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Production Management Semester 4 Review

Alright everyone, now this is a pretty big deal. When you finish your 4th semester, you will be graduating with your AAS. This went by extremely fast for me and shows just how much you have to pay attention and savor the moment, because time really does fly by.

MG 252 – Product Data Management

This class is focuses on identifying all the different types of information in a business environment, where this information comes from, and where it then is directed. Students familiarize themselves with key business documents such as NDAs, project workflows, and 26 other documents, and create samples for their personal use. Final project is breaking down all the data for a sample product and presenting this information.

IC 297 – AAS Internship C: Career Exploration

This course is taken at the same time that you are placed in your Spring credited internship. The main goal of this course is to help students identify their desired career path and to start working towards it through their current internship. Students share personal experiences with their internships to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the opportunities in the industry.

EN 321 – Strategies of Business Communication

Students learn proper business communication etiquette and use this to create job search documents, reports, memos, and customer service documents.

MA 213 – Quantitative Methods

This is a required math class that is fairly basic. Linear algebra is the main focus of this class, with some focus on interest, used to calculate things such as loans. Students create a report using this interest math to calculate what their financial situations would be if they took out loans.

Studying Art History in the Cradle of the Renaissance

HELLO EVERYONE!

A great decision I made before coming to study in Florence was to plan all my classes and required credits I needed accordingly. I sat down with my counselor and spoke with her on the many possibilities in completing all those requirements. One suggestion that she made was to leave art history classes for when I came to Florence. Best decision I have made!

In my first semester spent here I took HA 112- History of Western Art and Civilization: Renaissance to the Modern Era. This course was geared towards religious, political, economic, and social conditions in relation to art, such as paintings, sculpture and architecture. It was very eye-opening and enriching towards learning about European culture, mostly events that happened in Florence!

The second Art History course, which I am currently taking is HA 212- Renaissance Art in Florence. It mainly focuses on paintings, sculpture, and architecture from the fourteenth to seventeenth century. Most of the course has been guided towards some of the major monuments and anything art related in Florence. It has been wonderful! Almost every week we have visited different sites, from churches to museums to piazzas!

All visits have been mesmerizing, we’ve got to see some of the most famous art pieces by important artists. Some of these include: The Trinity by Masaccio, The Statues of David by Donatello & Verrocchio, and of course, one of the biggest monument, the Duomo and Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral.

There is so much art to explore here in Florence since it holds a great amount of the most important works in the world, better yet, it is the cradle of the Renaissance. I definitely recommend, if you are planning to study abroad here, to go for the option of taking these courses here and see all these majestic works in person.

 

Arrivederci, Maria

Production Management Semester 2 Review

Semester 2 covers some other general business classes such as marketing and accounting. These are always good to know since they also play a large role in the workplace.

MG 132 – Marketing for Manufacturers

This was my first ever marketing class. I never thought that I would enjoy going through a marketing class, though this class changed my perspective. The final project is an accumulation of all the skills we learn in the class as we create a business proposal for original products. For the final project, we had to create a company name and logo, define our mission statement, give a SWOT analysis, detail our product line and give psychological and geographical reasoning behind our target market. I found the pyschographic and geographic data research the hardest but the most rewarding part of the project. It was really gratifying to find hard proof of why our product would sell to our target market. 

MG 242 – Principles of Accounting

My accounting professor was the most enthusiastic professor I have had to date. They emphasized that accounting doesn’t have to be approached or thought of as a boring work function. They supplied the class with great reference material and made sure each and every student knew the subject in full before moving on. We learned how to track expenses and income, and how to compile this information into financially accurate reports.

MG 253 – Object-Oriented Database Management

This is a fancy way of saying Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop class. Here, students will learn about the software interface and the tools available in each program. Teachers will supply exercise files and will walk the class through step by step to learn different techniques and applications using the software. I had never used any Adobe software before FIT, but thanks to this class I am very comfortable with the programs now and love learning new tips and tricks to make my work the best it can be. Midterm and finals in this class were a line plan for a single product including a mood-board, spec-sheet, and colorways.

Spec. sheet for my midterm

One of the colorways for my midterm.

Industry Blog: Maker’s Row

A couple months ago my roommate and his brother came to me with questions for how to set up their own small apparel company. All sorts of questions came up such as how much things cost, what information is needed, but mainly how to get products made and by whom. There are companies that work to direct designers and entrepreneurs towards the right contacts in order to help make their products and visions a reality. One such company is Maker’s Row. Maker’s Row is an online company that has connections in various fields of the apparel industry, from consultations, pattern-making, to full on production. For a cherry on top, everybody in their database is right here in the US. They help entrepreneurs understand the manufacturing process, set them up with the right people to help them along their way, and help get that product out to market.

Now I doubt that anybody reading this is going to need a connection with any of these resources, but it doesn’t end there. The main reason I want to tell you about them is because they have a blog that covers every topic you could think of. I love their blog because there is a lot of information regarding manufacturing in the US and how a business works when keeping it local, which gives us a look at the other side of things since we mainly discuss global manufacturing in our classes at FIT. I’ve been staying up late at night just hooked on reading their articles because I find them so interesting. They are understandable for even those that don’t know much about the industry, and they keep their posts relevant and concise. They even have a free “Production 101” class that gives you the basics for how the production process works. Maker’s Row requires payment in order to access some of their other classes and their client database. However, this is a great source just to learn all sorts of things about the industry.

What sort of articles do you look for? Find any interesting ones from Maker’s Row?

Production Management Semester 1 Review

The Production Management major is a complex multifaceted program that can branch off and lead to many different job types in the industry. This can make it hard to understand what your time here at FIT could look like, so I’m going to start going over the courses in the major semester by semester and review and elaborate on them.

 

Semester 1 – Very rudimentary and foundational to your general understanding of basic fashion industry structure and procedures.

MG 108 – Apparel and Home Textile Products Manufacturing

This was my first ever class at FIT. I came into this school not knowing anything about businesses or how they are structured, or how the fashion industry even operates. This class taught me about all the different processes involved in the making of products and who is responsible for them. We also talked about one of the most important pieces of information in the production industry, a tech. pack, which is a detailing of what the product is made of and how to make it.

TS 115/TS 015 – Textiles for Production Management

Again, I didn’t know anything about apparel coming into FIT. This class gave me the foundational understanding of the different types of fabrics and how they are all made. We learned about the difference between woven and knit fabrics, the different types of each category, and we even got to see the machinery used to make these fabrics in person in the textile labs. We also learned about all the different types of fibers and materials that make up the fabric and the qualities of them. One of the coolest parts about this class was when we tested different fabrics in our textile lab to see if they would meet industry standards. FIT has a fully equipped textile testing lab with machinery that tests things from the strength, to the color fastness, and even the flammability of the fabric.

MG 153 – Excel for Business

This class helps students build one of the most commonly used skills in the production industry, Microsoft Excel. I use Excel every day at work to analyze and identify key information for our team, and this class helped me feel comfortable in taking responsibilities like this on. Professors use textbook and online material for students to reference in their homework and projects to help build relevant and comprehensive practice. You’ll learn how to format files, discover all sorts of formulas, and even learn about Pivot Tables. Excel has since become one of my favorite programs for organizing pretty much any type of information. It isn’t just for numbers, though it excels in that field. (I’m sorry I just had to). 

Which class would you be most excited for in your first semester at FIT?