• Clo3D Virtual Fashion Design

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    Continuing and Professional Education 
    66 West 12th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    Tel: 332.239.2292 
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  • In this certificate program, you learn to use the industry-standard fashion design software Clo3D for design development and presentation. This software eliminates the need for a traditional sewing studio and reduces consumption of materials.

    Your study of Clo3D enables you to create virtual 3D samples using best practices and workflow, providing you with basic knowledge of patternmaking and digital pattern files. You learn how to instantly modify patterns, fit, and fabrication, with the ability to view changes in colors, prints, and graphics. Finally, you create a presentation-ready 3D environmental space with high-quality rendered images and animations.

    Students typically complete this certificate in one year.

    • Format Online
    • Price $3,465
    • Total Courses 4
    • Course Length 6–9 weeks
  • Courses 

    Fundamentals of Clo3D

    Master the fundamentals of Clo3D, industry-standard software used for virtual clothing and soft-goods design and digital patternmaking. You learn how to use the software to create virtual 3D samples and generate patterns that can be printed.

    Clo3D Patternmaking and Construction

    In this course, you delve more deeply into sloper development, dart manipulation, pleats, gathering, and smocking. You learn how to import pattern files from other programs, trace patterns from images, and export files for printing.

    Clo3D Design: Surface Design, Trims, and Hardware

    Learn how to create colorways and edit textures, prints, graphics, and embroidery. You also learn how to create custom trims and become familiar with hardware.

    Clo3D Presentation: Styling and Animation

    This course enables you to create spaces like virtual showrooms and stores, develop animated runway presentations, and customize and style avatars.

  • “It opens up so many possibilities when you stay on top of current technology, period. It can really cut down on costs and it can be a huge time saver. To me Clo3D is revolutionary.”

    —Julian Guthrie, Parsons fashion instructor and creator of the Clo3D Virtual Fashion Design certificate

  • Program Highlights

    Who Should Enroll

    • Anyone interested in creating virtual 3D fashion or soft-goods samples
    • Independent designers and patternmakers 
    • Fashion professionals seeking to advance their practice
    • Students and professionals considering moving into a fashion career

    What You’ll Gain

    • Virtual 3D garment/soft-goods building and design skills 
    • The terminology needed for communication between designers, patternmakers, and factories 
    • An understanding of BOMs (bills of materials) and colorways
    • The ability to create virtual 3D environments and objects
    • The skills needed to develop and style personalized avatars
    • The ability to execute animated videos and rendered images

    How You’ll Learn

    • Engaging video lectures and interviews with industry experts
    • Direct interaction with faculty practitioners at the top of their fields
    • Online collaboration in small classes, supported by video conferencing
    • Project-based learning focused on developing real-world skills and portfolio assets
  • Why The New School?

    The professional landscape as we’ve known it has changed dramatically, and ongoing learning is more important now than ever before. At The New School, we champion every student’s creativity and growth. By combining integrated disciplines with collaborative problem solving, we deliver an immersive, transformative learning experience. With the leadership of Parsons School of Design—a globally top-ranked design school—our faculty imparts the critical expertise students need to advance their careers or pivot to a new one in a constantly evolving world.

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