Instructor Spotlight: Linda Daly

FIT’s adjunct professor Linda Daly is an artist-designer whose multi-media work has been exhibited in the U.S and Mexico. After completing an MFA from the Instituto Allende, she went on leave from her Doctoral Studies at Columbia University to open an Atelier and Gallery in Soho, NYC.

Teaching Philosophy:
My teaching goal is to allow my students to have fun and excitement while creating their own designs in a modern screen print environment. Emphasis is on experimentation and originality.


Industry Experience:
Professor Daly designed visuals and banner designs commissioned by Bloomingdales, Henri Bendel, Gucci, Armani, Ferragamo, Missoni etc.
Fine Art pieces commissioned or exhibited by Henry Luce Foundation, Fritz Loman Gallery, Supernova, Peter Rose Gallery, Museum of American Folk Art etc.

She has also consulted with the United Nations on textiles and printmaking.

Professor Daly is currently working on a show that will open in 2020 in Soho, NYC.

In The Halls: Kai

Student: Kai Ruiz

Program: Spring 4-day High School Workshops

Precollege Course: HSX 088: Simply Sewing 

Describe your personal style?
My style is a mixture of 80s and 90s punk with a hippy style.

Where do you go on your breaks from class?
I skate around or get something to eat.

What is your favorite thing about FIT?
I’m not sure yet, this is my first time.

Who or what inspires you?
The people that inspire me are Tyler the Creator, ASAP Rocky, Sid Vicious, Kurt Cobain, and Jaden Smith.

What do you want to do after you graduate from College?
I would like to start a clothing company.

In the Halls: Andrea

Student: Andrea (Iya) Perez

Program: Spring 4-day High School Workshops

Precollege Course: HSX 110: Photography Portrait Workshop

Describe your personal style?
I don’t really have a personal style. Just like my taste in music, my personal style in general touches several genres- never one. To put them in words, I would say my style is classy/clean, quirky, and vintage.

Where do you go on your breaks from class?
I would usually go to art museums, vintage bookstores and record stores, the cinema, or go on a food break.

What is your favorite thing about FIT?
I love how diverse the minds and styles of the people of FIT are!

Who or what inspires you?
Anything and anyone anywhere inspires me! I believe there is inspiration everywhere; you just have to be open-minded and have the right attitude.

What do you want to do after you graduate from College?
I see myself as a photographer, writer, and possibly a filmmaker.

Congratulations Accepted Precollege Students

Congratulations to all of our amazing Precollege alumni who got accepted to FIT for fall 2019!!! Whether you took one or six classes with us, we are so proud of you! Some of the majors featured here are: Photography and Related Media, Advertising and Marketing Communications, Fashion Design and Fashion Business Management.

Special shoutout to Faith who did an amazing job blogging about her Precollege Styling class at the Fashion Institute of Technology back in 2016.

Can’t wait to see you all in September!

Precollege student posing with FIT mascot tiger Stitch @haydenlrobinson image from official instagram account


How can FIT’s Precollege Programs help you on your Artist’s Journey

The painter Chuck Close is quoted as saying “Inspiration is for amateurs—the rest of us just show up and get to work.” To be a professional artist takes skill and studio discipline. Workshops and courses taught by artists will help you develop the studio practice you need to be a full-time artist.
11-session Precollege Courses
We recommend a high school Precollege Live Class:
  • Basic Life Drawing –  learn how to draw the figure from a live model.
  • Design Composition and Color Theory  explore design principles and color mixing in a studio art environment.
  • Fine Arts Portfolio – get your portfolio ready with an assessment from a college professor and create any pieces missing for a dynamic application.

Summer Precollege Session   Fall Precollege Session
Spring Precollege Session

4-day workshops
We recommend a high school Precollege Workshop:
  • Observational Drawing for Portfolios – learn how to draw what you see, not from reference photos, for portfolio development.
  • Portraits for Portfolios – from self-portraits to drawing a person from observation, portraiture is a critical skill for artists and usually required in art and design portfolios.

Summer Session   Fall Session   Spring Session

1-day Creative Career Series
On Saturday March 30th, spend the afternoon with artist Melissa Starke. Melissa will go over her journey from art student artist and gallery curator and director!

Wherever you are on your journey, there is a Precollege learning experience for you!