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HS Fashion Design: Art Course Descriptions

Fashion designers create clothing for every occasion and lifestyle. Explore a career as a fashion designer, assistant designer, stylist, or fashion executive.

These courses focus on sketching, drawing and fashion history


HAR 016 Creating the Fashion Figure
If you dream of becoming a fashion designer, merchandiser, or stylist, this course can help make that dream a reality. Learn the elements of a basic fashion design sketch and start to develop your own womenswear croqui. This course teaches students to understand, analyze, and draw the front view, female fashion figure. Students learn how to develop their design ideas in a fashion sketch and explore the basic silhouettes used in fashion design. Gallery

HAR 087  Advanced Fashion Design Art Techniques 
*This is a level-2 course. Prerequisites: HAR 016
This course builds upon skills learned in HAR 016. Students will continue to develop and refine their understanding of fashion womenswear figures, garment details, and construction. Students also learn tips and tricks for rendering popular fabrics in the sportswear market. Students will also be introduced to the creation of a "flat sketch" from a garment and fashion figure, required for portfolio submissions. At the end of this course, students will create a sportswear collection and understand collection development. Gallery

*If you did not complete the above pre-requisites, but would like to take this advanced course, please fax three examples of your fashion drawings to 212.217.7964. Make sure to include your name, phone number, and the class you want to register for on all pages. Please note that this is an addition to the online registration, which has to be completed by all Precollege students.

HAR 089 Fashion Design Portfolio
** This is a level-3 course. Prerequisites: HAR  082, 087, 090, 092, or 123
How do you develop a professional fashion design portfolio? In this course, you'll create a small womenswear collection and learn advanced rendering techniques and presentation formats. Projects in the course will help you create your portfolio. We strongly recommend students take this course no earlier than 11th grade. Gallery

**If you did not complete the above pre-requisites, but would like to take this advanced course, please fax three examples of your fashion drawings to 212.217.7964. Make sure to include your name, phone number, and the class you want to register for on all pages. Please note that this is an addition to the online registration, which has to be completed by all Precollege students.

HAR 091 Anatomy of Fashion
*This is a level-2 course. Prerequisites: HAR 016 or HMW 151
Students will research historic and contemporary designers including Dior, Balenciaga, McQueen, Mulger and their contributions to the fashion industry. Students will explore how these designers implmented conceptual thinking, design development, and an overal vision and how the students themselves can bring that into their own design philosphies. Students will complete a design journal of color stories, inspirations, fabrics, fashion elements, fashion sketches, and general research that will take their own designs to a more sophisticated and conceptual level. 


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