Preparing an art portfolio for college?

Portfolio deadlines are coming up soooo soon! (FIT Fall 2020 deadline is FEBRUARY 1st)
Thankfully, FIT’s Precollege Programs still has 4-day workshops that can help you focus and finalize.

DATES :
Saturdays, November 16, 23, December 7, 14, 2019
Sundays, November 17, 24, December 8, 15, 2019
Helpful numbers:
  • FIT Admissions: 212.217.3760-For questions about specific deadlines, costs and specific requirements
  • FIT Registrar: 212.217.3820-For questions about transcripts or course history
Not sure what course to take? The Precollege Staff: Mary, Marta, and Ayana are here to help! You are welcome to call 212.217.4630 (press 3 to talk to one of us) or send us an email if you have any questions.
~Precollege Staff

Instructor Spotlight: Mary Robertson

Mary Robertson is a veteran publicist who has promoted many companies, brands and products, including fashion and accessories collections, books, and more recently subscription boxes. She has planned and executed public relations strategy for several companies and brands, including influencer activations and red carpet outreach to stylists and celebrities.

 

Mary Robertson teaches:
HSX 131:
Public Relations for Fashion: The Industry in Action
Fall Semester     Spring Semester     Summer Semester

Teaching philosophy:
PR in the broadest sense is selling — promoting the acceptance of ideas, the awareness of products and companies, or the adoption of practices.  Pitching effectively is a life skill that is widely beneficial in many contexts. We’ll also delve into what it’s like working for a brand in-house versus working for a PR agency which might inform pre-college students curious about a potential career path.

Industry Experience:
Much of Mary’s career was focused on the promotion of shoe brands.  She began representing Roger Vivier for Delman in the 1990s, and subsequently worked on Delman, Miss Trish, and several Nina shoe brands, as Director of Publicity for Nina Footwear,  covering every price point from luxury to volume sales.

At Nina, she posted social media, and planned and placed paid and earned digital initiatives, including a great many influencer activations, gaining an informed perspective on what types of promotion deliver return on investment for brands.

Mary has mentored a great many FIT Advertising, Marketing and Communications students as interns over the past decade, several of whom were hired for full time positions at Nina.

Instructor Spotlight: Sooo-z Mastropietro

Sooo-z Mastropietro, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in Fashion Design and Textile Design, has taught art and fashion design in a variety of settings including the Quick Center at Fairfield University and the Aldrich Museum. Sewing since the age of seven, she turned to her own raw skills to define her self expression through her wardrobe. Her brand “Mastropiece” began as a silk painting business for wearable designs and now serves as a general umbrella for all things Sooo-z from fine art, to socks, to tableware. Her other endeavors have included community sculptural projects, curating, judging art shows, artist in residences, and classical bass playing.

Website: www.mastropiece.com

Sooo-Z Mastropietro Teaches:
JSX 011 Fashion Art: Silhouettes
JSX 013 Fashion Art: Faces and Figures

Teaching Philosophy:
I love it when my students realize they can do something they weren’t sure they could do after they’ve had a little guidance and inspiration. It’s about approaching the challenge, breaking down the problem, and rebuilding the answer into their own interpretation. It’s a great feeling to create something bigger than what you started with.

Industry Experience:
Sooo-Z has served as an art director, curator, and gallery director and now works on her own collection of fine art and develops select product lines. Her current work under the moniker, Knitiot Savant, is a unique fiber art form utilizing a triumph of fabric tubes, nuggets, and shreds. She has shown all over the country in juried shows and has appeared internationally in publications. Sooo-z recently had her installation, “MicroFiberOrganism,” featured at the newly re-opened library in Westport, CT.

Work by Sooo-z Mastropietro:

 

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: Valentin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student: Valentin

Program: Summer 4-day High School Workshops

Precollege Course: HSX 051: Exploring Graphic Design

Describe your personal style?
My style is simple and color coordinated, like I’m ready to go on vacation at any time, and oversized.

Where do you go on your breaks from class?
For lunch, I get food outside and eat in the dining hall.

What is your favorite thing about FIT?
I like the friendly and small atmosphere of FIT.

Who or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by young, successful people.

What do you want to do after you graduate from college?
I want to find a job that suits my skill set and knowledge.