FIT to Launch Sustainable Packaging Design Certificate Program

Sandra Krasovec provides a sneak peek at FIT’s new program, and why the industry called for its development.

By Sandra Krasovec

The Packaging Design Department of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) will launch a 12.5 for-credit Certificate Program for packaging design professionals interested in sustainability as it relates to the consumer products industry.

The program will deliver the fundamentals to effectively manage and integrate sustainable principles into the packaging design development process. The curriculum, comprised of five courses offered evenings and weekends, will be a flexible yet intensive offering allowing students to successfully complete the program within one year.

Meeting the Need

The impetus for the proposed program was sparked at a breakfast roundtable held for the Packaging Design Department advisors—industry leaders representing major consumer products companies, design firms, packaging materials manufacturers and print production companies. It was overwhelmingly agreed that there was an urgent need for a sustainable packaging design curriculum that would provide current and future designers with the leadership and expertise in the stewardship of sustainability for the consumer products sector.

As the only department offering a BFA in Packaging Design in the country, FIT’s Packaging Design Department has taken responsibility for meeting the industry need of a high-level program in sustainable packaging design. No other institution of higher education in the tri-state area offers a certificate program with a focus on sustainability for the consumer products packaging design industry.

The Curriculum
Courses will be taught by experts in the area of sustainability. It is expected that graduates with a Certificate in Sustainable Packaging Design will lead the profession with their highly sought-after expertise on sustainable packaging design.

The sequential course list includes:

• Foundation of Sustainable Packaging Design

• Systems Thinking in Sustainable Packaging Design

• Materials, Technologies, and Production in Sustainable Packaging Design

• Case Studies in Sustainable Packaging Design; and

• Capstone Project in Sustainable Packaging Design

Those interested in more information can contact Sandra Krasovec, associate professor, Packaging Design Department at FIT, 212-217-5703, For general certificate information:

About the Author: Sandra Krasovec is an associate professor in the Packaging Design Department at FIT.