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Textiles and Fashion Design
Be a maker, designer, creator


Who is this programme for?

This program is for artists looking to contribute to the ever-evolving fashion world. Students will discuss trends and the future of fashion, from gender and sustainability to materiality, and learn to apply those concepts to the design and creation of a finished garment to add to their portfolio—or better yet, their wardrobe.

What will you achieve?

You will:

  • explore and address the growing changes within the fashion industry
  • conceptualize, design and illustrate a mini-collection
  • fabricate and construct a fully-realized, original design
  • participate in visits to fashion departments
  • participate in a fashion show.

Timetable highlights

Through this program, you will develop a vocabulary for fashion design and the fashion industry. You will learn how to conceptualize and develop design ideas, and how to translate them to a constructed, wearable garment to showcase at the end of program fashion show.

Week 1

Day Time Activity
Monday  8:30-12:00 Welcome/Get-to-know-you & Paper Garment Intro Project
1:30-4:00 Introduce Conceptual Design Project
Tuesday 8:30-12:00 Review Concepts/Illustration Demo
1:30-4:00 Begin Sloper Draping & Drafting
Wednesday 8:30-12:00 Review Design Work/Continue Sloper Drafting & Construction
1:30-4:00 Continue Sloper Construction/Discuss Final Presentation
Thursday 8:30-9:30

Finalize Sloper

9:30-12:00 Sloper Review
1:30-4:00 Review Final Presentation Development/Open Work Session
8:30-10:30 Final Design Project Presentation & Final Design Selection
11:00 - 1:00 Museum of Fine Arts Tour
1:00 and on Free Time on Newbury Street/Public Gardens
Saturday Full day of trips and excursions
Sunday Full day of trips and excursions


Week 2

Day Time Activity
Monday  8:30-12:00 Begin drafting final design from slopers
1:30-4:00 Continue drafting final design
Tuesday 8:30-12:00 Continue drafting final desgin
1:30-4:00 Continue drafting final design/begin cutting fabric
Wednesday 8:30-12:00 Continue cutting fabric/begin garment construction
1:30-4:00 Continue garment construction
Thursday 8:30-12:00 Continue garment construction
1:30-4:00 Continue Garment construction/discuss editorial styling
8:30-11:00 Finish Garment Construction
11:00 - 12:00 Final Garment Review
1:30 - 4:00 Editorial Photo Shoot/Runway Show Preparation
Saturday Full day of trips and excursions
Sunday Full day of trips and excursions


*Timetables are subject to change. We reserve the right to change these schedules with out prior notice.

Quick facts

Age 14-17
Language level requirements TOEFL 40+ or equivalent
Average class size 14
Availability CATS Boston

Sam Donovan
Fashion teacher
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Sam Donovan

Fashion teacher

BA, Fashion Design, Parsons, New York

During his degree, Sam focused on sustainable design techniques such as zero waste pattern drafting, which he used designing his thesis. While at Parsons, he interned for numerous designers and design companies, including Anna Sui, Gap, and Eileen Fisher, where he contributed zero waste designs to the company鈥檚 cut and sew line. Immediately upon graduating school, Sam was recruited to participate on Project Runway, where he placed 1st runner-up. He would later compete on an AllStar edition of the series. Sam has freelanced for Macy鈥檚 and the Hamburg-based sustainable denim line Bridge & Tunnel, and now designs for private clients.