Students develop fashion design and illustration skills through the use of a broad range of media and techniques. They design on the figure for fashion, undertake research and explore fashion illustration techniques through a series of practical activities.
Fashion design and Illustration is a practical project based course which is made up of three stages: Looking and Recording, Development and Outcome. Students work to given briefs and are encouraged to develop conceptual, analytical and problem solving skills. Briefs become more demanding as the units progress.
The course introduces drawing, illustration and mark making techniques. Students go on to develop these skills before undertaking three projects which include creating a portfolio of designs for children, both male and female; creating a portfolio of fashion designs for women for an autumn/winter collection to include daywear, casual wear and evening wear, and creating a portfolio of fashion designs for men and women for a spring/summer collection to include day wear, outerwear, causal wear, nightwear and holiday wear.
Throughout each project students consider accessories such as hats, scarves, gloves, shawls, bags, footwear and jewellery as appropriate. Throughout this process they create an accompanying portfolio of work which includes fashion illustration samples, drawings, market research and fashion mood boards.
During this course students can expect to do the following:
Investigate fashion trends and predictions.
Work to a given brief.
Produce focused market research.
Researching colour trends.
Research fabrics, trims and accessories.
Create mood boards.
Compile original visual research in the form of drawings, mark making, sketchbook work and photographs.
Learn to illustrate fashion designs, fabrics and accessories using a range of techniques, media and approaches.
Create original fashion design ideas on the figure.
Develop, evaluate and select design ideas.
Producing final design ideas and specification drawings with fabric samples.
This course is suitable for those who have creative flair and an interest in Fashion, as well as a desire to produce original work and make a personal statement.