Instructor Spotlight: Aurelie Desmas

Aurélie Desmas has come to interior design after over a decade in photography and the advertisement industry. Her diverse background and understanding of design, styling, theater, photography and art have provided her with a unique point of view for drawing and understanding 3D renderings on a 2D surface.  Aurelie has an MA in Fine Arts from Paris and refined her drawing skills at the School for Interior Design, FIT and Parsons.

Prof. Desmas teaches:
Teaching Philosophy:

I think Precollege is a great time to start exploring possibilities and getting your feet wet in any discipline you are considering for your future. Drawing is a fantastic means of expression and communication for people of any age. Being able to convey and execute your ideas on the 2D surface of a drawing is an exhilarating experience. I see teaching as a great opportunity to exchange knowledge, discuss ideas and have fun.

Industry Experience:
Interior Designer and Feng Shui specialist for Maison KoduZen, Brooklyn based interior design firm
E-Designer for Havenly

Set Designer for various productions for l’Atelier Theatre in New York

Artwork by Aurelie Desmas:

Instructor Spotlight: Daniel Villella

Prof. Dan Villella has been teaching in the Precollege program since 2015. He is an alumni of the BFA Interior Design program at FIT, and a Vice-President of the International Interior Design Association.
Professor Villella teaches:
Teaching Philosophy: I tell my students to be themselves, and encourage them to explore that as designers. What makes interior design so great is variety, and your unique perspective is something no one else can replicate. While we learn and refine new technical skills, we build up the student’s design sensibilities. I try to bring a creative element to even to technical lessons so they can make it their own.
On Precollege Programs: Many students come to us with no design background at all, and I guide them to be in touch with their creative skills. Helping them find their own process and teaching them how to apply that in new situations can be a challenge, but is the most rewarding thing I do. Creating a flexible designer is the key to their success.
Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:  Prof. Villella works for many major institutions, including Columbia University, NYU Langone Medical Centers, Queens Public Library, and New York Presbyterian Hospitals. He also also done work for Northwell Health, formerly NorthShore-LIJ, the Veteran’s Administration, and Health and Hospitals Corporation of NYC.
NY Vice Pres. of Advocacy
NY Board of Directors
Healthcare Forum Member
Professional Member
Board of Directors
IIDA Member Representative
NCIDQ Certificate #029111, 09/2012
10-restaurant bar

1-exterior (2) 2-atrium ticketing
6-kelp forest
7-coral reef 11-open ocean demo area 12-open ocean tunnel8-ice world13-gift shop

The Complexity of a Line – Sarah Saul

“If you do what you love, then you won’t work a day in your life!” that’s what mom says. I always thought Interior Design would just be flower, textured rugs and fuzzy couches and pastel wall paper- all that I love. And as for the worst, well the worst would just be the fabrics that are hideous. The hideous fabrics that you have to pretend to adore more than the client does. That is NOT the worst. I repeat, NOT the worst. The worst is, believe it or not, drawing a line. And that, that is a lot of work.

This weekend, my professor taught us how to draw lines. “Why is he teaching a class of young adults how to draw lines?” oh i’m so glad you asked. See in Interior Design it’s extremely important to understand the makings of floor plans, blueprints, etc. Again, I thought all fun and games. Nope. In order to understand the makings you must understand how to draw a proper line. The designer (and/or architect) must rotate their preference of a pen or pencil creating a precise line that it adequate enough to base measurements on. I have seen surgeries preformed, I have watched detectives solve murders and I was there when Vampires came back from the dead. Yes, this was just on Netflix and yes, I did not live them. But, these events were complicated, yet I managed to understand and follow what was happening. Though, drawing a line was far too complex. Hell, most of  the young adults in my class were struggling!
1) Rub your thumb against your index finger as if you’re representing money.
2) Separate them by a centimeter and continue.
3) Now, move them across air in a straight line.
Do this on tracing paper with a HB pencil. Avoid ripping tracing paper. Maintain a pretty little line using any ruler.
Admit it, be real with me, it’s hard!!! The professor is very supportive and helpful. He comes around the working space and helps each student individually so we can perfect the line. At first, using the T-square on it’s own didn’t do the trick, I still wasn’t a line person. Then, the architect scale came along. I truly believe the architect scale and I have a bond, it’s got my back and now I am a line person.
Throughout our past classes, the professor has been emphasizing how important it is to understand the architect scale. This architect scale is very difficult, until it isn’t, then it’s easier than pie. An architect scale is a ruler with multiple sides that have different measurements such as 1/8, 1/4 or 1/2. I’ll hush up on the lesson before I actually (god forbid) teach you something… I may lose you. Anyway, like a human beings need water to survive, Interior Designers need an architect scale to survive. This tool can literally save ones life…artistically. Combine your rotation of your preference of pen or pencil with the architect scale and you get a straight line that is used in your floor plan, blueprint, etc.
 In the beginning of class, I was so dismissive of achieving proper form and exquisite lines, but now with the help of FIT and my professor, I truly believe that I am capable of anything that comes my way, especially any scary lines.
Thank you for reading!


