I received an AAS degree in Fashion Design and am currently working on earning a BA in Fashion Design at FIT. I tutor students in first and second semester draping, patternmaking, and fashion art, and third semester draping. I am also interested in poetry, religion, music, and painting. I plan to work as a Fashion Designer once I graduate from FIT.
My advice to students is to think about what you will remember most about your academic experience 10 years from now. It won't be about what grade you got in a class, but what you learned in that class that is helping you with your career. So don't focus on what grade you are going to get, but on what you can get out of that class. Have fun with what you're learning and let it positively contribute to your professional career.
My name is Akino Sakaoka. I received a BFA in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, an MS in Construction Management from New York University, a Baccalaureate Certificate in TESOL from Columbia University, and I completed the Japanese Teacher Training Program at the Japan Society.
I currently tutor students in Auto CAD, perspective drawing, drafting, rendering, architectural working drawings, and other interior design courses. In addition, I tutor all levels of Japanese. I would like to teach at FIT some time in the future. I am always seeking out talented interior design students to work with me on freelance projects that I am currently involved with. I chose my profession in interior design because I like to express my creativity in 3D and to invent my own design styles.
My advice for current and future FIT students is to study hard, manage your time, complete assignments on time, and think like a professional.
My name is Artem Silantyev and I am currently a Computer Animation and Interactive Media major at FIT with a background in Fine Arts. I currently tutor students in Flash, website design, computer animation and post-production, and special effects related classes. My main goal in life once I graduate is to either work on programming for games, work in a company where I can produce interactive content,, or work in the computer animation field.
My advice to students currently studying at FIT, especially taking CG classes, is to take full advantage of everything you can get to learn the content of the courses. Sit next to people you can talk to so that you can share information you gather and learn more and learn faster. Lastly, if you find you are stuck and do not know how to get a specific result, Google it!
Some of the websites I find useful are:
CreativeCOW - This site has tutorials for flash animation, Photoshop, and pretty much anything else related to creating your own video content.
Google.com - Trust me, one of the most useful websites I rely on.
I am currently in my 3rd semester in the Interior Design program at FIT. Before coming to FIT, I studied Architectual Drafting and Design at my high school, Advanced Technologies Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the future, I would like to work in the Hospitality and Tourism field of interior design, and eventually manage my own company.
I curretly tutor Interior Design students in Presentation Techniques I, Drafting for Interior Design, Perspective Drawing and AutoCAD I. I also tutor in Color and Light and Color Science Laboratory courses.
My advice for FIT students is to always do what makes you happy and work hard to achieve your goals because if you don't enjoy what you do, it's hard to be the greatest person you can be. So, study hard and never be afraid to ask for help; others want to see you excel as well.
I received a BFA in computer animation from FIT in 2010. I currently tutor FIT students in computer graphics courses, 3D computer programs, and Mandarin Chinese.
I was a graphic designer for 10 years. In 2008, I quit my job and came to FIT to study computer animation. I am working towards getting into the media industry.
My advice to FIT students is to aim high and be patient.
I have a MS in Chemical Engineering. My last job was with Johnson and Johnson, where I worked for 19 years. The last 14 years at J&J I was the Chief Process Engineer for Splenda, the world's best-selling non-nutritive sweetener. I received the Johnson Medal, J&J's highest award for innovation, for the work I did on the Splenda project.
I am now retired and besides tutoring math and science at FIT, I do metal sculpture and enjoy reading postmodern fiction.
My advice to FIT students is to take full advantage of all the help available at FIT outside of the classroom.
In my first life, I worked my way through the University of Wisconsin and the University of Connecticut with a manual typewriter to earn a BS degree specializing in journalism, advertising, and home economics. I continued my education at the Art Students League, CUNY Hunter College, and Baruch College; I now study at FIT.
I was initially a print-oriented writer, editor, graphic artist, and production coordinator. With the advent of computerized programs, I re-invented myself by majoring in typography/layout and digital graphics software. I created my first website circa 2000 and explored timeline animation shifting my focus to online technology. I am now exploring fluid, responsive web site creation that is mobile-device adaptive.
I attended FIT where I received a BFA in Fashion Design. I am currently tutoring in FIT classes like fine arts, fashion design, fashion art, and surface design. I am interested in all cultures, music, art, and film. I plan to develop a website to sell t-shirts I designed. One of the reasons I chose fashion design as my major was so I could design anything I wanted, and I am.
My advice to FIT students is to follow your heart's call and lead the way.
I am Jaehoon Lee. I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in May 2013 with an Associate's Degree in Fashion Design with a specialization in fashion art. Currently I work at Tawil Associates (licensing company) as a graphic and fashion designer. I create computer artwork and hand-drawing illustrations for Buffalo by David Bitton and Juicy Couture. I have also done freelance work as a fashion illustrator for Anthropologie, Eva Franco, and Adjmi Apparel and currently tutor students in Fashion Art at FIT.
My advice for students at FIT is that characteristic fashion drawing enables designers to express themselves effectively, but it takes time to perfect this skill. Practicing is the only way to improve. If you are having difficulty in the area of fashion drawing, FIT tutors can assist you for your improvement.
