Summer Fashion Lab Course Descriptions

NON-CREDIT COURSES

ARTS INFLUENCE ON FASHION

Discover the connections between art and fashion. Visit NYC museums and learn how art, culture and history provide inspiration for today’s fashion designers and industry.  Walking and train travel required.

BEHIND THE SCENES: FASHION FIELD TRIPS

Discover what it takes to succeed in the fashion industry by visiting buyers, publicists, trend spotters, stylists, and manufactures on their own turf. This course will require significant walking.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT & PERSONAL BRANDING

Curious about the skills needed for a fashion career and the role of personal branding? In this course you will meet fashion industry insiders and learn how to brand your very best self.

EVENT PLANNING

Learn first-hand from industry experts on what’s involved in the many steps of planning a successful event and how to put a creative twist on it! Connect how these “happenings” relate to fashion.

FASHION BLOGGER BOOT CAMP

Learn how to write about fashion for an online audience and how to promote your site on various social media platforms through this workshop, led by a prominent fashion industry editor.

FASHION FORECASTING

Explore fashion forecasting at all industry levels, namely trend identification, analysis, and synthesis. You’ll learn terminology, timing, and sources of inspiration, research tools, and presentation techniques.

FASHION IN PUBLICATIONS

Discover how a fashion magazine business is organized and operated, and learn industry terminology. Then, step into the role of editor, creating your own digital magazine based on your concept.

FASHION MARKETING 

Are you interested in learning how fashion products are marketed to consumers? In this class, students will learn how to understand consumer behavior, identify target market segments, and be introduced to the marketing concepts that are applied into today’s dynamic and global fashion business.

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY

Study all aspects of fashion photography, including lighting, composition and balance, model casting, location scouting, and film editing, using your own digital camera. (Camera required-digital SLR preferred)

FASHION SKETCHING & DRAWING

Express your fashion designs and ideas by studying basic fashion illustration in this workshop-style course.

INSIDE THE FASHION BUSINESS

Discover how the global fashion business works from the inside out! Learn how designers & merchandisers, retailers and trend forecasters all work together to create fashionable products for target consumers.

INTRODUCTION TO FASHION BUYING

Learn what it takes to be a buyer in the retail industry, including working with vendors and understanding the customer to select the right fashion products.

INTRODUCTION TO FASHION PR

Public relations are an essential part of the promotion of fashion today. With the guidance of an industry professional, you will learn the function of public relations in the industry and how fashion events and social media are integrated into a company’s promotional plan.

POP CULTURE’S INFLUENCE ON FASHION

Have you ever wondered how movies, music and multi-media relate to fashion? This course explores pop culture’s influence on fashion over the last century.

FASHION MERCHANDISING 101

Conceptualize and create a mini fashion collection by learning the process of fashion forecasting and product development.

SOCIAL MEDIA & MOBILE MARKETING

Explore the latest media outlets, from blogs to social media channels to guerilla marketing campaigns.

STREET STYLE

Trace the beginnings of “Street Style” through the decades. Learn about the influences, cultural events and music that make it one of the most fashionable looks in the stores and on the streets around the world today!

THE STYLIST’S ROLE

Learn about fashion styling, from publications to live events, including how to conceptualize and execute a live fashion shoot.

VISUAL MERCHANDISING & DISPLAY

Gain hands-on practice working with props, materials, and display cases to create compelling fashion statements with merchandise.

ECO FASHION: SAVING THE WORLD ONE T-SHIRT AT A TIME

Learn all about sustainability in the fashion business. In this hands on workshop course, you will discover how clothing designs are developed and produced through sustainable fashion practices. Students will have the opportunity to save the world one t-shirt at a time and even make their own!

CREDIT COURSES

FASHION MERCHANDISING & PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Take on the role of an apparel merchandiser in this workshop-style course. You’ll conceptualize and then develop several mini fashion collections, creating storyboards and gaining an inside look into the computer programs used in the fashion industry.

FASHION BUYING AND RETAILING

Gain a comprehensive overview of fashion retail and the many aspects of buying through in-class workshops, store visits, and group projects. You’ll learn about retail channels in the marketplace today and how retailers target fashion consumers.

THE FASHION EDITOR'S EYE

In this dynamic and hands-on course, students will have the opportunity to walk in the shoes of a Fashion Editor. This means developing fashion concepts, curating and laying out print versions of fashion editorials, and promoting online with text, image and video.

FOUNDATIONS OF FASHION STYLING

Learn about the important role fashion stylists play in the mediums including advertising, editorial, TV, video, and events. Hands-on learning will include a live photo shoot.

GLOBAL FASHION MARKETING

Learn about the ways in which marketers create brand value and market their products around the world. The course will include NYC-based field trips, the exploration into the global fashion market and students will take a look into the consumer-brand connection.

3D VISUAL DIGITAL WORKSHOP

Learn the basics of 3D drawing to produce striking and dynamic fashion presentations. In this combined computer-lab and studio workshop, students will gain hands-on experience creating dimensional visual displays with traditional drawing tools, and then design compelling digital models with SketchUp's 3D program.