Summer Fashion Design Institute

Summer Fashion Institute
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Fashion Design I:
Session 1:  June 25th - July 8th, 2017

Fashion Design II:
Session 2: July 9 - July 22nd, 2017

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 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.

The Fashion Summer Institutes are housed within the Marist College School of Communication and the Arts.  The curriculum is taught by the faculty of the highly regarded Fashion Program at Marist.  Faculty members all have extensive experience in the fashion industry and related fields. If you are accepted to the Summer Fashion Design Institute, you can look forward to days and nights full of fashion and fun.

Fashion Design I: Fashion Digital Design and Garment Construction Sewing Techniques
Session 1:  June 25th - July 8th, 2017

The focus of this Summer Pre-College Program in design will be in Digital Fashion Design, apparel construction, and sewing techniques. Students will be introduced to professional construction techniques and terminology used in the fashion industry.  Patternmaking, layouts and cutting will also be introduced.

Field trips to New York City will include a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the current exhibition at the Costume Institute and fabric suppliers.

Program Goals are to provide introduction in the following topics:

  • Fashion industry terms used in the construction of garments.
  • Hand and machine sewing techniques.
  • Patternmaking and layouts.
  • Professional apparel construction techniques.
  • Creating first sample spec sheets.

Fashion Design II:  Design Portfolio Development
Session 2: July 9 - July 22nd, 2017

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

Students learn how to develop their design ideas in fashion sketches by understanding garment 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.

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. 

Program Goals (Students will):

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

Course Credit:

Upon successful completion of the Summer Fashion Design Institute, each student will earn three (3) transferable college credits for the Marist College course FASH101L, Fashion Survey

Please see below for the 2017 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.