Category Archives: Continuing and Professional Studies

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

Lunar New Year Stamp Designed by FIT’s Kam Mak

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Happy New Year, everyone!

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.

The U.S. Postal Service launched the Year of the Rooster stamp in Seattle on January 15th with a first-day issue ceremony at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.

Looking forward to seeing upcoming designs in years to come!

Meli B

FIT’s First Youth Delegate to the United Nations

Gabriella Manduca, FIT’s first student delegate to the United Nations, is well on her way to make a difference in the world.

Manduca, a seventh-semester International Trade and Marketing student, became a youth delegate this fall through one such NGO partner, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to international education and cultural exchange. As one of two NAFSA youth delegates, she attends the U.N. briefings and summarizes them for the association’s blog. She also encourages other students, including her FIT classmates, to engage with the U.N.

The U.N. Department of Public Information partners with more than 1,300 nongovernmental organizations, which meet for weekly briefings at U.N. headquarters in New York City. These NGOs send delegates to report on the briefings, which cover hot-button issues such as education, poverty, and the refugee crisis.

Manduca is passionate about fighting the sale of counterfeit goods, which is connected to organized crime and human-rights abuses. A 2014–15 Museum at FIT exhibition, Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits, made her aware of this global problem, and her ITM classes galvanized her further. She applied to be a NAFSA delegate to broaden her understanding of the global stage.

“A lot of people making sustainable innovations don’t realize they can make a difference on the scale of the U.N.,” Manduca said. “I thought this could be an opportunity to start that conversation here at FIT.”

Congratulations to our fellow Tiger, Gabriella!

Melinda Batista

PayScale.com Ranks FIT #1

PayScale, which links individuals and businesses to the largest salary profile database in the world, ranks FIT first in the nation among community colleges for alumni mid-career salaries ($74,600) in the 2016-17 PayScale College Salary Report. PayScale collects data through an ongoing online compensation survey. The site ranked 1,388 colleges and universities in total, with an average sample size of 325. This salary figure represents an increase of 3.5 percent from last year. PayScale ranked 371 two-year colleges.

This is the second year in a row FIT ranks number two out of 100 schools for alumni holding bachelor’s degrees in art, with a mid-career salary of $90,300. FIT also ranks 110th overall for mid-career salaries among all 983 colleges and universities that grant bachelor’s degrees, with a median salary of $93,100. Among bachelor-degree-granting schools in New York State, FIT came in 17th. Among public colleges and universities nationwide, FIT’s rank was 35th.

So exciting to see that FIT graduates are going on to successful careers throughout the creative industries and have incredible earning potential!

Melinda

FIT Ranked Top 10 Globally

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Yes, all of the Facebook posts are true.

The fashion news website Business of Fashion placed FIT’s undergraduate programs sixth in the world and its graduate programs tenth in its second annual Global Fashion Schools Rankings. Just to put in perspective how amazing this news is,  FIT and Parsons School of Design are the only American undergraduate institutions in the Top Ten and the FIT’s graduate programs made the listing at number ten for the first time this year.

The rankings are part of BoF’s annual report on the state of fashion education, which includes an in-depth analysis of key geographies and detailed profiles of the top 50 undergraduate and the top 25 graduate fashion programs. The ranking is based on three criteria: global influence, learning experience and long-term value. With FIT’s ability to project a global reputation we all know and love and prepare students for the real world of business and design, the survey also notes that a number of institutions are connecting creativity and commerce through interdisciplinary curricula that allow students to become more specialized and demanding business, technology, and marketing courses.

“FIT is in the company of outstanding institutions throughout the world that are doing excellent work,” said Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT. “The accomplishments of our faculty, students, and alumni are to be credited for helping us earn our reputation around the world.”

I have always been so proud to attend and represent this wonderful school, but now more than ever, it really goes to show how lucky all of us FIT Tigers are. We have a lot to live up to, and we are prepared for it every step of the way. Let’s never let them down.

Melinda