skip to con tent

In this section

High School Precollege Workshop Course Descriptions

Please note: Not all courses are offered each semester 

HSX 011: Jewelry Design Basics 
This course provides an overview of jewelry design for both the hobbyist and aspiring jewelry designer. You'll learn to use professional tools, develop techniques in filing, sawing, soldering, texture application, and the finishing skills needed to create final pieces.

HSX 021: Observational Drawing for Portfolios
Observational drawing is the most important skill any artist can have. The ability to see three-dimensional objects and translate them into two-dimensional drawings takes practice, patience and good technique. Learn how to look at objects in a new way to create pencil sketches, contour drawings and simple perspective renderings for your art and design portfolio requirements. You'll work from still life and custom arrangements to satisfy your individual portfolio needs. (Perfect for students applying to Accessories Design, Communication Design, Fine Arts, Illustration, Interior Design, and Textile/Surface Design). HSX 021 Course Gallery

HSX 022: Portraits for Portfolios
Throughout history, the portrait has been a main focus of many great artists. The portrait provides emotion and insight about a person, not just what the subject looks like. Learn how to create an expressive self-portrait using traditional and experimental drawing materials in just four sessions. HSX 022 Course Gallery

HSX 025: Watercolor Workshop
Discover the essentials of watercolor, including brush and paper selection; watercolor paper stretching; flat and granulated washes; dry brush technics; basic color theory as applied to transparent mediums; use of a simplified palette; masking; and corrections and erasures (sgraffito). You'll work from direct observation of still lifes and, weather permitting, local city scenes from the neighborhood surrounding FIT.  HSX 025 Course Gallery

HSX 026: Perfecting Your Art Portfolio
Work from observation and reference while utilizing traditional and experimental drawing materials to create a variety of artworks, from still-lifes to portraits. Excellent for students seeking to apply to Art and Design schools. 

HSX 027: Wearable Sculpture
High fashion. High art. High drama. Perfect for the avant-guardist. Embrace your inner Gaga, McQueen, or Nick Cave, by adding wearable sculptural elements to your fashion collection, costume creation or studio practice. Students will create works on life-size armatures using found objects, fabrics, sustainable materials, or traditional artist materials. Document your final creation in an avant-garde photo shoot and final critique!  Examples of wearable sculpture

HSX 035: Model Building Workshop
Learn how to build a basic architectural model, either as a hobby or to satisfy the 3-D model building component required for many admissions portfolios. You'll explore classic model making techniques including skillful cardboard knife use, informed material choice, accurate measuring, scaling, gluing, and sculpting. Students can choose the subject of their final project as they create a simple 1:25 scale model. HSX 035 Course Gallery

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. You'll 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 051: Exploring Graphic Design
Explore the world of a graphic designer, either working for a marketing agency, as a freelancer or in commercial fields. You will create fun graphics using key design principles and typography for print and web.

HSX 052: Introduction to 3D Model Making and Printing
Discover the exciting process of 3D Printing through new Digital Fabrication technologies. In this class, you will create rapid prototypes while learning how to manage the technical issues of choosing and operating a 3D printer. You'll learn the fundamentals of CAD modeling and the challenges your design may face when going from the virtual model to a real-world object. Finally, you’ll learn to incorporate 3D printing resources into your work while maintaining realistic cost and time expectations for your projects. Students will create a model in class, as well as the information and resources needed to create additional objects when you return home. HSX 052 Gallery

HSX 055: Exploring Interior Design 
Delve into the world of interior design, where function meets fabulous! Learn how to use creative and technical solutions to design engaging spaces for home and commercial environments. Learn how color schemes, textures, materials, spatial planning, and lighting shape your vision while you develop floor plans, utilize color harmonies, source fabrics and furniture, and assemble sample client boards. Trips to showrooms and retail spaces will immerse you into the world of the interior designer.

HSX 056: Interior Design Studio
Learn about the interior design industry by working on a client-based project. You will design a floor plan, elevation, and rendering with surface and furniture samples for a specific customer. You will explore resources available to the NYC interior designer, and a get a feel for the industry.

HSX 079: Illustrating Storybooks and Picture Books
Visual storytelling is all around us-in movies, advertising, cartoons and children’s books. You’ll learn the basics of illustrating for a narrative by creating a 7-page storybook or picture book. Learn the differences between the two formats, explore character, setting, and story arc, and create your own text and illustration for your final hand-bound book. You’ll be encouraged to be creative and note, these books don’t have to be for children!

