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SXM 010 Styling: Fit Fundamentals
Prerequisite: SXS 100
If you're on the styling career path or oversee the need for clothing to look perfect in the media, learn professional fit techniques. This practical workshop covers pinning for fit, taping hems, keeping plunging necklines in place, working with clips, and more. Attendees develop their own proficiency at solving realistic styling challenges, working hands-on in each class meeting.

Bring to first class a basic styling kit including safety pins, Topstick, stitch witchery, scissors, double-sided masking tape, and clips or clamps. Some additional items may be required after first session.

Seminar leader: Sadia Seymour, professional stylist.

SXM 100 Styling Tricks of the Trade: Pinning, Taping, and Clothing Care
Prerequisite: SXS 100 or professional wardrobing and styling experience
This hands-on workshop reveals secret techniques used by highly regarded stylists and wardrobe coordinators to help you succeed in businesses that require garments and accessories to be photographed or worn on stage. Learn master-level ironing and steaming iron maintenance. Proper hangers are reviewed and professional pinning techniques are practiced. Course includes tips and hints only known in the trade about stain removal, taping, and building a styling kit.

A professional resource guide is included. Bring to first class a tape measure, press cloth, and a men's cotton dress shirt. Punctual arrival and full attendance is required due to the abundance of material covered.

Workshop leader: Pattie Barbosa, professional wardrobe costumer, stylist, and star dresser.

SXM 105 Advanced Styling: Tricks of the Trade
Prerequisite: SXM 100
Continue to develop an arsenal of professional techniques utilized by stylists, costumers, and wardrobe personnel. The importance and art of true color identification and matching is introduced. Work hands-on, learning how to age and distress clothing, shoes, and accessories.

Instructor: Pattie Barbosa, professional wardrobe costumer, stylist, and star dresser.

SXM 110 Media Makeup Knowledge for Designers, Stylists, and Consultants
Do your clients seek your advice as a design expert, stylist, or image consultant on what to wear for special events or media moments? Why not stretch your service and offer them makeup advice, too? This course teaches you the dos and don'ts of makeup for media events. Whether the event is a corporate training seminar, an awards ceremony, or a debut on CNN, makeup is the main ingredient to a polished performance. This hands-on course will show you how makeup is applied for television and film. See which colors are camera-friendly and which aren't, and learn about foundations that look natural, yet withstand bright lights and heat. Learn how to evaluate expertise to assemble project crews. Come prepared to make yourself up and experience makeup magic for the media.

Separate $50 materials fee for professional makeup kit payable at first session.

Workshop leader: Judith Ann Graham, professional makeup for media expert; author, My Bride Guide.

SXM 120 Successful Styling for Photography: Fashion Biz and Beyond
Whether you're in advertising, magazine publishing, or freelance styling, this seminar will teach you the insider photo shoot and styling tips necessary for success. On-and-off figure, beauty, home, tabletop, and still-life vignettes are all included. Let working professionals show you how perfect looks are created from concept to finished image using the right resources, cast, and props. Attend an actual shooting assignment and participate in the decision making while furthering your knowledge of photo session planning and production, and how to work effectively with a crew. Program includes a mock photo shoot.
Students receive email of their digital images.

Workshop leaders: Nancy Alusick, professional stylist; and Emmanuel Faure, commercial photographer.

SXM 125 Still-life Fundamentals for Fashion Stylists
Expand your styling skills into the growing and lucrative still-life styling field. Learn to position products and soft-goods in visually stimulating ways that do not require use of models. Hear a panel of professionals cover on-set, still-life photo styling dos and don'ts and share process secrets. Program includes a mock photo shoot. Students receive email of their digital images.

Instructors: Nancy Alusick, professional stylist; and Maria Vullo, photographer.

SXM 130 Fashion Styling for Celebrity Images
Learn the basics of styling celebrities and music groups for various events and how to create the perfect public persona or image for an in-the-media client. The processes of borrowing samples, conducting fittings, and working along with hair and makeup artists to develop a complete look are emphasized. Learn to successfully assess a potential client's actual identity in order to formulate his or her public persona be it for TV, video, or other media-driven events. Course includes how to acquire experience and solicit your own clients.

Workshop leader: Pamela Macklin, celebrity stylist and creative director.

