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 2019 are eligible for Spring HS Workshops.
REGISTRATION: December 6, 2017- April 13, 2019
PRICE (Spring HS Workshop): One course: $270 Two courses: $525 More about prices, refund policy etc.
DATES and TIMES:
Saturdays, April 27, May 4, 11 and 18, 2019; from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (lunch: 12:30-1:30)
Sundays, April 28, May 5, 12 and 19, 2019; 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
WORKSHOP LISTINGS AND TIMES
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 Sunday 9:30AM - 4:30PM Instructor: TBA / Room: D505 (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. HSX 022 Course Gallery
Section 55A Saturday 9:30AM - 4:30PM Instructor: TBA / Room: D614 (Pomerantz)
Section 55B Sunday 9:30AM - 4:30PM Instructor: TBA / Room: D626 (Pomerantz)
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 SAT 9:30AM - 4:30PM Instructor: TBA / Room: D530 (Pomerantz)
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 SAT 9:30AM - 4:30PM Instructor: TBA / Room: D447 (Pomerantz) Supply Lists
Section 55B SUN 9:30AM - 4:30PM Instructor: TBA / Room: D447 (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 SAT 9:30AM - 4:30PM Instructor: TBA / Room: C711 (Feldman) Supply Lists
Section 55B SUN 9:30AM - 4:30PM Instructor: TBA / Room: C711 (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 SUN 9:30AM - 4:30PM Instructor: TBA / Room: C502 (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. HSX 095 Course Gallery
Section 55A SAT 9:30AM - 4:30PM Instructor: TBA / Room: C503 (Feldman)
Section 55B SUN 9:30AM - 4:30PM Instructor: TBA / Room: C503 (Feldman)
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 SAT 9:30AM - 4:30PM Instructor: TBA / Room: B309 (Business & Liberal Arts)
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 SAT 9:30AM - 4:30PM Instructor: TBA / Room: D523 (Pomerantz)
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.
Section 55A SUN 9:30AM - 4:30PM Instructor: TBA / Room: TBA
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.
Section 55A SUN 9:30AM - 4:30PM Instructor: TBA / Room: A485 (Dubinsky)
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...
Section 55A SAT 9:30AM - 4:30PM Instructor: TBA / 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 SAT 9:30AM - 4:30PM Instructor: TBA / Room: D422 (Pomerantz) Supply Lists
Section 55B SUN 9:30AM - 4:30PM Instructor: TBA / Room: D422 (Pomerantz)
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 SAT 9:30AM - 4:30PM Instructor: TBA / Room: C410 (Feldman) Supply Lists
Section 55B SUN 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 SAT 9:30AM - 4:30PM Instructor: TBA / Room: D446 (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 SAT 9:30AM - 4:30PM Instructor: TBA / Room: B306 (Business & Liberal Arts) 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 SUN 9:30AM - 4:30PM Instructor: TBA / Room: B506 (Business & Liberal Arts) 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 SAT 9:30AM - 4:30PM Instructor: TBA / Room: B506 (Business & Liberal Arts) Supply Lists
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!
Section 55A SAT 9:30AM - 4:30PM Instructor: TBA / Room: B508 (Business & LIberal Arts)
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.
Section 55A SAT 9:30AM - 4:30PM Instructor: TBA / Room: B307 (Business & Liberal Arts)
HSX 143: Coding for Animation
Section 55A SAT 9:30AM - 4:30PM Instructor: TBA / Room: C309C (Feldman)