Project Endeavor


with the Fashion Institute of Technology

New York Fashion

New York City is the ideal setting for an ultimate summer experience exploring your passion for fashion! All eyes are pointing at the East Coast, as New York continues to buzz about style and fashion more than ever. Project Endeavor puts you just steps from some of the world’s most influential design houses and important garment districts. Project Endeavor Fashion is partnered with the Fashion Institute of Technology.

High style is the heart of New York, from hip boutiques to high-end designers. In this program, industry experts give you a behind-the-curtain look at the worlds of sketching, styling, buying, fashion show production and more! Show off your creativity and hone your talents while learning about fashion-related careers, and building confidence for college.

Weekday Schedule

Classes run Monday through Friday.


At Project Endeavor, we believe safety comes first. That’s why we maintain an ten-to-one student-to-staff ratio – one of the lowest in the industry! This lets us offer unmatched attention and unique personalized programs.

As part of our commitment to student safety, Project Endeavor staff members live on every student-occupied floor and accompany students on all activities and excursions.

The Residence Hall adds an additional element of security, as well. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day with trained personnel for your comfort and convenience.

Travel to New York*

We recommend that students fly nonstop to LaGuardia Airport  (LGA). There they will be met by Project Endeavor staff members, who will escort them to comfortable, air-conditioned shuttles for the brief drive to campus.

Of course, parents are also welcome to drive students to Project Endeavor directly. 

Contact our office for further information on any of these travel options.

*Transportation costs are not included in tuition.

Commuter Option

ACA offers a commuter option for students who do not require accommodations. Commuter students join the program weekdays from approximately 9:30 AM until 5:00 PM.

Session 1 Schedule:

Week 1: July 11 – July 15
Week 2: July 18 – July 21

Session 2 Schedule:

Week 1: July 25 – July 29
Week 2: August 1 – August 4

Please Note: Lunch is included in the cost of tuition. 


Fashion Design and the Fashion World

If you love any of the fashion shows on TV, then you will love this program! Here at Project Endeavor Fashion you will share your passion with your peers as you take on challenges that test your creativity, design skills and endurance.

Do you have an eye for the work of Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren and other top designers? This intensive program will help you hone your fashion sense and express yourself at the same time! You’ll learn how to combine colors, shapes, fabrics and textures to create a look that’s all your own. You might start the next fashion craze! You’ll learn essential fashion design concepts, and study the skills needed to bring fashion vision to the runway. You’ll experiment with fashion sketching, pattern-making, sewing, and construction. You’ll have access to a variety of materials and styles, both classic and contemporary.

Sketching, Stitching and Sewing

This hands-on course will provide our fashion design students the opportunity to develop and polish their fashion sketching, stitching and sewing skills. 

Templates are provided to help students create their own poses and experiment with both technique and style. It is critical for students to be able to present creative ideas through the use of sketches.  

Our PE students will also learn to read a commercial pattern, layout and cut fabric properly, use sewing machines, and finish seams.

Sewing both by hand and machine are critical skills in the fashion world that’s why our students learn many hand-sewing techniques. Our instructors focus on safety, speed, and dexterity. Being able to quickly and confidently sew and put together original pieces is a critical component of any designers’ skill set.

Portfolio Development

PE will help students build or expand their portfolio with creative, well-presented and individually expressive pieces.

Every designer needs a portfolio.  A portfolio is a key element for your future, in the design world, and it is essential for school, for job opportunities and  showcasing your creativity. Our students will discuss and develop the elements of a top-notch portfolio and then depart the program with a comprehensive portfolio.

By the conclusion of the program, each PE student will have several new items to add to their professional portfolio.  In addition, each student will have a better, more full and complete understanding of what comprises a comprehensive portfolio. 

We will perfect and improve our individual skills while working as a group toward a rewarding final presentation and show. It is fun, exciting and intense. Just like our students!


Fashion Institute of Technology

The Fashion Institute of Technology is New York City’s internationally recognized college for design, fashion, art, communications, and business. FIT’s Fashion Design program has been preparing students for success at every level, from haute couture to ready-to-wear to mass market, for 75 years. FIT’s program has cultivated creative and innovative leaders who continue to disrupt the global fashion industry. 

Around Town & Beyond

Project Endeavor puts you right in the center of the Big Apple! The activities are endless and Project Endeavor helps you find the ones that interest you the most. Spend your evenings and weekends exploring spectacular cultural and entertainment destinations.

