Being able to choose between ten international locations: Milano*, Firenze, Paris, London, Mumbai, Shanghai*, Shenzhen, and Miami, provides participants with an opportunity to experience, in a short time period, the worlds of fashion, art, and design. All courses are project-led and teaching is individually task oriented with group activities supported by lectures, workshops and subject-specific presentations by leading professionals in the field. If participants have little or no previous experience but would like to become familiar with some of the key disciplines in the industry, or a specific area, there are choices from a variety of levels and course duration to suit all preferences. The aim is to give as much opportunity as possible to aspiring fashion, art or design professionals to experience these magical worlds, with each course allowing participants to grasp the key principles and notions of their chosen subject. Short courses are also the perfect ‘taster’ or introductory course, which may lead to more in-depth study or a career path, while ‘Executive’ short courses offer participants the chance to discover a more advanced level of training and expertise.
The start of the course introduces fashion drawing and design techniques followed by an analysis of the founding principles of developing a fashion collection including: silhouette, color charts, fabrics, and accessories, right through to the design and creation of outfits. Participants are then introduced to the silhouette, color palettes, the appropriate use of fabrics, and the principle financial considerations of designing for fashion. * 2
This short course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of fashion design, how to formulate ideas and translate them into a visual representation. Participants will be introduced to key notions in the fashion design process, to basic drawing and illustration techniques, and the study of trends. The course also explores the role of the fashion designer with participants working on creative research for an individual design collection via a recreational learning approach.
Starting from creative research to foster personal inspiration, participants are guided to develop basic silhouettes and coordinate outfits with fabric and color selection. The focus on trend research looks into its origins together with market relevance, and a brief analysis of how trends influence a contemporary collection.
Based on inspiration linked to a selected theme, participants put together a basic fashion design collection supported by appropriate technical information, including color charts, inspirational materials or mood board. Participants put into practice the acquired knowledge from the previous weeks and prepare a presentation of their work as a basic collection portfolio, to receive a final holistic critique.
* Avocational short courses are not licensed by the Commission for Independent Education. These avocational short courses are not intended for employment purposes.