HSX 080: Character Creation
Have you ever wanted to create your own characters? Lectures, activities, and demonstrations will help you bring your characters to life! Character design, facial expressions and figure poses, turnaround drawings and model sheets—these drawing and writing skills can be used in artistic fields such as animation, comic strips, comic books, game design, toy design, fashion art, etc. HSX 080 Course Gallery

HSX 082: A Week in the Life of a Comic Book Creator
Spend four days learning what it takes to work in comic books either as a writer or artist. Learn about the various jobs besides just artist and writer and about the skills and knowledge needed for a career in this industry. We will discuss writing, art, storytelling techniques, print production as well as marketing, networking and raising money for your comic book projects. Learn the difference between comic books and graphic novels and get a peek at what editors and publishers do. We will also produce a printed class comic book and go on a field trip to an actual comic studio, printer or publisher. You will leave the course with the basic knowledge and the skills to pursue a future career in comics. 

HSX 084: Designing a Fashion Mini-Collection
You'll learn how to develop your own concept and intended audience for a fashion mini-collection, which you will then illustrate on a sample croquis. A great introductory class for students who are required to develop a fashion line for portfolio submissions, you'll learn how to mix-and-match garments, fabrics, and colors to provide a variety of outfits using a limited number of pieces. Once you've developed and edited your final line, students are encouraged to further develop their own croquis and final renderings for portfolio submissions.

HSX 086: Menswear Mini-Collection
Learn how fashion designers take inspiration from anything and everything in the world around them. You'll discover how to extract design cues and inspirations from everything around you. You will create a small collection, and get a glimpse of the world of menswear. You'll translate your ideas and inspirations to paper, learn about the importance of mood boards, being aware of communicating through your sketches, and the importance of effectively communicating your ideas through illustrations and presentation.

HSX 087: A Week in the Life of a Menswear Designer
Spend four days with a seasoned menswear designer and fashion business owner to experience how a designer works, day to day, in New York City.  You'll discover many of the resources designers use to create their collections and manifest their vision into a reality. Students will create industry quality inspiration boards and fashion sketches inspired by the day's discoveries. You'll learn how to build a collection, from concept through final execution of your garment production. The tricks of the trade that you'll walk away with coupled with a journal of resources is an invaluable tool when considering a career in fashion!

HSX 088: Simply Sewing 
With a few simple but flexible patterns, you'll learn how to sew and create wearable pieces with the most basic of skills. Learn to work on residential sewing machines that allow you to reproduce these easy-to-learn techniques at home. Based on student interest, projects may include soft tops, halters, pants, skirts, and simple dresses using patterns that you can evolve into new silhouettes and styles. Take home as many garments as you can finish in four days! This course is a great introduction to sewing, finishing, and fit. No experience required.

HSX 089: Introduction to Draping in Half Scale
Ease your way into fashion draping using easy-to-manage small scale mannequins (often used in couture and bridal design to save time and money). You'll learn the fundamentals of draping and flat patternmaking for the bodice and skirt, as well as unique design flourishes ie: ruffles, pleats, gathers and tucks.  Create stunning miniature looks that can be used for portfolio submissions or just to master three dimensional design. 

HSX 090: Finding Fashion Design Inspirations
Learn how fashion designers take inspiration from the world around them. You'll discover how to extract details and aesthetic influences from world cultures, environments, architecture, artists, and anything else that sparks your creativity. You'll illustrate your design ideas on fashion croquis, rendering fabric colors and textures using markers and colored pencils. HSX 090 Gallery  See more about global inspirations...

HSX 095: Rendering for Costume and Couture 
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.HSX 095 Gallery

HSX 096: A Week in the Life of a Fashion Designer 
Spend a week with a designer to experience how a fashion designer works, day to day, in New York City.  Each day you'll visit the Garment District and discover all of the resources designers use to create their collections. Students will create inspiration boards and fashion sketches inspired by the day's discoveries. Explore fabric and trim sources, see the inner workings of a sample room and factory, and learn how a Collection is really produced. You'll walk away with a journal of resources and a body of knowledge that you can use throughout your fashion career.

HSX 098: Wearable Technology: Fashion Meets Function 
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  Watch a video about wearable technology.

HSX 100: Accessories Crafts and Embellishments
Expand your crafting techniques and develop simple but dramatic accessories of your own design in this hands-on workshop. Students will learn how to use home die-cutting machines along with professional techniques such as pave stone application, velvet flocking, hand-beading, and lace-cutting leather.

HSX 102: Leather Accessories Design and Construction
Is accessories design a career for you? Explore accessories design and fabrication while you develop your own belt, wallet and footwear. You'll learn about different belt, wallet and shoe styles while you sketch out unique ways to customize your project. You will then bring your ideas to life as you construct a belt, wallet and footwear of your own utilizing leather and basic stitching techniques.  

