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 Summer HS Workshops
(including students graduating high school in spring, 2018).
REGISTRATION: March 15-June 8, 2018 (Late Registration June 9, 2018 - June 13, 2018, 75% refund period)
More about prices, refund policy etc.
DATES and TIMES: Each class meets July 2, 3, 5, 6, 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
Summer Supply Lists
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 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 emotion and insight about a person, not just what the subject looks like. Learn how to create an expressive self-portrait using traditional and experimental drawing materials in just four sessions. HSX 022 Course Gallery
Section 55A 9:30AM 4:30PM Instructor: Josef Zutelgte / Room: D630 (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: Anthony Martino / Room: D517 (Pomerantz)
HSX 027: Wearable Sculpture
High fashion. High art. High drama. Perfect for the avant-guardist. Embrace your inner Gaga, McQueen, or Nick Cave, by adding wearable sculptural elements to your fashion collection, costume creation or studio practice. Students will create works on life-size armatures using found objects, fabrics, sustainable materials, or traditional artist materials. Document your final creation in an avant-garde photo shoot and final critique! Examples of wearable sculpture
Section 55A 9:30AM 4:30PM Instructor: Sue Willis / Room: D513 (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 9:30AM 4:30PM Instructor: Boris Minkovskij / Room: D506 (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 9:30AM 4:30PM Instructor: Maureen Crilly / Room: D504 (Pomerantz)
Section 55B 9:30AM 4:30PM Instructor: Shannon Leddy / Room: D503 (Pomerantz)
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: Ray Lago / 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: Steven Cutting / Room: C709 (Feldman)
Section 55B 9:30AM 4:30PM Instructor: Susanna Moyer / Room: C711 (Feldman)
Section 55C 9:30AM 4:30PM Instructor: Mary Capozzi / Room: C504 (Feldman)
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.
Section 55A 9:30AM 4:30PM Instructor: Karen Middleton / Room: C706 (Feldman)
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: Su Ku / Room: C707 (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 9:30AM 4:30PM Instructor: Kathlin Argiro / Room: C304 (Feldman)
Section 55B 9:30AM 4:30PM Instructor: Andrea Katz/ Room: C306 (Feldman)
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: Curtis Willocks / Room: D411 (Pomerantz)
Section 55B 9:30AM 4:30PM Instructor: Cornelia Hediger / Room: D422 (Pomerantz)
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: Juliana Paciulli / Room: C232 (Pomerantz)
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: Gary Wolf / Room: B736 (Business)
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 / Room: D446 (Pomerantz)
Section 55C 9:30AM 4:30PM Instructor: 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: Elida Behar / Room: B819 (Business)
Section 55B 9:30AM 4:30PM Instructor: Jully-Alma Taveras / Room: B915A (Business)
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: A341B (Dubinsky)
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: Stacey Karesh / Room: C311 (Feldman)
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 Instructor: Elizabeth Hunter / Room: C309C (Feldman)
HSX 143: Coding for Animation
Section 55A 9:30AM 4:30PM John Goodwin / Room: C231 changed to C302 (Feldman)