First, they created the Educational Foundation for the Apparel Industries to promote education for the industry. The Foundation then obtained a charter from the New York State Board of Regents to establish a “fashion institute of technology and design.” The institute opened in 1944 with 100 students, and was located on the top two floors of the High School of Needle Trades.
The School of Graduate Studies brings together artists, designers and business professionals who thrive on the most current research. Our community responds with a broad spectrum of cutting-edge inquiry and analysis. Our students have extraordinary resources available to them both at the Fashion Institute of Technology and in New York City.
Career and Internship Center
Whether you're about to graduate, just beginning your FIT education, or anywhere in between, we can help you plan your future. Here is what we offer:
The FIT Student Government Association was established in order to uphold the rights of students and have representation throughout the College. The Student Council, Board of Directors and Communications Committee serve as the center of FIT's student government and represent the interests of the student body. The governing branches of the Student Association oversee and fund, through student activity fees, more than 60 clubs and organizations. The Council is open to every student and is held once a month, with elections taking place each spring.
Four on-campus residence halls house approximately 1,100 new/entering students on 27th Street and 1,100 current/returning students at 31st Street's Kaufman Hall. Kaufman Hall also serves as home to our summer housing program for visiting interns.
Gladys Marcus Library
The Division of Information Technology assists the FIT community with over 100 IT-supported services.
Today, the campus encompasses an entire city block and serves more than 10,000 students. The college offers degrees in diverse subjects, such as Menswear and Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing, which are unique to the college, and Fashion Business Management, Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design, and Toy Design, the first of their kind in the country.
The Fashion Institute of Technology is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education 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.
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