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Advanced Fashion & Interior Design

Course Description

This course develops more advanced knowledge and application of design skills necessary in  the fashion and housing/interior industries. It is designed for the student interested in fashion apparel design, accessory design, costume design, and/or interior design.  Students will enhance their design skills through advanced sketching techniques, textile design, experimenting with color, fabric, and creating functional living spaces.

Grade Level(s):  9th-12th grades

Related Standards (State &/or National): National Standards for Family Consumer Sciences Education

Priority Standards include:

  • Demonstrate design, construction document reading, and space planning skills required for the housing, interior design and furnishings industries. (11.4.1, 11.4.2, 11.4.3, 11.4.4, 11.4.6)
  • Evaluate client's needs, goals, and resources in creating design plans for housing and residential and commercial interiors. (11.6.4, 11.6.5)
  • Apply design knowledge, skills, processes, and theories and oral, written, and visual presentation skills to communicate design ideas. (11.7.2, 11.7.3, 11.7.4, 11.7.6)
  • Evaluate textiles, fashion, and apparel products and materials and their use in diverse settings. (16.2.1, 16.2.2)
  • Demonstrate textiles, fashion, and apparel design skills. (16.3.2, 16.3.3, 16.3.4, 16.3.6, 16.3.7, 16.3.8)

Essential Questions

  • How can a designer communicate design ideas using a variety of different mediums? 
  • What makes a fabric more or less suitable for a particular application or purpose?
  • How can I apply color schemes and theories to the elements and principles of design to create a visually appealing product and/or pattern?
  • How does a designer design for unity, harmony, practicality, and/or efficiency? 
  • What different design approaches are taken and considerations are made in the design and layout of an interior space? 
  • How do inspiration and imagination shape the design process and product?
  • How does a design become a physical garment or a physical space? 
  • How do specific client needs impact a design plan?

Enduring Understandings/Big Ideas

As a result of their coursework and experiences in the Advanced Fashion & Interior Design semester course, students will be able to:

  • Utilize elements and principles of design in designing, constructing, and/or altering textiles, fashion, apparel, and interior spaces.
  • Demonstrate design processes such as determining the scope of the project, research, concept development, schematic design, design drawing, and design development and presentation.
  • Demonstrate textiles, fashion, and apparel design skills.
  • Evaluate housing and interior design concepts and theories in relation to available resources and options.
  • Apply fashion and residential interior design knowledge, skills and processes to meet specific design needs of a particular client.
  • Analyze the design and development of architecture, interiors, and furnishings. 
  • Analyze the use of resources in making design choices and decisions that satisfy the needs and wants of individuals.

Course-Level Scope & Sequence (Units &/or Skills)

Unit 1: Fashion Sketching

In this unit, students advance their sketching skills by creating a fashion croqui of their own using the 9-head croqui figure as a guide. Students will practice a variety of fashion sketching & rendering techniques, all of which help them tell the story of their design.

  • Students will draw a 9-head croqui figure.
  • Students will demonstrate a variety of fashion illustration techniques such as draping and fabric movement.
  • Students will render different fabrics and practice various textures such as denim, linen, and various prints.
  • Students will create sketches which tell the story of their design.

Unit 2: Fashion Construction

In this unit, students will identify the characteristics of woven and knit fabrics as well as natural & synthetic fibers. Students will investigate the drape of fabric and how it will create movement in their designs. Students will also learn what types of fabrics are used in different design seasons.

  • Students will identify and differentiate, using the burn test, man-made from synthetic fibers.
  • Students will identify and differentiate between woven and knit fabrics.
  • Students will explain how yarns are formed to make fabrics.
  • Students will examine how the drape of fabric can be manipulated to create movement in a design.
  • Students will identify a variety of fabric weaves according to their unique characteristics.

Unit 3: Fabric Printing Techniques

In this unit, students will explore various fabric printing techniques and complete a fabric print or dye project. Students will use the elements and principles of design to create a harmonious fabric and produce one yard of printed fabric that will, in turn, be given to a fashion construction student with which to construct a tote bag.

  • Students will complete a fabric dyeing or printing project of class choice.
  • Students will experiment with various fabric printing processes.
  • Students will explain and demonstrate the different dyeing and printing processes.
  • Students will apply different elements and principles of design within their fabric dyeing or printing project.
  • Students will interview a peer and design a fabric print or dyeing project to meet the “consumer demand”.

Unit 4: Floor Plans & Layout

In this unit, students will explore the various work triangles and specific layouts for each style in kitchen design.  Students will expand on their knowledge and design a larger space to include a kitchen.

  • Students will analyze and interpret the various kitchen work triangles.
  • Students will evaluate different floor plans for efficiency and safety.
  • Students will create floor plans to scale using residential industry standards for furniture arrangement and room needs.
  • Students will design a living space for a family with diverse needs.
  • Students will design a tiny home or a container home to address specific needs and/or requests of a particular client.
  • Students will design a functional kitchen following industry standards.

Unit 5: Final Design - Student Projects

Students will apply their knowledge & skills to complete a final design project of their choosing - either around fashion design or around interior design.

  • Students will design a fashion or interior design project based on specific client needs.
  • Students will follow the design process in either a fashion or interior design project of their choice.
  • Students will create a mood board to go along with their final project.

Course Resources & Materials: TBD

Date Last Revised/Approved: 2022