Instructor Spotlight: Jada Schumacher

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Jada is the Founding Director of Design Orange, a studio designing custom products for museums, individuals, and inspiring organizations. Jada has a Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a Master of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin. She lectures on color and design nationally and internationally in countries such as El Salvador, Estonia, Italy, Hungary, Korea, and Taiwan. She is an Associate Professor in the Communication Design Department and an instructor at the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies at FIT. She teaches courses on color theory, color forecasting, graphic design, and three-dimensional design.

Professor Schumacher teaches:
HAD110 New York Art Scene
HAD149 Advertising and Graphic Design Portfolio.

Teaching Philosophy:

I believe in approaching projects and lives with a sense of discovery and joy. I believe that the classroom should be led with honesty and realness, and I create a teaching environment where each student is encouraged at his/her own pace and in his/her direction of interest. I encourage students explore ideas that make a difference in our increasingly complex world.

My advice for future creatives? Really look. Really listen. Be curious. Museum hopping is an exquisite luxury. It’s important to stay current (and to nourish your creative self). See contemporary art and outrageous performances. Go to concerts. Watch movies. Walk through boutiques and touch nice fabrics.

Travel in your own town. Travel somewhere far away. Travel somewhere that smells like curry or anise or dirt or honey.

On Precollege Programs:

The Precollege Programs offer students the luxury of shopping around for careers while building portfolios for entry into college. What an fantastic opportunity! Plus, exploring creative endeavors with seasoned professionals and instructors is an amazing amount of fun.

Industry Experience:

Design Orange has just finished a collaborative effort with The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, NYC, to launch a scarf inspired by sculptor Isamu Noguchi’s Akari lamps. The studio works with other museums across the country in creating custom products inspired by the museums’ collections.

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In The Halls: Mariah


Student: Mariah (17) from Somerset, New Jersey

Program: Summer Live

Pre-College Courses: Drawing in Adobe Illustrator

Describe your personal style: Classic chic with a bit of an edge.

Where do you go on your breaks from class? Art store, book store, food.

What is your favorite thing about FIT? The Diversity

Who or what inspires you? New York street fashion. Street fashion in general.

What do you want to do after you graduate from college? Become an Illustrator for a magazine


In The Halls: Mianna


Student: Mianna (16) from Newport

Program: Summer Live

Pre-College Courses: Intro to the Fashion Industry

Describe your personal style: I would describe my personal as something that can’t be pinned. It’s forever changing!

Where do you go on your breaks from class? Starbucks <3

What is your favorite thing about FIT? All of the unique individuals.

Who or what inspires you? Life. Beauty is in everything around us.

What do you want to do after you graduate from college? I would love to explore the world!


Putting It All Together…One Page at a Time

The excitement to complete my magazine is definitely starting to kick in! As much as I’m dreading the last day of class, I can’t believe how far along my magazine has come. I never knew I’d be able to make something that looks so professional. Today in class we had a “critique,” which is when we all gather around a table and present what we’ve done so far, and our classmates give us constructive criticism to help improve the magazine. This is such an important part to the class because it helps me improve what I’ve done, and I also love seeing what everyone else has been creating!

One of my favorite pages of my magazine is the Table of Contents. It tells so much about what’s about to be revealed in just one page. Mine still needs a few more adjustments, but here it is so far!

My magazine's table of contents

My magazine’s table of contents

I wanted my magazine to be simple with a lot of white space so that it makes the images the main focus. I can’t wait to show you guys the finished project!


In The Halls: Kassie


Student: Kassie (17) from Avon

Program: Summer Live

Pre-College Courses: Fashion Forecasting

Describe your personal style: Casual and relaxed

Where do you go on your breaks from class? Chill outside and listen to music.

What is your favorite thing about FIT? The teachers are very experienced and they know what they’re talking about.

Who or what inspires you? Rock music and the underground rock scene as a whole. My favorite musicians are Julia Cummings and Clem Creevy, they have great style as well.

What do you want to do after you graduate from college? I want to find a job in the city that lets me travel a lot.