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Summer Programs for High School Students

High school students will work alongside practicing professionals while adhering to social distancing guidelines and health and safety protocols. We have been blessed to be able to transition to on-campus instruction for 2020-21 at Belmont, and excited to launch O’More Summer Programs in the areas of fashion design and merchandising during the month of June and share the gift of design with the youth.

Participants will engage in college-level instruction during one-week sessions, reflecting the rigor and atmosphere of our university programs. The majority of supplies are included with the exception of a few items that students will need to bring, which is noted by class.

O’More Summer Programs will end with a celebratory reception each week showcasing student works.

The O’More Summer Program does not provide any college credits, official transcripts, housing, or meal plans. We do provide a letter of completion upon request.

Designing with Unconventional Materials

Alexander McQueen was one of the most inspirational designers, often fusing fashion with unpredictable materials, technology, and lofty concepts. In this course, students will channel their inner McQueen to create a design based on an inspiration that is personal to them using unconventional materials, with no fabric allowed. Students will be challenged to let their imaginations run wild during this exciting course, and problem solving will be at the heart of the studio for the week.

Thumbnail image design credit: Emily LaRose

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Digital Design for Fashion

Students interested in pursuing a career in Fashion Design or Fashion Merchandising need to be familiar with the one most widely used software programs in the industry, Adobe Photoshop. In this course, students will explore the tools in Photoshop and how the software is used in fashion. A digital project will be created emphasizing the skills learned in the class that can be included in a fashion portfolio.

Thumbnail image design credit: Marian Anderson

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Fashion Forecasting

A forecaster predicts silhouettes, colors, fabrics, textures, and prints for apparel, accessories and beauty products based on current events, social and environmental changes, and new technologies. In this course, students will have access to the top industry forecasting service and create an inspiration and style board for a selected retailer and target market.

Thumbnail image design credit: Kaelah Thomas & Kat Westmoreland

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Fashion Illustration

Explore fashion design in the art of illustration. Putting the ideas of the mind in drawing form helps fashion designers fully imaging new products for the marketplace. In this course, students will be introduced to the fashion figure and sketching techniques. Students will apply the basic skills and design a mini-collection using a variety of mediums.

Thumbnail image design credit: Marian Anderson

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Handbag Design

Designer handbags are an eleven-billion-dollar industry. In this course, students will learn about the top brands, including Chanel, Gucci, Dior, and Louis Vuitton. Students will learn entry-level pattern, sewing, and techniques for handbag design and they will leave with their own, self-designed finished handbag!

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Jewelry Design

Jewelry designer Debe Dohrer has 20 years of experience in the fashion industry with 12 of those years as a maker of conceptual jewelry pieces. In this course, students will be introduced to the process of jewelry design, and manipulate objects through creativity and create a custom piece of jewelry.

Thumbnail image design credit: Debe Dohrer

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No Waste Design

Recycling, repurposing, and restoring saves our environment. In this course, students will learn how to take existing garments, accessories, and a variety of items that are unwanted to create something new. Students will deconstruct and create new items with embellishments, embroidery techniques, and cut and sew methods. Students should bring garments, accessories and any item that could be used to create something new for their closets.

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O'More Summer Studios Instructors

  • Natasha Andrews
  • Debe Dohrer
  • Laura Horner
  • Aubrey Hyde
  • Shannon Pennington