Supplies for Precollege HS Workshops

High school workshops are offered remotely through Google Classroom and in-person on the FIT campus. Please review the required supplies for each course, as some courses will need students to acquire software, equipment or tools for full participation.

Please click here for general tips on gathering supplies for your Precollege class.

Workshops and Required Materials


HSX 026: Perfecting Your Art Portfolio

  • 18" x 24" all-purpose paper pad (white drawing or sketch paper, 70lbs and up)
  • Ebony pencil or graphite pencils (B2 / B4 / B6 )
  • Charcoal pencil (medium or soft) Black + White
  • Vine charcoal-small box (medium)
  • Compressed charcoal- 2 sticks (medium or soft)
  • Eraser
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Clipboard or foam board with clips: 18" x 24"
  • Small container of black ink
  • Fixative spray for charcoal drawings

HSX 027: Wearable Sculpture

  • First Day: sketchbook, preliminary design concepts, pencils, preferred drawing materials, soft tape measure, sample fabrics, design references (magazines, Pinterest, etc.)

  • Any of the following frequently used materials may be recommended for the second class, depending upon your project design!

    • Masking tape

    • Cardboard, Illustration Board, Foam Board, or Chipboard

    • Soft tape measure

    • 24 gauge X 100 ft. soft flexible wire

    • Needle-nose pliers

    • Wire-cutter

    • One roll of cotton batting, 45" X 60" or similar size (Heirloom brand at Michaels is very nice)

    • One 16 oz. bottle of Original Aileene’s original Tacky Glue

    • Several 1" and 2" bristle brushes for glue (a bag of mixed sizes is available)

    • Needle and Thread
      Form Wire (very good to create shapes)

    • Paper Machee

    • Plaster Wrap

    • Acrylic Paint, brushes, containers

  • Other recommended materials may include found objects, paper mache, old clothing to repurpose and other salvaged materials like plastic bags, etc.

  • Suggested Suppliers: Michael's Craft Stores, Blick Art Supplies, thrift stores, or items you can find at home

HSX 051: Exploring Graphic Design

  • Metal ruler at least 18"
  • Pencils and sharpener HB and 2B
  • Color Pencils
  • Eraser
  • Black sharpie marker
  • Fine point marker
  • A sketchbook (1 of any of the following sizes 6" x 9", 8" x 10", or 9" x 12")
  • Tracing paper, the same size as the sketchbook
  • Conventional note-taking materials (pen and notebook)

HSX 056: Interior Design Studio

  • Sketchbook (can also be used for note taking) – unlined preferred, at least 5" x  8"

    • A regular notebook or pad is suffice

  • Black Felt-Tip Sketching Pen/Marker – Ex:  Flair or Pentel Sign Pen suggested

  • Lead Pencils with sharpener and white eraser (other erasers are acceptable)

    • Preferred is one of each of the following:   2H, H, HB pencils

  • 12" long Architect’s Scale – with fractions

    • Be sure this is an Architect’s Scale and NOT an Engineer’s Scale

    • Inexpensive versions are fine

    • The architect’s scale is preferred, but a 12" ruler will suffice

  • 12" 90 degree Triangle - any material is suffice (does not have to be expensive)

    • 6" or 8" is acceptable of you cannot get 12"

    • 45/45/90 or 30/60/90 - either is fine

  • Roll of 12" long (yellow or white) or 11" x 17" Pad of Tracing Paper

  • Graph Paper – 4x4, aka 4 squares per inch – 8.5" x 11" sheets

  • Roll of drafting tape – masking tape or even blue painter’s tape work also!

  • Scissors

  • Glue Stick (preferred), or any glue or rubber cement

    • Double-sided tape also acceptable

  • Home and/or Fashion Magazines, Catalogs and/or color images to print from Google Images

    •  Magazines and catalogs need not be new or up-to-date

  • (3) White Illustration or Poster Boards (heavier/thicker) is best - 15" x 20" is preferred, 11" x 17" is acceptable

    • Bristol will work (at least 11" x 17") 

  • OPTIONAL:  Colored pencils – at least a set of 12 but we will make what you have work

    • Prismacolor, or any soft core type preferred

  • OPTIONAL:  T-Square (at least 24" long - 30" or 36" is fine --- NOTE:  We require 36" T-Squares for FIT ID Freshmen)

  • *Please Note:  We will have digital format options for our assignments as well. Do not purchase Illustration/Poster/Bristol until we discuss this.

HSX 077: Illustration Portfolio

  • Graphite  pencils 2H, 2B, HB
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Drawing Paper Bristol Pad: 9" x 14"
  • Sketchbook: your own personal sketchbook 8" x 10" or smaller (to review with instructor)
  • Watercolor and/or Acrylic paints
  • Colored Pencils
  • Micron Pens (black and colors of your choice)
  • Watercolor brushes/ Acrylic brushes (student choice of paint medium) Small and Medium size
  • Cup to hold water for painting

HSX 080: Character Creation

  • Drawing/sketch pad (8.5" x 11" or 9" x 12")
  • Any kind of pencil (drawing or regular #2)
  • An eraser
  • Black ink pens or markers (fine line preferred)
  • Color media - crayons, markers or watercolor paint
  • Notebook (paper or digital) is optional
    • (Class survey to determine availability of digital drawing tools)
    • OR  iPad, desktop or laptop equipped with drawing software: Photoshop, ClipStudio Paint, or Procreate
  • OPTIONAL RESOURCES: How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way, Impact Photo reference books, or Character Design Quarterly
  • Dav Studio (3D figure posing software)

HSX 084: Designing a Fashion Mini-Collection

  • Current month issue of your favorite fashion magazine(s)

  • Tracing pad (11" x 14")

  • Marker pad (11" x 14") (preferably Translucent) Recommended Brand: Borden & Riley #37

  • Boris Marker Layout

  • Assorted art supplies for rendering of your choice (markers, colored pencils)

  • Fine-line black markers in different thicknesses

  • White pencil for rendering dark colors (will explain in class)

  • Artists pencils (HB & 2B)

  • Kneaded eraser

  • C-thru plastic ruler 12"

  • Double stick tape  

  • Some Recommended Skin Tone Markers:  You could purchase one or two different skin tones.

