Fashion Institute of Technology

2017 Future of Fashion runway show. Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for FIT

2017 Future of Fashion runway show. Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for FIT

Location: New York, New York, United States

Programs: Accessories Design, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing, Direct and Interactive Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Fabric Styling, Fashion Design, Fashion Business Management, Illustration, International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries, Jewelry Design, Menswear, Photography, Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries, Technical Design, Textile Development and Marketing, Textile/Surface Design.

Annual Tuition: Undergraduate: $6,670 for New York State residents, $20,192 for out-of-state residents. Graduate: $11,206 for NYC/NY State residents; $22,898 for out-of-state residents.

Misc: Very comprehensive programs, part of the SUNY.

Famous Alumni: Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, Reem Acra, Nina Garcia, Francisco Costa, Joe Zee, Brian Atwood, Ralph Rucci, Michelle Smith, Dennis Basso, Norma Kamali, John Bartlett, Stephen Burrows, Daniel Vosovic.

What the Students Say:

"FIT is an amazing institution that provides you the real world experience you need to know to be an expert at what you are doing. Even if you don't want to be a pattern maker, draper, or drawer- and just a creative director- this school teaches you well the jobs that someday you may be supervising. The school also has a wide array of opportunities for students, whether it's on-campus jobs, the internship/job database, the honors program, the on-campus fashion magazine, the variety of courses, and the chance to be part of an intimate community on 27th Street: the list goes on. I couldn't have found a more perfect, nor a more caring institution to help guide me on my path to the fashion industry."

"You are surrounded by fashion everywhere. The fast-paced setting offers endless internships, opportunities to volunteer, and jobs for students. The FIT community celebrates diversity, and creativity."

"FIT is very practical and industrial, which means that if you want to be a designer who wants to work [for a] marketable contemporary brand or a retailer, it's a good school. However, the school often discourages artistic views or creativities of students because it is 'not realistic' or 'not going to sell' so if you want to be like Alexander McQueen, this is not a good school. On the other hand, FIT offers abundant resources that you can enjoy from access to digital Vogue archive, NYTimes, WGSN to New York's most prominent fashion/art library and museum. But the school doesn't really promote it much and a lot of students have no idea it's there. Professors are amazing; they have such a passion for the fashion industry and want to teach you everything they know."

"I truly think that this is the only fashion school worth going to currently. In the USA and on the entire planet, for a terrific foundation for fashion design. Before coming here, I've done my research on the NYC fashion schools and FIT was the clear choice. I've heard from my professors and Parsons students that Parsons students come to FIT because their professors tell them to. For basics such as draping. Something that's a MUST for any fashion design program. First year draping at Parsons currently involves draping with blow up beach balls, while we use muslin. I feel like the Parsons applications looks for artistic skills and then the program emphasizes creativity, while the FIT application looks for creativity and design skills and a decent understanding of construction, and then the program teaches you how to execute garments professionally, while the professors drive you to individualize your garments, truly make it your own. The professors here care so much about their students. My classes/block feels like a family, and we do call ourselves a family! All while the professors call us their children. I truly can't see myself at any other school. The competition is fierce here though. So if you don't have passion and true love for fashion design, FIT might not be the school for you, or probably the major. It's a competitive industry."

The Bottom Line: In addition to fashion design, FIT offers fashion marketing, business, textiles, visual arts and countless other fashion-related degrees. The lecture series and FIT museum are exceptional. Valerie Steele, as chief curator of the Museum at FIT, gives this school a brainy credibility. This is a great choice for those who are as career-driven as they are creatively driven: FIT offers a lot of technical skills, and a lot of different avenues. And all of that job preparation pays off with a job placement rate of 89 percent.

More Info: www.fitnyc.edu

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