Introducing Precollege Blogger: Sarah

Sarah Saul Hello lovely readers,

My mother and father named me Sarah (after my grandmother.) You can call me Sar- everybody does. I would beat around the bush and say I love where I live, but that’s a complete and total lie. I’m growing up in the ever-so-boring Long Island. It’s so clean here on Long Island. When I say clean, I don’t mean as opposed to filthy. It’s just that there’s such a lack of diversity and appreciation of art. NYC’s constant screams of sounds and color take my breath away and are at the core of it’s beauty. Long Islanders are very isolated from that pleasure and extraordinary experience that is NYC. FIT allows outsiders of this precious world to come visit during their Precollege program. I am lucky enough to be one of the many students.

There are so many benefits of this program such as expanding your knowledge on technique, enhancing your experience in the art field and the proximity to Starbucks. Last winter, the coldest winter I have ever encountered, I took JSX 006 Basic Digital Photography: Portraits and JSX 031 Basic Drawing Skills. Photography was at first an epic-failure for me. The poor professor had to take time to teach me how to hold the camera. Then, gradually, I fell in love with capturing nature, emotion and stories. I familiarized myself with the proper way to operate the camera over the past year…it’s an incredible piece of technology . Basic Drawing Skills were anything but basic, I thought I would be signing up for some illustrations of Uggs or perhaps a cell phone or even Nutella, it’s a “basic” drawing class after all. It was much to my dismay that I was informed that we would be drawing 2D and 3D shapes. After many classes 2D and 3D shapes didn’t seem too bad after all. In fact, I was beginning to draw them more and more in my free time.

Over the past year I have taken up an interest in Interior Design (currently enrolled in HID 021: Introduction to Technical Drawing and Spatial Planning). I have gone to incredible exhibits at the Cooper Hewitt. I have also interned at an Interior Design firm for a year which has given me an outlook on how the business operates. If the internship taught me anything at all it was that A) every textile will tell a story and B) Keep your coffee cup FAR away from the samples. Outside of my passion for visual arts, I love Opera. I have been a lover and a singer since the age of 6. My mom and I would have adventures to the MET. At the age of 7 I mostly went for the brownies and to see the chandeliers; only a few years later, the music overtook the brownies.

I aspire to be a graduate of FIT for Interior Design and Business. I long for a Upper-West side apartment with a few special individuals. I hope to pursue my dream at a thriving company. I hope to help out the world environmentally and also, travel the world to help others and see my planet. I believe that blogging for FIT would be a tremendous opportunity to share my love for the arts and writing with the community. It would also be a connection that I would have to other art appreciators who might be my classmates in the near future. Thank you for letting me share :)

-Sarah Saul

In The Halls: James

James_Dill_precollegeblogpostStudent: James (16) from Walawick

Program: Saturday/Sunday Live

Pre-College Courses:
HID 027 Design Process of Interior Design
HDE 116 In Store Merchandising Technique

Describe your personal style? My style is a mix of classic pieces and edge. I like to mix my styles into one look. I have an eclectic style.

Where do you go on your breaks from class?
 To Cafe Bene for coffee or the bookstore.

What is your favorite thing about FIT?
 The atmosphere and the variety of people you meet, from professors to peers.

Who or what inspires you?
 I am inspired by music and the way it makes me feel. I am also inspired by the people I meet or see on a daily basis. The city is a melting pot of inspiration.

What do you want to do after you graduate from college? I want to become my own boss and bring fashion into my everyday life through new and exciting ways.