Do I need training in fashion design to apply to Central’s PVA Fashion Design program? No. Previous training is not required to apply to our fashion design program, but a portfolio that demonstrates your skills and abilities is. Please refer to our “how to apply” section for details and examples of what we look for in a portfolio.
Do I have to have a portfolio when I apply? Yes. A portfolio is a collection of your work that will represent you and your artistic/fashion background. It will give us insight into your skill level, your potential, your creativity and your past experiences. Please refer to our “how to apply” section for more information regarding portfolio requirements.
If I specialize in figure illustration, do I still have to be able to sew? Yes. Students in the PVA Fashion Design program will be expected to complete the pre-requisite fashion studies modules of introductory, intermediate and advanced Fashion classes. The curriculum in these courses does expect students to work within a broad range of materials and textile arts.
When do PVA Fashion Design students take Leadership in the Arts 35 or Entrepreneurial Artist? All PVA students are required to complete either Leadership in the Arts 35 or Entrepreneurial Artist (Junior Achievement). These are self-directed courses that run outside the regular school day. Students will experience a combination of teacher-directed assignments/activities combined with student-directed and/or on-line projects. Sessions for these courses usually occur at lunch or after school for fashion design students and will involve the creation of a final grade 12 portfolio. Students will learn about careers in fashion design, illustration and marketing, attend workshops, meet local designers, participate in community fashion activities and complete all other course requirements outside the regular timetable. For PVA Fashion Design students, this course begins in grade 10 and finishes at the end of grade 12 with a final exit interview and portfolio celebration.
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