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ESL/Fashion Business Program

Summer 2019 Program Dates: Tuesday, July 2 - Wednesday, July 24, 2019

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Do you want to improve your English language skills? Are you interested in fashion design, promotion, retail buying, or global fashion business development? Are you planning to spend a few weeks in NYC this summer? 

Then FIT's ESL Summer English as a Second Language and Fashion Business Program is for you! 

In the summer, FIT's Center for Continuing and Professional Studies offers a unique English as a Second Language program. This three-week intensive session in partnership with FIT's Educational Skills department includes an ESL program, activities in fashion business and design topics, and field trips around New York City. Attendees meet a variety of fashion-related industry experts at special events. Earn a Certificate of Achievement from FIT.

ESL Program of Study
Lessons have been designed for students with intermediate or advanced English-language skills. The ESL program concentrates on oral communication skills and/or business writing and focuses on language relevant to fashion and design. Students are tested and placed at an appropriate level prior to the first class:

ESL Program Levels: Low Intermediate, Intermediate, Advanced, or Business Writing Composition
ESL Elite/Accelerated Level: English Comprehension requirements include a professional resume and a one page essay describing your fashion employment and experience.

Fashion Track Choices:
Introduction to Fashion Design
Discover how a fashion designer creates looks - from sources of inspiration, such as the work of the great designers, to color and fabrication, to knowing your targeted customer and potential retail distributor. Experience executing mood boards as a process to planning an actual line through sketching. Working individually, students present their design project on the final day.

Fashion Merchandising
Learn how buyers think, work, and are responsible for profit and loss by planning the right merchandise at the right price, time, and place. Visit the market as a professional would do to plan to an assortment for a pop-up shop. Group projects presented on final day. 

Fashion Promotion: Advertising, Styling, and Social Media
Experience the art of fashion styling as it is used in media for promotional purposes by planning a print advertisement campaign and social media strategy. Participate in a live fashion shoot and edit your final ads for circulation. Group projects presented on final day. 

Advanced Fashion Design (Accelerated Level)
Discover how planning turns creative ideas into actual garments from inspiration to target customer, how fabric and trim are sourced, how sketches turn into saleable products, and how multiple sizes are planned and executed. Sketch a line, discuss samples, PR, marketing, and branding. A guided tour of local resources, fabric suppliers, and trim resources used by top designers is included. Working individually, students present their design project on the final day.

Global Fashion Business Marketing (Accelerated Level)
Young executives looking for work or working in international fashion-related companies. Participate in a workshop designed to show how products are launched in different countries. Major concepts of international marketing presented by speakers and through research. Topics include marketing channels, importance of emerging markets, political and legal environments, and luxury products. On-site visits to retailers and trend forecasting services are included. Working in groups, participants present a product in a PowerPoint presentation.

Course Schedule
This 3-week program consists of an ESL program meeting 12 hours a week and various afternoon activities related to the fashion business. 

ESL course: 9am-12pm
Fashion track activities: 1:30pm-4:30pm (4 afternoon a week)
Special Events
July 2: Opening Dinner from 5-7pm & Special Guest Speaker
July 12 & July 19: Museum Visit & Field Trips
July 24: Presentations and Certificates  
Field trips and special events are mandatory, Certificate is dependent on proper attendance.

Program and Housing Cost
Three-week program: $1,095

Details regarding housing can be found on Residential Life.

Participants are encouraged to arrive in New York City by Monday evening, July 1st. Orientation and placement begin on Tuesday, July 2nd. There will be no activities on Thursday, July 4th, in observance of the July 4th national holiday.

Application Deadline
Applications are accepted until June 28th.

Applicants must have successfully completed a secondary (high school) education, be 18 years of age and have intermediate proficiency in English. The Program is not suitable for participants who have never studied English before or have very limited knowledge of the English language. 

1. Complete and submit the online English Language Study application form.

2. You will be notified of acceptance into the program within one week. If accepted you will be required to submit a nonrefundable $50 (U.S.) application fee at fitnyc.edu/noncreditregister
     I.   Click on ESL Programs
     II.  Choose ESL/Fashion Business Program Application Fee
     III. Submit Payment

Accepted participants will be sent a student ID number, username, password. 

Accepted Participants
You must submit the program fee online at fitnyc.edu/noncreditregister. Note that the program fee is separate from the cost of housing that can be reserved by visiting fitnyc.edu/eslsummerhousing

1. Click on ESL Programs
2. Choose ESL Fashion Business Programs
3. Choose the Track you wish to register for
4. Submit Payment

If you are applying for an Accelerated Track you must also send your professional resume and one page essay describing your fashion employment and experience to [email protected] Additionally the Advanced Fashion Design Track requires three sketches and/or your designer website. Your acceptance will be acknowledged quickly. If denied, you will be offered your choice from the Standard Tracks. 

For additional information contact Professor Charlotte Brown at [email protected]

FIT reserves the right to request additional information and reject participants who do not demonstrate an adequate level of proficiency in English.