Fashion Design Classes at VMCAD – Curriculum
We know that our students are looking for real employment opportunities in the apparel industry. That’s why the VMCAD Fashion Design curriculum combines an artistic foundation with technical skills and business savvy. Our hands-on program was developed from the haute couture method of design that founder Virginia Marti learned attending art and design schools in Paris and New York, and throughout her own work experience. The classes challenge and motivate students in all aspects of fashion design. Apply to begin your journey learning the following:
- Fashion illustration
- Pattern drafting
- Haute Couture Sewing
- Computer applications
Today’s fashion designer must be able to think historically, reinterpret ideas from the past, and predict trends for the future. Our curriculum empowers the student to think globally, economically and socially by combining an artistic foundation with the latest technology. They are taught to express their ideas onto a sketch pad and translate them into production.
Explore our program classes below to learn more.
English I – G101 – 3 credits
Explores 9 essay styles, reviews grammar and MLA fundamentals, and improves both verbal and written communication skills.
Basic Color Theory – B103 – 3 credits
Covers the origins of color, color consistency, means of expression, formal qualities, color qualities, color temperatures, color perspective, composition, and psychological interpretation.
Anatomy & Figure Drawing I – B128 – 3 credits
Prerequisite: Portfolio Review or X050
Involves human skeletal analysis and descriptive drawing techniques, to describe and interpret the human form.
Fashion Design I: Pattern Making (Skirts) – FD121 – 6 credits
Prerequisite: Teacher evaluation or X017 Developmental Sewing and must be taken concurrently with B128
Helps students develop an understanding of pattern making fundamentals and the importance of construction and fit. Procedures are shown for making the basic skirt block, as well as a variety of skirt silhouettes.
Anatomy & Figure Drawing II – B129 – 3 credits
A further exploration of drawing techniques that focuses on the human muscular form as a mechanical device. The course focuses on overall muscular deﬁnition and analysis, to understand the complexity of the human form.
English II – G102 – 3 credits
Revisits key concepts from English 1 and focuses on reading and discussing short stories, poetry and song, ﬁlm, and a novella.
Math I – G143 – 3 credits
Covers the fundamentals of math, including fractions, decimals, percentages, statistics, simple business and consumer math, simple geometry, and basic algebra. This course will develop the basic skills needed to excel in both business and technical studies.
Fashion Design II: Pattern Making (Blouses) – FD122 – 6 credits
Prerequisite: FD121 and must be taken concurrently with B129
Expands on skills taught in FD 121 and helps students acquire an understanding of design principles. Students learn to draft basic bodice and sleeve blocks, dart manipulation, and simple sleeve and collar theories.
History of Art I – G160 – 3 credits
Analyzes artistic development in architecture, sculpture, and painting from the Prehistoric era to the Gothic period.
Bible History: Old Testament – G163 – 3 credits
Can be taken in lieu of History of Art I (G160)
Covers the Patriarchs and Major and Minor Prophets from Genesis to Malachi and their historical context.
Fashion Design III: Pattern Making (Dresses) – FD123 – 6 credits
Prerequisite: FD122 and must be taken concurrently with FD198
A continuation of FD 121 and FD 122, with further development of more complex sleeves and collars. The course emphasizes dress variations such as bias tiers, halter styles, and princess lines.
Intro to Fashion – FD141 – 3 credits
An overview of the fashion industry, from the designer’s concept through the promotion of fashion to the ultimate consumer, including awareness of consumer behavior.
Fashion Illustration I – FD198 – 3 credits
Prerequisites: B128 and B129
Introduction to the enhancement of figure drawing by subtly altering proportions of the human form and simplifying realistic details. The course emphasizes controlled and descriptive drawing techniques to suggest texture, pattern, fabric behavior, and a variety of poses.
History of Art II – G161 – 3 credits
Analyzes artistic development in architecture, sculpture, and painting from the Early Renaissance to the Post Modern era.
Bible History: New Testament – G164 – 3 credits
Can be taken in lieu of History of Art II (G161)
Covers the writers of the New Testament and their historical context and the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Fashion Design IV: Pattern Making (Sportswear) – FD374 – 6 credits
Prerequisite: FD123 and must be taken concurrently with FD204
Combines the design fundamentals learned in previous quarters with concepts used to construct menswear, slacks, jeans, culottes, jumpsuits, and active-wear.
Photography – B144 – 3 credits
An introductory course in the applications and use of the advanced digital camera. The student will examine and study the technical workings of the DSLR digital camera and apply this knowledge to achieve a self understanding and confident direction in digital photography. Students will be working in teams on projects that will lead to successful picture taking. This team concept key will let the student work with any image in any mode and create a high level of self expertise and expression in learning the art of photography.
Fashion Illustration II – FD204 – 3 credits
Advanced study of fashion figures required by the industry, with an emphasis on the use of different mediums to illustrate pattern and texture.
