Fashion Studies Course Information
Fashion Studies involves the study of clothing and textiles in a variety of contexts. It is concerned with the design, production, and merchandising of clothing, textiles and accessories.
The Fashion Studies curriculum provides opportunities for students to increase their knowledge of the fashion industry and develop important daily living skills. The curriculum prepares students for their roles as consumers, enables them to explore and prepare for fashion-related careers, and provides a creative outlet.
Fashion Studies 101 - 3 credits
This course introduces students to the elements and principles of design and how they are used in fashion. Students learn how to use a variety of skills to create great clothes that will reflect their personal style. No previous sewing experience is required. Projects selected will be at the student’s skill level. Students have a great deal of choice in projects made, from P.J. pants to suit jackets.
Fashion Studies 103 - 3 credits
Learn how today's exciting fashion industry works. The focus in this course is on understanding the basics of the fashion industry, its promotion and career opportunities. Discover the intriguing world of fashion illustrations and design. In this course, students will learn how the history of fashion is reflected in today’s styles. They will design their own store and the clothing in it. Students will complete the Ready Set Sew module as a pre-requisite.
Fashion Studies 201 - 3 credits
Prerequisite: Fashion Studies 101
Create a basic skirt or pant using body measurements and drafting techniques to obtain a desired look. Students will use more advanced techniques and knowledge of fabrics to complete intermediate-level garments.
Fashion Studies 202 - 3 credits
Prerequisite: Fashion Studies 201
Learn how to make unique and attractive serviceable active wear. The modules also include design and sewing techniques to create home and personal accessories, as well as fashion accessories.
Fashion Studies 203 - 3 credits
Prerequisite: Fashion Studies 103
Create a fashion line by using technical or impressionistic techniques. Enjoy learning how stores are designed and how fashions are merchandised. No sewing.
Fashion Studies 301 - 3 credits
Prerequisite: Fashion Studies 201 OR Fashion Studies 202
Students will create their own designs in advanced specialty fabrics as well as learn about high fashion couture techniques, specialty clothing and surface designs.
Fashion Studies 302 - 3 credits
Prerequisite: Fashion Studies 301
Students will study past couturiers to help them create their own haute couture fashions. Computers and appropriate software will be used to design and draft patterns for fashion items.
Fashion Studies 303 - 3 credits
Prerequisite: Fashion Studies 203
Discover the world of fashion designers such as Vivienne Westwood the Mother of Punk, Coco Chanel and the Chanel Suit, Marc Jacobs and his grunge look. Explore the fiber industry, textiles, fibers and fabrics. Look at trends in fashion retailing and how to merchandise a product using visual merchandising, as in window dressing, fashion magazine ads, and broadcast media. Travel to TD square to get a first hand look at fashion merchandising at its best and go to an interview with a fashion merchandiser at Holt Renfrew.