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Applied Arts: Exercises in Design

Summary:

What does it take to be a successful artist—to actually earn a living with your talent and imagination? The Fashion, Digital Arts, Interior Design, and Entertainment industries are hungry for creative, conceptual thinkers. Introduce your students to the dynamic world of applied arts through a series of learn-by-doing presentations which connect the elements of design they are studying to practical careers.

Choose from ten different project-based presentations focused on career paths in Fashion, Textiles, Footwear, Graphics, Visual Communications, Jewelry, Product Development, Costume Design, Set Design, and Interior Design. Each presentation includes design challenges and problem solving specific to these career paths for your students.

You may choose any combination up to a maximum of two modules per class period.

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This presentation has classroom handouts and support information. Please contact the FIDM Speakers Bureau at 800-262-3436 to obtain handouts and support information.

The handouts for your students may include preparatory and follow-up activities, a template, worksheets, quizzes, and vocabulary lists (where applicable). Support information includes state and national standards and a bibliography (where applicable).

Designing Successful AP Art Portfolios

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Why navigate the complexities of the AP Studio Art portfolio alone? This presentation will help AP Studio Art students streamline the multi-layered process of meeting all the requirements of the AP College Board Studio Art Portfolio in a presentation developed by an AP Studio Art expert. Students will learn how to match their artistic strengths to the right portfolio category. Common questions about Breadth and Concentration are answered, featuring original art examples from student portfolios that received a 5, the highest AP score. Brainstorming activities and a graphic organizer are included. Find out what the College Board readers are really looking for, and how your students can reach a level of excellence that will bring them success in an increasingly competitive international exam.

This presentation has classroom handouts and support information. Please contact the FIDM Speakers Bureau at 800-262-3436 to obtain handouts and support information.

The handouts for your students may include preparatory and follow-up activities, a template, worksheets, quizzes, and vocabulary lists (where applicable). Support information includes state and national standards and a bibliography (where applicable).

Beyond Words: The Subconscious Language Of Body & Dress

Summary:

Did you know that over 90 percent of communication does not involve words? In this highly interactive presentation, students will discover the eight types of nonverbal communication and the power each one holds. While emphasizing the psychology and sociology curriculum, focus is placed on the cultural differences in both subconscious and learned behaviors. Class participation is encouraged in exercises that challenge students to interpret the hidden meaning behind mannerisms and dress. Students will come away knowing the profound impact nonverbal communication has on their future success and well-being.

This presentation has classroom handouts and support information. Please contact the FIDM Speakers Bureau at 800-262-3436 to obtain handouts and support information.

The handouts for your students may include preparatory and follow-up activities, a template, worksheets, quizzes, and vocabulary lists (where applicable). Support information includes state and national standards and a bibliography (where applicable).

Behind the Design: Careers in the Apparel Industry

Summary:

Have you ever considered how the clothing you buy impacts the economy on a global scale? The fashion and apparel industry is as exciting as it is expansive, offering career opportunities in design, management, production, marketing, and beyond. This presentation offers you a glimpse into the dynamic range of careers available in this ever-evolving industry, from visual communications, merchandise marketing and planning, digital advertising, product development, manufacturing, trend forecasting, and fashion design.

This presentation has classroom handouts and support information. Please contact the FIDM Speakers Bureau at 800-262-3436 to obtain handouts and support information.

The handouts for your students may include preparatory and follow-up activities, a template, worksheets, quizzes, and vocabulary lists (where applicable). Support information includes state and national standards and a bibliography (where applicable).

Creativity, Business Trends, and Your Career

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Rapidly changing business trends have a direct effect on career and job opportunities and collaboration is a key component for today’s most successful companies. These visionary companies are hiring people who understand the connection between creative and bottom-line thinking. Nationally known Trend Forecaster and author Tom Julian has partnered with FIDM to create a presentation that will prepare students with an insider’s view of the topline trends in retail, branding, and consumer product as well as the “WOW” brands, career-minded students should be watching. Trends and brand leaders impact jobs, and are illustrated through the experiences of FIDM Graduates currently working in the dynamic industries of Fashion Entertainment, Interior Design, and Digital Arts. Get the latest insight that will help strategize a professional future.

This presentation has classroom handouts and support information. Please contact the FIDM Speakers Bureau at 800-262-3436 to obtain handouts and support information.

The handouts for your students may include preparatory and follow-up activities, a template, worksheets, quizzes, and vocabulary lists (where applicable). Support information includes state and national standards and a bibliography (where applicable).

Classic Literature: Storytelling Through Fashion

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See classic literature through the eyes of fashion on this journey through seven literary periods: Old English, Middle English, Renaissance, Neo-Classical, Romantic, Victorian, and Modern. This interactive presentation reinforces literary terms and defines the characteristics of each era. Highlighted novels illustrate the use of fashion to create imagery, character identity, setting, tone, and theme. Students will participate in writing exercises and create character descriptions.

This presentation has classroom handouts and support information. Please contact the FIDM Speakers Bureau at 800-262-3436 to obtain handouts and support information.

