The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is a public college in Manhattan, New York City. It is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) and focuses on art, business, design, mass communication, and technology connected to the fashion industry. It was founded in 1944.
Seventeen majors are offered through the School of Art and Design, and ten through the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, leading to the A.A.S., B.F.A., or B.S. degrees. The School of Liberal Arts offers a BS degree in art history and museum professions and a BS degree in film and media. The School of Graduate Studies offers seven programs leading to the Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts or Master of Professional Studies degree.
In addition to the degree programs, FIT offers a wide selection of non-credit courses through the Center for Professional Studies. One of the most popular programs is the “Sew Like a Pro” series, which teaches basic through advanced sewing skills.
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 Council for Interior Design Accreditation.FIT publishes research on store branding and store positioning.In 1967, FIT faculty and staff won the first higher education union contract in New York State.
The Museum at FIT
The Museum at FIT, founded in 1969 as the Design Laboratory, includes collections of clothing, textiles, and accessories. It began presenting exhibitions in the 1970s, utilizing a collection on long-term loan from the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and then over time acquiring its own collection as well as thousands of textiles and other fashion-related material. In 1993, the Board of Trustees of FIT, noting the significance of the Design Laboratory’s collections and exhibitions, changed the institution’s name to The Museum at FIT. In 2012, the Museum was awarded accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums.
The Museum’s permanent collection now includes more than 50,000 garments and accessories from the 18th century to the present.Important designers such as Adrian, Balenciaga, Chanel, and Dior are represented. The collecting policy of the Museum focuses on aesthetically and historically significant clothing, accessories, textiles and visual materials, with emphasis on contemporary avant-garde fashion.