Fashion and Interior Design

Course Overview

Units at a glance

If you have always had a flare for fashion or decorating, there are several ways for you to turn this into a career. While staying on top of trends and having a knack for putting together that killer outfit are definitely part of a career in fashion design, there is a lot more to it than that. Similarly, interior design is a lot more than selecting the couch cushion that pulls together a room.

Students begin to explore basic elements of design as well as the essentials of strong communication. This unit provides students with the core elements and principles of design that they will need to know to complete the design projects. In addition, they will learn the basics of effective communication and conflict resolution techniques.

Students continue their exploration of the basics of the design industry by learning about the tools required to begin a career in the fashion and interior design industries. This unit also identifies and explains the various types of fabric and their origins. Students will also further explore the “tools” that professional organizations provide by contacting someone in the profession and conducting an informal interview.

This unit will let you get some hands-on experience as you get to know the sewing machine, one of the most basic pieces of equipment in the fashion design industry. You will identify the parts of the machine, learn how to thread one, and make a simple project. There is also a bit of math involved, and calculating the right amount of materials the first time around is important. You will also learn a bit more about how technology shapes the industry. Sewing machines have come a long way from your grandmother’s day, and their evolution represents one of the many ways in which technology shapes the industry.

If you are taking this course, there is a good chance that you are fascinated by fashion. This unit will enable you to consider the difference between trends and wardrobe staples and the place that both have in fashion design. Designers need to be aware of both to keep their collections current. In addition, you will consider how fashion works on the body. Given the wide variety of shapes and body types represented by today’s consumers, being able to create fashion that works for as many people as possible is important. Doing this requires a basic understanding of which styles flatter which body types. Along with wearing the right types of clothing, it is essential that the ensemble fits the occasion. As new terms like “business casual” come into the common vocabulary, those in the fashion industry need to provide the right clothes for all social and professional situations (not to mention “cozy lounge” and “around-the-house” wear). In addition, those in the fashion industry need to consider cost when planning their fashions. The high-volume sales many in the industry seek require making fashion affordable, so you’ll consider the factors that those in the design industry need to consider.

This unit is a little more hands-on than the previous ones. You have already learned a lot about the fashion industry, from the careers available to how to thread a sewing machine. Now it is time to pull it all together. As you know, there is a lot more to fashion than just looking good. In this unit, you will create an outfit and demonstrate your understanding of the fashion industry by considering all aspects, including cost, market, and production. Making at least one piece of the outfit yourself will help you further develop your sewing or accessory design skills. You will also explain the rationale behind your choices and demonstrate your understanding of the industry as you pitch your outfit as an example of your line to a potential buyer, developing leadership and presentation skills. You will keep a journal of the entire process to show what you have learned. This unit will also provide you with some pieces that could be the beginning of your portfolio if you are seeking an internship or entry-level position.

Students will be introduced to the many ways in which environmental design factors into many aspects of the design field. By weighing the advantages and challenges of incorporating environmentally friendly products, students will better understand the merits of these designs. They will create their own repurposing project and find an innovative use for household objects. This unit also considers cultural factors that influence design and how to recognize some distinct features of an era.

You will learn the basic categories of furniture and styles within those categories, as well as how to choose furniture for a room by considering scale, function, and placement. You will further develop hands-on skills by planning, designing, and completing an interior design project while using basic skills to calculate materials and staying within a budget.

In this unit, you will learn some hands-on applications for the design skills that you have been building throughout the course. You will complete a larger project and design a complete room while sticking to a budget. Because interior designers work with clients, you will also learn to work with others as you demonstrate your leadership skills while collaborating with a group. Finally, it is time to share your designs so that you can build some presentation skills in your own fashion and design show.

Now that you have learned a lot about the basics of the fashion and interior design industries, it is time to examine career prospects in the field and identify the steps to getting a job, including how to communicate and present yourself professionally. While your design skills and creativity are important, employers also look for those with good work ethics, so here you will learn about expectation in the working world. This unit will require you to practice interview skills and investigate the possibility of a part-time job or internship. You will also select your best work as the foundation for your professional portfolio.

Course Highlights

Explore the tools used in fashion and interior design.
Develop essential communication and design skills to run a business.
Create or add to your design portfolio.
Learn the basics of color and design.

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