“Life of Food” on Street Art NYC

Ashcan Student Yerke’s Scholastic Art Award Gold Key Winning drawing “Life of Food” is featured on the Street Art NYC blog, for its reflection of contemporary urban sensibility.

This drawing is currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s special exhibition featuring original works of art and writing from NYC-based Gold Key recipients.



Top 100 schools for Art, 2017

You’ll need a good portfolio to get into any of these top schools

1 Rhode Island School of Design Providence, RI

2 Cooper Union New York, NY

3 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA

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4 Washington University in St. Louis Saint Louis, MO

5 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA

6 Brown University Providence, RI

7 California Institute of the Arts Valencia, CA

8 Cornell University Ithaca, NY

9 Rice University Houston, TX

10 Pratt Institute Brooklyn, NY

11 University of California – Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA

12 College for Creative Studies Detroit, MI

13 University of California – Berkeley Berkeley, CA

14 Bowdoin College Brunswick, ME

15 New York University New York, NY


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16 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC

17 Savannah College of Art & Design Savannah, GA

18 Art Center College of Design Pasadena, CA

19 Massachusetts College of Art & Design Boston, MA

20 Otis College of Art & Design Los Angeles, CA


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21 School of Visual Arts New York, NY

22 Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore, MD

23 Williams College Williamstown, MA

24 Boston University Boston, MA

25 Kansas City Art Institute Kansas City, MO

26 University of Texas – Austin Austin, TX

27 Scripps College Claremont, CA

28 Minneapolis College of Art & Design Minneapolis, MN

29 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL

30 Carleton College Northfield, MN

31 California College of the Arts San Francisco, CA

32 Northeastern University Boston, MA

33 University of Michigan – Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI

34 University of the Arts Philadelphia, PA

35 Brigham Young University Provo, UT

36 Ringling College of Art & Design Sarasota, FL

37 Cornish College of the Arts Seattle, WA

38 University of California – Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA

39 Cleveland Institute of Art Cleveland, OH

40 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY


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41 University of Florida Gainesville, FL

42 Reed College Portland, OR

43 Amherst College Amherst, MA

44 Bard College Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

45 Colorado College Colorado Springs, CO

46 School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL

47 Academy of Art University San Francisco, CA

48 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX

49 Alfred University Alfred, NY

50 Fashion Institute of Technology New York, NY

51 Tufts University Medford, MA

52 University of California – San Diego La Jolla, CA

53 University of California – Davis Davis, CA

54 Oberlin College Oberlin, OH

55 The New School New York, NY

56 University of Washington Seattle, WA

57 Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Milwaukee, WI

58 Kenyon College Gambier, OH

59 Mount Mary University Milwaukee, WI

60 University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA

61 Ohio State University Columbus, OH

62 Penn State University Park, PA

63 University of Georgia Athens, GA

64 Columbus College of Art & Design Columbus, OH

65 CUNY Hunter College New York, NY

66 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA

67 SUNY Purchase College Purchase, NY

68 College of William & Mary Williamsburg, VA

69 University of Wisconsin Madison, WI

70 Converse College Spartanburg, SC

71 University of North Carolina – Wilmington Wilmington, NC

72 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY

73 University of Delaware Newark, DE

74 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA

75 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY

76 University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN

77 Howard University Washington, DC

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78 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL

79 Bennington College Bennington, VT

80 Temple University Philadelphia, PA

81 Whitman College Walla Walla, WA

82 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY

83 Lafayette College Easton, PA

84 SUNY New Paltz New Paltz, NY

85 University of California – Irvine Irvine, CA

86 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC

87 Columbia College Chicago Chicago, IL

88 Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design Denver, CO

89 Hampshire College Amherst, MA

90 CUNY Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY

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91 Appalachian State University Boone, NC

92 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI

93 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA

94 George Washington University Washington, DC

95 The Art Institute of Portland Portland, OR

96 University of Massachusetts – Amherst Amherst, MA

97 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR

98 California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA

99 Baylor University Waco, TX

100 Washington State University Pullman, WA



Art Portfolio for FITs Accessories Design Program

Accessories Design


FIT is in the center of the accessories world is New York City—home to the major design studios and sales offices. And FIT has close ties to the industry: to the people and places that can help you launch a great career. At FIT, you can design and produce a full range of accessories, from high-fashion shoes and handbags to athletic footwear. You’ll create boots, belts, billfolds, and carrying gear for sports. If green is your color, a new course in nontraditional footwear focuses on sustainability.
Your faculty are active in all areas of the industry, and they’ll help you master the technical, design, and business skills you need. In hands-on classes you’ll learn about materials, construction, and presentation—and produce a professional-quality accessories line.



Applicants to this program are expected to provide a competitive portfolio.




