Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT) is China’s premiere educational facility associated with fashion, mainly specializing in art and technology. With defining characteristics, BIFT is a full-time higher education institution where art, technology, economics, management and other convergent disciplines can successfully interact. Founded in 1959, the institute was first affiliated with the Ministry of Textiles. Then it evolved into a supervisory institution under the City of Beijing in 1998.
BIFT combines art education and engineering education with sound business administration, integrates ethnic fashion culture with contemporary design philosophy, and realizes theory in practice. The institute, which has 7000 students and 700 academic staff, is now made up of five schools (School of Clothing Art and Business, School of Art and Design, School of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Business, and School of Industrial Design and Information Engineering); two departments (Foreign Language Department and the Department of Plastic Arts); two teaching divisions (Division of Social Science and Division of Basic Courses); an educational center (Center for Computer Science Teaching); an International College; a School f Continuing Education; a Department of Higher Vocational Education and a Graduate School. There are 20 basic undergraduate specializations, 1 first-grade master discipline, 11 second-grade master disciplines, 1 second-Bachelor’s degree specialization and 4 double-major specializations in BIFT. The institution has 1 Beijing Key Construction First-grade Discipline (Textile Science and Engineering), 3 Beijing Key Construction Second-grade Disciplines (Design Art, Art Studies and Materials Science), 3 city-level scientific research institutes (Beijing City Fashion Materials R & D and Evaluation Laboratory, Capital Fashion Culture and Apparel Industry Research Site, Clothing Technological Transfer Center – Beijing Division) and an Ethnic Costume Museum, which is one of the ten best specialized museums in China.