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BFA – A Fair to Remember

By , October 5, 2012 4:31 pm

your hosts from the Dean’s Office, Amy, Ashley & Kim

A roomful of expertise — department chairs, professors and student advisers — were on hand at the BFA Fair on October 4th to speak with students interested in art and design BFA majors. “Students often don’t realize the offerings and the vast number of programs available to them,” says Professor Ellen Goldstein from accessories design. “The BFA Fair opens their eyes to a vast number of opportunities.”

Suzanne Anoushian, chair of communication department with prospective BFA student

Professor Anne Kong from visual presentation and exhibition design talking to students

“We talked about everything from job opportunities to majors and ours being more 3-dimensional,” said Professor Anne Kong.

Prof. Birgit Schwarz-Hickey from advertising design talking with students

Fashion design chair, Colette Wong talks to a curious student

“The BFA Fair is a wonderful opportunity for all Art & Design students,” says Colette Wong, chair of fashion design. “It’s informative even for students who know what their major will be. They learn more about the study abroad programs and any lingering questions get answered.”

Prof. Frederun Scholz of graphic design providing guidance

Prof. Sarah Mullins & Vasilios Christoflilakos, chair of accessories design

Prof. Sandra Krasovec advising prospective student of packaging design

“I had a very important conversation with students about what they can do after graduation,” said Jeff Way, assist. chair of fine arts. “We have graduates who come to the classroom to talk about what they are doing.”

Student advisors & textile design BFA majors Gabrielle Marino and Samantha Dines help out behind the swatches

Sara Petitt, chair of textile surface design

Ramon Campos holding an octopus  prototype made by alum Andres Garza

 Ramon Campos, a student adviser, switched to toy design after completing his AAS in illustration. He was on hand to help prospective students navigate the waters.



photos: Rachel Ellner


FIT’s uncommon talent mix comes up with Prince magazine

By , January 4, 2012 6:24 pm

“Live like a rebel, dress like a prince” is the motto of the soon-to-be launched young men’s fashion magazine Prince.  The online publication is the work of three FIT students looking for greater representation of urban fashion. “I never felt there was a magazine that spoke to my background as a young man,” says Matthew Grimsley, fabric styling student and editor-in-chief of the new start-up. “I want to create one that fills that void.”

Prince — online, urban, men’s fashion magazine

“The concept of the Prince style is something Matthew developed, but this is a cooperative effort with each student contributing a special talent in his area of expertise,” says  Grimsley’s fabric styling professor Sara Petitt.

Prince was conceived on campus. Grimsley says he was eager to start his styling career; managing editor, Tyler Hill (advertising major) was looking to write for a publication. The magazine’s graphic designer, Bryant Littrean  (communication design) wanted to design a website.  In addition to a magazine that flaunts urban style, “we’re  showcasing our talents, most of which we learned from FIT, to help us land internships and jobs,” says Hill.

It’s an uncommon talent mix. What other school has majors in publication design, fashion design and PR?

The first issue will offer instruction in dressing like a prince.  “Our mission is to bring readers a wealth of practical advice on high and low, budget friendly fashion for the metropolitan young man,” says Grimsley.

For a free subscription go to:  Follow Prince on Twitter: @Prince_Magazine, and

Photo credit: Amanda Chu, FIT Photography alumna


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