“Above all, remember that the most important thing you can take anywhere is not a Gucci bag or French-cut jeans; it’s an open mind”
Gail Rubin Bereny
Although taken from a book published in 1978 this quote resonates with an even greater strength today! It also reflects pretty accurately the philosophy that we are trying to convey in our Fashion Design program. Our aim is to introduce our students to new perspectives and ideas. The characteristic of true fashion leaders is to inspire and be inspired.
The structure of the Fashion Design program revolves
around 6 “pillars”
- Art and Social Sciences
- Computer and Graphic Skills
- Business Applications
- Design Applications
The highlight of their studies is the development of two complete fashion collections:
- The first one made out of 5 garments
- The second one made out of 9 garments
Bachelor Degree In Fashion Design BA (Hons) Fashion Design
DE0777 - FINAL COLLECTION STAGE A: PREPARATION
This module is designed to encourage the further development and application of knowledge, skills and learning experience from Level 5 and to prepare the student for the environment in which they are to practice. Delivered through studio and workshop based group and individual tutorial sessions the aim is to facilitate the development of a coherent and professionally resolved body of work – from research and sourcing through to 3D product development. Development work should demonstrate creativity, clear development and critical analysis in relation to a fashion collection. The context of the work should relate to the contemporary fashion market. Work will be assessed on its quality and innovation in relation to an individual, agreed proposal.
DE0778 - FINAL COLLECTION STAGE B: PRODUCTION
This practical module is designed to conclude the work begun in the final collection Stage A module. Students are encouraged to extend their design and contextual thinking throughout the production process via a negotiated contract, which will determine the outcome of this module. The completed outcome should combine aesthetic resolution with commercial realism through the production of a cohesive collection of work. Assessment is by project.
DE0779 - FASHION PORTFOLIO
This flatwork module is designed to provide the content and production strategy for module DE0777 Final Collection A: Preparation and DE0778 Final Collection B: Production. It will enable the student to produce a major body of work which will provide substantial evidence of your design abilities. The module draws upon previous learning and experience to enable the generation of research and design development which is both innovative and capable of development through to production. Work should reflect and relate to contemporary and historical fashion practice.
External briefs of both national and international origin will form part of this module and will provide the opportunity for design work to be reviewed by consultants from the fashion and clothing industry.
DE0906 - FINAL COLLECTION OPTION
This practical module is designed to enable students to contextualise knit fabrics, textiles or pattern cutting within a collection of fashion garments or a range of sampling. The student will be required to undertake a self directed design proposal which clearly defines areas of research, work methods, design intentions and outcomes. The module requires the development of design work with supportive, investigative and innovative sampling or toile making. The outcome, which is individually negotiated, will be assessed on the quality of research, development of sampling cutting techniques and a finished products toile in relation to an identified market.
VA0600 - DESIGN REPORT
The Design Report is a major written project submitted in the final year of study in the Design programme. The topic is selected by the student on the basis of their programme of Design and will be approved, monitored and supervised by an appropriate tutor. This version should not be longer than 6,000 words, excluding the critical apparatus and other appended materials
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COLOUR THEORY FOR FASHION
Understand the history and psychology of colour. Create colour wheel and study the tints, tones and shades. Research on optical illusions of shape and colour. Use of colour in different combinations of lines and dots, shapes and volume.
The study of the human anatomy in various positions, adapted to the stylized proportions of a fashion sketch.
HISTORY OF COSTUME
Identify costume and accessories of each historic period. Define the major elements that influence and change costume throughout history. Analyse the relationship between costume and the artistic styles of each period. Define costume characteristics, details, and accessories from each period.
Identify the origin and nature of textile fibers. Analyse the properties of fibers and threads. Explain the different spinning methods and processes. Identify the different fabrics, their characteristics and their properties. Identify major fabric finishes. Explain textile trends. Recognise the relationship between different fabrics and their successful application in various apparel categories. Discuss recent fabric development Prepare a textile sample book.
FASHION DRAPING 1
Use specific draping vocabulary and fundamental rules pertaining to this technique. Application of draping techniques in making of simple muslins or toiles from chosen sketches or fashion photographs, according to the measurement specified.
FASHION MARKETING AND MERCHANDISING
Students are taught to understand market segmentation, consumer behavior, the components of the marketing mix, market analysis, marketing strategy development and evaluation.
WOMEN’S WEAR DRAFTING 1
Understand the vocabulary related to women’s wear. Identify configuration of the female silhouette in relation to the cut of a garment. Draft master patterns for slopers (blocks) and use them to develop pattern interpretation according to the style lines of a sketch or fashion photograph, for standard industrial dress forms.
SEWING APPLICATION 1
Identify the required sewing material as well as describe the operation of the various parts of an industrial sewing machine. Operate an industrial equipment in respect to the safety standards of the fashion industry. Apply various industrial techniques used for making basic garment samples.