History of Costume I – FD127 – 3 credits
Examines the modes in costume from primitive man to 1900. Emphasis will be placed on the prevailing design of costumes worn and information regarding origin, dates, colors, hairstyles, shoe styles, and accessories.
Textiles – FD102 – 3 credits
An in-depth examination of natural and man-made fibers, yarn characteristics and fabric construction, from the fiber stage to the finished fabric. Merchandisers and Fashion Designers will be able to apply the textile facts to the appropriate selection, use, and care of today’s fabric and textile products.
Fashion Design V: Pattern Making (Tailoring) – FD129 – 5 credits
Prerequisite: FD124 and must be taken concurrently with FD215
Involves an advanced level of design where flat pattern techniques are used to draft a variety of suits, coats, and capes. Traditional hand stitching and pressing procedures for tailored collars, lapels, pockets, and vents are also introduced.
Portfolio Preparation – FD215 – 3 credits
Involves the production and development of a portfolio for job interviews, including an expansive and inclusive development of illustration to showcase a graduate’s technical and artistic skills.
Illustrator – FD216 – 3 credits
Prerequisite: X040 or proficiency test, X050 or portfolio review, B103
An introduction to the basic concepts and techniques of drawing and illustration specific to the fashion industry using Adobe™ Illustrator™. Students will learn to draw flat sketches using the pen tool, manage color settings and utilize palettes. Adobe® Photoshop® will also be used to create presentation boards & enhance existing images.
Design/Draping I – FD201 – 3 credits
Fundamentals such as fabric preparation, grain line placements, draping procedures, and trueing the pattern are covered. Techniques for draping, determined by the fabric’s structure, texture, weight, and hand, are applied to previously drafted styles.
CAD I – FD213 – 3 credits
Prerequisite: X040 and second year standing
An introduction to computer aided fashion design using Gerber software. Students will learn to establish rule tables for grading sizes, digital patterns, develop alteration tables, and make markers.
History of Costume II – FD128 – 3 credits
A continuation of History of Costume I, this course traces the historical development of costuming from the 18th through the 20th century. Students will examine the artistic and cultural influences that shaped each period’s fashion. Emphasis will be placed on western costume silhouette recognition and the vocabulary of historical clothing, hairstyles, footwear and accessories.
Digital Portfolio Preparation – FD295 – 3 credits
Prerequisite: FD215 or FD216
Students learn to emphasize their skills, talent and experience by compiling their work in a cohesive digital portfolio to showcase their unique style and creativity. Effective use of a digital portfolio and its relevance to the interview process and professional development is explored.
Social Science I – G221 – 3 credits
An introduction to the theory and practice of interpersonal communication, which focuses on learning and applying the skills needed to improve the quality of interpersonal communication and interpersonal relationships with a variety of people.
Design/Draping II – FD202 – 3 credits
Enhancing the skills learned in Draping I, students will learn time-honored techniques from the ateliers of Paris. Fabric will be applied directly to mannequin while draping a complicated interpretive copy.
CAD II – FD214 – 3 credits
Prerequisite: X040 Introduction to Computers and second year standing
Utilizes the practical application of CAD I. Students are shown digital pattern making skills using functions such as points, piece, and line. A three piece collection will be designed and illustrated, then drafted on the computer.
Business Law – B210 – 3 credits
An overview of the American legal system and basic laws that apply to contract sales, copyright and trademark, negotiations, product liability, and setting up a business.
Fashion Product Development – FD280 – 3 credits
Prerequisite: must be taken concurrently with FD215
Designed to outline and apply the knowledge and theory of product development and forecasting by developing an apparel line from concept to commercialization.
Textile Design – FD210 – 3 credits
An overview of methods and processes for creating surface and structural designs on textiles. By studying ancient and modern techniques, students learn applications for creating unique effects by applying color and design to fabrics through various mediums.
Social Science II – G222 – 3 credits
Takes a psychological approach to explore classic and current trends in organizational communication and human relations in the work environment.
Collection – FD217 – 4 credits
Prerequisite: All Fashion Design courses, Pattern Making courses and FD295
Students construct a five- piece grouping of garment designs (a collection). They will flat pattern or drape their designs and fit them to their models. The design process includes developing a customer profile, specification sheets and cost sheets. The collection will be selected from one of the groupings illustrated in FD218 Digital Portfolio Preparation.
Economics – G260 – 3 credit
Examines the basic concepts of the economy and their applications to problems and policies. Concepts include supply and demand, market and prices, income distribution, allocation of resources, contemporary economic issues, and personal finance.
Entrepreneurship – B224 – 3 credits
An intensive business course to assist artists of all disciplines interested in developing arts-based businesses. This course covers topics that impact an entrepreneur’s daily operations including identifying and developing their personal brand, developing strategies for communicating with their target market, identifying a variety of tools for protecting their work legally, raising capital, and accounting.