As new materials, such as lightweight synthetic materials used in shoe soles, become available, footwear designers produce new designs that combine comfort, form, and function. Although most designers first sketch their designs by hand, many now also sketch their ideas digitally with computer-aided design programs. They can try different colors, designs, and shapes while making adjustments more easily than they can when working with real fabric on real people. Fashion designers typically need a bachelor’s degree to enter the occupation. Employers may prefer to hire creative candidates who have technical knowledge of the production processes for clothing, accessories, or footwear. For nearly eight decades, FIT’s Fashion Design program has cultivated creative and innovative leaders who continue to disrupt the global fashion industry.
- Your professional physical and screen-based illustrated design portfolio will enhance your employability and enterprise skills through the application of your individual style to a range of fashion genres,