CEO 001 Setting a Course for Your Business
Starting a business requires clear conceptions about your product or service, and about yourself. Examine your strengths, weaknesses, desires, and definition of success in order to develop a business description that will guide you through the planning process. Find the perfect name for your business; learn how to obtain licenses, permits, and tax identification numbers; and set up your business as a legal entity.
CEO 002 Knowing Your Market
Who are your customers? How will you get them to buy your product or service and come back for more? Who are your competitors, and how will you differentiate your business from theirs? In this course, you’ll find viable answers to these questions, using the array of market research sources available to New Yorkers. You’ll use the elements and artistry of pricing, promotion, and location to develop a marketing plan appropriate to your business idea and budget constraints.
CEO 003 Formulating Your Financial Strategy
Forecasting sales for a new business is probably the hardest and most important element of financial planning. This course will guide you through the soundest methods for making sales projections and help you find the critical break-even point. Get the real stories behind banks, loans, grants, private investors, and credit. Required reading: Steps to Small Business Start-Ups, Pinson & Jinett
CTD 361 AutoCAD I
This course moves quickly through the basics of AutoCAD and explores the more advanced commands for the creation of professional two-dimensional construction and presentation drawings.
CTD 362 AutoCAD II
Prerequisite: CTD 361
Use your own project to brush up your skills and implement the commands learned in Part I. Use AutoCAD efficiently to create, view, manage, plot, share, and reuse accurate, information-rich drawings.
CTD 430 3D Modeling: Rhino I
Prerequisite: CTD 429 or equivalent experience
Rhinoceros is one of the foremost applications used to create three-dimensional models for prototyping, in jewelry design and other industries, and to create mechanical drawings and layouts. This first course will cover two-dimensional digital drawing and drafting. Class exercises will include jewelry-related material.
CTD 431 3D Modeline: Rhino II
Prerequisite: CTD 430
This course will build on Rhino modeling fundamentals, with students progressing on to three-dimensional surface and solid modeling. Class exercises will include jewelry-related material.
Prerequisite: CTD 431
This course continues to focus on the creation of three-dimensional surfaces and solids. Students learn how to create, manipulate, and edit three-dimensional objects for the making of models. Class exercises include jewelry-related material.
CTD525 Interactive Design for Tablets and Smart Phones
This hands-on workshop demonstrates how to effectively create content for e-publishing platforms (iPad, iTunes, Amazon Kindle). Utilizing the tools of the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign) you'll learn to size and create interactive content for the new media. This is a great course for anyone looking to independently publish of find employment in this new publishing area.
CTD 600 Web Design: XHTML
Given the high-level website development tools available to create web content today, does it make any sense to learn how to make websites “by hand,” the old-fashioned way, using nothing but a text editor? Yes it does. Learn the system of tags (syntax) needed to make a web page and you will be able to use programs like Dreamweaver more effectively, create pages with any text editor, and build sites that are easy to update quickly.
SUS 001 Introduction to Sustainability
Students will leave this class with in-depth knowledge of the history of sustainability and be up to date on the most current sustainability thinking (including the understanding that such knowledge is ever-evolving). Both practical and conceptual issues will be discussed with the goal of developing sustainable practices in our daily and professional lives. Absorb the vocabulary, bust the myths and learn how your design skills and creativity can contribute to a sustainable future.
SUS 040 OL1 Sustainable Product Development
This class traces the steps for sustainable product design taking into consideration cultural, social and environmental principles. The class explores the context and opportunity for sustainable product development while embarking on a design journey following the steps to design from sustainability as the primary value and goal. Students will understand what sustainable product development means, what are its principles and steps.
SXC 100 Color Theory and Culture
No matter what type of work you do or career you pursue the ability to harness color’s powers can be your success factor. Discover the degree to which color crosses all market boundaries and impacts point of sale and consumer satisfaction. Learn to use color effectively as an extraordinary visual and sensual stimulus. Find out how to pick colors that affect moods, product sales, and home environments and learn how color theory usage impacts culture and social issues. Progress into forecasting seasonal color themes and see how customized color ranges are developed for different products, consumers, and markets. When class is taken on campus participate in a color trends workshop and create a presentation reflecting your own unique color themes. Campus class section also has a $10 materials fee that will be collected at the second session.
SXE 100 Introduction to Fashion Publicity and Events Planning
Prerequisites: Online section is only for students pursuing the Image Consulting online certificate.
Are you a freelance specialist or an executive responsible for promotional events? This intensive program teaches you how to formulate media plans for topnotch participatory experiences to promote products, services, and events. Learn how the tools of publicity are used in experiential marketing. Program includes budgets and tips on how to formulate and direct promotional needs in order to coordinate special events for yourself or your clients.
SXF 300 Secrets from a Professional Shopper
Do you have a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear and no time to shop? This practical workshop teaches professional techniques to manage your wardrobe. Learn to develop a varied, self-enhancing way of dress that fits within your budget and lifestyle. Eliminate shopper’s anxiety and costly mistakes by getting inside tips on how and where to shop for the best values. Discover how you can look like a million without spending a fortune. Highly beneficial for consultants, as well as for personal planning.
