Category Archives: Courses

Final Thoughts: Graduation

Hey All,

I wanted to take a minute to write more of a personal blog. This Thursday I will officially be graduating with a BFA in Illustration from FIT. My journey has been rewarding in ways I cannot describe. I cannot believe the end of my chapter at FIT is around the corner, and a whole new chapter is about to begin.
I have grown so much as an individual at this school, and I am so grateful for the experience. Though filled with much hard work, without FIT, I would not have been able to bring my craft to a level I did not previously imagine possible. Without FIT, I would not have made amazing friendships and been taught by incredible mentors. Without FIT, I would not have been connected to my internship that I have now been working with for almost two years. Without FIT I would not be the independent, go-getting woman that I am today. I owe a lot to this school, a lot to my dedication, and a lot to my aspirations for the future.
I am excited for what the future has to bring, and the challenges that lie ahead for me. FIT has prepared me for the real world, and I am looking forward to taking on this new journey. This week, as I finish my last two classes of college, I look back with fond memories and important lessons.
Congratulations Graduates! Your hard work has paid off, and your new adventure begins now.

Best,
Annmarie X

Art and Design: Student Show

Hello Everyone,

From May 9th-May 24th, the Museum at FIT is hosting the Graduating Student Show. This exhibition houses student work from 16 different majors: Accessories Design, Advertising 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, Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design. There is work displayed from 800 different graduating students in the Art and Design School.
The diverse projects feature thesis projects, award winning projects, juried work, and more. What is amazing about the student work is there are so many different niches and disciplines to explore. Students have created anything ranging from an entire toy design, to a piece of jewelry, to a video game, to an illustrative work and more.
My graduating department, Illustration, contributed to the show. At the Museum at FIT’s lower level, there are wall displays of BFA students’ Illustration work. Illustration students display their discipline through painting, drawing, digital work, and more. The work goes just beyond wall pieces; students illustrated books, made fashion items, costumes, 3D pieces/sculptures, and more. The exhibitions are on display at the Museum at FIT, the John E. Reeves Great Hall, and other locations on campus. Be sure to visit for details!

Until Next Time,
Annmarie X

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Cyber Awareness

The internet has so much control over our daily lives in today’s technologically drive era. We use it for school, careers, finding business reviews, but maybe most predominantly, for social media. It is our job to make the internet a safe space for all to use.
FIT is a contributor to creating cyber awareness, which includes ideas such as knowing how to personal information safe online and ending cyber bullying all together. Classes taken by FIT students, along with their campaign workshop, brought about the event taking place this Tuesday, April 17th in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre. A Special Events Marketing class, taught by Associate Chair Lorettas Volpe of Advertising Marketing and Communications and a Video Studio Production class, taught by Professor Michael Cokkinos, were some of the courses that helped contribute to the students’ cyber bullying initiative. Some of the activities at the event will be presentations, panels, and training, all pertaining to being safe and civil on the internet. The slogan of this event, fittingly so, is “Be Aware of What You Share.”
Students created other slogans and campaigns, such as “Don’t Be Mean Behind the Screen,” and “Don’t Roast Me, Boast Me,” which is the title of one of a few video series. This one in particular discusses the concept of replacing negative comments online with positive ones. There will even be a movie night for the movie Cyberbully. Stay tuned for all the events geared toward taking positive steps forward so you too can get involved!

Best,
Annmarie X

Academic Minor Fair

Hello Everyone,

Did you know that FIT has 25 different minors to choose from? Most classes a student has to take will revolve around major related courses; minoring is the perfect opportunity to specialize in another interest or something that is related to major-level work. It is even possible to declare a double minor! In order to declare a minor, you must take five related courses that count as a credit under the minor of choice. With maintaining a 2.0 GPA or higher, anyone is able to add a minor.

As an Illustration major, art history was the perfect minor choice for me. My major required credits in art history, so many of the classes I took counted toward my minor. Not only was I able to declare a minor, but I was able to explore courses that branched outside of my major and peaked my interest. Art history has always been a subject I have loved learning about, so I was so grateful to have the opportunity to declare it as a minor and make it part of my education.

Wednesday, March 14th in the Feldman Center Lobby from 12pm-2pm, there will be an Academic Minor Fair. Here coordinators can speak with you to discuss options that work with your interests and major. Be sure to check it out to see if declaring a minor could be the right choice for you!

Best,
Annmarie x

UNfamiliar Places

Hello Tigers,

One thing I am most appreciative about during my experience attending FIT is the new places I have been exposed to. Being from Long Island, I’ve been to Manhattan plenty of times before college. However, FIT has introduced me to so many new places that I never thought I would visit, let alone that were located right in New York City.

Recently, I have visited a few new places because of the honors course I am taking this semester: HA 394-History of New York Architecture. Along with learning about the history of New York’s development, the professor takes the class out on walking tours around the city to see some of the historical sites that we have learned about. One place we visited was the Alexander Hamilton Custom House, which houses the National Museum of the American Indian. Ironically, I had previously visited this building because of the honors course I took last semester: HA 395-Studies In American Indian Art and Culture. This museum is located right at Bowling Green and is free admission to the public. While my New York Architecture class taught me about the history of the building, the American Indian Art class taught me about the different artifacts and works located in the museum.

Another place I was introduced to from my  NY Architecture course is the Morgan Library & Museum. This museum is located right in midtown on 36th and Madison. Inside is the study and library of J.P. Morgan; the library has three story shelving that looks like something right out of a Disney movie! Inside there are some exhibitions, including letters to and from Alexander Hamilton and part of Morgan’s collection. Without this class I would have never stepped outside of my “Big Apple” comfort zone and explored new places I never knew existed!

What are some places you have been to off your “beaten path?”
Until next time,
Annmarie x