Fashion education reimagined.

 
 

Introducing Philadelphia’s premier, independent, fashion design and sewing program. Earn a designer development diploma your way. In this one year program students receive a quality education at a cost and pace that works for them. Through small class sizes, hands-on teaching, and one on one mentoring, we help aspiring designers and makers develop and launch beautiful fashion lines of their own.

With start dates in the Fall and Spring, we aim to provide a schedule that works for your life.

Check out the full 15 course program below.

 

TRIMESTER 1:
START YOUR JOURNEY

Build a strong foundation that you can be proud of. Trimester 1 focuses on the technical aspects that are the building blocks of all sophisticated design. Learn professional fashion sketching and sewing techniques used in the industry that will set you apart from the rest. Start your journey towards becoming the designer you’ve always wanted to be.

 

SKILLS ACQUIRED

  • Beginner to professional garment construction techniques
  • Beginner to advanced fashion illustration techniques
  • Full overview of the current fashion industry. Learn how it all works
  • Beginner Adobe Creative Suite to start creating individualized images for your brand. Business cards, flyers, and photo editing
 

COURSE LISTINGS

Fashion Industry Seminar

Fashion Industry Seminar

Sewing 1: Introduction to Sewing

Sewing 1: Introduction to Sewing

Fashion Illustration 1: The Fashion Figure

Fashion Illustration 1: The Fashion Figure

 
Sewing 2: Basic Garment Construction

Sewing 2: Basic Garment Construction

Fashion Illustration 2: Fabric Rendering/ Color

Fashion Illustration 2: Fabric Rendering/ Color

Adobe Photoshop: Graphics and Mood Boarding

Adobe Photoshop: Graphics and Mood Boarding


 

TRIMESTER 2:
ADVANCE YOUR SKILLS

Take your ideas to the next level. Trimester 2 builds upon techniques developed during Trimester 1 while growing your portfolio. Learn industry staples like patternmaking and draping that will expand your foundation.

 

SKILLS ACQUIRED

  • Advanced industry sewing techniques: jeans, shirts, dresses, and knitwear
  • Create your own patterns to further your designs
  • Create a portfolio that conveys your ideas in a professional format that can easily communicate your design aesthetic
  • Design your own prints, and create professional technical drawings with Adobe Illustrator
 

COURSE LISTINGS

Sewing 3: Draping/ Cocktail Dress Construction

Sewing 3: Draping/ Cocktail Dress Construction

Portfolio Techniques

Portfolio Techniques

Adobe Illustrator: Flat Sketches/Print Design

Adobe Illustrator: Flat Sketches/Print Design

 
Sewing 4: Street Wear/ Designer Finishes

Sewing 4: Street Wear/ Designer Finishes

Patternmaking 1: Slopers

Patternmaking 1: Slopers

 

 

TRIMESTER 3:
LAUNCH YOUR LINE

Get ready to launch! Trimester 3 will give designers the practical skills needed for the real world of fashion design. From logo and print design to linesheets, lookbooks, and sales, students will learn to launch a capsule collection to be featured in our annual runway show. 

 

SKILLS ACQUIRED

  • Design studio courses to cultivate your collection and start towards becoming runway ready
  • Start product production and development, and get connections to sample makers, pattern makers, and small batch manufacturing
  • Learn how to navigate the business of fashion through industry guest lecturers from business owners, designers, and mentors
  • Create your social media platform, website, business cards, etc. and present your capsule collection in our runway show
 

COURSE LISTINGS

Patternmaking 2: Pattern Manipulation

Patternmaking 2: Pattern Manipulation

Fashion Design Studio 1: Capsule Collection Design

Fashion Design Studio 1: Capsule Collection Design

Fashion Design Studio 2: Product Development

Fashion Design Studio 2: Product Development

 
Business of Fashion: Concept to Consumer

Business of Fashion: Concept to Consumer

 
 
 
 

START YOUR PATH TODAY

 

 

Not interested in a diploma?

 
 

You can take any of these classes as an individual course at your own pace.