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Advertising is one component of an overall marketing plan, and we can help you determine if it is a cost-effective way to achieve promotional objectives.

The college maintains a contract with an advertising agency, and all media planning and purchasing are coordinated by Communications and External Relations in conjunction with the agency. The office is the only FIT department authorized to purchase both print and online advertising on behalf of the college (with the exception of Human Resources for employee recruitment).

Centralized budgets for advertising are set annually as part of the budget process. Media purchases are planned primarily on a semester basis to support student registration for continuing education programs and to promote open houses. Other advertising managed by the division includes advertising to announce new programs, special events, and Museum at FIT exhibitions.

General Timeline Guide

Advertising is a multi-stage process and requires development of a media plan, creative development, space reservation, and delivery of materials to the media outlet.

Contact the department one semester prior to your planned activity. The following guideline indicates the general timeframe required to complete advertising:

  • Media Planning
    research, planning, and budget development: 4–6 weeks
  • Creative Development
    design, copy, and layout for a new ad: 4–6 weeks
    copy changes on existing creative: 1–2 weeks

  • Materials Deadlines
    dailies (WWD, AM New York): 1 week prior to publication date
    weeklies (New York Magazine, Time Out New York) 1 week prior to publication date
    monthlies (Print Magazine, College Bound): 3–4 weeks prior to publication date
    online advertising: ongoing; time frame depends on outlet

If you are interested in discussing advertising, please contact Carol Leven, assistant vice president for Communications, at (212) 217-4700.