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Seail Jang - Computer Animation and Interactive Media
Branka Valcic - Menswear
Katie Chambers - Packaging Design
Anna Milivojevic - Packaging Design
Brian Stafflinger - Packaging Design
Ann Aichi Lee - Packaging Design
Adrienne Muken - Packaging Design
Adrianna Bamber - Toy Design
Alena Niu - Toy Design
Alenu Niu - Toy Design
Alexandra Weininger - Toy Design
Andre Garza - Toy Design
Bill Rawley - Toy Design
Carlos Borja - Toy Design
Carlos Borja - Toy Design
Dooran Lee - Toy Design
Eric Von Stein - Toy Design
Eric Von Stein - Toy Design
Eric Von Stein - Toy Design
Hyun Ju Park - Toy Design
Gus Konstantakopoulos - Toy Design
Jennifer Tan - Toy Design
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 - Home Products Development
 - Home Products Development
 - Home Products Development
 - Home Products Development
Gabriella Smith, Holly Perham, Gabriella Giaquinto, Tara Moseley  - Home Products Development
 - Home Products Development
Gabriella Smith, Holly Perham, Gabriella Giaquinto, Tara Moseley  - Home Products Development
Julia Mroz - Graphic Design
Mary Choi - Graphic Design
Akane Kodani - Graphic Design
Danny Babiy - Graphic Design
Kenta Nakajima - Graphic Design
Mark Kane - Graphic Design
Mika Machida - Graphic Design
Ronen Azulay - Graphic Design
Elizabeth Acerbi - Fine Arts
Hani Koo - Fine Arts
Erin Marie Elman - Fine Arts
Ilona Kusyk - Fine Arts
Johanna Mendez - Fine Arts
Kevin Abrego - Fine Arts
Naomi Gomez - Fine Arts
Nina Bey - Fine Arts
Oasa Duverney - Fine Arts
Kathleen Hoffman - Fashion Design
Sung Park - Fashion Design
Kaylee Frazier - Fashion Design
Asli Polat - Fashion Design
Annalise Frank - Fashion Design
Ekaterina Krutova - Fashion Design
Emily Keller - Fashion Design
Naoko Hirata - Fashion Design
Kristina Keenan - Fashion Design
Belinda Lagasi - Fashion Design
Sylwia Siedlecka - Fashion Design
Jillian Fitzgerald - Fashion Design
Erin Robinson - Fashion Design
Jiao Xiang - Fashion Design
Joshua Cook - Fashion Design
Yoo Jin Kim - Fashion Design
Kristen Kells - Fashion Design
Brandyne Lackland - Menswear
Sean McKoy - Menswear
Marcus Cumberpatch - Menswear
Oluwatoyin Hugley - Menswear
Sojung Leem - Menswear
Pamela Ruiz - Menswear
Jason Thomas - Menswear
Tanner Randall - Menswear
Brandyne Lackland - Menswear
Pamela Ruiz - Menswear
Jason Thomas - Menswear
Marcus Cumberpatch - Menswear
Cindy Avery - Fabric Styling
Danica Lipman - Fabric Styling
Jung Eun Park - Fabric Styling
Justin Angeles - Fabric Styling
Katrina Kritikos - Fabric Styling
Lyndsay Boswell - Fabric Styling
Melissa Huber - Fabric Styling
Nicole Ott - Fabric Styling
Roma Kaul - Fabric Styling
Stephanie Irish - Fabric Styling
Alvin Bae - Computer Animation and Interactive Media
Howard Kang - Computer Animation and Interactive Media
Monty Granito - Computer Animation and Interactive Media
Xiu Liang - Computer Animation and Interactive Media
Abiezer Benitez - Communication Design
Bathsheba Parker - Communication Design
Anthony Angara - Communication Design
Dana Stratton - Communication Design
Hilary Malleus - Communication Design
Jonathan Chang - Communication Design
June Bae - Communication Design
June Bae - Communication Design
Olga Mezit - Communication Design
Yoshihiro Kurakata - Communication Design
Ariel Rodriguez Flores - Graduate Illustration
Darwin Bharath - Graduate Illustration
Erin Klauk - Graduate Illustration
Eunhye Min - Graduate Illustration
Gabrielle Obermeier - Graduate Illustration
Ira Robbins - Graduate Illustration
Liz Starin - Graduate Illustration
Suzanne Heskin - Graduate Illustration
Tisha Paige - Graduate Illustration
Yu-Chen Hsu, Sachiko Shudo, Melanie Knecht, Elinore Aladjem-Paran - Exhibition Design
Dongjun Lee - Exhibition Design
Jyun-Jie Ciou - Exhibition Design
 - Exhibition Design
Yu-Chen Hsu, Sachiko Shudo, Melanie Knecht, Elinore Aladjem-Paran - Exhibition Design
Chen Lin He - Exhibition Design
Chavy Broyde - Advertising Design
Carlo Seitz - Advertising Design
Christine Coscia - Advertising Design
Megan Volz - Advertising Design
Christine Coscia - Advertising Design
Darlene Bosch - Advertising Design
Kristie DiCostanza - Advertising Design
Sammi Ho - Advertising Design
Sammi Ho - Advertising Design
Alex Seldes - Accessories Design
Aprelle Watkins - Accessories Design
Elinore Talit Ludri Sidor - Accessories Design
Jee Min Lee - Accessories Design
Lana Klemeyer - Accessories Design
Melissa Maison - Accessories Design
Megan Tomberlin - Accessories Design
Stefani Oblak - Accessories Design
Emily Nitz - Accessories Design
Ololade Olamigoke - Accessories Design
Elise Periera - Accessories Design
Nathan Gryszowka - Menswear
Peter Siper - Menswear
Christy Song - Menswear

