Fashion design is the design of things that are worn on the body (clothing). Although integration of considerations such as culture and perception is important, designers must also consider the purpose and intended usage of the clothing they design—this is an absolutely vital element in the fashion design field.
Second-Year ― Acquiring specialized knowledge and skills for an unshakeable foundation
In order to ensure long-term continuation of any creative career, it is important to first establish a solid foundation to build on, which is why second-year students acquire base knowledge through fashion design education. Studies are divided into the three major categories of “basics,” “creation” and “modeling” in order to form a firm knowledge base: “basics” entails learning about constructions, materials and detailing of various types of clothes from different lifestyle environments; “creation” focuses on training to help students give form to their individually imagined designs with the goal of expanding ways of thinking; and “modeling” involves learning about the use of pins, sewing machines, irons and other tools, as well as the acquisition of three-dimensional expressive abilities, through studies using actual articles of standard clothing such as shirts and blouses. In addition, students must also study the compulsory subject “textiles” (not required at other schools) to enrich their knowledge on and expand their potential regarding materials through practice with patterns, dyeing, looms, etc.
Understanding business rules and markets while acquiring the ability to flexibly apply skills and knowledge
Only after cultivating a foundation of basic knowledge during second-year studies do students move on to applications during their third year. Students enroll in one of two different seminars, where they begin creating their own works while also undertaking larger-scale projects in other classes—for example, some students are asked to start their own brand, perform market surveys and analyses, undertake product planning, and prepare the industrial patterns and specification sheets required to put in a manufacturing request at a clothing production plant. We also offer classes that help students gain hands-on experience with the process flow of putting in requests to productions plants and commercializing products—these classes integrate processes that are used in real-life fashion and apparel industries, where students will work after graduation. In these ways, students can pursue their own design approaches and forms of expression while acquiring an understanding of the importance of business rules, sales, markets and other such factors, with the aim of flexibly putting their skills and knowledge as designers to use in practical applications.