Fashion Design Summer School (Online Short Course)
Do you dream of designing your own clothes? But not sure how to get started?
This intensive, immersive, online four-week fashion design and fashion drawing course will provide you with the skills you need to develop a dynamic, unique portfolio to showcase your creative design, illustration and presentation techniques. The course uses a series of online webinars to introduce projects, explain tasks and support opportunity to share your work by discussing your creative development with the tutors on an individual and group interactive basis.
Introduction to fashion design (week 1)
Through practical exercises and focused discussions, you will research a theme and learn how to develop this into fashion designs. Research will take various formats and you will collect ideas from digital sources as well as document your ideas in a sketchbook. You will begin to draw and communicate your ideas exploring design principles of silhouette, detail and colour through producing concept boards, design development sheets and eventually developing a small capsule collection of designs.
This week includes:
- Introduction to primary (via virtual exhibition tours) and secondary design research
- Introduction to considering design principles
- How to use a sketchbook to develop your creative work
- Introduction to different drawing and collaging approaches for communicating design ideas
- Creating research and concept boards
- Developing a colour palette
- Exploring different art materials in the context of design processes
- Experimental design analysis
- Range planning
- Producing a final line-up of your own capsule collection
Fashion drawing and illustration (week 2)
In the second week you explore drawing styles and techniques in the context of fashion. We will show you how to express your designs figuratively and get your ideas on paper. You will learn to draw your personal fashion figure, deconstruct and sketch garments, and seamlessly combine figures with clothing. You will also study different methods of illustration and learn conventional and new media techniques. The idea is to find your own visual language and unlock your creativity through experimentation, from concept to completion.
By the end of this week, you will have engaged in a broad range of drawing processes throughout the design process, from initial sketches, technical drawings to final line-up illustrations of your designed collection. You will be able to communicate design ideas more freely and effectively and begin a collection of work for your portfolio.
This week includes:
- Sketching for fashion – where to start?
- Innovative methods for drawing your personal fashion figure
- Gesture, movement and pose
- Drawing hands, hair, faces and feet
- Drawing garments - fashion silhouettes, cut and style of different garments
- Drawing drapery, volume, texture, detail, pattern and depicting different fabric
- Technical drawing – creating a series of flats by hand for your capsule collection designed in Week 1
- Drawing a Line-up of your collection designed in Week 1
- Exploring markers, colour pencils, watercolours, ink, pastels, acrylic, gouache and mobile apps for drawing and illustration
- Exploring your personal illustrating style to accompany your designs – illustrating your capsule collection designed in Week 1
Fashion design – intermediate (week 3)
Week three builds on the skills you gained from week one and will help you develop your understanding of the principles of fashion design and design identity. There will be an emphasis on two-dimensional and three-dimensional experimentation that employ the drawing techniques you have explored in week two. You'll work with a variety of readily available materials to explore the principles of design and relating these to the body using actual and digital techniques – including collage and mobile apps – to respond to a second design brief. This will help you consolidate your understanding of fashion design and produce creative design ideas for your second capsule collection, which you can further develop for your portfolio completed in week four.
This week includes:
- Creative development of visual primary and secondary research in a personal response to a fashion design brief.
- Developing fabric awareness through exploration of shape, rhythm, texture
- Employing experimental draping approaches (that use ready-made garments and items available to you at home) and photo montage to build design concepts.
- Combine collage, drawing and digital techniques to further develop creative possibilities for communicating design ideas
- Analyse and refine experimental design to plan and develop a series of themed concept, consumer profile and design development boards
- Completion of the design of your second capsule collection line up, which you can experimentally illustrate in week four
Portfolio preparation, assembly and presentation (week 4)
In week four you have the chance to finalise and refine your work from the previous 3 weeks and start assembling your Fashion Design Portfolio. You will fine-tune all the work you’ve developed during this course and transform your two previously designed capsule collections into an exciting, personal and cohesive portfolio.
You will learn how to improve your existing visual research and create a series of compelling mood boards, including concept, colour, fabric, etc. You will learn how to perfect and arrange all of your existing work into series of stimulating visuals and design development boards.
