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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, 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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Courses may be cancelled due to low enrollment. Students will be notified by email if cancellations occur.
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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 Class Gallery
Section 55A    9:30AM - 4:30PM       Anthony Santuoso / Room: D-627 (Pomerantz)              Supply Lists

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
Section 55A     9:30AM - 4:30PM     Seth Hiler / Room: D-616 (Pomerantz)                  Supply Lists

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      Maureen Crilly /Room: D-504 (Pomerantz)    Supply Lists 

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     Susanna Moyer /Room: C-503 (Feldman)             Supply Lists 

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
Section 55A      9:30AM - 4:30PM     Mary Capozzi/ Room: D-510 (Pomerantz)         Supply Lists 

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

Section 55A      9:30AM - 4:30PM   Ruobing Zhao / Room: C-502 (Feldman)         Supply Lists 

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
Section 55A      9:30AM - 4:30PM     Curtis Willocks / Room: D-411 (Pomerantz)               Supply Lists 
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.
Section 55A    9:30AM - 4:30PM     Stacy Mehrfar / Room: D-446 (Pomerantz)        Supply Lists 
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      Sadia Seymour and Nancy Alusick/ Room: D-447 (Pomerantz)       Supply Lists 

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      Elida Behar / Room: C-814 (Feldman)        Supply Lists 

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     Dana Berkowitz / Room: C-311 (Feldman)                       Supply Lists 

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     Elizabeth Hunter / Room: C-309C (Feldman)               Supply Lists