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ARE OTHER ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE AT F.I T.?

Yes, the following associate degree programs are available. It should be noted

that that courses in these programs may not have UD equivalents and course

substitutions may not be available. This means that it will be difficult to complete both

curricula in a 4-year period.

  • Accessories Design (Fills quickly)
  • Advertising & Marketing Communications (Small class of 25, very competitive admission)
  • Communication Design (25 slots in spring, 50 slots in fall, very competitive admission)
  • Jewelry Design (Requires background in jewelry)
  • Textile/Surface Design

WHAT DEGREES ARE AWARDED TO FIT VISITING STUDENTS?

Upon completion of the FIT Visiting Student Program and one of the curricula inthe Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies (FASH), the student will receive anAssociate in Applied Science Degree from FIT and a Bachelor of Science Degree fromthe University of Delaware.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE VISITING STUDENT PROGRAM?

Full time undergraduate students with 60 credits are eligible to apply. In addition, a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required at the time ofapplication and during study at FIT. There are other general FIT guidelines that students must follow.

ARE COURSES IN FIT CURRICULA SUBSTITUTED FOR REQUIRED COURSES IN FASH CURRICULA?

Yes, some courses but not all. Only those courses in FIT curricula of FashionDesign, Fashion Business Management and Textile Development and Marketing thathave been approved by faculty can substitute for FASH required courses. Students should refer to the approved substitution lists for courses in the Fashion Design,Fashion Merchandise Management, and Textile Development and Marketing curricula.The substitution lists differ by FIT major.  Students must work closely with their academic advisors when planning for FIT.  Depending on the intended FIT major, courses taken at FIT and UD will differ. Students and academic advisors should refer to the course planning form related to the intended FIT major.

HOW ARE STUDENTS SELECTED FOR THE FIT VISITING STUDENT PROGRAM?

Students must submit Endorsement Documents to the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies. If endorsed, students then submit applications to the Fashion Institute of Technology. FIT makes the final decision regarding who is admitted into the program. Apparel Design students must successfully undergo a portfolio review prior to being admitted into the Fashion Design program at FIT

WHAT ARE ENDORSEMENT DOCUMENTS?

Endorsement Documents consist of an application and an endorsement planning form. Students must complete these. The endorsement documents are submitted to the FASH department and must have the signatures of both student and academic advisor.  Endorsement documents are used to determine (a) whether applicants have the qualifications to participate in the visiting student program and (b) whether the appropriate courses have been planned to help ensure that both the UD and FIT curricula can be completed in a 4-year period. Endorsement documents may be submitted at any time, providing student has a minimum 3.0 GPA.

WHEN SHOULD FIT APPLICATION PROCESS BEGIN?

Students are encouraged to begin planning for FIT in the freshmen year. During the first semester of the freshmen year students should become familiar with the requirements and guidelines for the FIT Visiting Student Program. Notification of intent to participate in the program should be submitted to the academic advisor.  The application process should begin at a minimum, one-year in advance of the expected entry date. If, for example, a student wants to attend FIT in fall 2016, application must be completed in fall, 2015.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE VISITING STUDENT PROGRAM?

Fashion Design, Fashion Business Management and Textile Development and Marketing programs are one year in length. Students are endorsed for a one-year period and they are expected to complete the program in its entirety during one year in order to qualify for both the Associate's degree from FIT and the Bachelor's degree from UD.

IN WHAT SEMESTER AND YEAR DO STUDENTS TO ENTER FIT?

Fashion Design, Fashion Business Management and Textile Development and Marketing majors enter FIT the fall semester of the junior year.   

At the beginning of the freshmen year students must develop a plan for completing courses that must be taken at the University of Delaware and the ones that will be taken at FIT. If a plan is not developed early in the academic career, programs may not be completed within the designated time frame.

DO STUDENTS RETURN TO UD FOR STUDY AFTER COMPLETING THEIR FIT PROGRAMS?

Textile Development and Marketing, Fashion Business Management and Fashion Design majors return to UD for their senior year to complete their course requirements.

WHAT COURSES DO VISITING STUDENTS TAKE AT FIT?

Admitted students are required to complete courses for Fashion Design, FashionBusiness Management and Textile Development and Marketing as outlined in the current FIT catalog. Course substitutions are not granted at FIT. Once accepted as a visiting student, an FIT academic advisor will help with scheduling courses at FIT. FIT visiting students will not have to be concerned with pre-registration and adding/dropping courses.

WHAT HAPPENS IF A STUDENT PLANS FOR FIT AND DECIDES NOT TO GO OR IS NOT ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM?

Planning for the Visiting Student Program requires that some FASH courses be delayed and scheduled for FIT. If a student decides not to participate in FIT program progress toward graduation may be delayed.

WHAT IS THE COST OF ATTENDING F.I.T?

While attending FIT students do not pay tuition to the University of Delaware. As with all schools, the tuition fluctuates from year to year. FIT tuition depends on such factors as residence status, living arrangements, and personal costs. At the beginning of each fall semester, FIT publishes its tuition charges. FIT should be contacted for current costs.  University of Delaware students that are legal residents of the State of New York are not required to pay out-of-state tuition while attending FIT.

WHAT ABOUT FINANCIAL AID?

Visiting students are not eligible for FIT institutional aid. If UD students are already on financial aid, scholarship, or would like to obtain funds for the visiting student program, they should contact the financial aid officer at the University of Delaware and inquire about the availability of funds for FIT. This should be done well in advance of the anticipated FIT entry date.

WHERE DO VISITING STUDENTS LIVE WHILE ATTENDING FIT?

There is no special housing for visiting students. Visiting students must apply foron campus dorm-type housing, Housing assignments are made on a first come, firstserve basis. The request for housing is made at the same time the FIT application is submitted. On-campus housing is not guaranteed.

IF ON-CAMPUS HOUSING IS UNAVAILABLE, WHERE DO VISITING STUDENTS LIVE?

The FIT housing office assists students in securing off-campus housing. If requested, students are sent a list of off-campus housing options for consideration. It is the student's responsibility to review the list and make the necessary contacts in order to secure housing accommodations. The University of Delaware is not responsible for visiting students housing arrangements in New York while attending FIT.

HOW SAFE ARE VISITING STUDENTS WHILE ATTENDING FIT IN NEW YORK CITY?

The Fashion Institute of Technology is located on 7th Avenue at 27th Street inNew York City 10001-5992. As in all large cities, students must exercise awareness and caution in their daily activities and interactions. At FIT the safety and well being of students are a high priority. In compliance with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, FIT publishes a report in the form of a brochure entitled, "CrimeAwareness and Campus Security at FIT". The brochure details statistics for offenses involving members of the college community. The brochure may be obtained from the Office of Student Affairs and Security at FIT.  The University of Delaware does not assume responsibility for student safety while they are living in New York and attending FIT. Check the FIT website for information related to campus access and safety.

WHO SHOULD BE CONTACTED TO ANSWER ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE VISITING STUDENT PROGRAM?

Students should contact their assigned academic advisor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies for additional information and advice. FASH advisors are knowledgeable of the guidelines and application process and will assist their advisees with planning.  Once endorsed for participation in the FIT Program, the UD/FIT faculty liaison will schedule a meeting with endorsed students to complete SUNY/FIT applications and other required documents.

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