Evening and weekend activities are yours to enjoy. Immerse yourself in the local culture as you explore the city, visit historic landmarks, and indulge in every cuisine imaginable. Head to Time Square, check out the shopping in Soho or walk the Highline. You will have the opportunity to socialize and build friendships while you enjoy the fun and excitement of New York’s nightlife. Many popular hangouts are located just steps from campus, and the welcoming crowd of lively locals and visitors creates an unforgettable energy!

Evening & Weekend Activities

  • Times Square
  • Washington Sqaure Park
  • Storm King Art Center
  • Central Park
  • Soho Shopping
  • Yankees Game
  • Greenwich Village
  • Empire State Building
  • Top of the Rock
  • Highline
  • Museum Mile
  • Karaoke nights, bowling, laser tag, mini golf, ultimate Frisbee, bonfires and more exciting activities and events are all part of your summer with Project Endeavor!
  • The Finest Fitness Facilities

    You’ll have access to a fully equipped workout facility and plenty of other athletic options during your stay. You can lace up your running shoes for a jog in Central Park, or hit the gym to pump some iron or get moving on an elliptical trainer. Outdoor tennis courts, basketball courts and plenty of other options are sure to keep you busy. Of course, a game of touch football or a little Frisbee is always a Central Park classic.

    Accommodations in NYC

    Rest easy, because Project Endeavor understands the importance of being comfortable in your home away from home. We provide our students with private accommodations that offer the comforts you expect with the safety and security you demand. You’ll live, study, and play with an amazing group of like-minded creative students and resident advisors in dorm-style housing. We pride ourselves on the fact that our residential amenities, top-quality food service and fitness facilities offer our students the very best. Our goal is to consistently create an environment where you’ll be able to concentrate on getting the most out of your summer – staying relaxed, refreshed and ready to excel.

    You’ll kick back in comfort, enjoying in-suite bathrooms, Internet access, weekly housekeeping, linen service and much more. 

    Excellent Eats

Choices, choices, choices! With Project Endeavor, you never have to worry about going hungry. From home-style meals served at breakfast and dinner to lunch options that let you enjoy favorite restaurants, no pre-college summer program gives you as many dining options!

    Your tuition includes includes three meals Monday to Friday and brunch & dinner on weekends.


    Complete your Project Endeavor experience with

    Beach Day at Coney Island – Coney Island’s Luna Park boasts thrill rides and carnival games, while the boardwalk has no shortage of classic New York snacks. Sun, sand, and the ocean – what more could you want?

    Statue of Liberty- Lady Liberty, symbolizing democracy and hope, stands tall guarding the entrance to the New York Harbor since 1886.  

    High Line- Need an outdoor fix? This once elevated railway is now an urban park boosting gardens, interactive art, cafe and amazing views of the city and river.  

    Central Park- Take a deep breath in and stroll through this relaxing 843-acre park!

    Smorgasburg- Come with an appetite! The Smorgasburg is one of the most popular spots in Brooklyn showcasing over 1OO local food vendors every weekend!

    On- and Off- Broadway Shows- Sit back and watch your idols perform live on stage at some of the best Broadway Shows!

    Boston Extension

    Add 5 days to your Project Endeavor Program

    Add to your New York experience and visit and tour the top of colleges and universities in the Boston area!  (supplemental tuition required)

    You’ll remain in the secure company of trusted Project Endeavor staff members, as well as many of the friends you’ve made on your Project Endeavor program. Of course, you’ll also enjoy the comfortable accommodations and superior guidance you’ve come to expect from Project Endeavor.

    Sometimes you just have to see a place to know what it’s like. Nothing could be truer for your future college location. Visiting and touring potential schools is so important to the decision-making process. That’s why Project Endeavor shows you the most pristine campuses.

    Along with college tours, you will explore the sights of Boston and see what makes it the nation’s ultimate college town. From American history to pro sports loyalty, Boston is one of America’s most exciting cities. From Newbury Street to Davis Square, the combination of big-city excitement and unbeatable college-town charm has something for everyone.

    You will get to visit up to 9 of the following schools:

    Residential stay at one of the listed universities with accommodations including suite style, air conditioned residence halls.




    What Alumni are Saying

    "I had the most incredible summer of my life. The friendships, experiences, and memories I made will last me a lifetime!"
    Samantha L
    New York

    "Project Endeavor was unbelievable! I love my new friends and definitely all the staff! I am so glad that i was able to experience it!"

    Jin-uh J

    "I didn’t know what to expect this summer, but after a few weeks and countless memories, I can say I had the best summer of my life."

    Will C

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