is the Home Products Industry?
FIT’s Home Products Development department offers a two-year Bachelor of
Science degree program, designed by and for an industry that has grown
steadily for the past decade. Home Products includes hard (furnishings
and accessories) and soft (textiles) classifications.
With the world's only program in Home Products Development,
FIT gives students a thorough understanding of the connection between
fashion and business in the home furnishing industries. From Bedding and
Bath, Tabletop and Kitchen, Soft Floor Coverings, Furniture and
Upholstery, Housewares, Gift, and Decorative Accessories, to Small
Electronics, students immerse themselves in the industry and prepare to
work closely with product developers, designers, merchandisers,
marketers, and salespeople.
Courses develop the student’s knowledge of product and
materials, lifestyle dynamics, sourcing, distribution, target marketing,
branding and licensing, packaging, and, international trade all the
components of the product development process. The student learns to
work with a team and how to communicate their ideas utilizing oral,
written, and visual and computer skills. Close ties with the industry
are fostered through internships, mentoring, shadowing programs,
industry sponsored workshops, field trips to companies and trade shows,
and industry speakers.
do Home Products Graduates do?
graduates of the Home Products Development program place as product
managers, merchandisers, buyers, showroom and store managers, market
specialists, public relations assistants, production and design
assistants, and sales associates. Other areas of opportunity include
importer and mill representatives, converters, fabric librarians,
stylists, media managers, and trade show specialists. A vast variety of
companies, including retailers, manufacturers, and support industries,
hire graduates of the program.
is Eligible for This Program?
All AAS degree graduates of Fashion Merchandising Management, Advertising
and Marketing Communications, Production Management, and Textile
Development and Marketing are eligible. AAS degree graduates of the
School of Art and Design (Interior design, Display and Exhibit,
Accessories Design, Fashion Design, etc.) interested in earning BS in
Home Products are welcome. AAS degree holders from other schools
qualify for this program.
application deadline is early February.
is the acceptance percentage?
Each fall we admit 25 students, possessing a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or
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