Fashion Design is an exciting field of study and career choice. It is a major offered by the
College, and it is one of the most popular courses at CSS. All of our students, in both tracks, will be working with an eye towards their portfolio. Every student hoping to enter a design field must have a portfolio, and our students arrive year after year with little or no experience in developing a smart, sincere, professional portfolio. CSS will help students in both sections build or expand their portfolio with creative, well-presented and individually expressive pieces to build or extend their portfolios.
Both of these courses are offered during all sessions this year. We recommend, but do not require,that students take BOTH courses, in two successive sessions.
Fashion Design 101: Sketching and Sewing
FD 101 is the perfect class for a budding fashion designer! Many college-level fashion
design students have poor mechanics and fundamentals, which impact their academic and
professional performance. In this course, students learn the conventions of fashion sketching. Templates are provided to help students create their own poses and experiment with technique and style. Presenting and articulating creative ideas is critical to success.
In the stitching portion of the course, students learn to read a commercial pattern, layout and cut fabric properly, use commercial sewing machines, and finish seams. They also learn many hand-sewing techniques. Dexterity, safety, speed, and professional level skills are introduced to our students. Being able to quickly and professionally sew and put together original pieces is a critical component of any designers’ skill set.
Fashion Design 102: Project Centenary
If you love any of the amazing fashion shows on TV, then you have an idea what this course is
all about. Feel the drama build as you find yourself in your own reality fashion week at CSS:
Project Centenary. Based on the hit series Project Runway, students take on challenges that
test their creativity, design skills and endurance.
This session is about completing work and showing it. We will perfect individual skills while
working as a group toward a presentation and show. It is fun, exciting and intense. Just like