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Fall High School Workshops

FIT's Precollege Workshops are fun, short programs designed to introduce you to some of the unusual and creative topics FIT specializes in. Spend four days on our New York City campus learning a specific skill or technique, or delve into one of the many career opportunities FIT prepares students for. Perfect for the student who wants the FIT experience but is limited on time, you'll be both challenged and inspired by how much you'll learn in just four days!


ELIGIBLE GRADES: Students in grades 9 thru 12 as of Fall 2018 are eligible for Fall HS Workshops
REGISTRATION: August 21 - November 2, 2018
PRICE (HS Workshop):
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DATES and TIMES: Each class meets November 10, 17, December 1 and 8, 2018; 9:30am to 4:30pm (lunch: 12:30 - 1:30) 
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Registration Aug. 21- Sept. 22


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. 
Section 55A   9:30AM - 4:30PM     Instructor: TBA / Room: TBA       

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) HSX 021 Course Gallery
Section 55A   9:30AM - 4:30PM     Instructor: Mark Kurdziel / Room: D627 (Pomerantz)   

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. HSX 022 Course Gallery
Section 55A   9:30AM - 4:30PM     Instructor: Seth Hiler / Room: D616 (Pomerantz)            

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
Section 55A   9:30AM - 4:30PM     Instructor: TBA / Room: TBA  

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
Section 55A   9:30AM - 4:30PM     Instructor: TBA / TBA   

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.
Section 55A   9:30AM - 4:30PM     Instructor: Maureen Crilly / Room: TBA
Section 55B   9:30AM - 4:30PM     Instructor: TBA / Room: TBA

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. HSX 067 Course Gallery
Section 55A   9:30AM - 4:30PM     Instructor: TBA / Room: TBA

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
Section 55A   9:30AM - 4:30PM     Instructor: TBA / Room: D403 (Pomerantz)

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.
Section 55A   9:30AM - 4:30PM     Instructor: TBA / Room: TBA       
Section 55B   9:30AM - 4:30PM     Instructor: TBA / Room: TBA    

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 Course Gallery           See more about global inspirations...
Section 55A   9:30AM - 4:30PM     Instructor: TBA / Room: TBA

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. HSX 095 Course Gallery
Section 55A   9:30AM - 4:30PM     Instructor: TBA / Room: D510 (Pomerantz) 

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.
Section 55A   9:30AM - 4:30PM     Instructor: Kathlin Argiro  / Room:TBA

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 design. This course will introduce students to emerging technologies which will be used as the inspiration for their original 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.
Section 55A   9:30AM - 4:30PM     Instructor: Caroline Berti / Room: TBA    

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 Gallery 
Section 55A   9:30AM - 4:30PM     Instructor: TBA / Room: D411 (Pomerantz)     

HSX 114: Drone Photography
Experience the newest photographic technologies being used today while creating your own portfolio of still and video imagery. Learn how to plan, shoot, edit and post scenes in 360-degree video, the latest go-to format for advertisers and filmmakers working in virtual reality. Discover the latest augmented reality apps to understand the basics of machine-vision, and how to design and build an exciting augmented reality experience. Explore remote aerial photography through the use of consumer photographic 
drones while learning safety practices and the logistics of flying in urban environments. 
Section 55A   9:30AM - 4:30PM     Instructor: TBA / Room: TBA            

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!
Section 55A   9:30AM - 4:30PM     Instructor: TBA / Room: TBA    

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, to accessories. You'll develop creative fashion forecasting presentations: seasonal color cards, silhouette/fabric trend boards, and multi-media presentations. You will also focus on the diversified career opportunities of fashion forecasting within the fashion industry.
Section 55A   9:30AM - 4:30PM     Instructor: TBA / Room: C410 (Feldman)
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...
Section 55A   9:30AM - 4:30PM     Instructor: Sadia Seymour and Nancy Alusick / Room: D447 (Pomerantz)     

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.
Section 55A   9:30AM - 4:30PM     Instructor: TBA / Room: C814 (Feldman)

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! 
Section 55A   9:30AM - 4:30PM     Instructor: Trina Morris / Room: TBA 

HSX 131: Public Relations: Fashion 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.

Section 55A     9:30AM - 4:30PM     Instructor: TBA / Room: TBA                    

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.
Section 55A   9:30AM - 4:30PM     Instructor: TBA / Room: C309C (Feldman)              

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. HSX 143 Course Gallery
Section 55A   9:30AM - 4:30PM     Instructor: Sandra Walcott / Room: TBA