Learning and Teaching Strategy
The Bachelor Program in Fashion Design is founded on the principles that the most effective educational experience combines structured teaching and personal development. Courses are designed to offer students the chance to meet both theoretical and practical subjects in an interconnected approach. Students are exposed to a wide range of informative and technical studios often integrated through components of courses. The Program is based upon a series of teaching methods that are including, lectures, open discussions, studio, practice and presentations to compel the variety of subjects and disciplines treated according to their nature and to the skills students will acquire. The progressive move of self-directed and team approach for Projects will take place to support learners developing the ability to work in a professional environment with others and be effective team players and, at the same time to push individual creativity in the definition of one’s own identity.
Fashion Design Competencies acquired
The professional figure of a fashion designer is under constant change; mostly dominated by a global market requiring designers to produce ideas and products at a very fast pace. At present the increased number of collections produced during one year is so high that it pushes designers under a creative pressure often not feasible with the purposes of this discipline. Still, within this change, there is a wide space for innovation and diversified approaches. The program is aimed at offering students the technical and creative tools to be able to face such a fast pace professionally and, to make them able to shape new proposals not only in terms of designs but as new business models. Careers for designers are more and more encompassing knowledge of the marketplace so as to make them able to run their own business, both as consultants as well as entrepreneurs. Industry contribution to the program, both in terms of guests and internship will support students to enter this domain with a more concrete approach. Students will also gain a vision upon the most critical issues of the disciplines. This will make them able to state the best practices to face ethical issues, sustainability, and cultural differences in a globalized world. Students will be able to face and develop the online presence of all elements at completion of the program.
Courses will be evaluated on a variety of output including: verbal, written, digital, visual presentations as well as more in depth technical presentations such as prototyping ad mock ups. Assignments will be designed to help students develop knowledge, skills and confidence to reach their full potential. A ‘feed forward’ on assessment tasks approach will be adopted to help students improve on their current level of performance for future assessments. Each student will be assigned an advisor who will mentor and monitor student’s progress.
Purpose of the concentration is to provide the requirements of fashion industry for specialized professionals who still have an overall vision and are able to interact and communicate clearly. The program is designed to offer the students the chance to make choices consciously, being tutored in respect of their needs, dreams and skills.
The concentration courses are aimed at individuals wanting to develop entrepreneurial careers and for those who would like to work in the design categories within the fashion trade.
CFD offers two concentration tracks students can choose from. Offering of concentrations will be initiated in a gradual manner. Two concentrations will be offered on cohort basis (the choice of majority of students). The students will be required to choose the area of concentration in the 4th semester.
1. Accessories Design
The concentration in Accessories Design is an answer to the ever-increasing demand and importance of accessories in today’s fashion scenario.
On completion of this concentration, students develop aesthetic sensitivity and experiment with design methodology to trial novel styles using both innovative and standard materials. Students are further equipped with construction techniques, materials technologies and material choices. As the program advances students will be encouraged to make choices and be aware of the sustainable and environmental impact of their choices.
- Communicate ideas and information in context to creation of collections.
- Execute projects using a set of complex technologies to build prototypical solutions to meet market needs
- Critically evaluate techniques to apply to various typologies of accessories
- Design and develop a complete accessories collection.
The concentration in Accessories Design offers the unique opportunity to become designers for international brands or establish one’s own enterprise. Career options include:
- Sales Associate
- Store Manager
- Graphic Designer
- Brand Manager
- Product Designer
- Shoes and Bags Designer
- Art Director
2. Fashion Visual Communication
The concentration in Fashion Visual Communications equips students with ability to sketch, drape, shape and apply a personal approach not only in stores and front-end retail spaces but also to make ﬁlm, television, and commercial sets look like authentic visual theatres. Students coordinate and style a broad range of product sketches and ﬂoor plans to apply knowledge of color, spatial relations to convey a visual message.
- Conceptualize, create and present a fashion graphic production
- Build virtual prototypes and use labs and studios to build creative and innovative prototypes
- Effectively execute projects utilizing self- critique and criticisms of cohorts, industry guests, and faculty in the collaborative studio environment
- Demonstrate creative and intellectual abilities to apply forward thinking technologies in graphic productions
- Research and analyze the next generation style and construct it in contemporary fashion
Fashion Visual Communicators investigate, interpret, conceive and process creative productions through various roles such as:
- Fashion Merchandise Planner
- Business Development Manager
- Associate Buyer
- Fashion Public Relation Specialist
- Promotion & Event Coordinator
- Visual Merchandizing
- Visual Fashion Brand Communicator