Category Archives: Campus Life

Design in a business major

Some might think that you don’t get to work outside your major while at FIT, however, they would be wrong. As a Production Management student in FIT’s business school, I will say a majority of my classes are either liberal arts or business courses, but not all. There is a mix of design classes as well. This semester, I am taking Object Oriented Database Management (fancy wording for Adobe Illustrator), and it is a welcomed break from my normal classes.

In the class, we get to create a Tech. Pack from scratch using a garment of our own. My favorite part about the project is that we are building our portfolio with necessary skills based on something that we come into contact with in our daily lives. It is nice being able to use a tool that a lot of the design students use because it gives you a glimpse at what they are doing and what their thought process is, rather than being kept in the dark about it all.

FIT gives students a mix of both sides of the fashion industry, both business and design. So weather you are in business or design, you’ll always get the big picture. I think that’s such a great part of FIT. Don’t you?

Register for Precollege!

Precollege Classes and Outreach

Prospective FIT students: don’t wait to enjoy life at FIT! Meet your future professors and classmates in our Precollege Programs.

The Fashion Institute of Technology’s Precollege Programs provide middle and high school students with experiential learning opportunities at our NYC campus and offers parents, K-12 educators and youth organizations an insightful lens into FIT’s majors and the wide-ranging industries FIT serves.

Precollege Programs prepares students for the FIT admissions process, including creative arts portfolio development, and features the unique experience of being part of FIT’s dynamic and diverse college campus and the cultural vibrancy of New York City that informs and enriches the college, its history, and its campus community.

Registration for Summer 2017 is now open.

For more highlights on Precollege Programs and classes by major, visit http://www.fitnyc.edu/precollege.

Meli B.

Climate Change Initiative at FIT

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Anyone who is familiar with FIT knows that sustainability and climate change are growing initiatives at the college. Now more than ever, FIT is taking a stand to educate its students, faculty and the community as a responsible act of stewardship towards our planet.

Climate change, a new initiative introduced during the Spring 2017 semester, focuses on strategies for communicating the causes and effects on the earth. In line with the college’s goals of academic and creative excellence, innovation, and empowering the student community, FIT is uniquely positioned to educate our students on this timely topic.

University of Alabama-Birmingham Professors James B. McClintock, one of the world’s foremost polar marine biologists, and Adam Vines, celebrated author and creative writing teacher, will visit FIT from Tuesday, April 18, to Thursday, April 20, 2017.

For event information, see the event flyer here and RSVP.

Meli B.

Living in NYC: Dorm Hacks

Living in NYC can be quite an experience, but it is truly what you make it. Here is a 5 helpful dorm hacks/tips that I have found helpful over my last two years dorming at FIT!

1. Make a chore list:

It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but you need one. Things will get messy, and if chores aren’t given to certain people, roomies will end up feeling bitter and angry. Although you can choose your roommates, you never know what type of person they REALLY are!

2. Change the way you fold:

Anyone ever tell you that rolling shirts makes a difference in small spaces? Well… it does! Rolling your clothes makes more space in the little space that we have… and honestly, it looks kinda cool!

3. Keep extra money on your laundry card:

Yes, yes, yes, laundry at FIT isn’t free… it’s $2.50 for a wash and dry. Nonetheless, sometimes things happens, machines don’t work to their full function, or you accidentally spilled something on your favorite sweater and since the card machine only takes $5, $10, or $20 bills keeping it ready for any fashion-mergency is a must!

4. Utilize the workrooms:

Each FIT housing residence has a workroom with light-tables, open space and room for students of all majors to work on anything, at any time. Working on campus can be nice, but if you’re ever in need of a quick location to get things done, just head downstairs to your workroom!

5. Be nice to security:

One great thing I will always say is to be nice to anyone and everyone because it can help you out! Saying hello or good morning can get you a open gate in Kaufman when you’re struggling with all of your bags to get your ID out.

The Baker Scholars

If you’ve never heard of the Baker Scholars, we are a mighty group of Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology students who have been selected due to our academic prowess to receive a semesterly scholarship that lasts for the remainder of your time studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

  • The Dean’s Forum – Each year the Baker Scholars help to plan and coordinate the Dean’s Forums, which bring industry legends like Calvin Klein and Martha Stewart to campus to speak with students in an open forum.
  • Community Service – We also participate in community-building activities. This year we have participated in supporting events including: Culture For One, Baby Buggy, and more!
  • Cultural Outings – As a privilege, we also enjoy access to exclusive cultural outings to build connections with each other, leaders at FIT, and business icons in the industry! Some of our outings this year have included: Broadway Shows (Aladdin), an Alumni Dinner, New York Rangers Hockey Game, and more!
  • Baker Newsletter – We also produce an annual newsletter highlighting personal insights from our scholars. This year Caitlin Kennedy and I created the newsletter that is available in the Dean’s Office in the Business and Liberal Arts Center!