SXM 140 Successful Beauty Photography from Brand Concept to Photoshoot and Beyond
This opportunity to witness a real world enactment of the creation and business side of a beauty campaign is ideal for photographers, stylists, image consultants, advertising and beauty industry professionals.  Learn up-to-the minute practices and new standards for beauty and fashion photography using high-definition digital equipment and airbrush makeup.  Program utilizes a real client scenario, live models, hair and makeup artists, a stylist, photographer and marketing expert to tell a visual story from marketing challenges to photoshoot.  Post-production know-how concentrates on the latest developments in retouching techniques.

Instructors: Lars Niki, 423A, LLC, fashion and beauty photographer; and Judith Graham, professional makeup for media expert, and author My Bride Guide.

SXM 200 Photography: For Self-Expression or Profit
If your photos aren't capturing important moments the way you hoped they would, this introductory photography course is for you. Discover how to get the most out of your camera, maximizing all of the features it offers. Learn to take your DSLR or advanced point-and-shoot camera out of automatic mode and take full control.  Through demonstrations and hands-on exercises you find out how to control exposure, motion, color, light for better photos in both location and simple studio setups.  Program also covers equipment such as lenses, flashes, and various accessories. Weekly critique sessions help evaluate your progress.  No previous camera experience necessary.  
Attendees must bring their own camera to all sessions.

Instructor: Ken Chan, professional photographer.

SXM 210 Photography: Beyond the Basics
Knowing how to compose a photograph is one of the most important building blocks in creative photography. Go beyond the basics of camera usage, such as f-stops and shutter speeds, and further develop your ability to create exciting photographs. Class explores the use of color filters to create moods and will help you make striking photographs using both color and black-and-white film. Course emphasizes how to improve your composition and add more interest to your pictures. Learn basic lighting that you can do inexpensively at home, for both still-life and portrait photography.

Instructor: Ken Chan, professional photographer

SXM 220 Introduction to Fashion Photography
Let industry professionals teach you the basics of fashion and beauty photography, including lighting techniques. By the second session, spend the entire day participating in a mock photo shoot with digital equipment and live models. Program provides tips on selecting and working with support staff and equipment, followed by a critique and professional portfolio-development class. Includes discussions about the demands of the European, South American, and U.S. markets. Excellent for stylists and photographers who are looking to broaden their freelance options.
Attendees must bring a camera to all sessions.

Workshop leader: Lars Niki, 423A, LC, fashion and beauty photographer.

SXM 230 Beginning Digital Photography
Digital photography has never been more accessible, but how do you get the most out of your camera or even your phone? This beginner course teaches you how to optimize your digital efforts to capture great shots. Through demos and hands-on exercises, you’ll discover how to improve your photos by controlling exposure, focus and color. Composition and light controls are covered along with accessories and apps. Finally, learn how to fine tune and modify your photos using basic image editing software and apps. No previous camera experience necessary.
Attendees must bring their own camera to all sessions.

Workshop leader: Ken Chan, professional photographer. 

SXM 240 Advanced Fashion and Beauty Photography with Digital Techniques
Experience the excitement and challenges of on-location fashion and beauty photography. Working on mock shooting assignments, participants are guided through the sequential steps to success in this competitive field. Technical skills are put to use in two photo shoots with live models, review and critique sessions, and instruction in digital applications. Excellent for photographers’ portfolio development.

Attendees must bring their own camera to all sessions.

Workshop leader: Lars Niki, 423A, LC, fashion and beauty photographer.

SXM 250 Social Media and Digital Best Practices for Stylists and Photographic and Visual Professionals
1.2 CEU
Professionals in visual art fields learn how to create a leading edge marketing strategy for your work and services utilizing the latest social media tools. Develop an integrated business plan incorporating the new media bridge between social media networks like Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, Flickr, and YouTube and multimedia content to enhance your image and prospects. Topics include establishing the best online conduits and social media networks to impress and attract clients. Demo and discussion includes taking photos and video using iPhones, Androids, iPods, and digital/video cameras, working with programs like ProCamera, Hipstamatic, Filmic Pro, and Slow Shutter. Editing programs include Filterstorm, Lo-Mob, Camera Awesome, and more. Learn optimum ways to capture images, control workflow, and showcase your work. Bring to all sessions: Smartphone, tablet and/or laptop, digital camera.

Seminar leader: Lars Niki, 423A, LLC, fashion and beauty photographer.

