Faculty from Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), together with leaders from across the gaming and esports world, will teach you about the key areas, and related career opportunities in the rapidly changing gaming industry.
Boost Your Career
Build your gaming and esports industry skills and expertise in key areas such as:
Marketing in Esports
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96% of our students would recommend this program to a friend
Delve into the fundamentals of gaming – its history, its future, types of games, current trends in games and hot-button topics in the gaming community, and the question: “what is a game?”
Explore the conceptual and artistic underpinnings of game design: what are its rules and goals, characters and settings, and what’s the story?
Join gaming professionals for an overview of the technical design and development of a game: the engine, interface, platforms, animation, and 3D capture.
Walk through the revenue life cycle of a game: from investment into development, to advertising and persistent in-game revenue streams.
Go inside the world of professional gaming and learn about the ins-and-outs of managing professional esports organizations and events, as well as a professional player’s gear and practice.
Meet the masses of people that make a game live and breathe – such as players, content creators, and community managers – and explore the social impact and significance games have on their communities.
Level up. On YOUR schedule. –
The program includes 6 online course modules, and related skill-building activities. Each module is 3-5 hours, and is broken into several shorter lessons that students complete at their own pace. Students earn a non-credit certificate of completion from FIT.
Learn The Business
Get insider access to key areas of the industry with 45+ on-demand video lessons, and build real-world skills through self-paced projects and simulations.
Map Your Career
Learn about all the various career paths in the gaming world, and get first-hand tips and advice on how to achieve your goals from the biggest names in the business.
Boost Your Cred
Earn a Certificate of Achievement in Gaming and Esports Industry Essentials from the world-renowned Fashion Institute of Technology to add to your profile.
Instructors and Industry Experts
Dan ShefelmanAssociate Professor of Illustration, Fashion Institute of Technology
Dan ShimmyoGame Developer and Instructor, Fashion Institute of Technology
Erin SimonTV Anchor and Host in Esports and Gaming Culture
Gerard "HipHopGamer" WilliamsGaming Media Personality
Graham BordenCommunity Ambassador, NBA 2K League
Ivan CurtissGeneral Manager/Head Coach, Brooklyn Nets Gaming Crew
Maria HwangAssistant Professor of Computer Science, Fashion Institute of Technology
Rebekah ValentineStaff Writer, GamesIndustry.biz
Chris CompiendioWeekend Editor, Gamepur
Chris FosterLead Designer, Fire Hose Games
Gaming and Esports Industry Essentials In The News
My primary experiences had been as a collector and owner in the independent space. To grow my career and be able to compete in the NYC market I wanted to grow my knowledge of design, supply channels, big box, mass marketing, etc. I would tell friends that the course is a great high level framework of the industry at large. For those looking to get in to the industry, this gives invaluable insight in to many of the heavy hitting brands and stores. For those who have been in the industry for a while, this allows you to look back at the industry from the outside in as you prepare to make your next moves or rethink old logic.
Harrison DavisSneaker Essentials Grad
The course is taught by experienced professionals and fantastic professors from a very good school, and that all of the foundational elements of fashion that you could possibly want to know is all there, and easy to understand.
The various sites and planners that I was provided for things like internships, mentorship, visual style, and portfolio planning was immensely helpful and will continue to be helpful as I apply to fashion schools and internships later on.
Abigail GallenFashion Industry Essentials Grad
This is a very informative course and if you want to pursue beauty professionally, I would recommend it. It showed me all the areas that would require my focus to build a firm foundation.
Laura KroppBeauty Industry Essentials Grad
If you are interested in working in music, in any capacity, and want to better understand how the industry works, I highly recommend this program.
Samuel YoumansMusic Industry Essentials
This course has prepared me tremendously. I obtained a Bachelors of Business in 2015, so taking this course now has helped me stay up to date on whats going on in the sports industry and how things are changing/expanding.
Selina HilliardFundamentals of Global Sports Management Grad
It gave me a strong, well-rounded understanding about the industry/function, in general. It also allowed me to take a deep dive into a number of different topics. Moreover, it gave examples of different individuals working in the industry and hosted in-depth interviews, all of which I thought were very helpful and valuable. I've learnt a lot about getting hired in the industry/function, and what HR looks for in an applicant/interviewee.
Tasfia TusratHospitality and Tourism Industry Essentials
The course forces you really to make the building blocks of a clothing brand. Right down to business plan, target market, potential store layouts, pop up shops, you name it. At the end of this course I found myself with an actually written business plan which I never thought I would have or needed. Now I have something professional to continuously build off.
