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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

Fashion Week in Milan Part 2!

HELLO EVERYONE!

This week I will continue to share with you the trip of Fashion week in Milan!

On our second part of the trip, there was still so much to discover. We made a stop at La Scala Laboratories, located in the Zona Tortona. The Teatro alla Scala in Milan is among the world’s most famous opera houses. At their Laboratory we were able to see where the magic begins and moves along onto the stage. Most of the handmade works for the production of stage design emerge from there. From set design, sculpture, carpentry works, mechanics workshop, set assembly, costume design, laundry, etc.

Teatro La Scala Ansaldo Workshops

Teatro La Scala Ansaldo Workshops

The next day we visited S2B press office specialized in public relations towards the fashion design industry. We had a very informative tour in their loft office about a few of the rising young designers they are working with. Some of their services include advertising planning, events production, product placement & celebrities, social media management, and image consulting!

Image from S2B Press Office Loft

Image from S2B Press Office Loft (from website)

The last two days were a dream come true! Our final stop was at Pino Grasso Atelier, a master of embroidery for the most renowned haute couture and ready to wear fashion houses. Some important clients include: Givenchy, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana. I was mesmerized by all the handmade work and countless number of hours put into a garment. There are many countless possibilities when it comes to embroidery and materials, from beads to sequins, feathers to fringes. They even work with designers to create innovative solutions for design requests, like flowers from plastic bottles!

Me trying embroidery techniques for the first time!

Me trying embroidery techniques for the first time!

Handmade samples from work for clients.

Handmade samples from work for clients.

Our trip to Milan was so rich of adventures with enriching information for the student’s fashion career start!

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.

Fashion Week in Milan

HELLO Tigers!

As many of you may know Milan Fashion Week just passed and it was very exciting to take a look into all the action. We had various industry appointments throughout the week, some of which were very, very, helpful towards the skills you may need in the fashion design world.

With a mix of classic and modernity, this city is sure going to make you stop and look, everywhere you go. And well, the first visit we made was to the Ferré Foundation, located in the heart of Milan’s new fashion and design district, Zona Tortona. The Gianfranco Ferré Foundation was established with the goal of sharing the work of “the architect of fashion”, Gianfranco Ferré. We had the opportunity to view a database created to showcase drawings, photographs, videos, and even runway photographs dating back to his earliest collections. We even got to analyze and touch some of the garments that were part of collections!

Ferré Foundation Presentation

Ferré Foundation Presentation

Ferré Foundation Archives

Ferré Foundation Archives

Next stop, the MUDEC (Museo delle Culture di Milano), an amazing space with two great exhibitions. One was from artist Paul Klee, which features a selection of his works on the theme of “primitivism”, and an embrace to the period of Western art.

Paul Klee paintings

Paul Klee paintings

The other exhibition was of a very well-known artist, well his artworks are very well-known, because it is still a mystery who he really is. Can you guess? If you said Bansky, you are right! The exhibition showcases works, including painting, prints, sculptures, CD covers, and memorabilia, which all together demonstrate the way of thinking of Bansky.

Bansky Print - Girl with Red Balloon

Bansky Print – Girl with Red Balloon

Getting away from the fast-paced ambience that Milan can be, we took a bus through mountain roads that guided us to Como, the city of precious silk. An important part of this short trip, was a stop at the Ratti Factory, where we explored the world of silk printing. It is known as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of printed, plain, yarn-dyed and jacquard fabrics, luckily, we were able to see samples of the whole process from start to finish. They work with private clients and pret-à-porter brands, some of which include: Hermès, Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Ferragamo, among others!

Ratti Factory thread rack

Ratti Factory thread rack

Ratti Factory machine at work

Ratti Factory machine at work, weaving with many color threads

So far, this has just been half of the trip! If you want to read more about it, stay tuned and next week I will be posting some more amazing experiences that happened throughout the week.

 

Ciao, Maria