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.
Abbey Doneger, president and CEO, The Doneger Group; Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president, FIT; and Karen Giberson, president, Accessories Council, cut the ribbon to unveil the new lab
On Tuesday, December 13, the Doneger Group and the Accessories Council unveiled the new Doneger Group/Accessories Council Classroom at FIT.
Located in the Feldman Center in Room 615, the state-of-the-art classroom features movable desks and chairs that allow the room to be set up in any style—lecture hall, quad/group-work setup, or model-drawing studio. MacBook Air laptops stored in a charging cart are available for students to use in class; desk tops prop up to become drafting/drawing boards for traditional art classes; a printing and scanning station allows students to draw, scan, digitize, and print their work; and there are four Wacom Cintiq 24HD interactive creative pen display monitors with Macbook Pro computers, as well as a projector, LED HD TV, and a sound system for presentations.
Funds for the classroom, used by FIT Accessories Design students, were raised both by proceeds from the Accessories Council Hall of Fame, which honored Abbey Doneger, as well as the 2015 ACE Awards Tribute Edition Journal.
Excited for the Accessories Design program and the innovative resources for its students. Congratulations!
This fall, the brick wall on FIT’s 28th Street side got a makeover with student paintings and poems that reflect the uncertain world we live in. The interdisciplinary project came to life after Amy Lemmon, professor of English and Communication Studies, read one of her poems at the Academic Open Mic, a biannual event that brings together faculty from across FIT’s diverse curriculum to share creative and scholarly achievements.
Lemmon’s poem reads:
“That was it, the time we had
no alternative but had to walk past
the site, the fright of shrapnel, and we might
glaze over it’s been so long
since we felt safe—
we are never safe, never safe”
Dan Shefelman, assistant professor of Illustration, was inspired by the poem, and together they came up with #BrickFIT: the words of student poets would share wall space with paintings by fourth-year Illustration students. “There’s a close connection between illustration and ideas,” Shefelman says. “I’ve always felt that an illustration department should be working with writers, and this was a perfect fit.”
Proof that words are POWERFUL. Thanks for the inspiration, FIT!
Starting in November, FIT was working in conjunction with the nonprofit New York Cares on its annual Coat Drive leading up to the new year. The organization’s city-wide effort aims to collect 125,000 coats each year and distribute them to New Yorkers who need them most in the colder months. The Coat Drive has been running for 27 years, having collected and distributed 1.7 million winter coats to date. Boxes were placed in all building lobbies where members of the community could drop off donations.
The Department of Public Safety partnered with New York Cares to initiate FIT’s first-ever coat drive to help homeless New Yorkers. The college’s drive was from November 20th to December 20th. The department is proud to report that a total of 104 coats were donated to the New York Cares distribution center on behalf of FIT.
Great participation, FIT! For more information about New York Cares and how to get involved, click here.
A creative start to this new year is a colorful rendering of the Lunar New Year rooster created by FIT’s Illustration assistant chair Kam Mak for the new postage stamp. Mak was selected by the U.S. Postal Service in 2008 to create an annual stamp through 2019 for its Celebrating Lunar New Year series. The Year of the Rooster is being issued as a souvenir sheet of 12 self-adhesive Forever stamps.
Following the concept of using the Lunar New Year elements, Mak’s Year of the Rooster stamp is adorned with a still-life painting of the Chinese red envelope— called hongbao in Mandarin and lai see in Cantonese—decorated with the majestic rooster on the cover. Art director and stamp designer Ethel Kessler worked again with Mak on this stamp to create elements of continuity, like the calligraphic symbols on the left-hand side.