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

Interior Design is one of the most popular majors at FIT. Interior designers create worlds inside walls with their creative layouts, material and lighting choices. But don’t confuse design with decorating. Interior Design is essentially interior architecture and is in the field of technical design.
We recommend a high school Precollege Live Class:
We recommend a high school Precollege Workshop:
  • Model Building- make a basic architectural model, either as a hobby or as the 3-D model building component required for many admissions portfolios.
  • Exploring Interior Design delve into the interior design industry, learning how to create aesthetic environments. Develop client boards and take trips to showrooms to immerse yourself in the world of a New York interior designer.
    Summer Session   Fall Session   Spring Session
On Saturday March 30th, spend the afternoon with interior designer Shannon Leddy. Shannon will explain her journey from interior design student to owner and principal of her own firm, Shannon M. Leddy Interior Design.

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

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Cindy

Hi, my name is Cindy Beal! I am a sophomore at Westfield High School. I am 15 years old and love art and sports. I have signed up for the Precollege course: HPH 168 Introduction to Traditional Darkroom and Digital Photography! I love photography. I took a class in Toronto one summer and learned so much, ever since that class I really got into photography.

My town holds a photography contest every year. I entered one year and won 2 awards, second and first place. I have also done darkroom at my sleepaway camp, I absolutely loved it. It gave me a vibe that photography is my thing. I thought it was so cool to compare digital photography to darkroom photography. This is what made me choose this course for this semester. Photography is not my only passion, I also love videography, creating montages and vlogs. I started a YouTube channel with my good friend Maggie, together we film vlogs and do challenges. Our channel is called “Somewhatsisters.” We got this idea because we spend so much time together that we feel somewhat like sisters. So we decided, why not name our channel “Somewhatsisters.”

Maggie and I want to make content like Katie Defo, Katie Defo is a USC lacrosse player. Katie’s vlogs focus around her campus and she includes lots of lacrosse montages. We want our videos to be like hers because they are amazing. Maggie and I also love Casey Neistat who is also a vlogger. Casey Neistat’s content is very inspirational. I love taking and editing videos.

I edit my videos on Filmora. Filmora is a great editing software for beginners and you can also use it to edit pictures. The camera that I use for videos and photography is the Canon Rebel T5. This is a great camera to use for both. Taking photos and making videos make me happy. Photos and videos are a great way to share with friends and family so they can see all the work I have done.

Besides photography and videography I love interior design. I took an Interior Design class here at FIT. I honestly did not know if I was going to enjoy the class but I ended up loving it. I learned so much! I did not realize how much you really need to know for Interior Design. Making floor plans was fun. I got to set a vibe on what I wanted my room to look like. Obviously, I still have a lot to learn but just from a beginners class I feel like I know what I’m doing. I love sharing and showing my artwork with my friends and family.

I also take art classes in my town and at school. At school I take ceramics which is so much fun. Ceramics is so relaxing and it’s one great way to learn art. I also take an art class outside of school where I learn how to draw still lifes and portraits. As you can see I love art but I also love sports. I am on a gymnastics team. Gymnastics is one of my passions. This is a little bit about me and what my passions are. I look forward to sharing my experiences in my FIT class. See you in a flash.

~Cindy Beal

Instructor Spotlight: Aurelie Desmas

Aurélie Desmas has come to interior design after over a decade in photography and the advertisement industry. Her diverse background and understanding of design, styling, theater, photography, and art have provided her with a unique point of view for drawing and understanding 3D renderings on a 2D surface.  Aurelie has an MA in Fine Arts from Paris and refined her drawing skills at the School for Interior Design, at FIT and Parsons.

Website: www.MaisonKoduZen.com

Prof. Desmas teaches the following FIT Precollege Classes:
JSX 027: Technical Drawing for Beginners- Level 1
JSX 028: Rendering for Interior Design

Teaching Philosophy:

I think Precollege is a great time to start exploring possibilities and getting your feet wet in any discipline you are considering for your future. Drawing is a fantastic means of expression and communication for people of any age. Being able to convey and execute your ideas on the 2D surface of a drawing is an exhilarating experience. I see teaching as a great opportunity to exchange knowledge, discuss ideas, and have fun.

