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Summer Pre-College: Fashion Design

Earn college credits this summer while learning about fashion design and the fashion industry.

Summer Pre-College: Fashion Design

Session I - Fashion Design: Developing your portfolio will run June 28th - July 11th.
Session II - Fashion Design: Apparel Construction will run July 12th - July 25th.
Session II - Fashion Design: Fashion Textile Design Studio will run July 12th - July 25th.

Do you have what it takes to become a fashion designer?  Are you interested in pursuing a career in the Fashion Industry?  The Marist Summer Pre-College Program in Fashion Design provides you with an opportunity to experience some of the exciting elements of fashion design while attending an intensive thirteen-day program on the beautiful Marist College campus.  Upon completion of the course, high school students will receive three college credits along with the opportunity to explore the exciting world of fashion design.

 

 

Welcome to Marist's Summer Pre-College for Fashion Design Program!

Marist College is a highly selective comprehensive liberal arts institution noted for its leadership in technology in and out of the classroom. When prospective students see Marist–our beautiful location on the Hudson River, top-notch facilities, the faculty attentiveness, and the sheer enjoyment of their experience here–they want to join our community. At Marist, students get a premium education, develop skills, make lifelong friends, and finish ahead of the competition for their next steps.

This year we are excited to offer two different fashion design summer pre-college programs!

Program Description:
Session I: Fashion Design: Developing your Portfolio  

The focus of this Summer Pre-College Program will be in Fashion Design Portfolio Development.  The Summer Pre-College Fashion Design program allows you to fully explore designing a capsule collection culminating in a portfolio presentation of clothing. Students will learn the elements of basic fashion design sketches and develop a portfolio of their own.

Students learn how to develop their design ideas in fashion sketches by understanding garment and accessories details, silhouettes, construction of garments and rendering techniques. Students will develop and refine their presentation skills as they progress towards the ultimate goal of a fully finished portfolio collection.

A field trip to New York City will include a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the current exhibition at the Costume Institute and a visit to a working design studio in Manhattan in order to further enrich the student’s understanding of the career opportunities available to fashion designers.

Course Learning Outcomes (students will):

  •     Gain an understanding of the process of designing a capsule apparel collection.
  •     Learn advanced figure drawing techniques.
  •     Develop advanced garment rendering techniques.
  •     Acquire an understanding of garment, silhouettes, and construction.
  •     Gain an understanding of presentation techniques as they apply to a fashion design.
  •     Develop projects that will culminate in a completed fashion capsule collection

 

Program Description: 

Fashion Design Session II: Apparel Construction for Fashion Design 

Apparel construction and sewing techniques will be explored. The students will be introduced to draping garments directly to a dress form and explore their design ideas. Draping will be the primary focus of the class. Students will be introduced to professional construction techniques and terminology used in the fashion industry, as well as learning fabric manipulation, draping, and patternmaking skills.

The summer experience will be further enriched with a field trip to New York City in order to explore the New York City Fashion Industry and visit a fashion wholesale fabric showroom.

Course Learning Outcomes (students will):

  • Gain hand sewing skills and learn how to operate an industrial sewing machine.
  • Create their own unique fabric using various fabric manipulation such as slicing, collaging and lace/mesh.
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of draping a basic bodice and a strapless dress
  • Use geometric draping techniques as a source of garment design inspiration
  • Design, develop, drape and construct a garment.

 

Program Description: 

Fashion Design Session II: Fashion Textile Design Studio 

The Summer Pre-College Fashion Textile Design program allows you to fully explore the process of designing a textile collection. Students will learn numerous textile design techniques like painting, drawing, mono-printing, silkscreen printing and shibori dyeing.

  • Students will have the opportunity to develop ideas from inspiration source to a final collection of textiles to accompany a capsule collection of garments. 
  • Students will develop and refine their presentation skills as they progress towards the ultimate goal of a fully finished portfolio collection.
  • Students will also be given the opportunity to digitize some of their textile designs and have them digitally printed in the Makerspace.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will gain an understanding of the process of designing a textile collection.
  • Students will create printed textile designs on paper and fabric using techniques such as painting, drawing, mono-printing, silkscreen printing and shibori dying.
  • Students will create concept/mood boards based on original visual research.
  • Students will gain an understanding of presentation techniques as they apply to fashion design.
  • Students will develop projects that will culminate in a completed fashion capsule collection with related textiles.
  • Students will learn and discuss the history of textiles.
  • Students will analyze and discuss the role of textiles in the fashion industry.

Hands-on Experiences Differentiate this Program

The course will include one field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see their Costume Institute exhibition as well as their textiles collection. The course will also include a field trip to Beacon NY to visit Dia: Beacon to explore color, texture, and pattern.

Learning Opportunities

This program is an opportunity for students to get hands-on experience in one of the most important facets of the fashion industry, the production of textiles.  This course will be taught in an approachable way in order to demystify the process of design and development of a textile collection. The work we do in this class will allow the student to complete a textile collection in portfolio form, but also create wearable garments and have their textiles digitally printed in our Makerspace. 

 

Earn College Credits Over the Summer

Marist Summer Pre-College is geared toward sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school. Both session 1 and 2 are introductory courses, but the content varies slightly between the two sessions. This gives students the opportunity to choose the session that works best for their schedule, or stay for 4 weeks and earn 6 college credits!

 

Program Cost

Please see below for the 2020 Pre-College program costs. Cost includes tuition & fees, housing & all meals, field trips, and all course materials. Cost does not include travel expenses. Students may wish to bring funds for incidentals, shopping at the Marist Bookstore or the local mall, souvenirs, and any personal items they wish to purchase.