HSX 109: Darkroom for Beginners
Learn how to use a use a 35mm analog camera and develop the technical skills required to develop black and white film in the darkroom. You’ll first learn how to shoot in the studio using variousshutter speeds, apertures, depth of field, and some basic lighting techniques. Then you’ll take your film into the darkroom where you’ll learn how to develop film, make contact sheets, and enlarge negatives. Students may bring their own analog camera or borrow one from the school.

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. HSX 110 Course allery

HSX 111: Fashion Photography
Discover the renowned fashion photographers of the twentieth century and the professional techniques, tips and tricks used to create their works as inspiration for your own pieces. You’ll be taught how to engage with a model on set to achieve desired results while working on in-class photo projects. Students will be introduced to basic functions of a DSLR camera and in-studio lighting equipment, such as tungsten light, on-camera electronic flash, strobe lights, and natural light to realize their personal images. Students may bring their own DSLR camera or borrow one from the school.

HSX 118: Welcome to My Channel: YouTube Filmmaking
YouTube is one of the hottest video-sharing websites in the world. Whether its unboxing, critiques, vlogs, or tutorials, many individuals have found success by developing viral followings, while businesses use video-sharing to extend their brands in a creative and cost-effective way. Whatever the use, its social impact cannot be ignored. In this class, you'll learn how to develop your own video content with equipment you already have! You'll explore the different types of video formats, build a portfolio of videos, and have fun while you're doing it!

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: Exploring 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 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 131: Public Relations for Fashion: The Industry in Action
Learn about the roles & responsibilities the fashion, beauty or luxury goods PR professional must assume during their career. Learn industry best practices, the essence of press release writing and compelling pitch letter construction through case studies and projects. Also learn about major media outlets, how to pitch products, personalities, services, and events, and develop an authentic PR campaign with measurable results. Whether you're considering a full-fledged career in public relations, or just want to gain an understanding of how to market yourself, 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.
*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 on both print and digital platforms. You'll discover the many facets of journalism in fashion and related fields, and the extensive career opportunities affiliated with it. Through a variety of projects you'll develop an understanding of editorial and written content as you conduct interviews, gather news, and develop content concepts. Hone your journalism skills by writing and editing fashion news and feature stories. Basic knowledge of copy editing, headline-writing, captions and journalism etiquette will also be covered, and you will meet industry professionals from various media outlets.

HSX 135: Film Studies In Genre: Superhero Movies
Superhero movies have become the most powerful genre in contemporary cinema, and yet the most academically disdained. Perfect for movie buffs, aspiring filmmakers, and superhero fans, this class will cover the basics of film language and the pillars of genre study, while exploring critical thinking of cinema, specifically as it relates to superhero movies. Students will watch films in class, engage in lectures, debates, and assignments that encourage a deeper understanding of iconography, theme, and their place in the ever-evolving genre. After four sessions, students will not only possess a new and deeper appreciation for superhero movies, but also watching a film of any sort will go from a passive past time to an always engaging and active experience!

HSX 139: A Week in the Life of an Events Director
Spend four days with a Director of Events to learn about New York City’s innovative and competitive event industry. You’ll be exposed to the multi-faceted process of event conception and execution from start to finish, understand many of the roles and responsibilities an Events Director must assume in multiple industries and how to leverage social media to promote and market your event. Students will visit premiere event spaces in Manhattan, meet with and be inspired by fashion PR and event representatives and wedding planners. Students will leave this course with the ability to organize an event, create a timeline, source effectively, write invitation copy, understand how to style a space and manage an event budget.

HSX 143: Coding for Animation
Learn how to manipulate images and create animated actions using JavaScript. Coding has never been so much fun as you use animated tutorials to walk you through effects such as "wiggles", attaching image movement to music, and other popular features found in gaming and animations. You'll be able to read, use and manipulate Java Script in Adobe After Effects to create film credits, web animations, and commercials. Recommended for students already familiar with Adobe Photoshop basics. Visit our gallery to see lesson samples.

HSX 145: A Week in the Life of a Creative Director
You'll spend four days with a Creative Director to learn how to develop and extend a brand through marketing and advertising. Learn how the director sets the creative standards and develops the vision for the product or services sold, manages various creative medium, and identifies the necessary members of the creative team to execute the vision. You'll learn how to develop a concept and successfully pitch it to a client; develop appropriate client ettiette; and how to manage your time to keep projects on-track.  

HSX 190: Beauty Entrepreneur
You'll spend four days investigating the joys and challenges of entering the beauty business and what it will take to become a “beauty entrepreneur.” Learn all of the beauty categories and chemistry and art of designing for them, how to generate ideas for new products, how to identify suppliers and manufacturers, and how to get product to market. From trend spotting to product evaluation, to creating a business plan and understanding how to develop a "hero" product for the beauty consumer, students will be immersed in all things beauty business related.