This week, Precollege Programs had the opportunity to speak with FIT undergraduate student and Precollege alum, Timothy Brucato. Timothy, who hails from Long Island, NY, completed his AAS in Fashion Design at FIT and is expected to graduate in May 2013 with his BFA in Accessories Design.
Timothy is a FIT Student tour guide and a Theatre Ensemble member. Other noted experiences and exhibits include winning 3rd place in the Capezio competition for accessories, feature in AAS Film noir exhibit, and a feature in an Aids Awareness fashion show. In addition, he has worked as an “alterations specialist” at Davids Bridal.
Courses taken in Precollege Programs:
HAR 016: Fashion Art for Fashion Designers
HAR 089: Fashion Design Portfolio
HAP 017: Fashion Design Techniques
HAP 026: Sewing for Fashion Designers
Precollege Programs: What is your fondest memory of Precollege Programs?
Timothy: The excitement I had when I took my first fashion art class in Precollege I learned how to draw a figure and that night went home and drew a million of them. The next class we learned rendering and how to use markers. My art looked so professional! My mom could not believe what I was creating. Just sitting in that class with music playing and Professor Galanos teaching us about rendering was amazing.
Precollege Programs: At what moment did you decide FIT was your college of choice?
Timothy: I decided FIT was for me when Project Runway came out. The idea that I could be making these things was what made me want to come. It became the only college I wanted to go to in the 10th grade.
Precollege Programs: What advantages did you gain from Precollege courses?
Timothy: The precollege program is literally the reason that I am in this school. The portfolio class gave me the exact tools I needed to get into Fashion Design. The project you have in that class is literally the portfolio FIT wants. Also it allowed me to get used to New York City before I started college. The city is amazing, but I remember that when I was in 10th grade I was so scared to go there alone. The precollege program helped me get over my fears and also helped my mom feel I was going to be safe in the city.
I feel I definitely had an advantage over other people at FIT both in the admission process and once I started freshman year. I took a draping class, so first year draping was familiar to me when I entered. Also the sewing class I took was very helpful because it got me used to industrial machines (which are a lot faster than home machines) before my degree classes started.
Precollege Programs: How is college different than you previously imagined back when you were in high school?
Timothy: High school is nothing like reality. There is so much more freedom in college. There is also so much more acceptance in college then there is in high school. But also, college, unlike how people told me, is not impossible. It is very doable with hard work and determination. The precollege program also allowed me to see this.
Precollege Programs: What advice do you have for Precollege students?
Timothy: For those looking to go into fashion design, definitely take the fashion art, sewing 1, and portfolio classes. They help me get into the program. The portfolio class is literally what they want for your interview. Also, you are making the right choice to test out your major, and FIT before making a definite decision.