Please note: Not all courses are offered each semester
HSX 010: Beaded and Wire-wrapped Jewelry Design
You'll spend four days creating amazing pieces of beaded jewelry, all the rage right now! Accessorize your outfits by designing your own earrings, charm bracelets, beaded rings and necklaces. Create coordinating sets or mix and match individual pieces. You'll learn a variety of techniques while having fun. Leave with as many pieces of jewelry as you can make! Gallery
HSX 021: Observational Drawing for Portfolios
The most important skill any artist can have is that of observational drawing. The ability to see three-dimensional objects and translate them into two-dimensional drawings takes practice, patience and good technique. In this class, students learn how to look at objects in a new way so they may create pencil sketches, contour drawings and simple perspective renderings to satisfy a variety of art and design portfolio requirements. Students will work from still life and various objects that satisfy their individual portfolio needs. (Perfect for students applying to Accessories Design, Communication Design, Fine Arts, Illustration, Interior Design, and Textile/Surface Design) Gallery
HSX 022: Portraits for Portfolios
Throughout history, the portrait has been a main focus of many great artists. The portrait provides a large amount of information about a person in addition to what the subject looks like. This important skill is required in many college portfolios and can be learned in just four sessions. At the end of this workshop, students will have an expressive self-portrait using traditional and experimental drawing materials. Gallery
HSX 024: Printmaking Studio
Students will be introduced to one of the basic printmaking techniques: relief. Students will create lino cuts, photo transfers using Citrosolv and utilize stenciling/silhouettes that will lead to a complete portfolio of mono-prints. Gallery
HSX 025: Watercolor Workshop
Students work from direct observation of still lifes and, weather permitting, local city scenes from the neighborhood surrounding FIT. The course familiarizes students with all the essentials of watercolor, including selection of brushes and papers; stretching watercolor paper; flat and granulated washes; dry brush; basic color theory as applied to transparent mediums; use of a simplified palette; masking; and corrections and erasures (sgraffito). Gallery
HSX 035: Model Building Workshop
Students will learn the unique set of skills required to build a basic architectural model, either as a hobby or to satisfy the 3-D model building component found in many admissions portfolio requirements. Classic model making techniques covered will include skillful cardboard knife use, correct material choice, accurate measuring and cutting, gluing, sculpting, and painting. Students will choose the subject of their final project as they create a simple 1:25 scale model.
HSX 037: New York Art Scene
Explore the exciting world of the New York Art Scene. FIT is in Chelsea, the gallery capitol of the world. Learn about different art
trends and up and coming artists. Go behind the scenes and speak to a gallery owner. Learn how an exhibit is curated. Each student will create an individual catalog to document his or her experiences. The class will include a trip to one of New York's great museums.
HSX 060: Mannequin Madness
Spend four days learning lots of "tricks-of-the-trade" and behind-the-scenes fun in the visual merchandising industry. You'll create fun and fantastic displays using mannequins, props and backdrops. You'll also learn how to apply these techniques to retail situations and learn the tricks used in many of your favorite stores. Gallery
HSX 067: Fashionable Affairs: Events Made Easy
Do you love parties? Do you love design? Whether you're a socialite or a budding event planner, this course will teach you everything you need to know about the basics of planning and designing a memorable party. Fun, collaborative, and interactive you'll design tabletops, centerpieces, mood boards, and more. Make your next event unique, stylish and unforgettable using china, glassware, linens, and decor in creative ways. . Learn the ins and outs of event design from an industry pro. Gallery
HSX 080: Character Creation
Have you ever wanted to create and develop your own characters? Through lectures, demonstrations and some fun assignments, this course will help you to bring your characters to life! Character design, facial expressions and figure poses, turnaround drawings and model sheets—these drawing and writing skills will be applicable to various artistic fields such as animation, comic strips, comic books, game design, toy design, fashion art, etc. Gallery
HSX 085: Fashion Design Journal
Learn how to create a journal of fashion ideas and inspirations to capture ideas as they come to you, no matter where you are! You'll learn how to organize your visual inspirations, fabric swatches and trim, and then sketch fashion designs on basic croquis. Students will work on an assigned theme and season covering concepts for womenswear, menswear and accessories. You'll create the ultimate fashion sketchbook: no previous art skills or design background necessary! Gallery
HSX 090: Fashion Design Using Global Inspirations
In just four sessions you will create a group of fashion designs that reflect your or another ethnic cultural detail. Learn how to develop a design idea and create a small coordinate group using your original inspiration. Design a group of garments on female fashion figures that you would wear everyday, to a special event or to a club. Learn the techniques of drawing a female fashion figure, work with markers, and color your designs to matching fabric swatches. Gallery See more about global inspirations...
