Pathway to Purpose

Fashion and Design

Course Description

The Fashion and Design pathway within the Pathway to Purpose program is an immersive and hands-on experience tailored for high school students passionate about the world of fashion and design. This career-based learning opportunity offers students a unique chance to collaborate with industry professionals, gaining firsthand insights into the dynamic and multifaceted field of fashion.

Throughout this program, students will engage in a series of experiential learning modules designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the fashion and design industry. Participants will delve into various aspects of the industry, including but not limited to:

  • Exploring fashion history and its influence on contemporary design.
  • Understanding the fundamentals of garment construction, textiles, and materials.
  • Analyzing trends in fashion and forecasting future directions.
  • Learning about branding, marketing, and the business side of fashion.
  • Embracing sustainable practices within the fashion industry.

The core of this program lies in direct engagement with industry professionals in the field. Students will have the opportunity to interact with designers, stylists, merchandisers, and entrepreneurs, gaining invaluable insights, networking, and mentorship.

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Course Objectives and impacts

A key highlight of the program is the culminating project, where students will have the freedom to channel their newfound knowledge and creativity into a self-directed endeavor. Whether it's designing a clothing line, curating a fashion showcase, creating a sustainable fashion campaign, or exploring innovative design concepts, the culminating project allows students to showcase their skills, passions, and aspirations within the fashion and design realm.

By the end of this course, students will have not only expanded their knowledge base but also honed their critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and creative skills essential for a successful career in fashion and design.

Course Logistics

  • Industry Professional: Nakeia Medcalf
  • Peer Mentor: Mia Twelker
  • Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30PM-6PM, January 16th to Friday May 10th
  • First Day of Class: Tuesday January 16th, 2024 at 4:30PM
  • Final Showcase: Friday May 10th, 2024 at 4:30PM