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SXN 119 Brand You
Our accomplished integrated marketers give you an insiders look at the strategies and secrets of some of the greatest global brands as a way to teach you to invent and/or reinvent your own personal brand. Drawing on their respective careers at Marvel, Warner Bros., The Walt Disney Company, Cartoon Network, Reed Elsevier Publishing, and Time Warner Cable, this dynamic team shares unique experiences and skills sets to help you achieve long-term professional and personal success. During this action-packed interactive program, you will get answers to how a person can brand themselves, how to conduct a personal SWOT analysis, what the small things about you are that can result in big impressions, and how Brand You can prepare you for the job market or help you grow your career. Most importantly, learn how its possible for brands to have staying power in today's nanosecond-changing, multi-platform world and how you too can stay relevant.

Instructors: Joel Ehrlich, adjunct professor, Advertising and Marketing Communications, principal, The Harmony Group, branding and marketing consultant; and Phyllis Ehrlich, group vice president, client solutions, Time Warner Cable Media, recognized senior executive in integrated marketing and brand building solutions.

SXN 122 Packaging Your Personal Brand 

In today's competitive job market, it's up to you to take charge and manage your career so you can successfully stand out from your competition. This illuminating six hour session shows you how to develop your "Personal Core Brand" TM  so you can position and package yourself to get noticed and succeed. Through a series of creative exercises, discover the unique way you instinctively do things, and reconnect to your own distinctive strengths. Learn how to effectively use your "Personal Core Brand" TM when networking, applying for jobs, writing cover letters, interviewing and negotiating offers. Discover the route to feeling more intentional about what you want, focused and energized - so you can take immediate action. Program features proven methods developed by the Illumination Group to help connect people to who they are at their core, to prosper at what they do best and has been recognized by the NY State Department of Labor, The New York Public Library and Dress for Success organizations to name a few.

Instructor: David Lees, principal, The Illumination Group; career coach.

SXN 130 How to Think Like Your CFO: A Behind the Scenes Look at Fashion's Bottom Line with Lawrence De Paris
Spend the day participating in a reality-based enactment, coached by a veteran fashion CFO to strengthen your knowledge of the business side of fashion. First learn about Cashuall, Ltd. This multi-channel fashion company is up for sale and it could be a great acquisition! It's a hot line and there's continuous celeb-related buzz in the fashion press. Do you run for it or run the other way? Then learn how to put all of the number pieces together, talk the finance talk with confidence, and make decisions that are fiscally sound. Work in teams learning how to assess Cashuall's health, identify risk factors, and brainstorm about the important measurements necessary to deciding if you should buy the company. Participants gain a proper appreciation for financial elements such as balance sheets, cash flow, key performance indicators, and inventory management, plus much more. Transform your ability to make decisions in your own work whether you are on the creative side or business side through this custom-designed FIT seminar.

Instructor: Lawrence De Paris, CPA, CFO and COO, LT Apparel Group, former president and CEO, Escada (USA),  former president, Nat Nast Luxury Originals, and former SVP & CFO, Calvin Klein.

SXN 200 Customs Brokers License Exam Preparation Course (online course)
This 16-week specialized training course, taught by a U.S. Licensed Customs Broker, is designed for individuals who plan to take the U.S. Customs Brokers License Exam. Acquiring a U.S. Customs Brokers License is strategically advantageous for anyone in an international trade career path and is an asset when competing for management positions in international trade departments and global manufacturing, customs brokers firms, or global transportation companies. While studying the chapters in the U.S. Customs Regulations Text and the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), learn about the various import regulations enforced by the U.S. government, including country of origin, required documentation, valuation, duty drawback, tariff classification, markings, entry summary procedures, broker's responsibilities, tariff preference programs and much more. Practice exams are administered and reviewed in detail during class meetings. Students learn unique techniques to utilize their time more efficiently while taking the Customs Brokers License Exam.
Required: The latest editions of the HTSUS Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States and U.S. Customs Regulations CFR 19 (approximately $200 each). Do not purchase prior to first class discussion about affordable alternatives.

Instructor: Shireen Musa, assistant professor, International Trade and Marketing; MBA, Saint Peter's College; licensed U.S. Customs Broker; international trade and global sourcing expert.

SXN 250 Strategic Sourcing: A Practical Guide for Garment Production with Barbara Zeins
Your sourcing strategy should be in alignment with your overall business strategy. Whether you are planning to source for a boutique start-up or a multi-national corporation, you need to know how to choose countries, factories, and partners that give you the speed you need and still allow you to sleep at night. In Strategic Sourcing, we will look at the evolution of ready made garments, how searching for the lowest price has sometimes led to higher costs, and why the pendulum may have swung back to craft and custom work. Learn, based on your business model, which tasks you should do in-house and which tasks to outsource, and see how new disruptive models and technologies are shaking up the garment industry. 