Billy PettsStreetwear Essentials Grad
The design your own boutique course made me stretch myself in was I have never done. Coming up with a building layout, figuring out how to get a logo,coming up with my mission. It all showed me how hard these store owners actually work to give consumers a great experience. The average person would never known this had it not been for this course. I know have a whole portfolio to open up my own store now I wanted too.
Tierra RichSneaker Essentials Grad
This program is an incredible learning opportunity. I would recommend this course to anyone even curious about working in fashion. The course covers all the bases of the industry. Therefore you have the starting knowledge to continue to grow, and pursue the field you find best suits you.
Austin LupardusFashion Industry Essentials Grad
This course allowed me to get my paperwork in order and also create new ideas to build and create a viable streetwear brand. If you are serious about starting any clothing brand, take this course. Yes it is for streetwear, but there is so much valuable information that can be used for other clothing brands.
Ondina SilveraStreetwear Essentials Grad
I would say that this course really prepares you for a music career and trains you to understand how the business works. It prepared me for the unpredictable parts of working in the industry and how to market properly for potential success .
Sophia YoungMusic Industry Essentials
My biggest takeaway from the course is how much actually goes into sports, the analytics as well as the brand of the team. I feel more motivated to watch games in a different light and through a different lens. From now on while I watch games or look at content on social media I will be more aware of the behind the scenes. I would say to anyone looking to gain knowledge about sports management without having to spend years in college this is a perfect opportunity to get a taste and learn the basics.
Heather Lynne HughesFundamentals of Global Sports Management Grad
As an MUA and Brand Owner, I wanted a wider range of knowledge on other parts of the beauty industry besides makeup. I took away so much knowledge and what i learned made me want to expand my brand further.
Chelsea FieldsBeauty Industry Essentials Grad
The program is varied and covers many aspects of the hospitality industry that I did not know in that level of detail. I highly recommend to take the course if they are interested in working in hospitality.
Reina CasanellasHospitality and Tourism Industry Essentials
I would say that this course really educates and prepares for the real world in the fashion industry. It shines a light on things that one would have never thought were a part of it and it's incredibly eye-opening.
Elise CullenFashion Industry Essentials Grad
It taught me the top down view of what the industry looks like and what the different roles entail. I was able to see where sneakers began and where they are going in all facets as well. I would highly recommend taking the course and putting the time in to soak up every lesson.
Michael FranzSneaker Essentials Grad
It really gave me all the tools I needed to start up my little streetwear brand and be prepared to grow it in the future. I’m not as scared to pursue this passion anymore!
Maddie LynnStreetwear Essentials Grad
I got a job at one of the major labels! And then I became a member of the Recording Academy. I would say this course became foundation for my career in the music industry.
Elena TakmakovaMusic Industry Essentials Grad
This post graduate study lets my employers know that I will never stop learning and will do what is necessary to adapt to changing consumer demands.
Brandon WinnFundamentals of Global Sports Management Grad
I love makeup, skincare, and everything to do with the beauty industry and wanted to learn as much as I could about it. I learned how products are made and the difference in formulas which I wanted to know more about because I eventually want to own my own makeup brand.
The program was super informational yet packed with interesting material. If this is the industry you want to end up in, take this course!
Samantha SchwartzBeauty Industry Essentials Grad
I have been working in hospitality and hope to continue to do so in higher positions. I learned so much about the industry that I didn't know before. I learned a lot about the operational side of the industry.
Moya Abdel-MawgoodHospitality and Tourism Industry Essentials
My biggest takeaway were the assignments. I was pushed out of my comfort zone when it came to things like painting and creating jewelry which I ended up really enjoying.
It was nice to see instructors and industry professionals from multiple different categories. I really learned a lot of inside information on the industry that I am not currently learning studying fashion merchandising in college.
Leila PurnellFashion Industry Essentials Grad
The program covers every portion of the industry and sharpened the knowledge that I already had through my work experience. It’s a great opportunity to follow your passion and it’ll teach you how to make it a career!
Kade ButlerSneaker Essentials Grad
I am prepared for all questions in the interview and the process for building and expanding markets. I would recommend 10 /10.
JohnStreetwear Essentials Grad
I am a freelance music journalist and that wanted to learn more about the music industry. I was confused on what route to take, but taking this course helped me realize that I really want to something more on the creative side where I can use my skills I gained as a journalist. The program is 100% worth it.
Even if you do not know what part of the industry you want to dive into at first, this course will help you get a gist of what you might be interested in.
Natalya DaoudMusic Industry Essentials
I learned a lot about marketing and media and it made me really think hard about the technologies that are being used and that will be used in the future, which will change the world of sports. Very interesting and worthwhile course as a tool for moving forward in the sports industry.
