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Fashion Design:  Innovation and Transformation

July 8 - 14, 2018

Apply Online (Application deposit required with application, payable with Credit Card)

If you would like to pay the deposit with a check or money order, please contact Joanne Caruso at 215.895.1649 or jcaruso@drexel.edu to make those arrangements. If you plan to submit a check or money order you may still complete the online application minus the credit card payment. 


    About the Fashion Design Program

    Research and the Translation of Fashion Ideas

    Fashion Design is a creative form which merges self-expression with problem solving.  Through creative investigation, a designer has the power to transform their ideas into innovative shapes and structures on the body that will solve the consumer’s needs whether it be emotional, physical or a social perspective. During the one-week session you will meet professionals from the industry, visit local design studios, sketch from live models, experiment with draping and the use of technology to create elements that will help build your portfolio. We will visit museums and luxury boutiques for inspiration and to understand how designers think. Lectures will discuss current practices of sustainability and the use of technology within the industry. Studio classes will focus on the creative process through research, illustration, draping and computer aided design for portfolio development.

    1-Week Format:

    Studio as the Focus:  The design studio is the heart of our program. Some afternoons will be spent in the studio translating your research into concepts of apparel design. Through experimentation, sketching, draping and using technology to develop innovative ideas you will start to develop elements that could be used in a fashion portfolio. Studio time involves group interaction and presentations along with one-on-one time with instructors.

    Technology as a Tool:  Students will be introduced to Shima Seiki’s Apex computer knitwear design simulation as it applies to apparel design. As part of the portfolio building you will work with Adobe Photoshop and illustrator for print & inspiration development. 

    Lectures for Deeper Understanding: Lecturers from Drexel’s faculty as well as industry professionals will give you an overview of historic costume and its relationship with fashion, target market and the customer, trends in fashion, textile development and portfolio presentation techniques. Specific topics will be presented in small group sessions with opportunities for discussion.

    Field Explorations to See "What’s Out There": We will travel about the Philadelphia area visiting boutiques and studios to gain a better understanding of the designer’s role in innovation.

    Cultural Events to Awaken the Spirit: As a group, we will take-in the latest museum exhibitions and have dinner at some of Philadelphia’s unique restaurants. Of course, there will be some time to kick back and relax watching fashion films and spending time with fellow campers. Drexel’s athletic center and outdoor volleyball courts will be available in the early mornings & evenings. In general, we will spend our leisure time as a group as we have a lot to explore in a short period of time.



    General Information 

    Eligibility: We welcome high school students who are at least 16 years of age who have completed their sophomore year by July, prior to the start of the program. We encourage anyone who is excited about design to apply and we limit each program to 16 students.

    Faculty: Students will be taught by Drexel faculty from the Fashion Design major at the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. The faculty will be assisted by teaching assistants all of whom will spend one-on-one time with every student.

    Housing & Meals: Students will live together in a Drexel Residence Hall with separate accommodations for females and males. We are located in University City, adjacent to Center City Philadelphia and many cultural sites. We have around-the-clock supervision including faculty, teaching and resident assistants. Students will also enjoy access to the Drexel Library and athletic facilities. Meals will be provided through Drexel Dining Services as well as through caterers for field trips.

    What will you bring home with you: Students who successfully complete the 1-week program will receive a program certificate from Drexel University’s Department of Design, presented at the student gallery exhibition. You will also take away the foundation of a diverse student portfolio with original art and digital files along with a lot of career insights and happy memories, too.

    Registration and Payment: You may apply by completing the online application, and submitting a copy of your high school transcript, and your 300 word personal statement of interest. Transcripts can be e-mailed to jcaruso@drexel.edu or sent by mail to the address below.

    A deposit of $300 is required with your application. Your deposit will be returned if you are not accepted into the program. Upon acceptance, your deposit is nonrefundable. The balance of $1,500 must be paid by June 22, 2018. A final balance payment form will be provided. No refunds will be made once the program begins. If you would like to pay with a check or money order, please contact Joanne Caruso at 215.895.1649 or jcaruso@drexel.edu to make those arrangements.

    Send Items to:

    ATTN: Joanne Caruso
    Drexel University
    URBN Center Bldg 71-310
    3501 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

    How soon will you hear from us? All applications will be reviewed as we receive them and applicants will be notified within 3 weeks from receipt. Admissions decisions are based upon academic preparation and commitment to explore design. We will limit the program to approximately 16 students per concentration. We will mail an acceptance letter and an information package to you and your family with additional program information, and of course, more forms to complete. Enrollment is limited and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis upon review and acceptance of the application.


    Tuition Registration 

    Tuition: The tuition of $1,800.00 covers everything, including:

    • Supervised accommodations in residence halls
    • Three meals a day
    • Classes, seminars, and lectures
    • Field trips, museums and office tours
    • Use of computer resources, library, and athletic facilities
    • Recreational field trips and social events
    • Cultural events and social events
    • Select Supplies and Materials: We will also provide a list of items students should bring with them

    Tuition does not include student health care coverage. All students must provide proof of insurance in order to enroll in the session (form will be provided).

    Application, Registration, Payment: You may apply by completing the online application, and submitting a copy of your high school transcript, and your 300 word personal statement of interest. Transcripts can be e-mailed to jcaruso@drexel.edu or sent by mail to the address above.

    A deposit of $300 is required with your application. Your deposit will be returned if you are not accepted into the program. Upon acceptance, your deposit is nonrefundable. The balance of $1,500 must be paid by June 22, 2018. A final balance payment form will be provided. No refunds will be made once the program begins.

    General Questions? Call 215-895-1649 or e-mail Joanne Caruso at or jcaruso@drexel.edu

    Questions about Curriculum? E-mail Cindy Golembuski at  cag48@drexel.edu