a great career. At FIT, you can design and produce a full range of accessories, from high-fashion shoes and handbags to athletic footwear. You’ll create boots, belts, billfolds, and carrying gear for sports. If green is your color, a new course in nontraditional footwear focuses on sustainability.
Your faculty are active in all areas of the industry, and they’ll help you master the technical, design, and business skills you need. In hands-on classes you’ll learn about materials, construction, and presentation—and produce a professional-quality accessories line.



Applicants to this program are expected to provide a competitive portfolio.




Part 1: Accessories Renderings (9-12 pieces)

Submit a selection of 9 to 12 examples of your best original work that represents bag, shoe and belt designs as scanned images or high quality photographs. One submission should be a still life of a shoe and bag selected from your closet. Use any black pen or pencil to sketch the still life. Submit a photograph of your still life and one scanned image of the sketch.

  • Each piece can stand alone or be part of a coordinated collection within the 9 to 12 pieces.
  • Explain your inspiration(s) with photo images, magazine tear sheets or short narrative(s).
  • Identify the color medium(s) you chose and include material or leather swatch(es) on the front of each sketch.

PART 2: Creative Work (5-7 pieces)

Submit 5 to 7 examples of actual creative art samples that you have made. Include 2 to 3 pages from your sketchbook to give insight to your process of research, thinking, and exploration.

  • The work may include assignment-based projects, self-directed work or pieces of a collaborative nature in the areas of accessories, paintings, ceramics, photography, etc.
  • The samples should demonstrate knowledge of a creative skill set.
  • Originality, creativity, and design aesthetic are valued.
  • Write and submit a brief description for each of these images.

Provide 14-19 items. Images (up to 5MB each) and video (up to 250MB each)


Portfolio Requirements

To be considered for admission to an art and design major, applicants must submit a portfolio for evaluation by the FIT faculty.

  • Art and Design applicants must submit a portfolio through SlideRoom. Materials received through mail or in-person will not be reviewed or considered.
  • After receiving confirmation that your application was received by FIT and reviewing the major-specific portfolio requirements below, you can upload your portfolio to
  • Check out Tips on How to Prepare a Portfolio and consider attending a National Portfolio Day or FIT Portfolio Preview Day prior to submitting your portfolio
  • Applicants to BFA programs in Accessories Design, Advertising Design, Computer Animation & Interactive Media, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Packaging Design, Textile/Surface Design, Toy Design, and Visual Presentation & Exhibition Design should not submit portfolios through SlideRoom. Applicants will be contacted by Admissions or the major department regarding submission of a portfolio either in person or via email.9


  • FIT’s Accessories Design program was the first of its kind in the United States.
  • FIT offers the country’s only certificate programs in Millinery and Performance Athletic Footwear.
  • AAS and BFA programs provide extensive networking opportunities for you to connect with industry leaders.
  • Study abroad summer programs at the London College of Fashion focus on design and construction.
  • Graduates find full-time employment or full-time freelance work at leading companies such as Michael Kors, Steve Madden, and Liz Claiborne.

In this program, you’ll:

  • get real-world experience through internships at major accessories companies, such as Kenneth Cole, Brown Show, and Nine West, among many others.
  • participate in industry-sponsored competitions and work on group projects in the Accessories and Millinery Club.
  • visit showrooms, design studios, and production facilities located in New York City, the heart of the industry.

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