Gino MignanoFundamentals of Global Sports Management Grad
I'm studying leisure and tourism at college and i thought it would be a nice complementary training for me. All the modules of the course provided me with great learning that I will undoubtedly take to my professional life. The way they teach about hospitality is really enchanting.
Giovanna Cristina Augusto FaysanoHospitality and Tourism Industry Essentials
The program has given me an opportunity to learn from experts that are actually working in positions I would like to work in a few years!
Apart from being interesting, it gives you the opportunity to learn from people all around the world.
Miriam Prat GutierrezFashion Industry Essentials Grad
My biggest takeaway from this program was diving deeper into shoe culture history, gaining more insight on the business side of things, and my favorite, the marketing of the shoe industry.
David T PhungSneaker Essentials Grad
I am now more fully aware of what all goes into working within the industry. I was able to intern with a designer but only doing Public Relations, so being able to see the full behind the scenes of business and fashion has been so interesting. This was one of the best things I have ever done.
Morgan CofieldStreetwear Essentials Grad
The program allowed me to peak inside each window of the industry. For me, I had many interest, but no focus. This course allowed me to get a deeper understanding of each area. During this course I was able to narrow down the areas that best suite my interests and skillsets.
Jarren NixonMusic Industry Essentials
I am so glad that I found this opportunity last year and how it was a great learning experience with interesting and engaging professors. I currently work in the sports industry. The youth sports course has helped me with a current project managing an athletic training program for high school students. Overall, I have a more well rounded knowledge on the ins and outs of sports business.
Izzy ZakiaFundamentals of Global Sports Management Grad
This program prepared me with a lot of the behind the scene of the beauty company. I would highly recommend it to a friend if they are heading in the path of the beauty industry. I would tell them they will learn a lot and after they complete the course they are going to feel 100x better when looking for a job in the beauty industry.
AshleyBeauty Industry Essentials Grad
This program has inspired me to continue my education and apply to NYU's School of Professional Studies Masters of Science in Tourism Management. I feel creatively recharged by the assignments and have already gathered valuable information to help further the growth of my boutique itinerary company, Sleepy Flyers Club, and my career in the Hospitality and Tourism industry.
Yasmin YusuffHospitality and Tourism Industry Essentials
The course gave me knowledge in allowing me to see all aspects of the fashion industry such as marketing, photography, and styling .
Sydni LewisFashion Industry Essentials Grad
This course has given me a deeper insight with more professional understanding of the business as a whole. If you want to legitimize what you already know about sneakers as well as get a well rounded course on the entire industry, this is the course for you.
Anthony CreerSneaker Essentials Grad
Great certification to add to your resume. The course touched on every aspect of the industry. It highlighted a niche category of the fashion industry that I am interested in pursuing a career in.
Kaylea DanielianStreetwear Essentials Grad
This program has given me a lot to think about as opportunities in the industry because it showcased so many aspects of sport and how intricate sport business truly is. It is worth the money to take the course as there was never a moment I felt dread to taking the course but instead constant excitement on what I will learn in each video.
Katherine SamuelsFundamentals of Global Sports Management Grad
The program has allowed me to see all sides of the music industry. It has pushed me into thinking outside the box and understanding what it takes to have a career in the industry. I worked in music and entertainment marketing but this gave me the knowledge to truly understand all aspects.
LaurenMusic Industry Essentials
If you looking to break into the beauty business and unsure of where you fit in or don't know where to start this program will clear that up for you. I attended FIT in the early 2000's so I knew it would be a fun quality program.
Christopher MiloneBeauty Industry Essentials Grad
I could recommend this program to former colleagues who are presently out of work due to COVID who are in the industry and allow them to take the opportunity in the downtime to reevaluate what they know and ultimately learn as much as they can.
Kevin Jehan MoorthyHospitality and Tourism Industry Essentials
The program gave me a wider view at all the possible careers you can make out of a fashion degree. It's worth the time and money if you put in all the effort.
Caroline HillFashion Industry Essentials Grad
The course gave me insight into the many ways that one can get involved in the sneaker industry, ranging from designing shoes all the way to marketing the brand. I learned that there was so much more to a sneaker and a brand than the final product that the consumer sees. I learned that the industry goes into so much more depth than I knew and offers so many more careers than I knew.
Sam PerlmanSneaker Essentials Grad
The Business/Entrepreneurship advice and experience gifted to me was very eye-opening information. I learned a lot about starting a streetwear brand and which approach would be best suited for the distribution of my future projects. The course prepared me to deal with collaborators and investors in an orderly manner. I received a lot of advice on how to keep my brand original while sustaining full control and ownership over it.
