Megan Madden, an alumna Precollege student, is an Associate Photo Editor on Refinery29’s Photo Research team. During her course of study, Megan interned for MILK Studios, Refinery29, and Ecko Unltd. Post graduation she was an assistant at SkyPie Studios shortly before joining the Refinery29 Editorial Photo Team. Megan graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with her Bachelors in Photography in 2016.
Teaching Philosophy: Curiosity is key! No matter how strange or random, it’s important to explore your ideas and exercise your visual muscles because regardless of the outcome it will always be a learning experience to grow from. Exploring and executing your creative ideas only leaves room for more to come!
Industry Experience: Post-college Megan assisted a stop motion animator working on visual campaigns for companies like Fendi, W Mag and Walmart. She then went on to work for Refinery29’s Editorial Photo Team producing and photographing original content along with creating imagery for Smirnoff, Halo Top Ice Cream and Sephora.
Stephen Savage is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator whose accolades include a New York Times Best Illustrated Book (Polar Bear Night), a Geisel Honor (Supertruck), and a Sendak Fellowship. His picture book Polar Bear Night was a New York Times bestseller. In addition to children’s books, he illustrates for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, and Entertainment Weekly. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Teaching Philosophy: I encourage my students to make art that COMMUNICATES by combining pictures and words. Some great examples of this type of art are children’s books, comics, graphic novels and advertisements. These art forms “speak” and dialog with the viewer. They’re like language! And your job as an artist is to learn how to send a clear, strong, simple message to your audience. Your tools are color, composition, texture, scale and DRAWING!
Numerous Best Book of the Year Awards from Kirkus, Hornbook, and PW.
Awards from The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, AIGA, Communication Arts, The Society of Publication Designers
Glenn Hilario is a fashion illustrator with an extensive experience in several illustration fields, specifically: fashion and editorial. Glenn Hilario has a versatile career, working for the Fashion Designer REEM ACRA, creating illustration for online publications, painting commissioned mural projects in USA and The Dominican Republic and working in the shoe industry for Camuto Group, Global Brands Group and Kate Spade. Glenn’s drawing style is striking and unique, and it keeps his work fresh and up to date for the ever changing and demanding fashion industry of today. Glenn is a BFA graduate from Parsons School of Design, holds an Associate Degree in Fine Arts from Altos De Chavon School of Design in the Dominican Republic, and has a BFA in Advertising from APEC University in the Dominican Republic.
I believe in the growth of my students based on the work put in the classroom, no matter the level of skill each of them have. Through exercises given in the class I pay attention to each individual student, so I can provide them with the necessary help they need to achieve their goal towards the end of the course.
I create a fun environment in the classroom with a positive atmosphere which encourages students to feel confident and producing their best work!
Designer and Shoe illustrator at Camuto Group, Global Brands Group and Kate Spade
Fashion Illustrator at Reem Acra
Fashion Illustration Professor at Parsons School of Design
Editorial Publications include:
Liquor.com, Business Week, Ladies Home Journal, Vibe, Hasbro, TV Guide, Sports Illustrated, Movado INC, Sony International, Village Voice, New York Magazine and Nickelodeon among others.
Glenn has also participated in group shows in New York at the Society of Illustrators, The Leslie And Lohman Galleries, Soho New York, and in Paris, France at Gallery Overkampf.
Suzanne Piazza’s career started in fashion buying and later shifted into product development and fashion direction. Some of the companies she has worked for are JCrew, JC Penney, and Lord & Taylor. Suzanne is a graduate of the FIT Fashion Business Program, and started teaching at FIT in 1978. She teaches a variety of classes in the Fashion Business Management department, where she has worked for over 35 years.
I challenge my students to start thinking about a position or company they might really want to work for one day. I explain how each one of us is different and unique and it is very important to find a career doing something you really love. I share clear insight and examples from the industry and have students engage in projects that they can use in the real world. I spend a lot of time getting to know my students and encourage them to ask questions and email me at FIT in the future if they need help or guidance. Several of my past Sat Live students are now in my college classes.
Fashion Director, Product Developer and Buyer at JC Penney
FIT’s Precollege Advertising and Marking Communications program prides itself on being about more than fashion. The skills learned in an adverting class are translatable into almost any type of ad-work.
Quality and persuasive writing is a fundamental skill for everyone-particularly when writing college admissions essays or cover letters for job applications.
FIT’s Precollege summer and weekend programs have a lot to offer to high school students who are passionate about Advertising and Marketing.
11-session Precollege Courses We recommend a high school Precollege Program Live class:
1-day Creative Career Series On Saturday, March 30th, spend the afternoon with writing strategy “guru” Barry Gold. Barry will go over his journey as an award-winning copywriter and give some pro tips to aspiring creatives.