HSX 093 55A Photoshop for Fashion Designers
Learn how Adobe Photoshop can turn your sketches into professional, portfolio-ready presentations. Use Adobe Photoshop's digital tools, techniques, and filters to enhance your work and create virtual backgrounds for your drawings. View your original designs in a variety of solids, plaids and prints you design yourself. Bring your black and white or color original fashion sketches to the first class. Gallery
HSX 095: Costume and Couture Rendering
Lots of Sequins. Feathers. Fur. Velvet. Taffeta. Plaid. And the list goes on...Learn how to design and render many fabrics and understand how fabrication on design comes to life. Students will learn the techniques of applying shadows and shadings and learn to render and understand women's wear costume and the characteristics of various of fabrics. Look to Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood as some of your inspirations.Gallery
HSX 098 The Future of Fashion: Wearable Technology Design
Sportswear that monitors vital signs, club clothes with LED lights, smart-shirts that allow you to interact with a program you're viewing, and 3-D body scanning are just some examples of wearable technology. Your future as a designer may be highly influenced by these innovations as the industry begins to redefine fashion. This course will introduce students to emerging technologies which will be used as the inspiration for their original women's wear fashion designs. At the end of this course, students will have rendered fashion illustrations that depict how they would use technology as designers of the future. Illustrations may be used in portfolio submissions if created on students original croquis. Examples of wearable technology
HSX 099 Week in the Life of a Fashion Concept Designer
In the fashion industry, concept designers provide creative direction and inspiration for their labels' seasonal lines. In this workshop students will hear from professionals at leading companies who will demonstrate how conceptual thinking is crucial to the fashion design process, including the apparel, accessories and footwear industries. In turn, students will learn how to be thoughtful and innovative as well as tell stories with their own design ideas. They will become experts at finding and curating visual inspiration to take them to the next design level to give their work depth and a competitive edge. Projects to include new designs for a graphic T-shirt, backpack and sneakers. Students will also have the opportunity to revamp their existing designs with the new skills they've learned. Basic fashion drawing skills required. Gallery Learn more about being a fashion concept designer and trends in the industry here...
HSX 103: Leather Sewing Intensive
Students will learn how to sew leather on industrial sewing machines. Learn how to apply zippers, machine-applied decorative finishing techniques, and much, much more! At the end of this fun and creative workshop, students will have designed and constructed a zippered case. If time permits, students can go on to additional projects such as a leather belt and other small leather accessories. This leather sewing workshop compliments coursework completed in other Precollege Accessories classes, or is great as a stand-alone beginner course for the curious or hobbyist.
HSX 104 Hang on to Your Hat!
Hats are hot, and now they're everywhere! Musicians and celebrities know the power of the hat. From royal weddings to award shows, hats are stealing the spotlight! In this class you'll learn how to make a 1920's style cloche or fedora hat that perfectly fits you by using the exciting art of Freeform Blocking. Using steam and your fingers, manipulate a pre-formed woven straw cone on a standard wooden hat form, hand-stitch it, and then trim the hat with your own handmade flowers, cockades or bows from ribbon. All hand-stitching: no sewing machine knowledge required. See more about accessories and hat design here...
HSX 106 Shoes: Custom Painting Techniques
Take your favorite footwear to the next level! Learn how to design, transfer and paint your own unique ideas on any style of canvas shoes. Using graphic design and layout skills, students will learn to create images that fit and flow on these three dimensional surfaces. Students will work with fabric paints using a variety of painting techniques to create backgrounds, render, and outline their designs. Each student will walk out of this workshop with one pair of custom painted shoes and the skills to create many more on their own. See more about custom shoe painting...
HSX 110: Photography Portrait Workshop
Develop the technical skills and the photographic strategy needed to create dynamic portraits. You will use a variety of lighting equipment, including tungsten [hot lights], on-camera electronic flash and strobe lights in a studio environment and will create portrait images in an outdoor location. The use and control of lighting techniques, white balance and color mixing to enhance a portrait will help you understand how to see and utilize the natural shape of facial features and character of models. Students may bring their own a digital SLR camera or borrow one from the school. Gallery
HSX 120: The Fabulous World of Fashion Forecasting!
