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Spring 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 Spring 2018 are eligible for Spring HS Workshops.
REGISTRATION: December 6, 2017- April 13, 2018 
PRICE (Spring HS Workshop):  $242     More about prices, refund policy etc.
 Each class meets on Saturdays, 
April  28, May 5, 12 and 19, 2018; from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (lunch: 12:30-1:30). 
Courses may be cancelled due to low enrollment. Students will be notified by email if cancellations occur.
Instructor Contact List  *Please note: instructor assignments are subject to change


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
Section 55A    9:30AM 4:30PM      Mark Kurdziel / Room Change: D-630 (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 Change: D-505(Pomerantz)      Supply Lists

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    Joshua Tierney / Room Change: D-424 (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
Section 55B       9:30AM 4:30PM        Daniel Silverstain / Room: C-711 (Feldman)       Supply Lists
HSX 090: Fashion Design Using Global Inspiration
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.HSX 090 Gallery           See more about global inspirations...
Section 55A      9:30AM 4:30PM    Su Ku / 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.   HSX 110 Course Gallery
Section 55A      9:30AM 4:30PM     Curtis Willocks / Room: D-422 (Pomerantz)      Supply Lists
HSX 120: 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     Christine Stragazzi / Room: Room: C-410 (Feldman)      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    Steven Cucci / Nancy Alusick / Room: D-446 (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 B-306 (Business...)     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: A-321B (Dubinsky)    Supply Lists

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.
Section 55A      9:30AM 4:30PM    Elizabeth Hunter / Room: B-506 (Business...)      Supply Lists