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SXF 010 Packaging Your Personal Brand
(Formerly called SXU 010 & 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.

SXF 020 Costing Apparel and Fashion-Related Products
You’ll never have to say “Sales were great, but we lost money” after completing this basic costing program. Reduce the risks in apparel and related accessories manufacturing by learning how to cost out a product correctly. Course emphasizes the importance of establishing prices that customers are willing to pay while reducing financial risks, achieving return on investment, and increasing net profitability. Accounting theory applicable to the fashion business is featured.

Instructor: Bernard Kahn, adjunct assistant professor, Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries; manufacturing consultant.

SXF 030 Fashion Finance Fundamentals 
If your work is measured by the bottom line but your passion is for product and not numbers, or you wish to delve deeper into the business of fashion, this course is for you. Learn and apply financial concepts such as net sales, cost of goods sold, gross profit, operating income, net income, assets, liabilities, and financial rations essential to making yourself more finance-savvy and managing a successful business.

Instructor: Vincent Quan, associate professor, Fashion Merchandising Management; former retail and manufacturing planning and inventory control vice president.

SXF 040 Fashion Business Jobs: How to Get the One You Want
(Formerly called SXU 040 Fashion Business Jobs: How to Get the One You Want)
This course, conducted by a top retail executive search consultant, is for people looking for a career opportunity no matter their level of experience. Learn where the jobs are, what skills are in demand, and how to begin the search process. Meet executive guest speakers who will share what they look for in candidates to hire and promote. Information imparted is beneficial to anyone looking for a fashion-connected growth opportunity.

Instructor: Carrie Gennuso, vice president, Career Management, Inc.; expert retail leadership training; formerly Sr. Director Northeast, Gap Inc., all brands; retail veteran.

SXF 080 Introduction to Storyboarding
(Formerly called SXN 310 Introduction to Storyboarding)
Learn the art and craft of storyboarding critical to expressing narrative ideas for organizing shots, frames, and images for commercials, film, TV, and theater. Work on your own level, sketching images that tell a story by breaking down a script in sequence for camera placement and layout. Program emphasizes visual storytelling and the development of manual drawings suitable for portfolio artwork. These very marketable skills are translatable to digital applications, such as computer graphics, web, and software applications.

Have for first session: a 9"-by-12 or 14-by-17 inch drawing pad, 2B and 4B pencils.

Instructor: Joan Chiverton, former advertising art director, illustrator editorial artist for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

SXF 150 How to Style, Plan, and Merchandise an Apparel Line
(Formerly called SXF 200 How to Style, Plan and Merchandise an Apparel Line)
Learn to create a cohesive and saleable apparel line, whether you are a designer or are part of a product development team. We will start with the merchandising function, which stresses how to plan the right fashion products and implement customer targeting for regional markets. The design process, including color, fabric, and silhouette selection, is demonstrated, and sourcing is discussed. Information on the first sample and the control steps vital to the production phase, both domestic and foreign, is included. Learn how to present a collection and receive tips on market resources.

Instructor: Kathlin Argiro, adjunct professor, Fashion Design; fashion designer, couture and bridge-late-day-into-evening and special occasion apparel. 

SXF 218 Design Your Own Accessories Line
Learn the complete process of designing and marketing your own accessories brand, including handbags, jewelry, and more. We will start with market considerations and target customer research and inspiration. Learn the design process of generating a line with great coloration, trim, materials, and shapes. Create your own mood board to fully execute your designs. Price points, sources for materials, and production are discussed in relation to your concepts.

Instructor: Arturo Veloira, creative director, Grinnell Design; private label jewelry designer for Michael Kors, Peter Som, Lela Rose; accessory expert.

SXF 250 Introductory Fashion Design: From Sketching to Moodboards
(Formerly called SXF 180 Introductory Fashion Design: From Sketching to Moodboards)
This course combines the fundamentals of the fashion design process with honing your ability to create "from the wellspring" of the internal you. Learn to create garments based on your personal aesthetic rather than on the traditional process of creating fashion from commercial trends as evidenced in the marketplace. Whether you are an experienced fashion designer or an aspiring one, embark on a journey to develop personal, creative, and highly authentic garments. We will begin with fashion illustration and research, including ethnographics, for inspiration leading to design formations. Use your personal "DNA," heritage, and life experiences to complete a well-balanced capsule collection illustrated on a mood board collage. Program includes sketching, exploration, use of 2-D and/or 3-D media, and line development tips on manufacturing.

Have for the first session: Canson marker paper 14" x 17”, sketchbook with ring-binder 9” x 12”, a set (or at least 4 different colors and black) of Prismacolor double-ended chisel markers, 2B pencil, eraser, sharpener, 5-10 favorite fashion tear sheet images, 5-10 favorite non-fashion related tear sheet images, scissors for paper, and a glue stick. NOTE: If you are unable to find all supplies, please inform instructor at first session for substitutions.

Instructor: Monisha Raja, fashion designer, champion of sustainability and artisan craftsmanship.

SXF 315 Master Online Shopping
Find out from our expert personal shopper and ecommerce merchant which sites provide the best service, selection, assortments, ease of shopping and return policies to suit your needs. Learn where to buy the best-fitted jeans or best quality tee and more. Learn about site tracking and comparison features, resources helpful to those with professional competitive needs and those looking for alternatives to brick and mortar shopping. Attention is given to new and veteran pureplayers, as well as to omni-channel merchants, and includes bloggers and other online information services. Students will have research assignments during this course.

Instructor: Emma Sosa, professional stylist; president, Fashion and Image International.

