To create JCI’s Core Fashion Design Diploma Program, we hired designers from Vancouver’s most innovative fashion brands, including Aritzia, lululemon, Kit and Ace, OAK+FORT and Helly Hansen. We asked these industry leaders what they’re looking for in recent graduates, and incorporated their wants and needs into an efficient 6-month design program.
Every creative individual knows how much you draw inspiration from your surroundings. That’s why we brought in high-profile architects to design our classrooms. Not only do they mimic a design studio, but they’re also meant to enhance individual creativity. The sewing machines and tools you’ll be using are state-of-the-art and our desks are custom-made to ensure you can perform your best without space limitations.
Beyond our newly renovated space, you’ll also get to work with top-of-the-line software and hardware. You’ll get access to a laptop to use during class time, which will have the latest Adobe Suite Software and AccuMark® by Gerber Technologies installed on it. Accumark® by Gerber is the world’s leading design and production software—it’s considered a necessity by many of the best known apparel brands. We brought this technology to you so that upon graduation, you’ll be one step ahead of other fashion school graduates.
To top it all off, as a Core Fashion Design graduate, you’ll take your concepts to the next level by seeing your creations walk the runway in a final fashion show.
The goal of this innovative, practical program is to provide the knowledge and skills to work as a designer with confidence and pride. Students will be able to identify, understand, and use the types of equipment, tools, software, and materials required to complete garment construction. JCI graduates have the ability to stand out as a designer with strong practical and technical skills. After only 6 months of study, students will complete a collection of garments to be featured in a fashion show.
Students entering the Core Fashion Design Diploma program are expected to have an understanding of the Fashion industry. Prerequisite courses are required for admission into this program.
- Basic Fashion Illustration (female croquis)
- Elements of Design 1 (creating flats by hand, understanding of design process)
- Elements of Design 2 (collection development, Adobe Illustrator)
Please contact us to inquire about how you can meet these prerequisites.
DIPLOMA PROGRAM LENGTH
26 weeks | 24 hours per week
14 students maximum/class
The Review puts you back into the design mindset, even if you never left. In this fashion academy refresher, we’ll look back at the important topics covered in the prerequisite fashion courses you took prior to this program.
The Look is where you’ll learn the industry standards and methods that make up the fashion design process. You’ll explore how research and creative thinking can generate design ideas, and how you can translate that vision into fashion design that actually sells. Through constant analysis of the retail environment, target markets and past and present innovation, you’ll gain a fundamental foundation in this fashion design course. The focus of this fashion course is to understand the practical, economical side of fashion design, while also fostering creativity and a cultivating an aesthetic that is unique to you.
The Range provides you with the opportunity to realize your vision, starting with a design concept and finishing with a full collection. It’s really your chance to build on the ideas you established in The Look. Throughout it all, you’ll work in a fashion academy setting similar to a design studio. The goal is to create a collection that considers the economic feasibility of your product in today’s market. You’ll explore ideas around technical fabrics, alternative construction techniques, surface finishes/detailing, colour palettes, line plans and printing. Building on your knowledge of supply chain essentials and requirements, you’ll create Technical Packages of your designs. Over the course of 12 weeks, you’ll expand your range and understanding of the design process, so you can move on to constructing your garments in The Make.
Your fashion college education is what you make of it—literally. A critical part of the program, The Make is your chance to construct actual garments. In Term 1, each lesson will begin with theory, followed by a demonstration. Then, you’ll work individually while the instructor rotates through the class, giving each student sufficient one-on-one time. You’ll be introduced to basic pattern making, garment construction and sewing techniques to help you translate your designs into a fashion career. These lessons will give you an eye for quality, as well as a solid understanding of how a garment is built. In Term 2, you’ll create your final looks utilizing the valuable skills you’ve learned.
During The Cut, you’ll learn what it takes to get your collection to market so that it can be sold to consumers. You’ll have the opportunity to showcase your collection in a JCI institute fashion show—a high-energy, public event attended by media, fashion industry personnel, sponsors and your friends and family. You’ll also style a photo shoot of your collection and look at other ways to market your line. This fashion course provides you with legitimate material for your portfolio and teaches you how to communicate your brand’s message to an audience. By the end of it, you’ll be able to sell yourself and the ethos behind your designs.
- Students applying for admission to John Casablancas Institute must meet the following admission requirements. No exceptions or waivers are permitted.
- All Applicants must have a grade 12 diploma or be 19 years of age. A copy of photo ID (Drivers License, Passport or BC ID) or a copy of Diploma and/or transcript is required
- All applicants must complete an Application for Admission form and submit it with the registration deposit
- Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent
- All international student applicants, whose first language is not English, must demonstrate English comprehension as per the Language Proficiency Assessment Policy
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Last updated December 16, 2016