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Summer 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 Summer HS Workshops (including students graduating high school in spring, 2018).
REGISTRATION: Begins March 15, 2018

PRICE (HS Workshop):  summer prices coming soon!    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)  

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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 020: Non-Selfie
Discover innovative ways to represent yourself in a self-portrait without creating a “selfie”. You’ll first learn three major art techniques, then match them with three different subjects which can all represent the self: person, place and thing. Beyond the snapshot of a cell phone, you will more deeply explore how to use gestural, linear and tonal drawing with several drawing medium using a variety of sources. Having explored approaches to representing the self both literally and conceptually, you’ll broaden both your material tool box and your portfolio.
Section 55A    9:30AM 4:30PM        Instructor: Seth Hiler/ Room: TBA  (Pomerantz)            Supply List

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)      Supply List

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)        Supply List

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)     Supply List

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: 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: Boris Minkovskij / Room: D506(Pomerantz)      Supply List

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 TBA / Room: D504(Pomerantz)        Supply List
Section 55B     9:30AM 4:30PM   Instructor TBA / Room: D405(Pomerantz)    Supply List

HSX 060: Merchandising with Mannequins 
Why do mannequins work so well? Mannequins are proven to increase sales by showcasing multiple products (think accessories, jewelry, shoes, etc.), adding to the ambiance of the store, and most importantly, by engaging customers on an emotional level. And great merchandisers know that when you engage a customer emotionally, sales increase exponentially! In this class you’ll learn how to create fantastic displays using mannequins, props, and backdrops and how to apply these techniques to retail situations. You’ll also explore the merchandising “tricks” used in many of your favorite stores to make almost any product irresistible. HSX 060 Course Gallery
Section 55A      9:30AM 4:30PM     Instructor: TBA / Room: D424(Pomerantz)     Supply List

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: Joshua Tierney / Room: D425(Pomerantz)     Supply List

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: D503(Pomerantz)     Supply List

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: C709(Feldman)     Supply List
Section 55B      9:30AM 4:30PM       Instructor TBA / Room: C711(Feldman)    Supply List
Section 55C      9:30AM 4:30PM       Instructor TBA / Room: C504(Feldman)   Supply List

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)     Supply List

HSX 095: Rendering Fashion for Costume and Couture 
How do you draw sequins that sparkle or fur that "fluffs"? Explore rendering techniques that include sequins, feathers, fur, velvet, plaid, taffeta, the list goes on...Learn how to design and render challenging fabrics and understand how fabrication on design comes to life. You'll also learn the techniques of applying shadows and shadings to add depth and dimension to your work. Look to Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood as some of your inspirations in this over-the-top class! HSX 095 Course Gallery
Section 55A      9:30AM 4:30PM     Instructor: Mary Capozzi / Room: C809(Feldman)      Supply List

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 (Feldman)       Supply List

HSX 098: Wearable Technology
Wearable technology isn’t just the future of fashion, it’s here and now, woven into our daily lives. Fashion is no longer just for looks, wearable technology provides an experience, interaction, and connection that is rapidly changing the world. With exciting electronics and innovative textiles, your future as a designer may redefine fashion. This course will introduce you to those emerging technologies and advanced fabrics to be used as the inspiration for your own wearable tech designs. At the end of this course, you’ll have rendered fashion illustrations that convey how they will innovate through technology as designers of the future. You’ll also create a wearable tech project utilizing real electronic components. Completed work in this course may be used by students in their portfolio submissions.
Section 55A        9:30AM 4:30PM         Instructor Caroline Berti / Room: TBA (Feldman) Supply List

HSX 106: Canvas Footwear: Custom Painting Techniques 
Take your favorite footwear to the next level! Today's hot custom-painted footwear trends include psychedelic patterns, graphic images, character themes, and college colors. Learn how to design, transfer and paint your own unique ideas on any style of canvas shoe, including sneakers, skater shoes, and slip-ons to name a few. Using graphic design and layout skills, you'll learn to create images that fit and flow on these three-dimensional surfaces. Work with fabric paints using a variety of techniques to create backgrounds, render, and outline 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       9:30AM 4:30PM     Instructor: Jared Long / Room: A484(Dubinsky)       Supply List

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)         Supply List
Section 55B      9:30AM 4:30PM     Instructor: Cornelia Hediger / Room: D422(Pomerantz)     Supply List

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     Instructor TBA / Room: D403(Pomerantz)     Supply List

HSX 114 Drone Photography
Learn the ins and outs of legally and safely flying drones in the United States in one of FIT’s large indoor spaces while you discover the exciting beauty of aerial photography and videography. You’ll learn how to control the cameras on high-end consumer drones and tighten control in your flights by using both a flight simulator and extended practice in a daunting obstacle course. Finally, you’ll learn the basics of editing photo and video footage from drone cameras using Adobe Bridge and Adobe Premiere, and ultimately shoot and edit a short movie scene with drone footage.
Section 55A        9:30AM 4:30PM       Instructor: Brian Emery / Room: TBA (Pomerantz)        Supply List

HSX 117 Camera Phone Photography
Photograph with your camera phone just like professional photographers do. Through in-class shooting assignments you’ll compose and edit photos on your phone, moving beyond the basic functions of the built-in lens and free apps you already know. Learn professional photographic techniques including: composition, lighting, exposure settings, and shooting jpeg vs RAW files. You’ll discover how to adjust color, saturation, ambience, curves, and white balance using free apps that turn your phone into a “virtual darkroom”.
Section 55A        9:30AM 4:30PM       Instructor: Stacy Mehrfar / Room: TBA (Pomerantz)        Supply List 

HSX 118 55A: 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: Morgan Wisniewski / Room: TBA (Pomerantz)            Supply List

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: TBA (Feldman)      Supply List
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)         Supply List
Section 55B      9:30AM 4:30PM       Instructor: Nancy Alusick / Room: D447(Pomerantz)    Supply List

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: TBA  (Feldman)    Supply List   
Section 55B      9:30AM 4:30PM       Instructor: Jully-Alma Taveras / Room: TBA (Feldman)     Supply List  
Section 55C      9:30AM 4:30PM       Instructor: Robin Sackin / Room: TBA (Feldman)     Supply List

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: TBA / Room: TBA (Pomerantz)      Supply List

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)     Supply List

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)    Supply List  

HSX 137: Digital Publication Design
Learn how to set up a magazine on an online platform while also exploring other areas of the publishing industry including print, online, events and social media. You'll create your own unique publication based on your interests. Students will be encouraged to share their thoughts on how they consume and engage with the media and develop insight into how to use publishing platforms to promote and brand. We'll take you through the steps needed to create your own digital magazine in this hands-on experience.
Section 55A       9:30AM 4:30PM      Heather Falconer / Room: TBA (Business...)     Supply Lists

HSX 138 Digital Influencer Marketing
It's impossible to deny the selling power that fashion bloggers possess. Fashion and beauty brands are tapping into influencer marketing more than ever before as technology impacts culture. This workshop will teach you everything you need to know about the basics of fashion influencer marketing. Through case studies and projects you will develop an understanding of how fashion brands define their social campaign conversations and learn to plan, build and execute an influencer marketing strategy with measurable results. Also covered are the many faces of influence (internet celebrities, bloggers and social media mavens) and their communities, the social media platforms they work on, and how to build authentic, high performing creative content.
Section 55A        9:30AM 4:30PM           Dana Berkowitz / Room: TBA (Business...)     Supply Lists

HSX 140: 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. Visit our gallery to see lesson samples.
Section 55A      9:30AM 4:30PM      John Goodwin / Room: TBA (Business...)           Supply Lists