Based on the English placement exam, you may be required to enroll in an Educational Skills course. These courses, designed to bolster foundational reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, will help you make the most of your FIT education — and pay dividends throughout your career.

Your Options

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Educational Skills courses teach efficient study habits and healthy habits of mind that will set you up for success.

Our entry-level courses are designed for first-year students and anyone else who needs assistance in:

  • drafting, editing, and revising
  • grammar and punctuation
  • researching and summarizing
  • thesis statements and supporting evidence
  • English as a second language (including pronunciation, oral presentation skills, and conversation)
Course Descriptions

Further Studies

In collaboration with the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies, the Educational Skills department offers a variety of noncredit ESL programs:

Intensive English Language at FIT, a semester-long intensive language program.


ESL/Fashion Business Program, a three-week program offered every July.

The transformative power of language in essays, novels, memoirs, lyrics, and so forth has helped me better understand and categorize the world, as well as my place within it. As an educator, I aim to help students seize that transformative power of language, and make it their own.
Jill Di Donato
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Educational Skills

Learn From the Best

Reading, writing, and research skills that will help you flourish at FIT. Meet more Educational Skills faculty.

Contact Us

Educational Skills

Business and Liberal Arts Center, Room B602
(212) 217-5250

Matthew Petrunia


Hatice "Nurhayat" Bilge

Assistant Chair

Katherine Vasquez

Department Coordinator