Middle School Fashion Design (6-8)
This design driven program incorporates technical training with a comprehensive artistic experience for aspiring young designers. Our diverse curriculum is based on design development, project-based learning, collaborative learning and strong construction skills. Students will work both independently and in small groups throughout the year around four major themes: Home, Sustainability, Form & Function and Culture & Identity, all through the lens of fashion.
Fashion and Costume Design: Introductory
Students will learn how to draw a fashion croqui, work in different mediums such as marker, colored pencil and watercolors and work as a studio technician in the workroom sewing and building costumes and other soft goods. Students will also learn fashion history and current fashion trends/news and practice discussing and writing about fashion. At the end of the year, students will design and build for the Spring Runway Show.
Fashion and Costume Design II: Concentration
Students will delve deeper into the practice of designing and rendering for actually realized productions and people. They will learn about character design and drawing, script analysis and how to gain visual reference, mood boards and presentations, the language of clothes and fashion in society. Students will also start to plan their own portfolio of design and constructed works.
Fashion and Costume Design III: Capstone
This course supports the 12th grade students as they pull together their work and experiences. Class time and coaching is given to work on personal artist statements, update their resume and apply for scholarships, internships and schools. They will also prepare a final portfolio and presentation for either admission to a post-secondary training program or to work in an industry sector. Students will plan, design and install their Senior Exhibit and complete a project that gives back to the department.
Students will study, practice, and utilize the design process and design communication to explore ideas and make clothes and accessories for runway or stage. The idea is to mimic a professional atelier and students will receive training in research and design as it relates to doing fashion, develop and practice fashion drawing and rendering skills, and receive instruction in garment technology with a focus on industry sewing, draping and pattern making.