Industry Experience:
Interior Designer and Feng Shui specialist for Maison KoduZen, Brooklyn based interior design firm
E-Designer for Havenly

Set Designer for various productions for l’Atelier Theatre in New York

Artwork by Aurelie Desmas:

Instructor Spotlight: Daniel Villella

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Prof. Dan Villella has been teaching in the Precollege program since 2015. He is an alumni of the BFA Interior Design program at FIT, and a Vice-President of the International Interior Design Association.
Professor Villella teaches:
Teaching Philosophy: I tell my students to be themselves, and encourage them to explore that as designers. What makes interior design so great is variety, and your unique perspective is something no one else can replicate. While we learn and refine new technical skills, we build up the student’s design sensibilities. I try to bring a creative element to even to technical lessons so they can make it their own.
On Precollege Programs: Many students come to us with no design background at all, and I guide them to be in touch with their creative skills. Helping them find their own process and teaching them how to apply that in new situations can be a challenge, but is the most rewarding thing I do. Creating a flexible designer is the key to their success.
Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:  Prof. Villella works for many major institutions, including Columbia University, NYU Langone Medical Centers, Queens Public Library, and New York Presbyterian Hospitals. He also also done work for Northwell Health, formerly NorthShore-LIJ, the Veteran’s Administration, and Health and Hospitals Corporation of NYC.
Credentials:
IIDA –
NY Vice Pres. of Advocacy
NY Board of Directors
Healthcare Forum Member
Professional Member
IDLNY –
Board of Directors
IIDA Member Representative
NCIDQ Certificate #029111, 09/2012
PORTFOLIO:
10-restaurant bar

1-exterior (2) 2-atrium ticketing
6-kelp forest
7-coral reef 11-open ocean demo area 12-open ocean tunnel8-ice world13-gift shop

The Complexity of a Line – Sarah Saul

“If you do what you love, then you won’t work a day in your life!” that’s what mom says. I always thought Interior Design would just be flower, textured rugs and fuzzy couches and pastel wall paper- all that I love. And as for the worst, well the worst would just be the fabrics that are hideous. The hideous fabrics that you have to pretend to adore more than the client does. That is NOT the worst. I repeat, NOT the worst. The worst is, believe it or not, drawing a line. And that, that is a lot of work.

This weekend, my professor taught us how to draw lines. “Why is he teaching a class of young adults how to draw lines?” oh i’m so glad you asked. See in Interior Design it’s extremely important to understand the makings of floor plans, blueprints, etc. Again, I thought all fun and games. Nope. In order to understand the makings you must understand how to draw a proper line. The designer (and/or architect) must rotate their preference of a pen or pencil creating a precise line that it adequate enough to base measurements on. I have seen surgeries preformed, I have watched detectives solve murders and I was there when Vampires came back from the dead. Yes, this was just on Netflix and yes, I did not live them. But, these events were complicated, yet I managed to understand and follow what was happening. Though, drawing a line was far too complex. Hell, most of  the young adults in my class were struggling!
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RELATABLE MOMENTS WITH YOUR BLOGGER:
1) Rub your thumb against your index finger as if you’re representing money.
2) Separate them by a centimeter and continue.
3) Now, move them across air in a straight line.
CHALLENGE:
Do this on tracing paper with a HB pencil. Avoid ripping tracing paper. Maintain a pretty little line using any ruler.
Admit it, be real with me, it’s hard!!! The professor is very supportive and helpful. He comes around the working space and helps each student individually so we can perfect the line. At first, using the T-square on it’s own didn’t do the trick, I still wasn’t a line person. Then, the architect scale came along. I truly believe the architect scale and I have a bond, it’s got my back and now I am a line person.
Throughout our past classes, the professor has been emphasizing how important it is to understand the architect scale. This architect scale is very difficult, until it isn’t, then it’s easier than pie. An architect scale is a ruler with multiple sides that have different measurements such as 1/8, 1/4 or 1/2. I’ll hush up on the lesson before I actually (god forbid) teach you something… I may lose you. Anyway, like a human beings need water to survive, Interior Designers need an architect scale to survive. This tool can literally save ones life…artistically. Combine your rotation of your preference of pen or pencil with the architect scale and you get a straight line that is used in your floor plan, blueprint, etc.
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 In the beginning of class, I was so dismissive of achieving proper form and exquisite lines, but now with the help of FIT and my professor, I truly believe that I am capable of anything that comes my way, especially any scary lines.
Thank you for reading!
Xo