Fashion Knitwear Design

Knit your way to success

Where would the Fashion Industry be without knits? Knit sweaters, dresses, and accessories are an integral part of couture and ready-to-wear lines. If you're looking for the perfect niche and want to learn a highly valuable specialization, the Fashion Knitwear Design Program could be just the program for you.

What Our Students Learn

In our program students learn the skills to:

  • Research, analyze, and incorporate current trends in color, texture, and silhouette.
  • Apply the elements and principles of design as they relate to knit and woven fabrics.
  • Create fashion illustrations, technical sketches, and production specifications for fashion knitwear.
  • Expertly construct knit garments and accessories.
  • Utilize state-of-the-industry technology for professional projects.
  • Collaborate creatively as part of a design team.
  • Develop and present a professional portfolio.


It's an incredible opportunity to study in a highly specialized environment. The program's unique focus allows students to complete their studies and begin working in the Fashion Industry. More than 50% of the program incorporates traditional Fashion Design skills such as sketching, computer skills, and pattern making.

Fashion Knitwear Design Students exhibit their portfolios and design collections in the FIDM Museum & Galleries 3rd floor promenade windows as part of the Annual Student Textile Design exhibition at the Los Angeles campus.

Students receive hands on experience working at looms, learning how to weave, and experimenting with color in the dye lab. Fashion Knitwear Design instructors are industry professionals who bring years of real world experience to the classroom.

I started sewing in the 6th grade – I made my own Barbie clothes. But I really didn't know that much until I went on a tour of FIDM and saw they had a knitwear program. I thought, 'Oh my God, that's awesome.'" -- Julia Nish, Fashion Knitwear Designer for Matte Black.

A Closer Look

The Fashion Knitwear Design Program provides specialized courses in knitwear design for fashion and apparel manufacturing industries. The curriculum is structured to provide principles of design and construction for full-fashion knitwear including: fashion illustration, pattern drafting, swatch development, knitwear construction, utilizing the hand loom and Stoll industrial knitting equipment, specification, and cost analysis.

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