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Fashion Design School

If you were the type who enjoyed sketching, sewing and fitting clothes on Barbie and Ken, it may not be surprising that you are interested in attending fashion design school as an adult. Usually those who enroll in fashion design school have a lifelong love of fashion and clothing, and want to turn their passion into a profitable career.

Although admission into fashion design school can be competitive and finding a job upon graduation can be challenging, many talented people have flourished in fashion design school and have been able to find jobs in the field without difficulty. A fashion design school may exist under the auspices of an art school, or it can be located on the campus of a college or university.

Fashion design school can give you an idea of what it is like to work in the industry. The life of a fashion designer may seem glamorous, but it involved a lot of hard work, investigation, travel, and patience to nurture the kernel of an idea to its completed form. At a fashion design school, you will be guided through the process step by step and will be able to design your own creation.

First you are asked to anticipate what will be the next big thing the following season. This can be a challenge, and it is a skill that requires many years of studying the markets, catalogs, magazines and shop windows to get an idea of what trends tend to appear at certain times.

This is another reason why the best fashion designers began as fashion mavens and followers for years before attending fashion design school. Once you have an idea of what everyone will be wearing (or wish they were wearing) next season, it is time to put your ideas on paper.

Drawing skills are usually required for fashion design school, but if you find that yours are lacking, you may be able to attend a refresher course on sketching. These drawings are not the type that are going to be displayed in museums, in any case, but are meant to give an idea of what you want the final product to look like. The next step is to make the sketches a reality.

At fashion design school, the prospective designer is walked through the process of what it takes to make a sketch an outfit that will grace the runways. Students are given a thorough grounding in fabrics and other aspects of design.
The fashion designer may have to travel to do additional research, or work with staff in the immediate area.

Once the perfect outfit has been created, it is time for the fashion designer to rest on his or her laurels briefly before venturing on another project. This final product is the fashion design school student’s final project, and the bulk of his or her grade usually depends on its success.

A fashion design school course can be a four-year degree program that requires distribution requirements in addition to fashion design classes.

Those looking for advanced study can earn an MFA in fashion design. For those who would like a basic, vocational degree, there are associates’ degrees available at art and trade schools. The level of study depends on the level of expertise one want to achieve, and the higher degree, the higher the status one enjoys in his or her field.

Many of those who graduate from fashion design school can find jobs through job placement facilities on campus. Some students manage to make good connections while learning or working on internship programs, and these connections can lead to permanent jobs.

Other students gain much-needed experience in work study programs, and part-time students can work in the field while pursuing a degree.


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