This 2-year studio-based diploma program
achieved in 6 semesters of study where you develop technical expertise and an
expressive, personal design sense.
Fashion Design Program is designed to teach sewing
basics, pattern development and garment construction which prepares you for
more advanced studies in corset construction, finishing techniques, tailoring
and draping. Fashion illustration and history inspire you in creating your own
line that is presented at an annual public Fashion Show.
a focus on entrepreneurship, you will be prepared for a professional future in
your studio specialty. Through applied research, critical discourse and
self-reflection, you will engage in creative problem solving and learn about
communications for visual artists, art history, drawing, and 2D/3D design.
Assignments create a portfolio that celebrates the power of your
To be admitted to this program you are required to have:
• A portfolio and a postsecondary certificate or diploma in a related field or equivalent experience.
Fashion Design Portfolio Requirements
We value all of
your life experience in assessing your application. To do this, please
provide us with a copy of your resume.
Please write a
one-page letter of intent which includes your:
Reasons for wanting to study with us,
Interests in the arts (contemporary or historical), and
Plans and goals for the future.
To ensure that
you are well prepared for direct entry into this program, we need to get
an idea of your creative abilities. We will also be looking for your
dexterity and imagination. To assess this, please provide:
Five images of things that you have created such as, but not
limited to: collage, woodworking, ceramics, painting, photography, knitting,
poetry, creative writing, music, video, sewing, etc. Please note that the
images you send do not necessarily need to be associated with this studio.
If you have drawing
experience please include:
One life drawing showing the human figure, and
One still-life drawing.
If you have not had
previous drawing experience, just let us know. We may adjust your program to include some basic drawing
Please don’t submit actual examples. Three-dimensional work should be
photographed and presented digitally. For good digital image quality, your
image files should be jpegs and sized around 1024 x 768 px @ 72 dpi. For video
clips, please post on Vimeo or YouTube and send us the link, keep them 2 to 3
minutes each. For each image, please include a written description, a notation
of the media used in producing the work and the date of completion. Be sure to
label your portfolio with your name, contact information, and return address.
For a full experience at our College, it is best to have an
appreciation of the history of visual culture. Please identify a piece of art/craft/design from a particular
historical period (include a picture of this work). In a one-page
essay, describe the work in your own words, what
is significant about this work and what it says about visual culture.
Once you have completed your
portfolio, it can be mailed, emailed, or delivered in person to Nancy Beaulieu,
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Mature students with previous
experience and/or post-secondary education should contact the coordinating
instructor prior to submitting an application.
will be working with celebrated instructors in fully-equipped studios, Apple
computer labs and classrooms. Coming here, you will learn first-hand why
Fredericton is a Cultural Capital of Canada. The galleries, boutiques,
universities and many cafés make the College’s downtown location an inspiring
and supportive learning environment and an ideal place to obtain an education
in the visual arts.
For information on the Fashion
Design Program contact Acting Coordinating Instructor Joanne Venart at (506) 453-5997 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Areas of Study
• Fashion Design
• Fashion History
• Pattern Design
• Garment Construction
• Fashion Illustration
• Fashion Show
Graduates are prepared for careers as
entrepreneurs with their own couture businesses, or for work in film and
theatre costuming, as fashion photography stylists, visual merchandisers,
pattern developers and alteration specialists.
Targeted Jobs (including NOC codes)
National Occupational Classification (NOC)
Artisans and craftspersons (5244)
Fabric, Fur and Leather Cutters (9452)
Painters, sculptors and other visual artists (5136)
Pattern makers – textile, leather and fur products (5245)
Sewing Machine Operators (9451)
Tailors, Dressmakers, Furriers and Milliners (7342)
Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers (5243)
Graduates receive two full years credit towards a Bachelor of Applied Arts (BAA) at the University of New Brunswick. Click here for more information.
Diploma - Fashion: Fashion Design Course Outlines
Fall 1Basic Sewing Techniques
course, students develop and improve their sewing skills by the execution of a
series of sewing samples. Through research they focus on basic processes such
as hand stitching, button holes and lap zippers, learning the individual
aspects of clothing production. In addition, students become familiar with
domestic and industrial machines and their respective accessories, and their
operation and cleaning procedures. Students combine the samples they produce
into a reference book which will be used throughout the program.
Understanding Pattern Development and Design
course, students work through the process of measuring the body, creating a
flat paper pattern, mocking the draft out of muslin and fitting on a three
dimensional figure. Through both ¼ scale and full-scale exercises, students
begin to understand the transition from two-dimensional patterns to
Fundamental Fashion Design
this course, students create a skirt by combining the technical processes
learned in FADN 2907 Basic Sewing Techniques and FADN2900 Understanding Pattern
Development and Design. Students sketch their own design and create a custom
fit pattern by measuring the body. They draft and fit cotton mock-ups and learn
the basic steps and techniques of garment construction. Also in this course,
students explore the exciting world of Fashion, and its related industries.