SXF 340 Menswear: Iconic Milestones in Fashion History
This course highlights the most influential moments in the evolution of men’s clothing, from Henry VIII to current celebrities and is directed to anyone who works with male clients or has a self-interest in men’s style of dress. See the great male style icons from royals to movie stars. Discover how classic clothing like the suit, the motorcycle jacket, and more developed and learn to use correct menswear terminology.

Instructor: Jill Hemingway, associate registrar, Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

SXF 400 Introduction to Fashion Terminology
Through visits to The Museum at FIT, and the FIT Library special collections, gain insight into how fashion originates. Online course replicates visits through web-based resources. Explore designs, trends, and color using forecasting websites. Learn supporting language and the professional terms used in the industry. Create your own designer workbook to communicate terminology to clients or use as a reference resource. Recommended for those new to the fashion business, or journalists and financial industry personnel who need to speak the language of the trade. 

Instructors: Jaye G. Edelstein, adjunct assistant professor, Fashion Design-Apparel, professional designer and product specialist; and online, Camille Block, intimate apparel executive of design, merchandising, and product development.

SXF 500 Fabrication: Everything You Need to Know
This intensive workshop is for anyone who works with fabrics or fabric terminology. Whether you are in retailing, manufacturing, an entry-level textile position, or copywriting, increase your skill, vocabulary, and knowledge of everything fabric-related, from fiber to finished product. Course teaches fiber properties, effective end-use information, and methods of yarn and cloth manufacturing, through lecture, demonstration, and hands-on analysis.

Instructors: Margaret Bishop, adjunct professor, Textile Development and Marketing, international consultant, textile development; or Lisa Kesselman, adjunct professor, Textile Development and Marketing, assistant coordinator, Enterprise Center, specialist in manufacturing, design, and sale of custom fabric trims.

SXF 501 Fabrication: Dyeing, Printing, and Finishing Essentials
This intensive workshop covers styling fundamentals and selecting fabric in response to market demands for the apparel or domestics markets. Patterns, colors, and finishes are stressed. Program considers dyestuff properties and their applications; screen, roller, and heat-transfer printing; and chemical and mechanical finishing processes.

Instructors: Margaret Bishop, adjunct professor, Textile Development and Marketing, international consultant, textile development; or Lisa Kesselman, adjunct professor, Textile Development and Marketing, assistant coordinator, Enterprise Center, specialist in manufacturing, design, and sale of custom fabric trims.

SXF 525 Introduction to Knits for Design and Product Developers
Is your knit know-how sufficient to meet the demands of today's customers? This intensive workshop is for anyone on the creative side of the fashion industry who works with, or wants to work with, fully fashioned sweater knits, from bulky 3-gauge to fine 14-gauge. Whether you are in manufacturing or retail product development, this course increases vocabulary and know-how. Program includes lecture, demonstration, analysis, and a chance to see a variety of knitting machines in action to reinforce your new-found knowledge.

Instructor: Marian Grealish, adjunct assistant professor, Textile Development and Marketing.

SXF 610 The Great Fashion Designers
Gain insight into the inception, growth, and evolution of modern fashion through an examination of the most influential fashion designers of the first eight decades of the 20th century. Discover how important fashion trends grow out of, and are influenced by, lifestyle and history. Gain an understanding of important designer trademarks and their ongoing influences.

Instructors: Sarah Byrd, adjunct instructor, Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice, fashion historian and archivist; or Beryl Wing, AICI, CIP, image consultant.

SXF 650 Learn Today’s Top Ten Design Motifs: Home, Events, and Fashion
(Formerly called SXH 100 Learn the Top Ten Design Motifs of All Time)
Do your Roman concepts turn out Greek? Do you confuse Art Deco and Art Nouveau? Whether you're in apparel, accessories, or the home market, learn to identify and utilize historical design elements correctly. Program features lecture and visuals of important stylistic periods. Sharpen your ability to instantly recognize historical motifs and design elements and strengthen your design vocabulary and interpretive abilities.

*Certificate students are required to satisfactorily complete a final project within a week following the end of course sessions in order to receive a passing grade using Pinterest boards, PDF or Word document, or mini-PowerPoint presentation. Students will receive further instructions at the first session. 

Instructor: Maureen Crilly, adjunct assistant professor, Interior Design; Crilly Companies, interior design; design history expert.

SXF 700 Demystifying Fashion Forecasting
Train your eyes to recognize fashion cycles from a fashion-forecasting insider. Discover how colors evolve and trends are tracked, and how market leaders gather, evaluate, and use substantive phenomena to create and select products for design and retailing. Create your own mini-forecast mood board to share with class.

Instructor: Jamie Ross, adjunct professor, Fashion Business Management; creative director at The Doneger Group.

SXF 725 Fashion Trend Online Resources for Line Planning
Fashion trend research is available and affordable on the internet if you know how to find it and how to focus your searches. Learn to get just what you need, fast, with tools like the Macro Forecasts, Runway Color Tracking, Forecasting, Trend Watch, Webinar, and others. Find out how to construct your own mood boards and storyboards using the latest online tools. Experience what virtual shopping is like in cities around the world, as well as fashion market events, all without leaving your desk chair.

Instructor: Bernard Kahn, adjunct assistant professor, Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries; manufacturing consultant.

SXF 802 Textile Color Lab Essentials for Apparel Designers and Developers  
This practical program utilizes FIT's textile testing labs to learn how to elevate color and dye decision-making to improve your ability to evaluate lab dips and strike-offs. See firsthand how fabrication is evaluated for performance and learn to cut down the time it takes for color approval with dyers and printers and eliminate costly mistakes. This program features essential knowledge for designers, product developers, or anyone responsible for textile design and buying. Attendees must have a working fabrication knowledge or have taken SXF 500, Fabrication: Everything You Need to know.

Instructor: Margaret Bishop, adjunct professor, Textile Development and Marketing; international consultant, textile development.