I was born in Brooklyn, New York. I have a background in 2D animation and cartooning and I graduated from FIT with an Associate's Degree in Communication Design and a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Animation and Interactive Media. I'm currently working on my Master's Degree in Computer Art at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. My goal is to become a motion graphic artist using my style in cartooning.
The chairman at my current school, SVA, said to every student in my major: work hard, be creative, and have fun. I believe every student at FIT should follow this advice because it will encourage students to study what they really enjoy doing on a daily basis. I also think that every student should not be afraid to try what they enjoy doing and should realize that they can always get help from professors, fellow students, tutors, and of course family and friends.
I received a BA in English and Journalism and a Minor in Art History from Syracuse University, took graduate classes in personality development at NYU in the MSW program and received a Certificate in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia. I worked as the Creative Director, SVP, N.W. at Ayer and D'Arcy Advertising and an editor for the Associated Press. I am a member of the Actor's Equity and SAG-AFTRA unions, and the author of two off-off Broadway plays. I was a creative consultant for the film documentary, Lion of Judah, Los Angeles Film Festival, 2012.
I currently tutor students at FIT in advertising and marketing courses, social sciences, art history, philosophy and others. I have also been a tutor and assistant teacher for the Educational Opportunity Program and an accomodative aide for the FIT-ABLE program at FIT.
I am a volunteer reader and Pencil Pal in NYC Public Schools. A favorite website is: BritishMuseum.org.
My advice for FIT students is to work with a friend, counselor, or tutor to figure out how you learn best.
I am a senior in fashion design, specializing in childrens wear. I love childrenswear because it can be whimsical and fun. Some of my favorite classes at FIT have been draping, patternmaking, sewing, and corsetry. My interests include martial arts, cycling, and making headpieces.
My advice for students is to learn time management and do not procrastinate. I also reccommend to not get so focused on grades; learning the skills is more important than the grade you get.
My name is Morgan Cole and I have an AAS in Fashion Design from FIT. I am specializing in knitwear and will graduate with my BA in May 2014.
Sewing and knitting are my two favorite hobbis, so I decided to make a career out of them. In the future, I hope to design sweaters in the contemporary or designer market and eventually start my own brand.
My advice for FIT students is to be organized--time management is key. Be timely and efficient with your projects. Homework and school should take priority, but don't forget to save some time for yourself to relax. Also, be confident in your work, don't be afraid to think outside the box, and don't hesitate to ask questions or get extra help if something is difficult to understand. But most of all, get involved in the school, explore the city, and enjoy yourself!
In 1987 I helped start a magazine called And Then which is still in existence. In 2007 my book called Health Proxy was published. Currently I am working on a number of different projects, including acting in a movie called "The Education of Thomas Jefferson." Over the years, I have been involved in various movements for social change. I have had very deep and rich friendships. I very much enjoy my contact with students and have learned a lot from working with them.
My advice to FIT students is to hang in there. Take a deep breath. Don't be afraid to ask any questions.
I received a BA in Economics from Rutgers University. I am currently awaiting state certification for a vocational school where applicants can receive job training in project management. While waiting for my certification, I am tutoring FIT students in economics, statistics, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), and mathematics.
My advice for students is to allow yourself to think of your course work (especially those classes which are required but not directly related to your major) as the "broader tapestry/medium" of which you have to work in. As a person coming from a non-fashion background, I am surprised by the creative way some fashion students approach the use of traditionally non-fashion type tools and subjects in pursuit of their projects and/or designs.
I have a BS in Applied Economics and Management and hope to attend graduate school in the future. I chose to study economics because it provides a different perspective from which to think about everyday concepts. I currently tutor FIT students in math, economics, and accounting courses. Aside from tutoring, my interests include engaging in nature-oriented activities.
My advice to FIT students is to always take some time out of your day to do something you enjoy.
Yaxiong (Tommy) Huang
My name is Yaxiong (Tommy) Huang. I have a BS in Mathematics and Economics from the College of Staten Island. I also have an MA in Statistics and Applied MAth from Hunter College. I tutor math courses at FIT.
My interests involve using math, statistics, and algorithms to solve IT/business problems. I plan to be an actuary analyst or data analyst in the near future. I chose my majors because they can be applied to business/science fields and used to solve real world problems. Those majors have trained me to acquire analytical and problem solving skills.
I am currently working as a researcher at an IT company. I mainly do research in catastrophic modelings (earthquake, hurricane, etc.) and develop risk management software for insurance companies. My work is the combination of math/statistics, insurance, information technology, and science.
I also participate in an actuary exam program. I passed Exam P (probability) and I am currently studying for Exam FM (financial mathematics)
My advice to FIT students is to follow the proper method of study for each subject and to have a passion for studying in their majors. Remember, persistent effort can help you overcome any difficulty.
I received a BA in Art and Archaeology from the International Christian University in Toyko, Japan. I then went on to receive an AAS in Fine Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology. I chose my major at FIT because I wanted to explore and improve my painting. I am currently tutoring students in fine arts, history of art, and Japanese.
My advice to FIT students: Don't go into a panic, even if you have a lot to do. If you need help, feel free to use the Tutoring Center.