Using conceptional work and a variety of design and tailoring techniques, the student designs, produces and presents outfits that represent a full collection. The project uses skills and techniques that have been acquired in other subjects, e.g. pattern-making and cutting techniques, sewing skills, technical drawing and design of the concept books using DMiMD.
BASICS OF DESIGN
At the beginning of the course, in the 1st and 2nd semester, students learn basic design skills and techniques. These include chromatics and proportions, a variety of drawing and illustration techniques, figure drawing and sketching.
BASIC DESIGN PRINCIPLES
After the 2nd semester and until the end of the course, students will work on applying and honing their own style in design sketches and illustrations, using a variety of different techniques.
In the 1st and 2nd semester students are taught about the art, culture and socio-political background and history of garments, and they learn about how clothes and fashion have developed over the centuries.
Using Mac computers, students are taught basic and advanced Adobe Creative Suite skills. As part of the learning process, project work and assignments are executed using software, including collage techniques, design and illustration sketches, technical drawing and design sheets, text and layout design, corporate identity design, printing techniques, typography and presentations.
The school’s meticulous pattern design and cutting training includes womenswear and menswear, drapery, underwear and historical patterns. The project designs are constructed in the lessons and realised in production.
Within the course students will familiarise themselves with the high art of bespoke tailoring in a variety of large pieces and in selected projects.
In these lessons students learn applied theory for the textile segment. This includes materials and fabrics, manufacturing methods, manufacturing machines and how to organise the production of garments. In the 5th semester students will prepare and present a business plan for the fashion sector which includes cost calculation.
This subject examines ecology, economy as applied to the textile and garment industry. This subject also includes product planning, the functional and utilisation value of clothes. Students also learn and expand on the basics of textile manufacturing and finishing, such as weaving, felting, knitting, printing etc., in theory and practice.
German is relevant and is required throughout the entire course. Students will, for example, learn how to write research papers, press releases, creative writing for assignments and projects and for project work, research and presentation techniques.
In the first two semesters students will learn the basics of calculation and mathematics as applied to the textile and fashion industry.
Topics in the 4th and 5th semester include rights and duties during vocational training, further education, economics and how to maintain the economic viability of a business.
In addition to the regular classes we also offer a wide range of extra seminars which provide additional insight into specific subjects. These include educational structures, Künstlersozialkasse (German artists’ social welfare fund), the challenges of being self-employed, application and interview training and many other topics.
Visits to trade shows and exhibitions provide inspiration and expand the creative horizon.