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High School Precollege Workshop Course Descriptions

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 018: Painting in the Pop Art Style
Immerse yourself in Pop Art colors and sensibilities. You'll paint from digital images to create a work of art on canvas. Choose your subject matter from your own collection of digital images from your phone or tablet. Then, learn the techniques of mixing vibrant colors and modifying the representation of the subject as employed by the Pop Art  movement and apply these techniques to your portraits, places and objects. This is the perfect course for students who want to learn more about this movement and its commentary on consumerism, or who simply enjoy this vibrant approach to painting. 

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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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 112: Documentary Photography
Learn the techniques used by professional photographers to develop a personal vision while telling a story. Explore ways to capture moments as they naturally occur and how to identify the visual details that make a story come to life. You will learn how to enhance a visual narrative, focusing on lighting, composition and subject matter. Students are recommended to bring their own a digital SLR camera to learn on. A limited number of cameras are available to borrow on-campus if you don't have one.

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
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. 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.

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.