FASHION DRAPING 2
Fundamental draping techniques for bodices, skirts, sleeves and collars on the standard industrial dress forms. Provide the student with the ability to drape toiles according to chosen fashion sketches or photographs and make paper patterns from toiles.
GARMENT AND COMPOSITION
Technical drawing, description and identification of garment details, current styles and accessories. Study the principles of composition, diversion, unity, contrast, recall and their important application to garment composition.
SEWING APPLICATION 2
Identify the various industrial sewing techniques for men’s and women’s garments. Provide the students with the ability to understand the paper patterns and the proper process in assembling of the sample garment using various sewing techniques learned.
WOMEN’S WEAR DRAFTING 2
Identify the configuration of the female silhouette in relation to the cut of more complex garments. Develop pattern interpretation according to the style lines of a sketch or fashion photograph and create muslins from the patterns constructed and analyze them on the mannequin. Understanding the principles of dart transfer, manipulation and pivoting. Execute full size basic blocks in accordance to the measurement specified.
ADVANCED DRAFTING AND DRAPING TECHNIQUES
Understand the principles of made-to-measure garments and learn to fit and develop patterns from measurements acquired. Analyse sketches in order to proceed efficiently and swiftly to develop, with precision and within a time limit, different models. Elaborate the different pieces of the pattern for sewing purposes and adapt the patterns for specific fabrics.
ADVANCED SEWING TECHNIQUES
Develop a critical sense and ability for synthesis, permitting the student to choose and apply functional working methods. Master various sewing techniques and apply the technique to tailored suits, coats and sports ware.
CAD 1 FOR FASHION DESIGN
Introduce Computer Aided Design (CAD) software in Fashion Design. Familiarise the student with the use of the software and its applications. Students will understand the importance of CAD in illustrations, technical drawings and presentations, through both theory and practice.
Illustration techniques of fabric textures, prints and designs on fashion figures. The student and analysis of fabric draping on the body. Analyse body movements and the laws of perspective in fashion drawing. Fashion sketching exercises through various mediums and techniques.
DESIGN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Understand the principles of make-to-measure garments and learn to fit and develop patterns from measurements acquired. Analyse sketches in order to proceed efficiently and swiftly to develop, with precision and within a time limit, different models. Elaborate the different pieces of the pattern for sewing purposes and adapts the patterns for specific fabrics.
CONTEMPORARY FASHION,STYLES AND TRENDS
This module introduces the styles and trends of the 20th century and the events that added to their origins. Also covered are the social, political, cultural events and style arbiters that have shaped and influenced fashion from haute couture to ready -to –wear trends.
Based on the sketches and illustrations developed in Design Application in Fashion and Design Research & Development 1 module, create the patterns, toiles and final garment according to the criteria specified in the project briefs corresponding to the norms of the industry and demand of the target markets.
MEN’S WEAR WORKSHOP
Students are taught to identify the morphological components of the human form related to the masculine cut. The student’s vocabulary is developed in relation to menswear design and design briefs, and concepts are initiated that are further developed through exploratory and experimental work.
ACADEMIC RESEARCH & COMMUNICATION SKILLS
This course prepares students in Communication and Research skills. The three main areas of focus are:” Research and Analysis, Academic Writing Skills and Academic Presentation Skills.
To provide participants with the knowledge and skills through practical exercises, lecturers, demonstrations and examples to enable them a thorough examination of public relations with practical application; developing communication plans, preparing press releases and press kits, conducting interviews, producing newsletters, house journals and speeches. Students will have to successfully complete practical exercises and commence an integrated project in order to complete the course.
The Internship module is part of the Advanced Diploma programme. The students are required to work with a fashion or fashion related company in the industry. Students will have to successfully complete a minimum of 24 work days and create an internship report in order to complete the module.
PATTERN AIDED DESIGN,GRADING AND COSTING
Gearing up for introduction to the industry, students are taught how to adapt and develop patterns using computer software. Students understand the vocabulary used in the computer environment in relation to pattern development, marker layout and pattern grading.
MINI COLLECTION WORKSHOP
Using the designs developed from Design Research & Development2, produce patterns and toiles for each selected design. Assemble and fit on mannequins or live model before realizing the actual garments. This module will also include the multifaceted nature of fashion coordination for the graduation fashion show. It covers fittings, alterations, choreography, scheduling and overall coordination of the fashion show.
CAD 2 AND PORTFOLIO FOR FASHION DESIGN
Students will develop and produce computer design work, digital illustrations and technical drawing using the computer software. Students also create a corporate identity which embodies their own brand and design label. A series or body of work for the final portfolio, using both computer work as well as studio work is created as part of their portfolio.