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E/W FAQ

Can I complete an evening/weekend degree by attending classes only during the weeknights or only on the weekends?
No. E/W Degree Programs are a mixture of both evening and weekend courses.

When are classes scheduled?
On weekdays, classes generally meet 5:10-6:25pm or 6:30-10pm. Classes on the weekends are scheduled at all times.

Can I take classes during the day?
E/W Degree Program students may not take daytime classes in the major or related areas, but you can register for any unrestricted Liberal Arts courses during the day.

Can I transfer from E/W to day?
If you are interested in taking classes during the day or prefer to be in the day program, we suggest you apply directly to a day degree program. E/W curriculum sequence is very specific, which makes the transfer from one program to another extremely difficult.

Is financial aid available for E/W students?
Yes, learn more at www.fitnyc.edu/financialaid.

What is the difference between full-time verses part-time study?
Students who register for 1-11.5 credits are considered part-time students and pay tuition on a per-credit basis. Students registered for 12 or more credits are considered full-time students and pay a flat fee for tuition. Full-time students are also eligible to participate in clubs and organizations and are eligible for housing at FIT.

When can I apply?
Students interested in applying for Spring can apply August 1st – October 1st for our Advertising and Marketing Communications, Advertising and Marketing Communications One-Year, Fashion Merchandising Management, or Fashion Merchandising Management One-Year associates degree programs or our Advertising and Marketing Communications, International Trade and Marketing, and Fashion Merchandising  Management bachelor degree programs. Students interested in applying for Fall can apply to ALL E/W Degree Programs starting October 1st – December 1st.

What classes do you suggest to help me with my portfolio for Fashion Design?
We recommend the following courses to help you develop pieces for a portfolio: FF111 Fashion Art and Design I and FD131Sewing Techniques I.

What is a transfer student?
A transfer student is a student who has completed credits at another accredited institution that may apply to a degree program at FIT. If you have completed credits somewhere else and are applying to FIT, you would be applying as a transfer student.

Can I meet with someone before I apply to see what credits will transfer?
No. Transfer credits are evaluated once a student is accepted.

How do I know if I need to take the TOEFL exam? What are the TOEFL requirements?
Students whose native language is not English must provide an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score whether or not they have been living in the United States. Students who have completed less than four years of English (not ESL) at a U.S. high school are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS.

The minimum TOEFL score requirement depends on test format. Internet-based (ibt) test: minimum score must be 80; computer-based test: minimum score must be 213; paper-based test: minimum score must be 550.

FIT also accepts the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum band score of 6.5 in the academic module.

A current TOEFL or IELTS score is required. The score must be no more than 18 months old from the date of anticipated enrollment.

If I have taken ESL at another college am I required to take the TOEFL exam?
Yes. Applicants who have completed an English composition course at a college in the U.S. are not exempt from taking the TOEFL or IELTS. For information about scheduling the TOEFL exam and obtaining score reports, visit www.toefl.org. In the U.S. you may call 609 771.7100. For information about scheduling the IELTS and obtaining score reports, visit www.ielts.org.

What if my GPA from my previous college was low?
If your GPA from your last college was low, we suggest that you take Liberal Arts courses to raise your GPA before applying to strengthen your application. Make sure you register for courses in areas you have strengths!

What if I have accumulated 10 credits in non-degree status at FIT towards an E/W degree program?
STOP taking courses! You should make an appointment to meet with an E/W advisor.

What is the matriculation policy at FIT?
At least 50 percent of the credits identified in any degree program as major area or related area credits must be taken while matriculated. No more than 30 credits taken at FIT in non-matriculated status may be applied toward a bachelor’s or two-year associate’s degree program. No more than 15 credits taken at FIT in non-matriculated status may be applied toward a one-year associate’s degree program.

I am trying to register for courses but I receive an error message stating: “MAJOR AREA RESTRICTION.”
If you receive this error it is because the section is reserved for another program. You can view the master list of course offerings by visiting: http://www.fitnyc.edu/3568.asp. The column labeled “RESTRICTIONS” indicates who is able to enroll in that specific section. If your major code is 7820, only you may enroll in courses with a 7820 restriction. Any student can enroll in a section with no restrictions, provided they have met the pre- or co-requisite criteria (These courses are typically offered through Liberal Arts or may be your Related Area courses).

What is my Major Code?
7510   Fashion Design A.A.S.
7620   Communication Design A.A.S.
7820   Fashion Merchandising Management 2-Year A.A.S.
7821   Fashion Merchandising Management 1-Year A.A.S.
7830   Advertising and Marketing Communications 2-Year A.A.S.
7831   Advertising and Marketing Communications 1-Year A.A.S.
9500   Graphic Design B.F.A.
9540   Illustration B.F.A.
9810   Fashion Merchandising Management 2-Year B.S.
9830   Advertising and Marketing Communications 2-Year B.S.
9840   International Trade and Marketing 2-Year B.S. 
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