Online Design Explorations: Fashion Design (Pre-College)
This hands-on design course challenges students to explore traditional and non-traditional approaches to fashion design, including research and concept development, design ideation, experimental making, visual expression, and presentation design. Students meet online daily with Parsons faculty and an international cohort of peers for real-time creative and technical design instruction, project guidance, and group and individual critiques. Live instruction is supplemented with digitally archived project support and reference resources. This exploratory design course incorporates structured “away time” from the computer in which students investigate world events, social issues, and personal experiences and interests as a springboard for design inspiration, direction, and production. Students learn the fundamentals of research, observational writing and drawing, design ideation, creative and technical fashion illustration, basic surface and textile design, experimental garment and accessories prototyping techniques, and the creation of analog and digital visual presentations. Digital tools, including the Adobe Creative Cloud, are introduced. The three-week experience includes guest speakers from industry and virtual field trips. From the start of the course students keep an online design process journal and complete a series of exploratory 2D and 3D fashion design studies based on their original research and concepts to be presented in a final design presentation in the medium and format of their choice: lookbook, e-pub, curated exhibit space, website, short film, etc.