SXF 310 Shop Vintage Like a Pro at Local and Online Resources
Do you have a passion and longing for vintage but getting to NYC is difficult? With a little FIT guidance you can take advantage of your local vintage and re-sale shops, flea markets and on-line resources with confidence. Program begins with a quick historical guide to enable you to date and identify the age of apparel and accessory items, and recognize designer and label names from bygone eras. Find out how to negotiate on price. Get an introduction to Internet shopping from vintage e-tailers and resources. Participate electronically in examining clothes, accessories and collectibles. Shop a local store of your choice with your new found information and report back on your experiences in on-line discussions. Program requires use of a digital camera.
SXF 610 The Great Designers
What better way to gain insight into key designers than through a combination of lectures and examinations of actual garments from the costume collection of The Museum at FIT? Discover how important fashion trends influence lifestyle and dress. Gain a greater understanding of fashion influences and important designer trademarks.
SXF 725 Expert Fashion Trend Research Online for Line Planning
Fashion trend research is available and affordable on the internet if you know how to find it and how to focus your searches. If presently you are navigating through a sea of images and sorting through myriads of reports and articles learn to get just what you need fast! See tools like the Forecast Timeline, Runway Color Tracker, Forecasting, Trend Watch, Webinars and others. Find out how to construct your own mood boards and story boards using the latest online tools. Experience what virtual shopping is like in cities around the world, as well as fashion market events, all without leaving your desk chair.
SXF 810 Color for Wardrobe Planning
Whether your need is professional or personal, this practical color intensive leads you down the path to professional wardrobe planning. Experience how working image consultants, personal shoppers, and designers use color to express concepts and build cohesive garment groupings. Learn to use the essentials of color harmony and fabrication usage as the building blocks of an effective wardrobe. Explore the messages sent of various color harmonies, and the emotional and social responses color choices evoke. Complete a wardrobe plan for a prototype client or customer incorporating personal style, personality, comfort, and goals.
SXI 100 Introduction to Image Consulting
Capitalize on your fashion industry experience and education by learning the basics of image consulting in this in-depth technical program. Course of study includes color, line, and visual principles. Analyzing the human figure and face is stressed. Hair, makeup, and skin care information is covered. The class is highly interactive and attendees complete reading and work assignments.
SXI 200 Image Consulting II: Wardrobe, Makeup, and Hair
Prerequisite: SXI 100
This program provides a step-by-step education in the basics of women’s and men’s fashion styles, including fabric identification, garment details, and silhouettes. Wardrobe and accessory analysis is included, and personal shopping and image consulting business methods are explored. This class is highly interactive and attendees complete reading and work assignments.
SXI 300 Image Consulting III: Business Essentials for Success
Prerequisites: SXI 100 and SXI 200
Learn the practical side of freelancing and entrepreneurship in this exciting field as you develop the skills necessary for the business of image. Lectures explain how to set up and market your own business and develop a mission statement and business plan. Also discussed is how to attract new clients and cater to the ones you already have. Workshop includes class projects, home assignments, and role-play situations that emphasize client service development.
SXI 500 Fashion Essentials for Image Consultants
Specially formatted for students working toward earning an Image Consulting Professional Development Certificate online, this program concentrates on fashion industry know-how, vocabulary, and correct terminology. Begin with how fashion functions from the role of the designer and manufacturer to the world of retail. Learn to discover clothing details and give fabrication advice correctly. Use your new found language and knowledge to instill client confidence. For Online Image Consulting certificate students or anyone in need of an introduction to trade lingo.
SXP 600 Introduction to Technical Design for Apparel Manufacturing and Sourcing
If you're a professional in manufacturing or a retail company involved in apparel product development, your success depends on sell-through garments that fit and satisfy the customer. Perfect your technical skills by mastering elements associated with proper fit techniques, construction, and quality standards. Improve how you communicate within the global fashion marketplace, learning succinct, industry-specific terminology. Learn to establish quality specifications for apparel prototypes, requiring minimal fit adjustments after sample submission. Reducing the high cost of repeated sample submits with a shorter lead time and a faster cycle is stressed. Recommended for patternmakers, designers, and product developers looking to develop more effective work methods.
SXR 011 Retail Math: Gross Margin Analysis
This online program provides an in-depth study of the most important measurement in any retail operation: gross margin. Gain a thorough understanding of the financial tools used in making gross margin calculations. Learn ways to analyze, improve, and negotiate gross margin through discussion and market-relevant problem solving. Program content is useful for both retail and manufacturing executives.
SXS 100 Introduction to Fashion Styling
If you have a strong visual sense and an aptitude for working with color and proportion, consider becoming a fashion stylist, creating visual solutions for publications, media, and entertainment events. This course provides an in-depth study of the stylist's role in print and interactive media, with an emphasis on fashion and home fashion. The actual work and responsibilities of the assistant stylist and stylist from shopping and prepping merchandise to working with models and layouts are covered. The specifics of styling professionalism are taught. Program is highly interactive, with work assignments. Some additional expenses required.