This week includes:
- What is a good portfolio?
- Visual Research – how to complete your research and link your work visually
- Interpreting concepts and ideas visually and developing various mood boards
- Perfecting concept boards for both of your projects from Week 1 and Week 3
- Perfecting colour/fabric/consumer boards for both of your projects from Week 1 and Week 3
- Assembling and perfecting your sketches, design development sheets and technical drawings
- Assembling and perfecting your final Line-ups and illustrations for both of your projects from Week 1 and Week 3
- Developing your analogue and digital collage techniques
- Using digital mobile apps for your portfolio
- Finalising your portfolio
For more information on Online Short Courses please see the below information.
All our Online Short Courses include:
- Live online lessons with the same tutors
- The same course content and learning outcomes
- Lesson recordings, for review
- Access to VLE with course content
- Forums for support
- 3 months online access
- Certificate upon completion
Beginners. You should have an interest in the subject area and a desire to learn but no previous experience is required.
This course is for students ages 18 and over.
Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.
Please note that Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.
Ana Stankovic-Fitzgerald has been teaching on a variety of drawing, illustration and creative visual communication courses on different programmes at London College of Fashion since 2003. Ana has pioneered the delivery of practical fashion drawing and illustration courses via an online medium at LCF as well as teaching face-to-face courses.
Originally, she studied drawing, painting, print-making and sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Arts in Belgrade, specialising in painting. Ana is a member of Association of Illustrators and over the years she’s had freelance commissions published online, in magazines, books, as advertisements and in corporate literature. Her work was selected for the 'Best of British Illustration' in 2001 and exhibited at numerous venues abroad and in the UK including the Royal College of Art.
Ana has the unique experience of teaching drawing in all its stages and across different platforms; from the initial visual research and sketching stages to design development drawing, fashion drawing, fashion illustration, and CAD technical drawing and illustration line-ups, towards final portfolio realisation and presentation. She has a vast knowledge and expertise in utilising & experimenting with various media including pencils, charcoal, ink, watercolours, collage, markers, pastels, acrylics, oils, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Lectra Kaledo Style and various iPad applications for portable devices, including Adobe illustrator Draw and Adobe Photoshop Sketch.
Over the years, Ana has created and delivered numerous drawing, illustration, and creative visual communication analogue and digital courses and workshops for various institutions, museums and galleries in UK and abroad, including Victoria & Albert Museum, Design Museum, Royal Collection, Fashion Space Gallery, Clerkenwell Design Week, Sichuan Fine Art Institute, Chengdu College of Arts and Sciences, Sichuan University and Hubei Institute of Fine Arts.
Lezley George ran her eponymous fashion label based in London for twenty years. She is a fashion design practitioner whose work includes developing unique textiles for her collections of designer womenswear, which were sold in boutiques and department stores worldwide. Between 1991 and 2008 the label showcased at international trade shows in London, Paris, Milan and New York and presented on the runway at London Fashion Week, Australia Fashion Week, Rome Couture Week, Buenos Aires Fashion Week, and at catwalk events in Japan, Germany, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, South Africa, Dubai, China, and Uruguay. She then spent eight years living and working in the Middle East, and she taught fashion design at Universities in Dubai and mentored locally based designers. Lezley holds a PhD in fashion from LCF, where she currently teaches at undergraduate and post graduate levels and continues to work on projects and research that examines global fashion design cultures and practices.
Online Short Course Materials
To take part in the Online sessions you will need:
- An up-to-date version of the Google Chrome web browser
- Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended)
- Strong Internet connection via WiFi or ethernet; 2G, 3G or 4G will not be sufficient
Onsite Short Course Materials
In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:
- A3 layout pad
- A4 or A3 sketchbook
- Fine black fibre tip pens
- Glue stick
- Magic marker or brush pen in the skin colour of your choice
- Camera and film or a digital camera
- Dressmaking pins
- Fabric scissors
- Paper scissors
As part of your research you will be required to do some printing. Students will be required to put a minimum of £2 on a printing account and pay by debit or credit card – the tutor will advise you during your course. Please be aware you may also need to purchase a small amount of fabric for draping on the stand during week 3.
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