The handouts for your students may include preparatory and follow-up activities, a template, worksheets, quizzes, and vocabulary lists (where applicable). Support information includes state and national standards and a bibliography (where applicable).

Costume & the Character

Summary:

Whether it is for television, film or theater, the costume designer does more than simply make the actor look good. Costumes must create a believable transformation of the actor into the character he or she is portraying. “Costume and the Character” is an interactive presentation that features interviews with award-winning designers, film clips, and images of original movie costumes on exhibit at the FIDM Museum and Galleries. Students will participate in fun exercises and learn how costume brings all the elements of a production together to create a unified vision.

This presentation has classroom handouts and support information. Please contact the FIDM Speakers Bureau at 800-262-3436 to obtain handouts and support information.

The handouts for your students may include preparatory and follow-up activities, a template, worksheets, quizzes, and vocabulary lists (where applicable). Support information includes state and national standards and a bibliography (where applicable).

Entertainment Marketing in the Digital Age

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The entertainment marketing industry sets the bar for innovation, creativity, and visually compelling advertising campaigns in the digital age. Discover what it takes to develop entertainment promotional pieces in this presentation that explores the career of the Entertainment Graphic Designer and the Entertainment Digital Media Professional. This interactive presentation invites students to exercise their conceptual thinking skills while learning detailed film marketing methods and apply their knowledge to develop their own movie poster or movie trailer.

You may choose any combination up to a maximum of two modules per class period.

Click to review each module:

This presentation has classroom handouts and support information. Please contact the FIDM Speakers Bureau at 800-262-3436 to obtain handouts and support information.

The handouts for your students may include preparatory and follow-up activities, a template, worksheets, quizzes, and vocabulary lists (where applicable). Support information includes state and national standards and a bibliography (where applicable).

Design Inspiration: Where Designers “Shop” for Ideas

Summary:

Have you ever wondered where elite designers get their inspiration? From nature to architecture, music and technology, the sources for creative inspiration are many and varied. Let FIDM reveal the visionary process behind product designs in fashion, interiors, print and graphics, automobiles, and more. This presentation will open students' eyes to the secrets of creativity.

This presentation has classroom handouts and support information. Please contact the FIDM Speakers Bureau at 800-262-3436 to obtain handouts and support information.

The handouts for your students may include preparatory and follow-up activities, a template, worksheets, quizzes, and vocabulary lists (where applicable). Support information includes state and national standards and a bibliography (where applicable).

Discovering Your Creative Abilities

Summary:

As students take an inspiring journey through the creative process, they will learn that creativity is not an elusive ability possessed by a few. We are all born with it and, we can learn to exercise our creative muscle to meet our needs. Your students will examine the interplay between left-brain and right-brain thinking through exercises in drawing, visualization, analogy, and brainstorming. Every job requires some type of creativity. This presentation lays important groundwork for school as well as future careers.

This presentation has classroom handouts and support information. Please contact the FIDM Speakers Bureau at 800-262-3436 to obtain handouts and support information.

The handouts for your students may include preparatory and follow-up activities, a template, worksheets, quizzes, and vocabulary lists (where applicable). Support information includes state and national standards and a bibliography (where applicable).

Economics Of The Apparel Industry

Summary:

The basic principles of economics assume new meaning in this absorbing and relevant presentation, which tracks fashion from design to manufacturing to retail sales. Students look at the true cost of doing business—including labor, production, and advertising—along with international business forces. It is a very fashionable world, and clothing is at the heart of consumer spending in today’s marketplace.

This presentation has classroom handouts and support information. Please contact the FIDM Speakers Bureau at 800-262-3436 to obtain handouts and support information.

The handouts for your students may include preparatory and follow-up activities, a template, worksheets, quizzes, and vocabulary lists (where applicable). Support information includes state and national standards and a bibliography (where applicable).

The FIDM Advantage

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This visual presentation gives students an exciting look inside the world of FIDM, an accredited college of creative thinking where students prepare to excel in careers in the fashion, interior design, digital arts, and entertainment industries. A college representative from FIDM will share updates about the extensive career opportunities in these fields—many of which may be new to your students. In addition, they will provide information about our accredited Associate of Arts and Bachelors degree programs with industry-driven curricula, our 26 business and design majors, industry partnerships, comprehensive student and alumni career resources, campus life, and global alumni network.

This presentation has classroom handouts and support information. Please contact the FIDM Speakers Bureau at 800-262-3436 to obtain handouts and support information.

The handouts for your students may include preparatory and follow-up activities, a template, worksheets, quizzes, and vocabulary lists (where applicable). Support information includes state and national standards and a bibliography (where applicable).

The Future is Now: Social, Digital, and New Media Marketing

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Did you know that nearly 90% of jobs in the upcoming year will demand social media skills? Social Media isn’t just something to do in your spare time, it is a viable career path amounting to approximately $1.3 trillion to our economy. In this interactive presentation, students will learn the importance of social, digital, and new media marketing, the impact it has across numerous industries, and the skills required to work in this field. Students will learn how brands develop social media marketing campaigns and then put their knowledge to the test by developing their own campaign.

