The term ‘Fashion Designer’ embodies a broad spectrum in the design arena. Studying fashion design not only equips learners with the knowledge and skills required to design and manufacture clothing, but also trains students in the various fields associated with the fashion industry. Career possibilities become endless once the learner has completed the certificate, degree or diploma course in Fashion Design. Fashion designers not only make beautiful garments but need to see themselves as the future of the design world.Fashion trends change and evolve at a rapid pace, developments take place every moment of everyday and for this reason students are taught how to research the latest trend and develop designs around these trends. Creativity cannot be taught, it is nurtured and developed. It is important for our learners to believe in their designs and trust their natural design instincts. Many of the great fashion designers were shunned for their outrageous creations at first, yet were recorded in history for being brave inventors. The SDC fashion design program focuses on development and guidance rather than instruction. For this reason fashion design learners graduate equipped to look at the world with a greater awareness and appreciation for detail. The course is structured to include all the vital skills students need when they enter the world of fashion, from pattern making through to starting their own label.
The program is structured as follows:
VISUAL COMMUNICATION 1:
The design world is highly dependent on visual stimulants and inspirations – it is important to develop and awareness of one’s surroundings and being able to use elements from your direct environment to inspire beautiful creations. For this reason, learners are taught vital artistic skills, namely:
1. Fashion Illustration
Fashion illustration 1 is aimed at teaching the basics of drawing by focussing on form, shape, light, shadow, perspective and the human form. It is vital for a designer to translate their designs onto paper, in order for the designer and client to visually agree on the same design goal. Students learn various drawing techniques and experiment with different mediums.
2. Creative Design
Creative design 1 introduces the learner to the exciting world of design. Learners begin to appreciate the importance of colour in fashion and embark on trend research. The fashion cycle, which influences the entire design world, is also outlined to the student. Creative design involves the creation of a vital aspect of design – the story board. Learners will learn how aesthetics dictate the success of a story board, as well as composition.
3. Technical Drawing
As a fashion designer, you are not only required to dream up exotic designs, but it is also important to describe these designs to a manufacturer. Technical drawing teaches learners to take their designs and illustrate them in a manner that is universally understood by manufacturers.
CLOTHING TECHNOLOGY 1:
Fashion designers are not only artists; they also need to be scientists of their craft. Pattern making, garment construction and textile theory equip learners with the knowledge to produce their designs.
1. Pattern Making
Pattern making 1 introduces learners to basics blocks, dart manipulation and styling. Basic pattern manipulation educates students in the movement of space and how that effects pattern construction. By the end of first level, learners would have drafted all basic blocks required for future years in the industry.
2. Garment Construction
This is where the fun happens! Learners can now take their designs and begin making garments. The first level of garment construction involves students creating basic tailored garments, skirts blouses, sleeves, cuffs, collars and corsets. Styling possibilities of these basic blocks are endless and students learn that classic garments are always being re-invented and re-developed as a result of trend.
3. Textile Theory
In order to understand how to create garments, it is important to understand where fabrics originate from what they are made of. Learners will receive a general introduction to textiles, fibre classification and properties. The learners should then:
DIGITAL DESIGN 1:
The world is advancing on a daily basis. Designs are no longer only drawn by hand – the world is going digital, and so should our learners. In the first level of digital design, students are introduced to the basics of rendering designs digitally. Learners are given an introduction to Photoshop, Microsoft office. Learners are encouraged to use the internet to research trends and discover various fashion websites.
FASHION HISTORY 1:
Understanding the past helps us understand the future. In the fashion world, past trends almost always influence new designs. For this reason it is important for students to delve into the fascinating study of the past. History of clothing 1 highlights great historical events and how political, social, and cultural factors influenced clothing.
Fashion means business! And being business minded and business savvy is an important skill to cultivate. Being one step ahead of the competition and learning the tricks of the trade. Industry practice 1 shows learners the ins and outs of the fashion business. They are introduced to merchandising, buying, running a business and even how to import and export products.