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  • Fashion Design

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    New York, NY 10011
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  • Only Parsons, a top-ranked design school, can give you a 360-degree immersion in fashion design, trends, and techniques. This program supports your design vision while cultivating foundational technical skills, from concept development and sketching to sewing, construction, draping, patternmaking, and textile selection.

    • Format On Campus
    • Price $5,910–$6,592 total
    • Total Courses 6–8
    • Course Length 6–9 weeks
  • Courses

    Fashion Design Basic Core

    This course is an intensive introduction to the construction and graphic skills necessary for a career in fashion design. It covers form, color, and pattern; textile selection; pattern drafting and draping; drawing from the model; and research and development of fashion concepts and clothing lines.

    Color Theory

    Discover color and its implications for designers and artists, such as the use of color to solve spatial problems. This course also examines color qualities, color harmony, and the way colors interact.

    Design Sketching

    Working from live models, students learn drawing skills, fundamental anatomy, and the dynamics of movement, in preparation for producing fashion illustrations.

    Construction Techniques I

    Practice basic draping, flat patternmaking, and sewing techniques as you learn the principles of fashion design. Topics include three-dimensional muslin interpretation of skirts and bodices, the development of slopers, and garment construction.

    Construction Techniques II

    Building on the basic draping, patternmaking, and sewing skills covered in Construction Techniques I, you learn to design more tailored apparel through advanced draping exercises and patternmaking applications. 

    Fashion Flats

    This course introduces the professional techniques used to create fashion flats, which range from traditional hand sketching to vector-format images produced in Adobe Illustrator. 

    Worth to Westwood: Fashion from the 19th to the 21st Century

    This fashion history course opens with an introduction to Charles Frederick Worth, the father of haute couture. Our exploration concludes with Dame Vivienne Westwood, the designer who brought punk and New Wave fashion into the mainstream.  Two electives Electives for this certificate include Sewing, Patternmaking, Fashion Merchandising, and others.

  • “I had fantastic professors with amazing skills to share; the faculty really make the difference.”

    — Britt Bivens, Fashion Design Certificate alumna

  • Program Highlights

    Who Should Enroll

    • Anyone interested in the design side of the fashion industry
    • Creative individuals who want to use fabric and fashion design to conceptualize and realize their vision
    • Fashion professionals seeking to advance their practice
    • Entrepreneurs learning about garment construction before launching their own companies

    What You’ll Gain

    Drawing skills for fashion sketching, fashion flats, and fashion illustration

    • The ability to apply creative research to concept development
    • Familiarity with all the tools and materials needed to drape muslin patterns, make flat patterns, and construct garments
    • Knowledge of various fabric types, notions, trimmings, and sewing supplies, as well as yardage specifications
    • An understanding of the roles of sustainability and corporate responsibility in textile production
    • Exposure to a variety of methods and practices in sewing, construction, and garment design

    How You’ll Learn

    • Direct interaction with faculty practitioners at the top of their fields
    • In-person collaboration in small classes
    • Project-based learning focused on developing real-world skills and portfolio assets
  • Why Open Campus?

    Welcome to a community of groundbreaking thinkers. At Open Campus, you have the freedom to reimagine your career path in the cross-disciplinary environment that you can find only at Parsons School of Design — the top-ranked accredited art and design school in the United States.* Our dynamic network of faculty scholars and working professionals are united by the same vision and values, and a drive to innovate. Discover new possibilities in professional education at Open Campus, making connections across industries and advancing your knowledge in unexpected ways. 

    *Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings (2020).

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