SXM 345 How to Go From Planning to Staging a Winning Event
Get a thorough grounding in how to take an event from planning through execution, be it a private party, corporate event, trade show, or charity social. All of the components necessary for a successful event are examined, from sponsorships to promotional integration. Special emphasis is placed on atmosphere, including backdrops, lighting, music, special effects, and tables. Establishing a preferred vendor contact list is included. Gain insight into setting and meeting event objectives, allocating resources, working as a team, and making realistic budget projections.

Seminar leader: Valentina Brugnoli-Brewster, fashion events producer.

SXM 400 Everything You Need to Know About Fashion Shows, from Start-up to Runway
Get a firsthand education about the ins and outs of fashion show production and learn the tricks used in planning and promoting highly successful shows. Program gives you the inside track on finding and hiring the best talent (models, stylists, dressers, and production professionals). Learn to identify and work with savvy public relations firms. Go behind the scenes with top industry pros on a unique tour through the fashion show business.

Seminar leader: Barbara Berman, wardrober and show coordinator.

SXM 410 Bridal Consulting and Wedding Planning
If you have events planning and image consulting know-how, why not consider bridal consulting and wedding planning as a career? This dynamic program starts by defining the roles, duties, and services required to dress and assist the bride and bridal party and coordinate services and receptions. Whether it's getting the perfect dress and fit; keeping the bride calm, beautiful, and on track; or recommending and getting along with caterers, bakers, florists, and photographers, every aspect of assisting with a wedding is included. Proper wedding etiquette is reviewed, and various wedding styles and their resulting budgets are covered. Handling sticky situations with ease and grace is discussed, and how to set fees and charge for your services is stressed.

The book for this class, My Bride Guide, by Judith Ann Graham, Barricade Books, will be available for purchase during first session for a $20 fee or via an online option.

Seminar leader: Judith Ann Graham, professional makeup for media expert; author, My Bride Guide.

SXM 420 Everything You Need to Know About Trade Shows, from Set-up to Shopping
No matter which end of the business you're in, be it wholesale or retail in accessories, apparel, or home, being in the know about industry trade shows will save you valuable time, trouble, and lots of money. Get a hands-on education on the many kinds of exclusive, fashion-based shows nationwide. Go behind the scenes to learn about the business of exhibiting, including finding the right show, registration, and set-up and display tips. Merchandising to both buyers and the press is covered. Get the tricks of the trade shows, including trend spotting and sizing up the best items to move your business forward.

Seminar leader: Millie Clark-Lewis, fashion trade show account executive, Advanstar Communications, Inc.

SXM 440 Everything You Need to Know About Venues: From Editor's Previews to After Parties
Location, location, location! This exciting course will help the event planner guide their client to the very best event spaces, both traditional and alternative. Learn how to create a venue checklist, match your event to the space, conduct a venue walk-through and hold productive meetings with venue management. The first session will be held at FIT, while the following two sessions will be held in the field, meeting with venue managers, banquet coordinators, and industry professionals. Students will be responsible for transportation to various venues; therefore additional expenses may be incurred.

Workshop leader: Paula Lauriano, Macy's Parade and Entertainment- Group National Events, Freelance Stylist and Events Planner.

SXM 480 How to Plan and Execute Top Notch In-store Events
Learn to orchestrate appearances, trunk shows, parties, and in-store fashion shows vital to today's retail promotional strategy. Program covers how to respond to a retailer's needs with the correct level theme and event type, including how to incorporate and secure celebrities for appearances. Class discussion and work emphasizes how to develop a concept and stresses the criteria for success, including venue choices, models, music, clothes, accessories, stylists, dressers, and staging. Budgets and allocation are reviewed. Important for freelance eventers and image consultants or in-store personnel.

Seminarleader: Terance Coffee, event planner and stylist.

SXM 500 From Real Life Color to Digital Color Hands-on Workshop
Choosing the right color for a product, fashion, home or cosmetic presentation, website, croqui, matching a swatch or building a brand identity may all seem difficult when you go from "real life" color to digital color. Color is one of the most powerful selling tools that one has to work with. Knowing how to translate "real life" color into digital color spaces such as RGB, CMYK, HSV, or LAB are most important if you are working in any industry or as an artist. Through digital color exercises and practices, students will gain the understanding of color strategies and how to use color digitally for color forecasting, packaging, creating textile color combinations, trending, and doing artistic work based on ideas introduced in this class. Held in FIT's School of Continuing and Professional Studies Computer Laboratory.

Required to bring a USB drive to your first class.

Instructor: Holly Henderson, adjunct assistant professor, Textile/Surface Design; apparel/textile design and manufacturing hardware and software consultant.


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