Category Archives: Art Major

FIT News: New York Film + Fashion Hub in Brooklyn

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the city will transform large, under-used buildings in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, into a hub for fashion and film—and FIT will be a part of it.

The city is committing $136 million to create a Made in New York–branded campus at Sunset Park’s Bush Terminal, featuring modern and affordable space for garment manufacturing, film and TV production, and related services. FIT will deliver the initiative’s educational component by offering courses at the hub.

FIT’s program will launch this summer with two non-credit courses that will count toward a Creative Maker Certificate of Achievement in Ethical Design and Local Manufacturing Fundamentals. This certificate program is being offered through FIT’s Center for Continuing and Professional Studies.

The Made in New York garment manufacturing hub will provide 25-35 white-box spaces (ranging from 2,000 to 20,000 square feet,) to companies working in pattern-making, marking and grading, cutting and sewing, and sample making. The courses will be held at the nearby Brooklyn Army Terminal until Bush Terminal is complete in 2020.

Way to go, FIT!

Meli B

Library Resources

The FIT library is a great place to go for some quiet time, but it is also a fantastic place to receive help on research or thesis assignments!  Here are some resources that the library has that you as an FIT student can take advantage of:

  • PrintFx: PrintFx is FIT’s printing lab in which students and faculty have access to.  It is located on the 5th floor of the Pomerantz Center in D529A.  You are able to drop off orders or order online, and the services range from laser jet prints to printing on fabric, to bookbinding.  PrintFx has some of the least expensive prices in the city and is always of the highest quality.
  • Research and Instructional Services: If you have a thesis or research project that would like assistance in finding materials, the research services desk is happy to sit down with you, chat over the phone or email regarding your needs.  To find out more information about how to book an appointment, click here.
  • Rent books and movies: From the blockbuster hits to the fashion documentaries and novels, the FIT library has access to it all for your use.  Don’t see the title that you are looking for?  Inform the library staff and they are open to ordering it.
  • Historical Forecast Archives: FIT has access to historical forecasts from the 19th century – onward.  You must make an appointment to view by emailing libperiodicals@fitnyc.edu
  • Scan textbook pages: The professor may not require the book, but they may assign readings and assignments from the textbook.  Instead of purchasing the entire book and rarely using it, the FIT library has access to a majority of the typical textbooks used and they are available to scan so that you have access to the necessary pages.

I hope you enjoyed learning more about what the FIT library has to offer!

Ashley

 

New Views 2017

Josephine Vargas, adjunct faculty member, Fashion Design–Art, “Swatching,” watercolor

Get a glimpse into the creative talent that underpins FIT’s School of Art and Design by visiting New Views 2017. This third annual large-scale faculty exhibition at FIT will showcase the work of more than 70 faculty members from across these disciplines through Sunday, March 5th, 2017 in the John E. Reeves Great Hall.

The School of Art and Design comprises 17 programs — Accessories Design, Advertising Design, Communication Design, Computer Animation and Interactive Media, Fabric Styling, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Jewelry Design, Menswear, Packaging Design, Photography, Textile/Surface Design, Toy Design, and Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design.

New Views reflects the diversity of talent among the School of Art and Design’s faculty—many of whom are professional artists and designers—as well as FIT’s innovative curriculum, which is collaborative and interdisciplinary,” said Joseph Seipel, interim dean of the school.

This exhibition is free and open to the public. Bring your friends and help celebrate the creatives of FIT!

Exhibition Details:
Dates: February 27 – March 5, 2017
Exhibition hours: 9 am – 9 pm
Location: John E. Reeves Great Hall, FIT
Entrance: 28th Street, just west of Seventh Avenue

Meli B

Climate Change Chit Chat

Welcome back, tigers!

With sustainability being one of FIT’s core missions, faculty and students are invited to participate in a unique opportunity this spring to integrate the message of climate change into their coursework in new, creative, and challenging ways.

Amy Lemmon, professor, English and Communication Studies, and Arthur Kopelman, Distinguished Service Professor, Science and Math, were awarded a Sustainability Grant for their proposal Communicating Climate Change: Collaboration in the Arts and Sciences. As part of their work, they are bringing world-renowned climate change expert James McClintock and celebrated author and creative writing professor Adam Vines to campus this semester. Videos created by McClintock and Vines, along with other teaching resources, will be available to faculty, and a public event will be held on April 18th.

The Sustainability Grant will incorporate a fall exhibition of student work from all participating courses. Resources like videos, suggested books and articles, and online guides are available to all faculty to incorporate in lesson plans.

For more information, access to the resources, and/or help incorporating this material into your coursework, contact Amy Lemmon for more information.

Way to spread the word, FIT!

Meli B.

Introducing: Fashion Design MFA

Great news, fashion designers!

FIT is officially launching a Master of Fine Arts program in Fashion Design that will welcome its first class in fall 2017. This two-year, full-time program focuses on practice-based research and is open to students with varied experience in creative areas ranging from apparel design to architecture, engineering, and software development.

This program is the first Fashion Design MFA in the SUNY system and is offered through FIT’s School of Graduate Studies. The Fashion Design MFA centers on a unique thesis process that supports innovation in design, fit, cut, construction, silhouette, and materiality. This process of translating inspiration into malleable design ingredients and solutions are divided into 4 concepts:

  • Play: Working individually with faculty mentors, students explore the possibilities of their thesis with freedom, openness, and intent to take it in unexpected directions.
  • Focus: Each student is matched with a specially selected industry partner who advises on sharpening and clarifying the idea, creating initial prototypes, and defining the market.
  • Edit: Based on the best ideas, strongest samples, and happy “accidents” from previous thesis phases, students develop, design, and prototype their collections.
  • Conclude: Students present their collections along with a paper explaining their thesis process and defend their thesis to a select panel of industry experts. Collections will be shown to investors, industry leaders, and other important audiences through an exhibition, a publication, and a presentation, providing a highly visible showcase for the work.

The curriculum includes two international field experiences and courses and exploring the relationship of technology to creativity in design.

For more information on the new program, click here.

Meli B