Students should bring laptop to class.

Instructor: Barbara Zeins, president, Gerson and Gerson; sourcing and supply chain executive and industry consultant.

SXN 300 Quick Sketching for the Fashion Business 

Learn how to present fashion design ideas or adaptations through simple fashion sketching using effective shortcuts. Enhance your fashion communications skills, particularly in areas related to private-label product development or translating ideas gathered at the market. Illustrate fashion details and draw fashion figures, apparel and flat sketches, and product concepts. Although no professional art training is required, basic creative abilities are helpful.

Instructor: Diane DeMers, professor, Fashion Design-Art.

SXN 310 Introduction to Storyboard Art

Learn the art and craft of storyboarding, a very marketable skill critical to expressing narrative ideas for commercials, film, tv, and theatre. Learn how to organize and frame shots and express concepts with sketches relevant to topics such as styling, character development, costume design, animation, and digital composition. You work on your own level, sketching frames that tell a story by breaking down a script into important images, in a sequence, from the camera's point of view. This program emphasizes visual storytelling in storyboard form, suitable for a portfolio. Also explore how these hands-on skills are translatable to computer graphics, web, and software application.

Bring to first session: a 9-by-12 or a 14-by-17 inch drawing pad, 2B and 4B pencils.

Instructor: Joan Chiverton, former advertising art director, illustrator editorial artist for New York Times, Wall Street Journal.

SXN 322 Beginner's Fashion Drawing Studio with Steven Broadway
Don't let lack of training hold back your fashion ideas. Learn the basics of drawing the fashion figure using photo references in this studio designed to teach novices line drawing and progress from drawing real life body proportions, both male and female, into stylized fashion figures. Figure proportion, poses, faces, hands, feet, and basic garment shapes and details will be covered with simple exercises. Includes some live model drawing. Excellent for portfolio development and as preparation for SXN 324 and 325.

Bring to first session: 14" x 17" Semi-transparent marker pad, 4h drawing pencil, assorted double tipped Prismacolor brand magic markers, Prismacolor brand color pencils, Xtra-fine and medium tipped black Sharpie brand markers, Folder with favorite magazine images to draw from: Poses, faces, clothing and accessories, fabric swatches to render in your designs, any previous fashion artwork for critique. Class limited to 15.

Instructor: Steven Broadway, adjunct assistant professor, Fashion Design-Art; figurative artist; fashion and costume illustrator.

SXN 324 Live Fashion Drawing with Steven Broadway
Experienced artists rediscover your passion for drawing, or if you have completed SXN 322, draw male and female fashion models in a variety of media. Explore and further develop your personal artistic expression and your enthusiasm for fashion. Experience plenty of live demos and visual references to stimulate your creativity, particularly if you are in the fashion biz and working in CAD most of the time. This course is not for beginners.

Bring to first session: 14" x 17" semi-transparent marker pad, assorted markers and color pencils and gouache, should you want to paint. Bring any recent work for evaluation. Additional materials expenses approximately $25.

Instructor: Steven Broadway, adjunct assistant professor, Fashion Design-Art; figurative artist; fashion and costume illustrator.

SXN 327 Drawing and Sketching for Accessories Design with Steven Broadway
Learn how to draw a variety of bags, belts and shoes using photo references and actual accessories.  Demonstrations illustrate how to design from inspiration.  Develop the techniques to render a variety of fabrics and leather variations and hardware details in your sketches.  Open to beginners as well as experienced students and professionals from the accessory markets.

Bring to first session:  14"-by-17" Canson marker pad, assortment of magic markers, color pencils, 4H drawing pencil, Presto white correction pen, photographs of accessories that inspire you, and swatches of fabrics and leathers.

Instructor:  Steven Broadway, adjunct assistant professor, Fashion Design-Art; figurative artist; fashion and costume illustrator.

SXN 329 On-the-Spot Drawing: NYC People and Places
This course is open to anyone interested in capturing the vibrant life of New York City in quick energetic sketches of people and their specific settings around the most fabulous city in the world. The class meets at the FIT museum and takes public transportation to a location where you will create drawings capturing the character of the setting and people celebrating the special diversity of the city. The sites include Coney Island's Mermaid parade, Greenwich Village for the Gay Pride parade and Chinatown. Instructor will demonstrate how to approach these events and discuss examples of work created on site, the possibilities are endless.

