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How to Select a Precollege High School Course

Selecting a Precollege course takes a bit of research on the student's part. We cannot tell you what to take. Course selection is based on the student's major of interest, abilities and weaknesses, and overall passion for the subject. Choose a course you'll be excited about! 

1. Determine which of our FIT majors you are considering. Not sure? View all FIT Undergraduate programs here:  Look at the details for the major, including the Program and Beyond Graduation.

2. Once you know which major(s) you’re interested in, go to Precollege Course Descriptions and AAS Portfolio Recommendations to view the list of courses we recommend you take. Courses with an asterisk* are the ones you should consider first. Always choose a course that either excites you or addresses your area of weakness. Don’t choose a class because your friend is in it…this will not make for a successful experience! Precollege Saturday and Summer Live courses are also coded by the sponsoring department, so consider HJD (high school jewelry) if you’re interested in Jewelry Design, and so on…

3. You may mix and match, so if you like both fashion design and jewelry, why not enroll in one of each? If you know you love one area, such as fine arts, just choose from your favorite fine arts courses. They are all beginner-level (with the exception of courses with pre-requisites, these are considered advanced-level).

4. Also note: all of our professors are also able to talk to you about FIT portfolio requirements, admissions requirements, and general information about being an FIT undergrad. You do not need a course with the word PORTFOLIO in the title to prepare portfolio pieces or get admissions information! "Portfolio" classes are for students who have a large volume of work and are ready to finalize their choices, not to make lots of new work. If you do not yet have 20+ pieces of work to consider for your portfolio, you should not enroll in a portfolio-level course. Spend your time with us making LOTS of new work by choosing a beginner or intermediate course.

5. When you finally know which class you want, visit: Program Details to select your program and enroll.

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