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)
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 fit.slideroom.com
- 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.
- 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.