Fashion Design Summer School – Nottingham Trent University

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Fashion Design Summer School – Nottingham Trent University


7 - 18 August | 2023 | Monday to Friday, 10 am - 4 pm, two weeks
Nottingham Trent University

On this course, you'll learn how to create innovative fashion concepts, taking your designs from an initial idea and sketch to a developed collection of concepts and designs.

You'll complete several practical design projects often used by professional fashion designers, including draping on a mannequin and exploring fabric manipulation techniques to create unique silhouettes.

You'll see your designs come to life and evolve from initial design to draping experiments on a dress form, so you can learn how fabrics behave, the way they sit and hang on the body, and how to make better choices when considering the suitability of a particular fabric for your designs.

It's a great first step if you want to explore the processes involved in designing clothes for yourself or for others, or if are considering further studies in fashion or accessory design.

It's also ideal for anyone who wants to enhance existing fashion skills and take their portfolio to a more professional level.

You'll complete an independent project transforming one of your fashion designs into a 3D form and consider sustainable approaches to fabric selection.

Draping on the stand is a proven, industry-standard approach to creating new fashion concepts.

It's a valuable and often playful approach that helps you develop ideas through the exploration of the body and 3D forms.

On this course, you will:
• find and evaluate new sources of creative inspiration
• develop your approach to fashion concept development
• research themes and trends and apply them to your work in an intelligent way
• learn how to create contemporary fashion illustrations that have impact
• experiment with draping to create new silhouettes
• consider fabric options, the way it flows and its draping properties
• be introduced to creating draping lines on a mannequin using drapers' tape
• learn about placement and proportions
• explore trends in pattern, print and textile design, and apply these to your work
• produce a coherent collection of designs and present them in a professional way
• reflect on how to further develop your draping forms into garment designs.

This course is delivered via practical studio activities, 1-2-1 feedback as well as group discussions and critiques.

You'll develop your idea generation and research skills, along with your technical skills in design, illustration and presentation.

What will you gain?
By the end of the course, you'll have a sketchbook and portfolio of new drawings and designs, plus photographs of your 3D work. You'll have an appreciation of the steps involved in fashion concept development, and the motivation to keep designing into the future. You'll also leave this course having practised various creative techniques of draping for fashion design, so you can take your designs to create your own garments in the future. A certificate of attendance will be awarded upon completion of the course.

Level: Beginner / Intermediate.

Entry requirement: No previous design or drawing experience is required – just plenty of enthusiasm and the willingness to share ideas.

Here's what previous attendees said:
- 'Really interesting group of like-minded people on the course, who were all very friendly. I wanted to learn about draping and how to translate ideas from small scale to actual size. I've enjoyed being creative and free to experiment with different fabrics' SB
- 'I loved every aspect of the course, it was great to be creative. We covered so many techniques, from sketching, photography, collage, paper modelling to draping. I decided to do the course because I love being creative and textiles, and I've enjoyed having a different focus and challenge each week. I've taken away the confidence to play with fabrics and to try new things. I would love if this was a longer course! VH
- 'Thank you Hannah - I wanted to develop my skills to use in the workplace and now I know how to make garments to fit mannequins. Hannah shared interested challenged and the activities were well-timed' KM
- 'Excellent course' EB
- 'I enjoyed the illustrations and the technical drawing, and the course was taught at a good speed. Hannah was very friendly and clearly passionate, as well as experienced with design.' KH
- 'Hannah was really good, I enjoyed the lessons in illustration and draping from her, she is always so helpful'

Tutor Profile:
Hannah Phipps is an experienced fashion designer with over 15 years in the industry. Her wealth of knowledge spans the full design process, from concept to completed product. Hannah is also an experienced short course tutor, bringing plenty of energy to her courses which makes for a positive, enjoyable learning environment.

Where you'll learn:
You will be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus. You will have access to an excellent range of facilities and equipment in the fashion studios, with industry-standard fashion tables, professional mannequins, and space to work on your hand-drawn designs. You'll also have access to the NTU library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can't reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

Need accommodation?
You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on the NTU city campus, right next door to the studios and classrooms.

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