I decided to interview Mari a recent fashion design graduate. I thought her point of views were really interesting and she had some great advice that I thought could help a lot of future/current students at FIT.
Why did you pick fashion design? I took classes and worked at a fashion design studio in Seattle for about 6 years. I always knew I wanted to do something artistic, and I really loved how hands on fashion design was. Which made it really easy when picking out schools.
How did you pick FIT? The teacher at my studio went to FIT. When I visited different schools, the students and teachers at FIT really inspired me and strengthened my decision to pick FIT. Being that FIT was in New York was a huge bonus too.
Did FIT meet your expectations? For the most part it did. In the technical aspect of making clothes, I found it challenging and my skills improved tremendously. Coming from a fine arts background, I hoped that the classes would of been more creative. But for an overall education, FIT gave me great knowledge about the industry and also great connections.
What’s next for you now? I decided that costume design is something I really enjoy and want to pursue in. So now I’m looking for jobs in costume. I’m also keeping my options open, because I love activewear, so maybe something in that direction too is something I’m considering.
Has FIT helped you choose this new direction? Yes, I would of never thought of costume design as an industry. FIT showed me that costume design is a possible career option. It also gave me a good base to get me there in terms of skills, connections and the ability to create a concept from start to finish.
What did you think of the Art Concentration? It was a really intense program, but something I really wanted to do. There was a lot of drawing and coming up with concepts, which I feel are really important skills to have in this industry. I loved that at the end of the program, I came out with a great portfolio, that I am really proud of and feel confident showing at interviews.
Do you have any advice for future/current fashion design students? Take advantage of the teachers and the advice and knowledge they have. They know what they’re talking about and have great connections in the industry. Don’t take yourself too seriously, enjoy the freedom to be creative. And most importantly be confident in your ideas!
If you want to check out Mari’s work maristudio.us
Now that the semester is officially over, most students have moved out of the dorms, gone home for the summer, or got an apartment in the city to take on some city dreams for the summer! For me, I’m leaving Manhattan. I currently have an apartment In Manhattan but with my lease being up, I decided to look elsewhere. Manhattan is an incredible and beautiful place. With great accessibility to school and everything at my fingertips, you’re probably wondering why I’d leave. Not only is it less expensive to live outside of Manhattan, I’m able to live two separate lives; social and school/work. When I come into the city, I’m often overwhelmed by the tourists, constant whirlwind, and pressure. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of those things as well, but being constantly surrounded by it from the moment you walk out of your door, when do you get the chance to clear your head? I will miss the accessibility and convenience of living in the city, but I’m looking forward to beginning a new chapter of my life where I can finally feel like an adult. This is a big step and a big move for me as I enter my senior year. I don’t know what the future holds and I’m going to be out of my comfort zone, but these are the times in your life where you find yourself, become truly independent, and start anew!
Declaring a minor is one of those concepts where most people probably think to themselves, “What’s the point?” I encourage everyone to find a minor that enhances your major because you will get SO much out of it! The School of Liberal Arts offers FIT students the opportunity to take a minor in areas of two forms: traditional subject-based minors and interdisciplinary minors. With minors ranging from language to fashion studies, there are so many opportunities to enhance your academic career at FIT.
To declare a minor, visit the Academic Advisement Center in room C402 to create the best plan of action. To complete a minor, you must take 5 courses that add up to 15 course credits; this can be completed as an undergraduate continuing into your bachelors as well. Upon successful completion of the selected course credits with a 2.0 or higher GPA, your minor will be recorded on your transcript. Transfer students can also transfer up to six 6 credits for any academic minor.
I am graduating with a minor in Communication Studies and will be double-minoring in Economics in the fall. I chose Communication Studies because it coincided, and even overlapped, with the classes I had to take for my associates in Advertising and Marketing Communications. I also chose this minor because it aims to help students realize how communication constructs the social world in which they live and connects them to it. Communication is a tool to build, maintain, and navigate relationships with individuals in the work place and everyday life. Similarly, I chose to double-minor in Economics because I will be learning about the international economics of the beauty industry in my Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing bachelor program. This minor enables students to acquire a useful understanding of economic concepts and analyzes and improves students’ analytical skills – in addition to their commitment to a challenging academic program.
By declaring a minor, you are making yourself more marketable with a fresh wealth of knowledge. Visit this link to view the list of minors offered at FIT.
If you have any questions about minoring at FIT, leave me a comment down below!
This is for all the international students, who are freaking out, because they don’t know what to do next! When I first got accepted to FIT, it was such a stressful process, because since I was an international student it meant I had so many extra steps to take into consideration. It made me so nervous. I was so scared of misunderstanding something, that I would call the school 3 times a day (I had a lovely phone bill at the end of the month). Here are a few helpful steps to make it easier for you, when you have to go through that process:
Pay your tuition deposit You want to make sure you secure your spot!
Start your visa application Once you got accepted you will have to fill out the ISFS (International Student Financial Statement) and send it to the school. They will then send you a confirmation with your I-20, which will then allow you to apply for an F-1 visa at the US consulate in your country.
Get all the vaccines required That was a really long and tough process, because they wouldn’t accept my translation of the vaccines, they needed my doctor to translate everything in english and then sign it (he didn’t speak english).
Book your flight ticket Once my visa was accepted, I bought my flight ticket straight away. It’s cheaper to buy your plan ticket earlier, so I didn’t waist a second, since I knew I was going to that school.
Decide where to live Do you want to have your own apartment or dorm? I would dorm, if it’s your very first time in New York. It helps you settle down with less stress and you have time to get used to the city. If you are considering dorming don’t wait to apply, because the spots get taken really quickly.
Summer is quickly approaching us, with finals and projects winding down, we are all excited for something. This summer I will be switching from being an intern to a full time position! As to most that doesn’t sound exciting but I truly love my job and its a great opportunity for me. I will also be doing a lot of traveling. I have a cruise in august for a late birthday present, Canada in July, Philly June 7th for my birthday and as nerdy as this sounds a Tom petty concert, as well as Boston and a few other short weekend trips for weddings. THEN, Next semester I graduate! and I will be back at school two days a week. I am beyond excited that I am finally finishing , and happy that you all got to live through it with me. College is a great time for finding yourself, your career, and sometimes not sometimes its just a great time. But whatever it may be for you I couldn’t be more grateful to say I have been a student and a voice at FIT.