For those leaning toward an industry career, the textiles and fashion design program gives students the option to apply to spend their senior year at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, the hub of the textile and fashion trade. The FIT experience provides students with industry specific skills which, when paired with the creative liberal arts background, makes our graduates highly desirable and often recruited by industry leaders. Students apply to FIT in their junior year. If accepted by FIT, they participate in a visiting student program in one area of focus: Fashion Design, Textile Surface Design, Accessory Design, or Textile Development and Marketing.

Upon graduation, students who attend FIT are awarded a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in textiles and fashion design with a named option in FIT. A named option is a formally documented sub-major within an academic major program. Named options appear on the transcript with degree conferral. FIT students also earn an associate of applied science (A.A.S) degree from FIT.  Students attending FIT who are considered Wisconsin nonresidents continue to pay out-of-state tuition, even if they reside in the state of New York.

A complete list of requirements is below. Students should follow the curriculum requirements in place at the time they entered the major. Curriculum checksheets from previous academic years are available online. This requirement list should be used in combination with a DARS report.

Textiles and Fashion Design: FIT Named Option Requirements
Design Core
DS 101 Introduction to Textile Design3
DS 120 Design: Fundamentals I3
DS 153 Sewn Construction I3
DS 251 Textile Science3
DS 355 History of Fashion, 1400-Present3
or DS 430 History of Textiles
Textiles and Fashion Design Focus Area
Choose either the Fashion Sequence or the Textiles Sequence12
Fashion Sequence (must be taken in this order)
Sewn Construction II
Patternmaking for Apparel Design
Fashion Illustration
Apparel Design I
Textiles Sequence (must be taken in this order)
Textile Design: Printing and Dyeing I
Textile Design: Structural Enrichment I
Textile Design: Weaving I
Textile Design: Manual/Computer Generated Imagery and Pattern
Choose three additional Textiles & Fashion Design courses for 9 total credits9
Professional Development
DS 252 Design Leadership Symposium1
INTER-HE 202 SoHE Career & Leadership Development1
CNSR SCI 111 Financial Life Skills for Undergraduates1
or CNSR SCI 321 Financial Life Skills for Life After Graduation
Fashion Institute of Technology FIT
Visiting Student Program Courses30