Communication for Visual Artists
In this course, students tap into the world of social media, in the form
of blogging, to initiate their critical opinions and professional
communications. They create an online archive of professional documents
including digital images of their work, biological information and artist
statements. Students write responses to topics pertinent their practice
communicating their ideas about visual art. In addition, they learn the steps
to apply for a relevant scholarship.
In Fall 1, students choose one of the
Life Drawing: Structure and Form
In this course, students enhance their capacity to see, interpret and
draw the complex three-dimensional form of the body. They develop their ability
to draw the life model with attention to proportions, shape and general
anatomy. Students increase facility with essential strategies such as gesture,
massing, mapping and sighting as applied to figure drawing. In addition, they
address expressive and intentional strategies in depicting the human form.
Watercolour: Exploring Water-based Materials
course, students make paintings, largely from observation, using the
traditional techniques of watercolour, gouache and inks. They become familiar
with the properties of various materials, tools and methods of handling them.
In addition, they engage in painting exercises that address issues of colour
and formal relationships of visual art with an emphasis on stylistic concerns.
Students also experiment with mixed media collage and various other directions.
Sewing and Finishing Techniques
course, students refine their sewing and finishing skills by the construction
of complex sewing samples. Through these exercises they become more confident
with domestic and industrial machines. Students continue individual research
which they apply to their projects. The sewing samples and finishing techniques
they create are added to their reference book which is used throughout the
course, students build on their pattern development and design abilities which
they acquired in FADN 2900 Understanding Pattern Design and Development.
Through various assignments students learn the intricacies of pattern creation.
In addition, they are introduced to the basics of draping and pattern grading
which broadens their technical abilities in the creation of future fashion
Apparel Design and Construction
course, students apply the processes learned in FADN 2902 Sewing and Finishing
Techniques and FADN 2906 Pattern Design for an in-depth exploration of the
skills necessary to produce various garments such as pants and shirts. Students
sketch their own designs and create custom fit patterns by measuring the body.
They draft and fit cotton mock-ups and learn the basic steps and techniques of
garment construction. To this end, time management and quality of workmanship
this course, students learn the skills necessary to communicate their concepts
and ideas visually using fashion drawing. Through the study of figure
representation and a variety of illustration techniques, traditional and
digital, students investigate existing styles used in fashion. The emphasis of
the course is the development of illustration techniques and methodologies.
Fashion Design and Inspiration throughout History
course, students learn about the transformation of fashion design from the
early 20th century to present times. Through interactive presentations students
develop an understanding of the many influences on the establishment of
contemporary fashion trends and cycles. In addition, students select a topic
for individual research which they present to the class.
Students select one of:
3D Design: Shaping Space
course, students combine a wide range of materials to produce projects that
explore both spatial relationships and the broader world of “design.” By
engaging in lectures and discussions that examine the theories of historic and
contemporary 3D design, they develop a design aesthetic which is accompanied by
research and documentation. Combining various aspects of “the making of
objects,” students are encouraged to use mixed media, and materials from their
own disciplines, emphasizing peer presentations and critical visual analysis.
3D Digital Design: Shaping Space
course, students produce projects that explore both spatial relationships and
the broader world of “design” through using computer aided design (CAD) and 3D
printing applications. By engaging in lectures and discussions that examine the
theories of computer based 3D design, they will learn the tools and concepts,
as well as develop a design aesthetic. Students will create a variety of
objects, designed for use in their own disciplines, emphasizing peer
presentations and critical visual analysis.
course, students utilize their pattern design and drafting skills combined with
their sewing abilities to create a corset using traditional historical
techniques. They develop a pattern for a complex corset that is constructed and
fitted to a specific individual. Emphasis is on developing sophisticated sewing
and finishing techniques.
Preparing for Production
course, students learn about pattern grading and standardized sizing to produce
garments for the marketplace. Emphasis is placed on efficient planning, the use
of suitable materials and the appropriateness of design for a product being
produced. In addition, students will learn to track production time and
material costs to establish a pricing structure for products. Through a
systematic team approach, students will manufacture a limited run production
course, students investigate basic contemporary tailoring techniques and tools
by constructing a tailored jacket of their own design. Students explore the
history of various methods, skills and techniques of sewing and finishing
needed to execute a quality tailored garment. In addition, students document
the construction steps necessary to produce a tailored garment and develop a
reference book of basic tailoring techniques and samples.
Bra, Bustier and Beyond
course, students design and build a bustier, bra and corset that go beyond
their traditional look and functional use. Through implementing advanced sewing
and construction techniques, they learn complex fitting processes associated
with these garments. In addition, students gain an understanding of the
historical development of the corset and its significant impact on women and
society in general.
Research and Design a Collection
course, students establish the final designs for their graduating portfolio.
