Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, USA)
What They Offer: Sustainable Design Entrepreneur Certificate Program, BFA
Overview: FIT incorporates sustainability practices into their BFA in their Fashion Design curriculum, however they also offer a thorough and intensive certificate program that focuses exclusively on sustainable design.
Their Approach: According to an FIT spokesperson: “The certificate program gives design entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, and access to resources they need to build a viable business based on sustainable design practices. A series of four-week classes was developed for fashion designers serious about sustainability. These classes are non-credit and open to the public, conveniently scheduled, and very inexpensive. This makes them accessible to the designers who flock to New York City after training in schools everywhere in the world including graduates of New York City design schools who studied before sustainability was integrated into design curricula.”
Notable Professors and Guest Lecturers: Neil Chambers, Sustainable Director, Chambers Design; Jeffrey Silberman, sustainable cotton expert; Nathan Fleisig, Social Responsibility & Compliance Manager at Outerstuff, responsible for
global compliance at Adidas/Reebok; Nicole Schorr, Founder, Zero to Sixty Communications; Lisa Hendrickson, an idea generator and a solution provider to Fortune 500 companies.
Notable Courses: The Sustainable Organization, Sustainable Marketing, Responsible Manufacturing and Product Life Cycle, Ethical Fashion, Sustainable Design Technology: Farm to Retail
Cost: $115 per four-week course