Aidan McGeeStreetwear Essentials Grad
This course gave me insights that I had never heard of. I know a whole lot more about the music industry than I did before taking this course. If you want a greater knowledge of the music business from industry professionals, then you have to take this course. It is relevant to what is happening now in the industry.
EricMusic Industry Essentials
I'm extremely pleased with the whole presentation of the course, I have easily taken somewhere around 30 business, project management, crisis response and sports related courses from different universities and/or platforms, and I absolutely loved the one you guys offer, it might honestly be the most fun, the best presented, but at the same time rich in content and great information.
Alexander ArcilaFundamentals of Global Sports Management
The program gave me valuable knowledge of each division of the beauty Industry. Whether I want to brand or become a writer I’m well aware of what goes behind the creator of that gorgeous color palette or why they chose the specific model to represent that brand.
Rose JimenezBeauty Industry Essentials Grad
Never expected to be so fond of sales and Entrepreneurship. Enjoyed the class, and how interesting and easy it is integrating.
ElenaHospitality and Tourism Industry Essentials
This program educated me on the different careers in the fashion industry. I would say that it is a good course to not only become educated on the the general industry but about yourself as well.
Karam BurjasFashion Industry Essentials Grad
My biggest takeaway from this program is the vast number of jobs that the sneaker industry has to offer. If I had some of this knowledge before going to college I would have possibly majored in something else. I enjoyed taking the course and would recommend it to others.
Jeremy KaplanSneaker Essentials Grad
Streetwear is my passion. I had no doubt enrolling the program. I feel like I learned so many things more in depth.
BesteStreetwear Essentials Grad
This program taught me how to better express my artistry, gave me a tour of several studios to see how different and similar they are, and taught me a lot about the business side of music, which is a very very valuable bit of knowledge. The course opened my eyes to the business side and motivated me every time I opened the website to keep practicing.
Tylar R PerkinsMusic Industry Essentials
I enrolled in the program so I can have an edge as I progress through my job search in sports and so I could have academic experience in sports, as my undergrad did not offer majors such as sports management or sports marketing.
Brenna SmithFundamentals of Global Sports Management Grad
I knew the Beauty Industry Essentials program was right for me. When I found my interests aligned with every course that was in the program. I have luxury retail and beauty experience. But I haven't worked in the beauty industry since 2018. I figured this program will fill in the space on my resume.
Sarah FontagesBeauty Industry Essentials Grad
I was able to gain more knowledge in the hospitality industry from its evolution to the different disruptors and trends.
Sophia Marie M. MagulimanHospitality and Tourism Industry Essentials
My biggest takeaway from this program is learning about the different experiences and tips from professionals who have different roles in the industry. I learned a lot about PR, branding and market and its different complex components.
Ana Pagan GarciaFashion Industry Essentials Grad
This course prepared me for working in the sneaker industry by teaching about the specifics of the sneakers and the processes of selling, manufacturing, creating your own brand, (etc.) so many details. I would say it is the perfect opportunity for you to get yourself more into the sneaker world, and to learn more about the job opportunities in the industry.
Taylor JohnsonSneaker Essentials Grad
This course prepared me for working in the streetwear industry by breaking the industry into sections and focusing on the primary function of each, along with interactive activities that helped reinforce the lessons.
Blake A-L BoydStreetwear Essentials Grad
I thought if I ever wanted to pursue a career in music that I should be prepared to know the basics of the industry, as well as what challenges to expect as well. The program prepared me by helping me know what types of people to expect to handle my music, how exactly artists get paid, how much money goes to other people, etc.
Jonathan VillacaMusic Industry Essentials
The program was impressive and informative. I especially appreciate how up to date and current the material is and the visual media incorporated was done very well. I have acquired great knowledge and feel much more confident in pursuing work and career in sports.
Noelle Nelson GuerreroFundamentals of Global Sports Management Grad
I've been working in the industry for a very long time. It opened my eyes to the different positions that I have never considered. It's a great place to start if you don't know what direction you want to pursue.
Valerie ChristofelBeauty Industry Essentials Grad
I'm already working in hospitality industry but the course opened me a new perspective on things. It's very interesting and you should take it. You will learn a lot of new and useful things.
Daria BuzinaHospitality and Tourism Industry Essentials
I now know what are my options for a career in the beauty industry. It has prepared me to know about each environment from different positions. It also gave me the knowledge to stand out in different ways because the industry is very competitive.
Liannie DaguillardBeauty Industry Essentials Grad
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