They conduct detailed research and through journaling and sketching create
inspirational boards. As a group, students assist each other in the development
and editing of their line. Discovering their potential, students engage in the
creative processes utilized by designers when finalizing a collection.
course, students visually communicate their designs and concepts by an in-depth
examination of traditional and contemporary/digital media. Through the
development of a body of preliminary work, presentation boards and technical
drawings students refine their illustration techniques. These abilities allow
students to explore the conceptual development of their own fashion designs and
20th Century Fashion Influences
course, students explore the dynamic changes in fashion design from antiquity
to the 20th century. Through interactive lectures, class discussions and the
collection of fashion imagery, students analyze the development of clothing
styles, materials and construction. This in-depth look at the history of
fashion design serves as inspiration in the development a personal style.
Preparing for Professional Life
course, students learn a range of skills to enable them to present themselves
effectively in the professional world of their discipline. They create a
toolkit by becoming familiar with the language of business and how businesses
work whether their goal is to be an employee or an entrepreneur. Students
enhance their presentation skills and build confidence in public speaking. In
addition, they investigate a business by analyzing their products, location,
marketing strategies, etc, creating a process in which they clarify their
Apparel Production: The Project Begins
course, students establish a garment diary and make the patterns needed to
create their senior line of clothing. The patterns are explored in ¼ scale and
then produced in muslin full scale. Students participate in a critique of their
line for feedback and then implement adjustments to their designs in
preparation for the construction of their line in fabric.
Apparel Production: Finishing
course, students complete their senior line of clothing which is presented at
the annual fashion show. Research and sampling is carried out to establish the
best ways to work with different types of fabric. Students begin by cutting
actual material using the patterns created in FAND 3904 Apparel Production: The
Project Begins. Fittings and finishing are critical in the creation of their
garments along with consideration for the entire presentation of the line
including the models, hair, make-up and accessories.
The Business of Fashion
course, students learn various aspects of business specifically related to the
fashion industry. The main project is to produce the College’s annual fashion
show. In addition, students research and make presentations on various aspects
of the fashion industry focusing on current designers and jobs in the field.
Hard copy portfolios, along with personal promotional materials will be created
in preparation for the fashion show, job interviews or application for
Digital Communication and Marketing
In this course, students develop a
working knowledge of digital technologies to develop a comprehensive individual
portfolio. This includes learning to use a digital camera, create professional
lighting, and be able to manipulate images using relevant software. Using their
own images and biographical information, students design and construct a
website using the latest software available. In addition, they investigate the
value of internet technologies in the context of e-commerce, marketing and promotion
in preparation for a career in the visual arts.
In Winter 2,
students choose one of the following electives:
Creative Design Exploration
this course, students focus on their creative skills and innovation abilities
to produce original designs that are realized into 2D/3D product prototypes.
Using multiple models of problem solving strategies, students explore form,
function and a variety of materials, to apply new skill sets to their
methodologies. Students overcome visual and conceptual challenges by working in
interdisciplinary teams interacting live, via Skype, with the design team at
Umbra to produce a submission to the Umbra Design Collaborations Program.
3D Digital Design and Production
In this course, students use sophisticated 3D modelling
and texturing techniques building on skills learned in 3D Digital Design:
Shaping Space. These skills will be used to prepare and render complex 3D
components that could either become intricate printed objects be utilized as
elements or models in other courses.
Imagery, Sources and Development
In this course, students develop imagery
by exploring and refining drawing and painting methods using various mixed
media and surface treatments. In so doing, they discover the associative
potential between materials and imagery that contributes the constructing of
meaning. Students experience traditional and non-traditional approaches to
drawing through assignments, visual presentations and gallery visits. A final
project encourages students to pursue personally relevant imagery and an
individual stylistic approach.
In this course,
students create artwork using influences from the traditional and contemporary
practices of body adornment/modification. With an aesthetic and anthropological
perspective, they research specific Aboriginal practices in body art, such as
tattooing, piercing, mehndi (henna), branding and scarification. Students gain
a new perspective on this ancient activity, incorporating the ideologies into
individual projects as well as communicating their ideas in a clear
Painting in Acrylics
In this course,
students learn the fundamental principles of painting through creating images
in the medium of acrylic paint. Assignments explore both the historical and
contemporary approaches of the painting process. Students have the opportunity
to develop an independent body of work which is informed by experimentation and
critique, and in addition, is related to a personal area of interest.
Paper and Book Arts
In this course,
students tap the creative potential of the hand bound book through an
exploration of book structures, construction and deconstruction methods.
Projects introduce different binding techniques as students use unique tools,
materials and processes. In addition, students are encouraged to explore the
aesthetic qualities of the book through 2D and 3D embellishment techniques
including printed material, transfer techniques and hand stitched
Student choose one of:
In this course, students produce a
significant piece or series that becomes the focal point of their portfolio.
They submit a proposal that will determine the form and scope of their final
project. This project will require students to integrate their creative
abilities, design knowledge, personal aesthetics with technical prowess.
In this course, students engage in a
real life experience by participating in a workplace environment in a business
or organization. They develop a professional level of conduct as they further
their interpersonal workplace skills. In addition, they actively participate in
the specialized activities of their practicum.