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Fashion Design Portfolio for 15 - 17 Year Olds (Summer School)

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Fashion design work from summer school course 2015

Monday to Friday 10:00 - 16:00, one week

Indicative maximum class size: 16

Nottingham is famous for its fashion industry, being the home of international designer Paul Smith and a host of innovative boutique stores. And NTU students have been winning awards at all the major fashion competitions for many years. So why not become part of the creative action and develop your fashion knowledge and portfolio on our annual summer course, perfect for the next generation of fashion designers.

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Course Dates

7th August 2017 – 11th August 2017

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Course Description

On this course you will learn how to create fashion concepts, taking your designs from an initial idea and sketch to a developed garment.

During this course you will:

  • develop your personal approach to fashion concept development;
  • research themes and trends and apply them to your work;
  • explore fashion ideas in 2D and 3D;
  • learn how to create contemporary fashion illustrations;
  • experiment with draping fabric on a mannequin to create contemporary fashion forms; and
  • produce a garment using unconventional, second hand materials.

What will you gain?

By the end of the course you will have a portfolio of new drawings and designs, plus examples of working in 3D. You will have real hands-on experience of what it is like to be a fashion student at university, and an understanding of what admissions tutors are looking for. It is ideal if you are looking to progress into fashion design, accessory design or costume.

“Amazing course, learnt a lot whilst having fun” Gabby, Summer 2015

"I have learnt lots of skills which I would not have otherwise learnt, which will be very helpful for my studies now and in the future. Caroline is an amazing tutor." ES, Summer 2016

Tutor Profile: Caroline Jackson is a university lecturer in fashion design, who also has over 20 years of fashion industry experience. She has owned her own award-winning independent label and store where her role spanned designer, buyer and stylist. Caroline has excellent links with the fashion industry and has her finger on the pulse of current trends. She has helped secure many students their first-choice university places, and has a vast amount of knowledge to pass on in the exciting field of fashion, design, styling and illustration.

Get a flavour of art and design at NTU: view our videos

Not from Nottingham? Find out more about accommodation on our campus for 16 and 17 year olds.

Doing your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award? Accommodation (which includes evening activities) can be booked so the course can count as your DofE gold award residential.

Any questions?

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813