Instructor Spotlight: Megan Madden

Self-portrait by Megan Madden

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.
Website:
www.megan-madden.com

 

Megan Madden Teaches:
HWE 011 55A Creative Careers: Photographer

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. 

Photography by Megan Madden:

Instructor Spotlight: Stephen Savage

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.

 

Instagram: @savageillustrator

 

Steven Savage Teaches:

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!

Industry Experience:

Artwork by Stephen Savage
THE BABYSITTER FROM ANOTHER PLANET  
Published by Holiday House
TWITTER: @savageartist
INSTAGRAM: @savageillustrator

 

Instructor Spotlight: Glenn Hilario

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.


Glenn Hilario teaches:


Teaching Philosophy:
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!


Industry Experience:
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.


Artwork by Glenn Hilario:

 

Instructor Spotlight: Suzanne Piazza

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.

 

Suzanne Piazza teaches:

 

Teaching Philosophy:
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.

 

Industry Experience:
  • Fashion Director, Product Developer and Buyer at JC Penney
  • Fashion Director at JCrew
  • Women’s Department Manager at Lord & Taylor

 

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

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:

4-day Precollege Workshops
We recommend a high school Precollege Workshop:

  • A Week in the Life of a Creative Director- learn how to develop and extend a brand through marketing and advertising.
  • Fashion Journalism- develop your skills by writing and editing fashion news and feature stories.
    Summer Session   Fall Session   Spring Session

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.

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