Part 1: Accessories Renderings (9-12 pieces)

Submit a selection of 9 to 12 examples of your best original work that represents bag, shoe and belt designs as scanned images or high quality photographs. One submission should be a still life of a shoe and bag selected from your closet. Use any black pen or pencil to sketch the still life. Submit a photograph of your still life and one scanned image of the sketch.

  • Each piece can stand alone or be part of a coordinated collection within the 9 to 12 pieces.
  • Explain your inspiration(s) with photo images, magazine tear sheets or short narrative(s).
  • Identify the color medium(s) you chose and include material or leather swatch(es) on the front of each sketch.

PART 2: Creative Work (5-7 pieces)

Submit 5 to 7 examples of actual creative art samples that you have made. Include 2 to 3 pages from your sketchbook to give insight to your process of research, thinking, and exploration.

  • The work may include assignment-based projects, self-directed work or pieces of a collaborative nature in the areas of accessories, paintings, ceramics, photography, etc.
  • The samples should demonstrate knowledge of a creative skill set.
  • Originality, creativity, and design aesthetic are valued.
  • Write and submit a brief description for each of these images.

Provide 14-19 items. Images (up to 5MB each) and video (up to 250MB each)


Portfolio Requirements

To be considered for admission to an art and design major, applicants must submit a portfolio for evaluation by the FIT faculty.

  • Art and Design applicants must submit a portfolio through SlideRoom. Materials received through mail or in-person will not be reviewed or considered.
  • After receiving confirmation that your application was received by FIT and reviewing the major-specific portfolio requirements below, you can upload your portfolio to fit.slideroom.com
  • Check out Tips on How to Prepare a Portfolio and consider attending a National Portfolio Day or FIT Portfolio Preview Day prior to submitting your portfolio
  • Applicants to BFA programs in Accessories Design, Advertising Design, Computer Animation & Interactive Media, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Packaging Design, Textile/Surface Design, Toy Design, and Visual Presentation & Exhibition Design should not submit portfolios through SlideRoom. Applicants will be contacted by Admissions or the major department regarding submission of a portfolio either in person or via email.9


  • FIT’s Accessories Design program was the first of its kind in the United States.
  • FIT offers the country’s only certificate programs in Millinery and Performance Athletic Footwear.
  • AAS and BFA programs provide extensive networking opportunities for you to connect with industry leaders.
  • Study abroad summer programs at the London College of Fashion focus on design and construction.
  • Graduates find full-time employment or full-time freelance work at leading companies such as Michael Kors, Steve Madden, and Liz Claiborne.

In this program, you’ll:

  • get real-world experience through internships at major accessories companies, such as Kenneth Cole, Brown Show, and Nine West, among many others.
  • participate in industry-sponsored competitions and work on group projects in the Accessories and Millinery Club.
  • visit showrooms, design studios, and production facilities located in New York City, the heart of the industry.

Digital Painting Classes


The Digital Painting class is an introductory course where you’ll learn how to apply traditional painting techniques to digital painting and illustration using a Wacom tablet. You’ll experiment and explore painting digitally as you design your own characters, narrative settings and story boards.

7 Classes Digital Painting Program

Class 1 : Intro to Tools/ Program, Basic Figure Study
Class 2 : Basic Perspective and Anatomy
Class 3 : Facial Structure and Expression
Class 4 : Character Design
Class 5 : Landscape Design
Class 6 : Basic Movement Study
Class 7 : Storyboard Design

Manhattan Campus

Thursdays 10am-2pm, 3pm-7pm

Saturdays 10am-2pm, 3pm-7pm

Enroll Today

Artists & Designers of the Future

Most students start at Ashcan Studio scared that they’ll never be good enough to get in to the school of their dreams- like SVA, or Pratt Institute or Parsons. But after a while they begin to develop their skills, develop their personal style, or voice or vision, and by the time they apply they are confident that they’ve done their best, and that they are applying with the strongest work that they personally can make. They know this because they’ve devoted the time and energy needed to do it. What a great head start on going to art school. And admissions can see it, all the hard work and dedication.

After all the worry, Ashcan students took the first step, signed up for classes, applied, got into art school, graduated and have gone on to win awards, and become successful Graphic Designers, Illustrators, Interior Designers, Architects, Animators, Fine Artists, Art Therapists, Exhibition Designers, Landscape Architects.. and successes in other creative fields.

You may not believe it now, but at Ashcan You Can too.

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They Did!!

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This year Ashcan students were ACCEPTED to-

The School of Visual Arts, Pratt, RISD, Parsons, NYSID, Cooper Union, NYU, Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon University, MICA, The Fashion Institute of Technology, SMFA, Art Center, SCAD, Yale, Harvard, CalArts, Art Center & SCAD for FALL 2017

Most with scholarships!