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SXU 001 Customs Brokers License Exam Preparation
Please click for more information on the Customs Brokers License Exam Preparation course.

Instructor: Dr. Shireen Musa, assistant professor, International Trade & Marketing; Doctor of Professional Studies in Business, Pace University; MBA, Saint Peter's College; licensed U.S. Customs Broker, international trade and global sourcing expert.

SXU 010 Packaging Your Personal Brand
(Formerly called SXN 122 Packaging Your Personal Brand)
In this illuminating six-hour seminar, you’ll apply the concepts of branding, and create your own Personal Core Brand—a tool to better suit your unique talent in the job market. Learn ways to position and package yourself to stand out in today’s competitive marketplace. By clearly defining what distinguishes you from your competition, you’ll be better at showcasing yourself to others. Leave this seminar with triggers—reminders of your Personal Core Brandand a powerful value proposition / elevator pitch that clearly defines who you are, what you do, and how you do it, and concise success stories that prove your unique benefit to employers, colleagues, and clients. This “branding” seminar features proven methods developed by The Illumination Group to help connect people to who they are at their core so they can be better at what they do. This coursework has been recognized by such organizations as the New York State Department of Labor, the New York Public Library, and Dress for Success.

Instructor: David Lees, principal, The Illumination Group; career coach.

SXU 045 How to Ace Your On Camera Image: Video Interviews and More
Explore how to define your best on-camera look using the most effective beauty tricks from the best products, hairstyles, wardrobe choices and overall color correction to create a positive image. The new reality requires being before a lens 24/7, particularly with Skype and WeChat interviews more prevalent, work related video conferencing such as Zoom and GoToMeeting as well as social media needs, and even selfies.  Learn to maximize your best features, hone a sense of personal style and energy, control your hands and body language, as well as stage an appropriate setting to frame your communications needs. 

Bring to first class: A picture of a celebrity whose image you admire. Expense for additional materials (minimum $25) discussed in first class.

Instructor: Dorothy Lata, president, On Camera Image Consulting; visual image expert. 

SXU 100 English as a Second Language: TOEFL iBT Preparation for Intermediate to Advanced Level Students
60 hours
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his course is designed for intermediate to advanced students  who need to take the iBT TOEFL exam for admittance to a college in the United States.  Students will learn many strategies and techniques to help them better prepare for the TOEFL exam and do better as they transition to life in an American university.

Note: This will be taught in Blackboard (Remote Online) for Fall 2020. This course will meet at a specific time twice a week, 1.5 hours on each course day. You will also have 1 hour of coursework required each week, but done on your own time.

Instructor: Paul P. Fraccalvieri, award winning international TOEFL preparation specialist and instructor, trainer.

SXU 125 English as a Second Language: Speaking Skills for Fashion Professionals
18 hours
This course is for non-native speakers of English who would like to speak better English, sound more confident, and be more persuasive in the workplace. Students will learn strategies for and gain experience in communicating more effectively. 

Note: This will be taught in Blackboard (Remote Online) for Fall 2020. This course will meet at a specific time once a week for 2 hours. You will also have 1 hour of coursework required each week, but done on your own time.

SXU 340 English as a Second Language: Listening and Speaking for Intermediate to Advanced Level Students
120 hours
This course focuses on listening skills for students at an intermediate to advanced level. During the course students will improve their fluency in speaking and their listening comprehension, increase their vocabulary, expand their understanding of American society and culture, and improve their presentation skills.  As part of each class meeting, students will receive individualized instruction while others collaborate on group activities in breakout sessions.  Virtual field trips relating to course content will occur throughout the course. 

Note: This will be taught in Blackboard (Remote Online) for Fall 2020. This course will meet at a specific time twice a week, 4 hours on each course day.

SXU 341 English as a Second Language: Reading, Writing and Grammar for Intermediate to Advanced Level Students
120 hours
This course focuses on reading, writing and grammar for non-native speakers of English who are at an intermediate to advanced level. During the course students will increase their vocabulary as well as improve their reading and writing skills through reading a variety of texts and writing activities. As part of this course, students will receive individualized instruction and consultations with the instructor each week. 

Note: This will be taught in Blackboard (Remote Online) for Fall 2020. This course will meet at a specific time twice a week, 3 hours on each course day. You will also have 2 hours of coursework required each week, but done on your own time.

SXU 349 English as a Second Language: English for the Fashion Industry
30 hours
This course focuses on themes related to the fashion-related industries. Students will acquire new vocabulary through articles, images and discussions on various aspects of the industry as found in trade publications, short clips or films, and blogs. Written assignments and class discussions will emphasize comprehension and conversational English usage suitable for working in the global marketplace. Occasional virtual short field trips and guest speakers may also be integrated into the course. 

Note: This will be taught in Blackboard (Remote Online) for Fall 2020. This course will meet at a specific time once a week for 2 hours.

SXU 351 English as a Second Language: English for Artists and Designers
30 hours
This course focuses on English as it is used in the worlds of art and design. The goal of the course is to give students linguistic competency to talk and write about art and design. Topics include elements of art, description, analysis, interpretation, evaluation, and the design process, utilizing resources such as fashion and design websites and social media, fashion and art publications, and virtual visits to the FIT Museum, NYC museums and NYC galleries. Assignments (written and oral) are designed to require students to use the language of art and design in an authentic and engaging way. 

Note: This will be taught in Blackboard (Remote Online) for Fall 2020. This course will meet at a specific time once a week for 3 hours. 

SXU 361 English as a Second Language / Fashion Design
SUMMER ONLY
Discover how a fashion designer creates looks—from sources of inspiration, such as the work of the great designers, to color and fabrication, to knowing your targeted customer and potential retail distributor. Experience executing mood boards as a process by which to plan an actual line through sketching. Working individually, students present their design project on the final day.

SXU 362 English as a Second Language / Fashion Merchandising
SUMMER ONLY
Learn how buyers think, work, and are responsible for profit and loss by planning the right merchandise at the right price, time, and place. Visit the market as a professional would do to plan to an assortment for a pop-up shop. Group projects presented on the final day.

SXU 363 English as a Second Language / Fashion Promotion
SUMMER ONLY
Experience the art of fashion styling as it is used in media for promotional purposes by planning a print advertisement campaign and social media strategy. Participate in a live fashion shoot and edit your final ads for circulation. Group projects presented on the final day.

SXU 366 English as a Second Language / Global Fashion Business Marketing
SUMMER ONLY
This course is designed for young executives looking for work or working in international fashion-related companies. Students participate in a workshop designed to show how products are launched in different countries. Major concepts of international marketing are presented by speakers and through research. Topics include marketing channels, importance of emerging markets, political and legal environments, and luxury products. On-site visits to retailers and trend forecasting services are included. Working in groups, participants present a product in a presentation.

SXU 367 English as a Second Language / Advanced Fashion Design
SUMMER ONLY
Discover how planning turns creative ideas into actual garments from inspiration to target customer, how fabric and trim are sourced, how sketches turn into saleable products, and how multiple sizes are planned and executed. Sketch a line and discuss samples, PR, marketing, and branding. A guided tour of local resources, fabric suppliers, and trim resources used by top designers is included. Working individually, students present their design project on the final day.

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