While the Fashion Institute of Technology develops and expands its advanced management program aimed at executives in retail and fashion, the school's undergraduate degree, graduate degree and certificate programs continue to evolve.
NEW YORK — While the Fashion Institute of Technology develops and expands its advanced management program aimed at executives in retail and fashion, the school's undergraduate degree, graduate degree and certificate programs continue to evolve.
Cross-fertilization among concentrations, the development of niche studies such as technical design and the expansion of the global fashion management course of study for graduate students are just a few of the initiatives FIT has engaged in over the past few years.
Under the leadership of Joyce Brown, Ph.D., president of FIT, the college has developed a "creative hub" aimed at servicing the "complex, poly-dimensional world of business." Centerpiece to this hub is the cross-disciplinary approach to education and real market experience for students.
For example, students can learn the nuts and bolts of running a retail business via the FIT Style Shop. Students source, merchandise and sell goods to the public through the shop, learning everything from pricing and supply to customer relations.
The Museum at FIT has evolved into a cultural player in New York City by creating exhibits that inspire designers and students, and offering educational resources for people in the industry, according to college officials. The museum taps its collection of 50,000 garments and more than 10,000 fashion images for the exhibits.
FIT had done some soul-searching about its future, resulting in "FIT Challenge," a strategic plan to strengthen the academic core, commit to a "culture of student-centeredness" and engage in "strategic recruitment," among other things.
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