So I did something crazy…or not so crazy. My opinion completely changes depending on my mood, and often times on how much sleep I got the night before.
I applied to design school, was accepted, and classes start Wednesday! In only a few days I’ll be a full-time student in the AAS program for Fashion Design at Parsons. Surreal.
After completing a PhD I thought it was pretty safe to assume I was done with tests, text books, and ramen noodles. Lesson: never assume anything. It’s back to school for me. I’m not going to complain too much since this time around my schedule is 100% classes I would pay good money to take in my free time. I guess I’m still paying good money to take them, but now it’s considered school? Check out my schedule. Fun right!?!
- Fashion Industry Profile
This course is an introduction to the fashion industry. It provides students with an in-depth overview of the industry structure and the interrelationships between the primary, secondary, and auxiliary markets. Students learn the necessary terminology used in the fashion industry.
- Fashion Drawing 1
This course serves as the foundation of fashion design representation. Students draw from live models to develop an awareness of the proportions and movement of the elongated fashion figure while maintaining correct anatomical structure. It moves from gestures, shapes and poses to drawing the fashion figure.
- Construction 1 Patternmaking
This course provides an introduction to one of the three key components of apparel construction. The course will focus on the development of basic slopers and will lay down the foundation for design room pattern making.
- Construction 1 Draping
This is an introduction to the basic principles of three-dimensional fashion construction. Students will use dress forms to achieve basic garment components of bodices, skirts, sleeves, collars, etc.
- Construction 1 Sewing
One of the three main construction components of apparel construction. This course introduces students to basic sewing techniques using both hand finishing and industrial sewing equipment.
- Process & Skills: Fashion design
The objective of this course is to introduce students to design principles and creative standards common to all design fields. Projects will deal with pragmatic and creative approaches. Assignments are progressive so that students will have the opportunity to establish a professional identity.
- Fashion IND: Design
This is an overview of fashion design, complementing the marketing component of the industry. Students will learn how to develop design concepts, draw the basic fashion figure and the design sketch, compile a croquis book, and make flats.
- Fashion History: Survey
19th, 20th and 21st century fashion is studied through an examination of the influences of history, literature, politics, media, psychology and culture. Students study the history and meaning of dress and the development and practice of style.
If you’re reading this before Wednesday you now know as much as I do. I’m VERY EXCITED, but also TERRIFIED. The one thing mentioned over and over again by administrators, advisors, and professors was “how much work” and “how intense” the program would be. It was to the point of comedy. During orientation I promise you that those two phrases were uttered by every school employee I met and often two or three times in the same speech. So I guess wish me luck and at least a couple of hours of sleep each night.