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Fashion Design Redefined: 3D & Creativity for the Future

July 18-24, 2021

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About the Fashion Design Program

Fashion Design Redefined: 3D & Creativity for the Future

For one week, the field of Fashion Design virtually. You will attend a carefully designed curriculum consisting of lectures, demonstrations, studio work, activities, and virtual field trips. Faculty members all have extensive experience in various aspects of the fashion industry. You will research concepts, develop ideas through sketching, and use innovative technology to produce sample projects that can help you create a fashion portfolio. This unique opportunity will immerse you in the world of fashion while offering you an actual preview of studio fashion design courses. 

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

1-Week Format:

The studio as the Focus: The design studio is the heart of our program. After demonstrations, we will have virtual studio time for students to work on their project translate research into apparel design concepts. Through experimentation, sketching, and using technology to develop innovative ideas, you will start to create elements for a fashion portfolio. Studio time involves; virtual group interaction, break-out room discussions, and one-on-one time in a break-out room with instructors reviewing student work.

Technology as a Tool:
Faculty will introduce students to Shima Seiki’s Apex computer knitwear design simulation and Clo-3D Fashion Design software with demonstrations and applications that apply to apparel design. As part of the portfolio building, you will also work with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for print & inspiration development. 

Lectures for Deeper Understanding:
Lecturers from Drexel’s faculty and industry professionals will give you an overview of historic costume and its relationship with fashion, sustainable and responsible design methods, illustration building croquis and rendering garment types, textile and print surface development, and portfolio presentation techniques. Lecturers will present a specific focus on knitwear and 3D design in small group sessions with opportunities for discussion.

Explorations for Discovery & Inspiration:
During the week, we will participate in virtual field trips visiting design studios, art museums and catching up with industry leaders for a “chat with designers” to gain a better understanding of the designer’s role in innovation.

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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 assist students in the virtual classroom.

What will you complete in the week: Students who successfully complete the 1-week program will receive a program certificate from Drexel University’s Department of Design. 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.

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

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 $700 must be paid by June 13, 2021. A final balance payment form will be provided. No refunds will be made once the program begins.

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 email an acceptance letter and an information package to you and your family with additional program information. Enrollment is limited and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis upon review and acceptance of the application.

Questions? E-mail Cindy Golembuski at

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