These courses offer students the chance to experience facets of the global fashion industry by offering the opportunity to enroll in specially designed coursework.
Overview: This course will focus on the global understanding of fashion and its cultural and aesthetic implications. Students will consider how fashion changes over time, comparing fashion trends on a global scale and investigating the social and historical aspects that directly influence these trends. The controlling forces of global economics, politics, social hierarchy, and how these forces dictate what people wear, are major thematic components of the course. Students will also examine the history and progress of fashion, and the differences between cultures, particularly Western ideas in comparison to Asian, African and Middle East aesthetics. Students will consider the global aspects of clothing design, fabric design, production and the economics of the fashion industry. In order to create a portfolio of clothing designs, students will learn to draw the human figure, focusing on proportion and anatomy. Various reading assignments will be assigned, as well as a comparative classroom presentation. Materials fee charged.
Prerequisite: Studio Art. Drawing is recommended.
Overview: This course will give students a foundation in garment construction, sewing techniques, fabric and fiber qualities, and the use of a sewing machine. Students will have the opportunity to prepare and produce sewn garments from their own designs. The course will culminate in a fashion show.
Prerequisite: Fashion: Design Studio
Overview: This course takes an in-depth look at the history of fashion and its effects on the industry as well as modern views of clothing. Fashion will be studied through various lenses: the forces of global economics, politics, social hierarchy and how these dictated what people have worn for centuries. We will examine the social and historical aspects that influence these trends, while drawing parallels between various places and times. Students will also learn the what it takes to produce a season or “collection” of clothing. They will create and design their own business ideas through various artistic endeavors, which will be presented at the end of the course.