    • Light skin tones:

      • Chartpak brand, pale flesh P147

      • Copic brand, color E00

      • E11 Barley Beige

    • Medium skin tone:

      • Chartpak brand, buff color P-139

    • Medium - dark skin tones:

      • Copic brand, E13 lt. suntan

      • Chartpak brand, sand P-142

      • Chartpak brand, mocha

HSX 088: Simply Sewing

  • **Denotes needed for first day of class

    • **Dressmaker Scissors- 8-10” (Fiskers, Gingher, Wiss or Mundial are the best)

    • **Dressmaker pins
    • **Seam ripper
    • **Thread
    • **Notebook
    • **Pencils
  • Pinking shears (Fiskers, Gingher, Wiss or Mundial are the best)

  • Tape measure
  • Large safety pins
  • Clear graph plastic ruler (Westcott size 1x12, 2x12, 1x18 or 2x18)
  • Thimble to fit middle finger (optional)

  • Hand sewing needles (Sharp size 7-9 is best, optional)
  • Pastel stone dressmaker chalk or fabric marking pencil/pen (optional)
  • Fabric: 
    • FIT will provide muslin for practice

    • Students will need to bring fabric for their final pant and top project but we will go over what types are best and how much yardage once class begins, you will also purchase elastic 

  • OPTIONAL: Students can bring additional trims and embellishments to enhance their garments if they wish

HSX 094: Creating the Contemporary Fashion Figure

  • Kneaded eraser
  • 2H pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • 11"x 14" tracing paper pad
  • 11" x 14" marker pad (Border & Riley layout visual bond #37 or similar)
  • Markers: Chartpak, Copic, or similar (will be discussed in detail in first class)
  • Skin tone markers: (will be discussed in detail in first class)
  • Prismacolor Premier color pencils:  (Will be discussed in detail in first class)
  • Colorless blender

HSX 096: A Week in the Life of a Fashion Designer

  • Laptops for online research (optional)

  • Hard copy of your favorite fashion magazine  

  • 11"  x  14" Translucent Marker layout paper (Recommended Brand: Canson Pro Layout Marker Paper)

  • 1 mechanical pencil

  • 1 HB pencil

  • Hand sharpener

  • Scissors

  • Glue stick

  • White eraser

  • Kneaded eraser

  • Hand sharpener

  • Scissors

  • Soft Aquarelle Pencils (Recommended: Caran d'Ache Supracolor Soft Aquarelle Pencils)

    • 1 black

    • 1 white

  • Double ended art markers (Recommended: Prismacolor Premier double ended art markers)

    • Black

    • Choose ONE preferred flesh tone marker:

      • Suggested colors available from Prismacolor Markers: Pale peach, Eggshell, Brick Beige, Light Peach, Sand, Light Walnut

    • Choose any other colors that you love but this is not required

    • If you do not have any markers then consider purchasing a basic starter set: Prismacolor Premier Double-Ended Art Marker Set - Primary/ Secondary Colors, Set of 12

  • Colored Pencils variety pack (Recommended: Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils)

    • If you do not have any colored pencils then consider purchasing a basic set of 12

  • Fine point black technical pen (Recommended: Sakura Pigma Micron Pen 03 Black)

  • *** Students are encouraged to use any markers or colored pencils that they have on hand that could aid in rendering their sketches. They are NOT required to buy any for the class except what is included on the list above. 

HSX 108: Photography Portfolio

  • DLSR camera with manual controls or a cell phone
  • SD card 8 or 16 GB
  • A 16 gig flash drive/USB (this will be used for image collection)
  • A notebook

HSX 111: Fashion Photography


    • Students will bring one or more fashion photographs from a magazine, book or print out for inspiration and reference.

    • Journal / notebook and pen.

    • DSLR camera (Digital Single Lens Reflex) or point and shoot camera. A DSLR camera will render higher quality images.

    • USB Device to store images.


    • Students are encouraged to bring props to class to style their fashion photographs.

HSX 120: Fashion Forecasting

  • Pen & pad or laptop for note taking, or laptop if preferred, but not required

HSX 121: Exploring Fashion Styling

  • Access to google search engine, powerpoint, or google slides

  • Bring 2- 4 fashion magazines for cutting to sessions 1 and 3

  • Additional materials will be discussed in class.

  • Test and have the FIT username and password log information on the first day of class

HSX 123: Exploring Fashion Merchandising

  • 2 magazines
  • Test and have the FIT username and password log information on the first day of class

HSX 124: Personal Branding and Self Promotion

  • Notebook
  • Pen or pencil

HSX 127: Fundamentals of Styling

  • 3 Fashion magazines that can be cut out
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Pencils, erasers, pens, markers
  • At least 25 of  8.5" x 11" blank pages
  • Access to computer (for homework only)
  • Access to printer (for homework only)

HSX 133: Fashion Journalism

  • Pen & pad or laptop for note taking, or laptop if preferred, but not required

HSX 141: International Fashion Business

  • No outside materials required, just access to google classroom

HSX 142: Introduction to Costume Design and Fashion Styling

  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Pack of color Sharpie markers
  • Binder or notebook with tabs