The Packaging Design Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology is working hard to introduce a new certificate program in Sustainable Packaging Design. The idea is to intensely ground students, using 5-6 specific classes, thus allowing them to become key resources within their organizations for this increasingly complex and critical issue.
I applaud their effort, and was invited to attend an industry roundtable last week to discuss the program. It was another reminder of what a wonderful resource the FIT group is to our package design community. They now graduate about 25 students each year, and the depth of the program, as evidenced by the increasingly great quality of the graduating senior’s portfolios, continues to surprise.
The event kicked off with a presentation on the sustainable packaging initiatives at Estée Lauder by John DelFausse, the company’s Chief Environmental Officer, and continued for several hours with a detailed discussion on the potential scope and content.
The curriculum is still being finalized with the hopes of getting the program started as early as Fall 2010. I am sure that Sandra, who will be spearheading the effort within the SUNY community, would be more than interested in all thoughts from the design community.
Good Luck Marianne and Sandra!