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Applications are reviewed once each semester and completed applications should
be submitted to the Department of Fashion & Apparel Studies, 211 Alison
Hall West by the following dates:
• Spring Admissions: submit your application by September 15th and you will be
notified of the outcome by September 30th.
• Fall Admissions: submit your application by February 15th and you will be
notified of the outcome by February 28th. For students taking FASH122 during spring semester, Internal Transfer applications are due on May 15th and students will be notified by May 30th.
WHAT MATERIALS DO I NEED TO SUBMIT?
• Completed Fashion Design and Product Innovation Application Form: Fashion Design and Product Innovation Transfer Document.pdf
• Copy of your unofficial transcript
• Portfolio (helps us evaluate your potential through examples of your art,
design, and/or fashion work). It must include samples from FASH122 and 5-10
well-organized examples of your work with media labels and short project
descriptions. This may include samples of garments you have sewn and/or
designed, illustrations, sketches, paintings, computer graphics,
and/or other 2D and 3D work (photographs only of 3D work, please). Although a variety of work is helpful, it is not
Please be aware that applications not containing all required materials will
not be considered.
Fashion Design and Product Innovation is a restricted major which means that the number of spaces
available for internal transfers will vary by semester and we may not be able
to offer admission to internal transfers during some semesters.
A faculty committee will review your application based on
the following criteria:
• Academic Merit (2.0 GPA and above, grade in FASH 122 which must be completed
prior to applying for transfer)
• Quality of portfolio
• Seniority (e.g., juniors will have priority over sophomores, etc.)
Be sure you refer to the most recent curriculum requirement sheet for a summary
of course requirements and offerings. You are required to complete all
requirements for the major and some courses are not offered each semester.
Therefore, graduation from the university within four years may not be possible
for internal transfers.
Guidelines for Fashion Design and Product Innovation Majors
1. It is critical that you work closely with your faculty advisor and regularly
monitor your academic progress by reviewing your audit in UDSIS. This will
insure proper progress towards graduation.
2. Many courses in the Fashion Design and Product Innovation major are sequential and must be taken
one before another. In other words, it is not possible to take sequential
classes at the same time. For example, 122, 221, 314, 324, 484 and 433 must all
be taken in sequence and in separate semesters.
3. Additional pre-requisites are listed in the catalog. Be sure to keep in
touch with the best advice by attending advisement meetings and working with
your advisor in the planning of your schedule.
4. If you are planning on applying for the program
at FIT, you need to pick up
all the information from the department office and begin planning early.
that the schedule for Fashion Design and Product Innovation students is quite different from
schedule for Fashion Merchandising and Management students. If this is your intention,
plan your schedule carefully, therefore it is recommended that you meet
with your advisor as soon as possible to plan for this path.
5. FASH 484, Design Expressions and FASH 433, Advanced Product Development and Management are considered the area's ‘capstone' experiences and are
taken during the senior year. They must be taken in separate semesters. FASH 484
is only offered in the fall and FASH 433 is only offered in the spring. Careful
planning and meeting all pre-requisites in a timely way is critical. Some
students may need to stay an additional semester in order to meet all
requirements if courses are not taken at the correct time in their program.
6. If you are a transfer student, you may not be able to complete the program
in a total of four years. Most transfer students who enter the program after
the sophomore year will need to stay an additional year at minimum. Again,
careful planning with your advisor is critical.
7. Study abroad experiences are recommended and many are offered during Winter
sessions. If you choose to study abroad for a semester, this is also an
exceptional experience, but requires early planning in order to meet all requirements
of our program and graduate within four years.
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