Merging sketching and general visual skills with the power of the imagination, this certificate offers a variety of courses, from the general (e.g., Design Sketching) to the specialized (e.g., Costume Design), helping students better understand different
facets of the industry while building a portfolio.
This intensive course is aimed at those who wish to begin the study and practice of fashion design. It provides students with a foundation in the construction and graphic skills necessary for a career in fashion design and related industries. The course
is taught in two sections, one in fashion design sketching and concept development, and the other in sewing and construction methods. Each section is taught by a separate instructor, who covers basic skills and professional practices. Topics covered
include form, color, and pattern; fabric selection and textiles; pattern drafting and draping; drawing from the model and the purpose of the design sketch; and the development of fashion concepts, research, and clothing line development. Students
are expected to complete regular weekly assignments and keep a standard fashion source book throughout the course.
Discover color and its implications for designers and artists. Study ideas of space and the use of color to solve spatial problems. Look at color harmony and the way colors interact, as well as color qualities and combinations. Online students must have
access to a scanner. There are no prerequisites.
In the fashion world, new clothing designs are presented in the form of hand-drawn sketches before being chosen to go into production. Designers start with a croquis, a quick sketch of the traditional fashion figure that serves as the basis for the design
of clothing and accessories, and then add color and details to the garments. This is a basic course in making a designer’s sketch, working from live models to learn drawing skills, fundamental anatomy, and the dynamics of movement in preparation for
producing fashion illustrations. Attention is given to both the fashion figure and human proportions.
Learn basic draping, flat patternmaking, and sewing techniques, along with principles of design. Topics covered include three-dimensional muslin interpretation of skirts and bodices, developing slopers, and constructing a garment. Bring to the first class
a #2 pencil, pins, paper scissors, and one yard of lightweight muslin.
Building on the basic draping, patternmaking, and sewing skills learned in Construction Techniques I, explore intricate draping exercises to design more tailored apparel and study advanced patternmaking applications. Make muslin tests of garments and
use fabric to create a finished garment. Prerequisite: Construction Techniques I or the equivalent.
Flat sketching is an essential part of garment production. It communicates details in the design and construction of a garment, from concept to marketing. This course introduces the professional techniques used to create fashion flats, ranging from traditional
hand sketching to the use of Adobe Illustrator to produce sketches digitally in a vector format. Prerequisite: Mac Basics or equivalent; experience with Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop is a plus.
Want to go further? Explore the AAS degree program in Fashion Design at Parsons.
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Take an insider's look at our program and watch our live-recorded webinar today.
Summer 2018 Art & Design Info Session with Parsons at Open CampusWednesday, April 25, 2018, 6:00–7:30 p.m. Tishman Auditorium, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street New York City