Instructor:  Steven Broadway, adjunct assistant professor, Fashion Design-Art; figurative artist; fashion and costume illustrator.

SXN 350 55A Design Your Own Fabric Using Museum Art for Inspiration with Eric Ramirez
Artists, designers and stylists immerse yourself in the process of fabric design working with an FIT design expert and utilizing museum art for inspiration. Begin by learning how to spot the best ideas and concepts for trend-worthy fabric designs. Begin by learning how to spot the best ideas and concepts for commercial use. Visit a museum and capture concepts through use of sketches, digital photography, and visual aids. On Day Two, edit your designs for printed fabric for apparel or home furnishings working with a choice of mixed media. Topics and activities include layout, color, and painting techniques that result in work to add to or start an industry standard portfolio.

Open to 16 participants. Paper and some material provided. Transportation and lunch is not included in course fee.

Bring to first session: 1 Winsor & Newton primary color gouache kit, a 6-well palette, and one number 4 round nylon watercolor brush.

Instructor: Eric Ramirez, associate professor, Textile/Surface Design, Textile/Product designer, home furnishing's and apparel.

SXN 450 Designing for Events: How to Develop Your Signature Look

This dynamic program teaches eventers how to create their own signature design concepts to attract clients and create "wow" atmospheres. Learn to select the best colors and fabrics suitable for event categories and budgets for ceiling drape, backdrops, table linens, chair decor, and accents. Meet notable event pros, suppliers, and party planners who share their own concepts and insider secrets. Create a digital mood board to use as a planning tool, ready to pitch to a client.

Instructor: Joseph Lucius, event producer or Michelle G. Perez, senior event producer and technical director.

SXN 470 The Insider's Guide to Color
Join Pantone Color Institute expert Laurie Pressman in a roundtable discussion on how the science and emotion of color plays a significant role in consumer purchasing decisions and brand management. Whether you work in fashion design, styling, costuming, merchandising, or promotion, or provide personal. image service, gain invaluable tips on using color correctly, particularly ones that are trending. Gain inside information on how Pantone works and where trends originate. Take away enhanced color knowledge to increase your professional skills.

Instructor: Laurie Pressman, vice president, Pantone Color Institute; internationally recognized color authority with special guest, Tom Mirabile, SVP, Global Trend & Design, Lifetime Brands.

SXN 501 The Art of Handcrafting Tuscan Veg Tan Leather: Bags and Accessories
Discover the process used by Tuscan master craftsmen to vegetable tan leather from a highly experienced expert. Centuries old techniques could be yours by participating in this  hands on workshop experimenting with wide range of handcraft skills for accessories including cutting, skiving, hand stitching and coloring techniques. Demonstrations of a variety of tools and different approaches to handbag, belt, handle pattern making and hand built constructions are included. Students and professionals engaged in leather accessories design, execution, and production increase your ability to produce beautiful  products with an alternative natural chemical free material.

Instructor: Diane Becker, international  creative consultant, leather accessories design, principal location, Florence Italy.

SXN 510 How to Design and Make Your Own Leather Gloves
Learn how to design and handcraft your own soft leather gloves employing traditional techniques that go back to the Middle Ages. Perfect for accessories designers, or anyone interested in learning a beautiful meticulous craft.

Workshop Leader: Rina Oun, master luxury leather accessories designer (RINO O, LONDON).

SXN 526 Advanced Networking: How To Get Exactly What You Want
Eyes up, fingers down! There's a whole world of possibilities for you if you put your devices aside and try face-to-face connecting. Let one of our most captivatingly persuasive grads teach you the benefits of personal interaction. Learn to make connections, resonate with people, find mentors, and get exactly what you want from someone who has navigated the scene from New York to Hollywood to the White House.

Special guest appearance: Sharon Chalkin Feldstein, founder, Expert Management Co., celebrity stylist, on-air personality, and founder, #YourMomCares.

SXN 540 The Role of the Costume Designer: "So You Want to Make a Movie"
Join with a group of highly experienced film professionals to learn about the entire process of costume design and wardrobe supervision as it applies to making a movie.  Information imparted covers both the creative and the practical, taking you through the process of character development to the coordination of set and costume design. Conversation explores the inside working relationships between the unit Production manager, production designer, director, director of photography, assistant director and hair and makeup. Take away the full picture on process, as well as tips on career enhancing behaviors.

Instructor: Pattie Barbosa, professional wardrobe costumer, with experts from the film industry.