Target Audience of the Fashion Designer Course:
The Fashion Designer course is aimed at people who want a quick entry into the Fashion Designer profession, whilst at the same time gaining knowledge of the market and clients.
Our School offers the Fashion Designer Course in several languages. The current offer can be found on our website Swiss Fashion Academy. The practical classes are partially held in mixed groups, which enables interaction with other cultures during the course.
Fashion Designer Course – Profile of the Professional:
The Fashion Designer is a professional who works in the fashion industry, creating collections of clothes and/or accessories using the due technical foundation and whom will influence the way a particular target audience will dress. The designer creates trends and determines what will be fashionable around two years prior to a season or period. His or her creation must satisfy the desires of its end consumer, being not only creative, but also functional. The fashion designer must have a global view of the world and its current trends, as well as knowledge of the sociology and history of clothing. The profession goes beyond fashion shows and glamorous costume designs; one must also have knowledge of production, costs, quality control and sales. The psychological profile of those wishing to engage in this area requires a personality with the ability for leadership, innovation, creativity, research, flexibility, entrepreneurship, confidence and vision.
Objectives of the Fashion Designer Course:
Upon completion of the 12-month programme, the student will be able to operate as a freelance professional, selling its creations directly to the end consumer or be employed in a company that deals with the manufacturing or development of a product. The course will provide the student with the skills to design and create clothes patterns, as well as sew garments together. Prior technical knowledge is not necessary, given that the initial modules will prepare them for the subsequent course curriculum. The basic prerequisites are: an interest for research (fashion, raw materials, the market, history and trends), an aesthetic sense, design concepts and some manual crafting skills.
Fashion Designer Course – Prerequisites for participation:
Be at least 16 years of age
Have an interest in research (fashion, raw materials, the market, history and trends)
- Have design knowledge, an aesthetic sense and some manual crafting skills
Fashion Designer Course – Theory content:
Labour market (areas of work, target audience, marketing)
Technology of Fabrics
Design Elements, Prints, Textures, Styles, Trends and Colours
Fashion Collection Development
- Computer Graphics and Photoshop
Practical content of the Fashion Designer Course:
Technology of Fabrics
Periodic evaluation and Fashion Designer Course completion:
In addition to assessing the student’s everyday performance at school, theory testing is applicable and written essays are also required, to be presented at seminars. The student is also expected to be available, have predisposition and interest for researching on their own and to further develop the theory content. Practical training at home of the techniques learnt at school is essential.
As end of course project work, students must organise a fashion show where they will present their creations to a selected audience.
After going through this course completion process, you will be awarded a Course Diploma by the Swiss Beauty Academy, which shall serve as evidence that you have the required expertise for the safe practice and exercise of the Fashion Designer profession.
Fashion Designer Course dates and prices:
A List of required materials for training in the Fashion Designer course is mandatory for all students enrolled. The Swiss Beauty Academy will provide a list of materials needed for the Fashion Designer Course. In addition, the material required for the student’s personal use in the course, costs around CHF 1,000. The list of materials is included in this amount and consists of: a laptop and sewing machines that will be used for theoretical and practical work to be undertaken at home.
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