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Fashion Design Redefined: 3D & Creativity for the Future

July 17-23, 2022

Clo project for pre college fashion design program

About the Fashion Design Program

Fashion Design Redefined: 3D & Creativity for the Future

Fashion Design is a creative form that 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 while moving into a new circular economy. With a focus on technology and craft, this one-week program will introduce you to a carefully designed curriculum consisting of lectures, demonstrations, studio work, activities, and field trips to local design communities within Philadelphia. You will research concepts and develop ideas through sketching, draping, and 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 our studio fashion design courses. 

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

1-Week, Residential Program Format:

The studio as the Focus: The design studio is the heart of our program. After lectures and demonstrations, we will have time in the studio to experiment and work on their projects, translating research into apparel design concepts. Studio time involves sketching from live models, draping on full-scale forms, bundle dyeing fabric using organic materials, and creating technical flat sketches to create the elements for a fashion portfolio.

Draping and illustration

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 studio time learning these applications used in the apparel industry. As part of the portfolio building, you will also work with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for mood boards, color stories, and textile print design development. 

Shima project for pre college fashion design program

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, the many ways designers use digital technology in the industry and portfolio presentation techniques.

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

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General Information 

EligibilityWe welcome high school students who have completed their sophomore year by July and are at least 16 years of age before the program start. We encourage anyone excited about design to apply, limiting the program to 16 students.

FacultyThe fashion design program faculty from the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design have developed an exciting curriculum for the pre-college program. The faculty will be assisted by teaching assistants attending university or recently graduating who have first-hand knowledge of student life and the fashion design program.

Program OutcomesStudents who complete the 1-week program will receive a certificate of participation and take away the foundations to build a diverse student portfolio. The students will produce original design projects and digital artwork of their 3D renderings & knitwear simulations. They will also gain insight into the many diverse careers opportunities available in the fashion industry while creating a network of contacts from the Philadelphia design community.

Residential Program Registration and PaymentYou may apply by completing the online application and submitting a 300-word personal statement about your interest in the fashion design industry. A copy of your school transcript is required; please send it to

Your application and a deposit of $300 are required. Upon acceptance, your deposit is nonrefundable. Your deposit will be returned if you are not accepted into the program. We will email you a link to make the balance payment of $1500, which is due by June 24th, 2022. No refunds will be made once the program begins.

How soon will you hear from us? All applications are reviewed and notified within three weeks from receipt. Admissions decisions are based on your commitment to exploring fashion design and academic preparation. Enrollment is limited and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Questions? E-mail Cindy Golembuski at

Bundle dye fabric project for pre college fashion design program