This presentation has classroom handouts and support information. Please contact the FIDM Speakers Bureau at 800-262-3436 to obtain handouts and support information.

The handouts for your students may include preparatory and follow-up activities, a template, worksheets, quizzes, and vocabulary lists (where applicable). Support information includes state and national standards and a bibliography (where applicable).

The Fabric of America: U.S. History Through Fashion

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From haute couture for the elite to the fast-fashions of today, this presentation explores how events such as World Wars, economic and environmental disasters, artistic movements, and technology influenced what Americans wore. The Fashion industry is a trillion dollar global industry that ebbs and flows with changes in society. The period studied (1900–present day) shows the most rapid transformation in apparel in the United States.

This presentation has classroom handouts and support information. Please contact the FIDM Speakers Bureau at 800-262-3436 to obtain handouts and support information.

The handouts for your students may include preparatory and follow-up activities, a template, worksheets, quizzes, and vocabulary lists (where applicable). Support information includes state and national standards and a bibliography (where applicable).

How France Became The High Fashion Capital Of The World

Summary:

Why do most people believe that France, and more specifically Paris, is the center of high fashion? Was it just circumstance, an organized effort, or the blending of talents that transformed this amazing city into the luxury capital of the world? In this presentation we will attempt to answer that question as we explore the major events and people that shaped the French fashion industry. We will also take a look at what is happening in today’s market to maintain France’s reputation as the ultimate authority of style.

This presentation has classroom handouts and support information. Please contact the FIDM Speakers Bureau at 800-262-3436 to obtain handouts and support information.

The handouts for your students may include preparatory and follow-up activities, a template, worksheets, quizzes, and vocabulary lists (where applicable). Support information includes state and national standards and a bibliography (where applicable).

Image as a Tool to Shape Public Opinion

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Political figures have long understood the value of image-enhancement. From Franklin Roosevelt’s fireside chats to President Obama’s YouTube addresses, political figures have endeavored to craft their image using the media of their time. With historical audio and video clips, we will track the effect image has had on influencing public opinion. This presentation highlights your curriculum, developing media literacy and critical thinking skills to help your students become educated citizens of our evolving democracy.

This presentation has classroom handouts and support information. Please contact the FIDM Speakers Bureau at 800-262-3436 to obtain handouts and support information.

The handouts for your students may include preparatory and follow-up activities, a template, worksheets, quizzes, and vocabulary lists (where applicable). Support information includes state and national standards and a bibliography (where applicable).

Latin American Costumes and Cultures

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Latin influences are everywhere—in our cuisine, art, and sense of style. This fact-filled presentation traces the positive contributions and roots of this inspiring, colorful culture. It includes the vibrant worlds of the Aztec, Inca, and Maya, and the Spanish conquest of the New World. We will introduce modern-day artists and fashion forces as well. Understanding a culture makes studying its language an even richer experience.

This presentation has classroom handouts and support information. Please contact the FIDM Speakers Bureau at 800-262-3436 to obtain handouts and support information.

The handouts for your students may include preparatory and follow-up activities, a template, worksheets, quizzes, and vocabulary lists (where applicable). Support information includes state and national standards and a bibliography (where applicable).

Learning the Art of Trendspotting

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Being able to predict a trend is a valued skill for professionals in the fashion and design industries. Let FIDM share our expertise with your students as we teach them to interpret today’s trendsetting styles and designs—from eclectic street fashions to avant-garde interiors—in order to forecast the looks of tomorrow. This presentation will sharpen students’ critical thinking ability and understanding of how new designs are conceived.

This presentation has classroom handouts and support information. Please contact the FIDM Speakers Bureau at 800-262-3436 to obtain handouts and support information.

The handouts for your students may include preparatory and follow-up activities, a template, worksheets, quizzes, and vocabulary lists (where applicable). Support information includes state and national standards and a bibliography (where applicable).

Staying Ahead of Today’s Job Market

Summary:

This presentation consists of seven modules, each dealing with specific aspects of career pathing, job interviewing, and employability. These modules fit together in a class period and are flexible enough to adapt to a variety of class schedules. (Consult your Speakers Bureau Director to schedule the modules that work best with your classes.)

Click to review each module:

This presentation has classroom handouts and support information. Please contact the FIDM Speakers Bureau at 800-262-3436 to obtain handouts and support information.

The handouts for your students may include preparatory and follow-up activities, a template, worksheets, quizzes, and vocabulary lists (where applicable). Support information includes state and national standards and a bibliography (where applicable).

World History: How Past Patterns Predict Future Trends

Summary:

Let FIDM bring the past alive for your students with this design presentation that covers world history from the ancient Egyptians through modern times. Visual and cultural parallels to contemporary life are highlighted through each era, allowing the students to understand that the past is not a foreign country but a vital source of ideas for the future.

This presentation has classroom handouts and support information. Please contact the FIDM Speakers Bureau at 800-262-3436 to obtain handouts and support information.

The handouts for your students may include preparatory and follow-up activities, a template, worksheets, quizzes, and vocabulary lists (where applicable). Support information includes state and national standards and a bibliography (where applicable).