*Students must be 16 years old by June 28, 2020. College credit (3 units from FIDM) and a final grade will be awarded to each student. There will be some homework and out-of-class assignments to complete. Students will attend 2 additional class sessions for a total of 13 sessions. WCC students are commingled with Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) students.
Students who choose Careers in Fashion with FIDM will select one of the following six college-credit fashion courses for the first two weeks. In week three, Westcoast Connection students participate in an exclusive Trends and Styling workshop.
Choose one of these six college-credit fashion courses for the first 2-weeks:
Option #1: Trend Analysis & Styling Concepts
This course is an introduction to the methodology of tracking and forecasting trends in the fashion industry. Examine how world economy, popular culture, visual arts, runway collections, retail and street fashion combine in varying degrees to determine future style trends. A final, culminating styling project will challenge you to synthesize what you have learned, and you will make an informed prediction about future trends for a brand or target market of your choice.
Option #2: Digital Imaging
In this intermediate digital graphics track using Adobe Photoshop, learn how to use the program’s tools, layers and palettes to enhance and manipulate photo composites and original artwork into conceptual designs. Projects for the class are geared toward the entertainment and fashion industries with an emphasis on branding.
Option #3: Fashion Styling & Coordination
This course focuses on various styling techniques, from photoshoots and runway shows to internet styling, online blogging and red carpet event planning. You will gain professional and editorial styling skills integral to art direction during lectures and projects. The course culminates in a themed fashion shoot.
Option #4: Industry Sewing
This course introduces students to industry sewing techniques with an emphasis on operating the power sewing machine. Students produce a completed garment by applying the techniques taught in the course.
Option #5: Fashion Sketching for Design
In this course you will learn proportions techniques for sketching using the nine-head figure in a variety of poses. You will practice drawing the features of the face, hands and feet, and will gain an understanding of drawing dimension through the application of shading techniques.
Option #6: Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
This course is an introduction to Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator software design techniques, naming conventions and digital asset management. Gain basic knowledge of digital design components, vector, raster, tools, and menu items, which they will apply to their major areas of study. These concepts serve as a digital foundation for industry-standard, computer-aided design communication.
Week 3: Trends & Styling Workshop
Explore the role of Creative Director. Beginning with a trend report and an inspiring tour of the Los Angeles Arts District, learn to plan, style and execute a photoshoot. Following the photoshoot, graphic artists will teach you to professionally Photoshop your images to make them “press-ready” for digital marketing.
* A supplementary fee of $295 applies for Careers in Fashion with FIDM.