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Course Description

Learn about the process of designing and making, particularly the creation of objects using soft materials. A variety of construction methods are explored, from hand and machine sewing to knitting, crocheting, draping, and patternmaking. Drawing and sketching are introduced as an integral part of the design process, allowing students to develop concepts in two dimensions before they begin making. Transposing visual ideas from sketching to fabricating, 2D to 3D, students are free to explore the techniques of patternmaking or draping to create the structure for their designs. Students familiarize themselves with design process methods through the development of a design sketchbook documenting research, fabric development, sketches inspirations, and reflections. Projects may include but are not limited to clothing and accessories.

Learner Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to create original design concepts through a synthesis of research and exploratory 3D design and construction process
  • Acquire the ability to contextualize and interpret design methods by documenting and reflecting on information learned
  • Acquire and use a content-related vocabulary of technical knowledge related to clothing design, construction, and fabrication
  • Competently formulate design solutions through explorative and applied 2D and 3D making process
  • Gain and understanding of fashion design and manufacturing in a global societal context
  • Understand the interrelationships between material, construction, and form in a fashion context
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a design studio practice by participating in lectures, demos, and discussions; individual and collaborative exercises and projects; and self and peer critiques

Additional Information

This course is one offering from our Parsons Summer Intensive Studies program. For more information on schedule, registration, and refund policies, see program details.

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