Students in ARMD, ID, and HTM programs participated in a joint study tour to New York City, May 18–23, 2013.

Study Tour Objectives:

• Exposure to variety of career opportunities and industry products
• Tour corporate facilities
• Learn from professionals in your prospective industry
• Tour museums to learn how they are used for design innovation by professionals
• Visit NYC landmarks and tourist attractions to learn marketing and crowd control strategies

Study Tour comments/highlights from each program:

Apparel, Design, and Retail Merchandising Program
New York City is the fashion capital of the U.S. and a great place for Apparel, Retail Merchandising, and Design students to learn about the industry. We observed a wide range of operations related to design, production, and distribution of fashion apparel and accessories. We visited retail stores to observe merchandising and sales of products. An awareness of diverse career opportunities available within the industry was gained as students interacted with professionals in the field. In addition we experienced the culture, sights, tastes, and excitement that is all part of New York City.

Interior Design Program
The New York study tour introduces interior design students to the interior design profession in a global market. Visiting a variety of interior design firms, markets, studios, and completed interior projects, students had the opportunity to interact with different professionals in the design field and observe the wide range of competencies and points of view needed by professionals in the field. There were also familiar sites, such as several museums, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, a boat cruise around lower Manhattan, and a Broadway play. New York offers so much to any student interested in interior design!

Hospitality and Tourism Program
The sights, sounds, and flavors of New York City are the epitome of hospitality experiences. The study tour provided the students with a glimpse of New York’s vibrant hospitality and tourism industry. Because the group was small, students were able to have very focused conversations with the industry professionals who hosted us. We visited a variety of businesses that included luxury hotels (Ritz-Carlton and Millennium), large scale special events (Winick Productions), corporate event planning (Accenture and American Express), destination marketing (NYC & Co.), restaurant operations (Union Square Hospitality Group, Pera SoHo), and culinary tourism (Chelsea Market Food Tour). HTM students also enjoyed the different sightseeing tours, one-of-a-kind meals, and Mama Mia! on Broadway.