The History

“What we need is an MIT for the fashion industries”
--Mortimer C. Ritter

In the 1940s, fashion and apparel industry members were faced with a dwindling number of qualified people to help them run and carry on their businesses. The next generation wanted to be doctors and lawyers—not tailors. A group of industry members, led by Mortimer C. Ritter, an educator with an interest in programs for young working people, and Max Meyer, a retired menswear manufacturer, set about organizing a school to ensure the vitality of their businesses. 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.

Soon, supporters wanted to bring greater prestige to the industry by having the institute become a college with the authority to confer degrees. Industrialists and educators decided on two majors: Design (with programs in apparel, millinery, and textiles) and Scientific Management. The curriculum also included Liberal Arts. In 1951, three years after the State University of New York had been established and state law had provided for the creation of community colleges, FIT became the second SUNY community college empowered to grant the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. By then, there were 400 day students and about 1,000 evening students.

FIT received accreditation in 1957, and as the curriculum and student body grew, the college moved into its first real home—a nine-story building on Seventh Avenue in the heart of the garment district—in 1959. The building had been planned for 1,200 students; by 1963, there were 4,000. During this time, the college’s curriculum was growing beyond traditional notions of fashion, to include subjects like photography and advertising and interior design.

The college wanted to further expand its curriculum by offerings bachelor’s and master’s degrees— something that “was just not done” by a community college, according to the State University’s former chancellor. Representatives of the college and supporters in the industry and government lobbied hard to persuade legislators to allow FIT to do this. In 1975, an amendment to the Education Law of New York State permitted FIT to offer BS and BFA programs; another in 1979 authorized master’s programs.

By this time, six more buildings had been added to the campus, including two dormitories, and the Shirley Goodman Resource Center, which houses the Gladys Marcus Library and The Museum at FIT. The school continued to grow by adding state-of-the art facilities, like the Design/Lighting Research Laboratory and the Annette Green Fragrance Foundation Studio (the first of its kind on a college campus), making international programs available to students, and evolving its academic offerings

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 Merchandising Management, Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design, and Toy Design, the first of their kind in the country.
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