Every fall semester, students from around the world convene for 10 days at FIT for an in-depth seminar that focuses on leadership, cross-cultural understanding, and the global marketplace. One cohort of students is in FIT’s Global Fashion Management (GFM) master’s program. The program is offered in collaboration with similar graduate programs at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong and Institut Français de la Mode in Paris, whose students travel to New York for the seminar. At others times during the year, students from each school meet in Paris, where they focus on historical aspects and the contemporary luxury industry, and in Hong Kong, where production, supply chain, and consumer demographics and demand are studied.
The theme for September’s seminar, which was held September 19–28, was creative thinking applied to business. The seminar also included site visits. In Brooklyn, the students toured Manufacture New York, a 160,000-square-foot fashion incubator, design studio, and education lab in Sunset Park. They were able to observe designers at work and got a first look at a exciting space that is about to become a collaborative manufacturing and design hub for small-scale designers and makers who can no longer afford the skyrocketing costs of Manhattan’s Garment District. The LEED-certified hub will include areas for innovations in wearable tech and biomaterials, as well as offices and traditional factory space.
It is always important to explore the opportunities your program has to offer!
Thank you to all students and families who attended FIT Open House this past weekend. On behalf of the Admissions team, we hope that this experience gave you great insight and a glimpse of your potential home for the next four years. If you were not able to make it, no worries! As a student representative on the Life at FIT student panel, I have outlined the top 3 frequently asked questions from both parents and students:
1.What made you choose FIT?
As the first of my two younger sisters to attend college for the first time, I like to jokingly consider myself as the “test child.” I applied to a total of 20 schools with the intention on focusing on business to eventually pursuing my passion in beauty. After being accepted to 19 of those schools and sending a housing deposit to Penn State, I received my admissions letter from FIT and everything changed. I knew being in the heart of the business capital with access to FIT industry events, networking opportunities, internships, and attending a school with unmatched programs is where I wanted to be. I now have my associates in Advertising/Marketing Communications and am currently working towards my bachelors in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing.
2. How to Get Involved?
Clubs: There are 50+ clubs on campus that cater to student’s majors and personal interests. Plan to attend the club fair that will take place a couple of weeks into school. This is an easy way to meet new people with shared interests. You can even create your own club too!
Publications: WFIT (TV Broadcast/Radio), W27 (Newspaper) and Blush Magazine (Beauty and Fashion Magazine) all offer an insightful platform to share your voice with the FIT community regarding topics related to FIT, social issues, lifestyle etc.
The Student Volunteer Community Service (SVCS): This service, which is offered through the Department of Student Life, provides students with volunteer opportunities at Fashion Week, community events, etc. This is ideal to gain industry experience and to make a difference in your community.
Leadership: Become part of the student Government Association, Orientation Leader or Leadership Ambassador! You can also build leadership skills at Leadership Weekend or attend the Leadership Workshop Series to learn how to effectively communicate as a leader. Participating in Impact Day by giving back to local organizations in NYC is a great way to represent FIT and to learn and grow as a leader on campus as well. For more information, click here.
3.How safe is FIT?
If I’m completely honest, I cant even get into my own dorm or class building without my ID on me at all times. FIT ranks high as one of the most safest schools in the country. With 27th and 7th blocked off from public traffic Monday-Friday and 24/7 security in and outside the buildings, I’ve never felt more secure. Public Safety does a really good job of making sure everything at FIT is the way it is supposed to be. In the event someone needs to call for help, there are always the blue emergency buttons on the side of the buildings as well.
One of the great things about FIT is its location! Being located in Chelsea, we have access to some of the most renowned galleries right in our backyard. While the galleries are making a slow shift to the Lower East Side, a majority of the art galleries are still located in Chelsea. Your professors will most likely give you an assignment to visit the galleries or take you on a field trip, especially if you’re a Fine Arts or Photography major, however even if your professors don’t give you an assignment to visit any of the galleries, I highly recommend it!
From West 19th St spanning up to West 28th St, between 10th and 11th Ave, you’ll find the heart of the art gallery scene. If you don’t know where to start, Chelsea Gallery Map is a great resource to find out additional information on the different types of galleries, the artists, hours of operation, and more! Gallery exhibition openings typically take place on Thursday’s, however you can visit most galleries from Tuesday-Saturday. It’s a great way to get inspiration, have a fun evening with friends, or just to see what the art world is up to.
If you are applying to FIT in the Art & Design school and your application requires a portfolio, I HIGHLY recommend attending a National Portfolio Day. For those who may not be familiar, National Portfolio Day (NPD) is a day in which you have the opportunity to meet with representatives/admissions counselors from the schools you wish to apply/attend (FIT, of course!) and review and discuss your portfolio, talk about the program and university, and also answer any questions that you may have!
It is a golden opportunity to go straight to the source to receive advice and put your worries to rest. The great thing about NPD is that representatives are traveling to different cities and states, so you don’t have to make the trip out to New York City if you aren’t local! The NPD season has just begun, so you’re likely to still make it to a NPD near you! For a full list of the 2016-2017 schedule and the participating schools, you can click here. To anyone that cannot attend a NPD, do not stress, as attending a NPD is not required, however it is very helpful! When I attended NPD in 2012, it was very productive and useful to hear what the representatives had to say about my work.