What will consumers be wearing next year? What will be the hot new fashion styles and next season's "must haves"?
Welcome to the exciting and ever-changing role of Fashion Forecasting! Learn the importance of fashion forecasting as research in designing and developing products from textiles, ready-to-wear, accessories, retail. Projects will include producing creative fashion forecasting presentations: seasonal color cards, silhouette/fabric trend boards, and multi-media presentations. We will also focus on the diversified career opportunities of fashion forecasting within the fashion industry.
HSX 121: Passion for Fashion Styling
Do you wonder what it takes to be a successful Fashion Stylist? Is it like what you see on TV? You're in luck! The answers to those questions and many more will be explored in this workshop. Working stylists will discuss the different areas of styling from fashion shoots to home fashion shoots. You will discover the various educational paths that can be taken to achieve your dream job. Learn fashion trends, resources and savvy business skills needed to be at the top of your game. Students will create individual and group projects during this workshop. See more about fashion styling here...
HSX 122: The Secret of Private Branding for Retailers
You've seen the labels before: INC. (Macy's), Exhilaration (Target), Allen Schwartz (ABS for JC PENNEY), BDG (Urban Outfitter's), CO-OP (Barneys) but who are the designers? Where do these garments come from? Retailers are turning to the garment manufacturers and designers for their own special products. Using trade publications, trend forecasting, display concepts, and e-commerce as your tools, you will explore and develop branding strategies and a product line for a retailer that takes into consideration the target market, current trends and of course, the competition! You will create presentation boards to illustrate your solutions to the challenges assigned.
HSX 123: A Week in the Life of a Merchant
Spend a week learning who merchandisers are and what they do. You will work together in teams to understand the most important concepts of this industry. You will "shop the stores, visit fashion companies and museums, and see who is wearing what on the streets. Class projects and field trips will help you develop and idea of a merchandiser's role in today's global fashion world.
HSX 124: Personal Branding and Self-Promotion
Making a name for yourself in the fashion industry is practically impossible if you don't have the right skills and strategies. Learn how to use media, track current trends and dress the part to get the attention of the right people. You'll learn to discover what fashion careers are best suited for you and why as well as how to deliver your perfect elevator speech. But most importantly, true style comes from the inside, so well teach you how to define yourself, your personality, your skills, and how to create the brand called YOU!
Instructors comments: A great class for building students self-esteem and preparing them for upcoming college and career interviews. Students will be taught how to convince others that they are the best choice using more than just words.
HSX 125: Fashion Trends: Accessories
Do you ever wonder why certain accessories become the must-have item of the season or why a certain type of shoe heel or handbag shape is trending each season? In this class you will learn about the different types of accessories, where trends start in the world, and how to translate them into accessory designs. Students will learn how to spot a knock-off, how to differentiate between high-end and mid-tier and how trends/colors/accessories are influenced by celebrities, movies and television, causing the trickle-down effect. Perfect class for students interested in fashion merchandising management or accessories design
HSX 131 Public Relations for Fashion: The Industry in Action
This workshop is for the student interested in gaining insights into the critical roles & responsibilities the fashion, beauty or luxury goods PR professional must assume during their career. Through classroom lectures and case study analyses, students will be exposed to the art of the profession and industry best practices. Students will learn the essence of press release writing and compelling pitch letter construction. Creating and delivering professional and persuasive presentations will also be addressed. They will learn the difference between the major media outlets when it comes to telling stories/pitching products, personalities, services and events. Students will have the opportunity to examine the profession through industry experts eyes during guest lectures and interactive classroom sessions. Students will also benefit from an industry site visit* to obtain a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the business and the PR professional at work. Under careful guidance, students will develop an authentic PR campaign including pitching diverse media outlets and measuring results. Whether you're considering a full-fledge career in public relations, or just want to gain an understanding of how to market yourself, your product, or service, this workshop is not to be missed.
*Details about specific visits, guest speakers and showrooms will be provided on the first day of class and are subject to change each semester based on availability.
HSX 133: Fashion Journalism
As we become a more content-driven society, there is greater demand for well-developed editorial. Through four interactive sessions, students will discover the many facets of journalism in fashion and related fields, and the extensive career opportunities affiliated with it. An understanding of editorial and written content will be developed through various projects involving conducting interviews, news gathering, and concept development. Students will hone their journalism skills by writing and editing fashion news and feature stories. Basic knowledge of copy editing, headline-writing, captions and journalism etiquette will be covered.
Past trips include destinations such as The New York Times.