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Textiles and Fashion Design
Be a maker, designer, creator


Learn from professionals

This course is taught by Sam Donovan. 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’s 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’s and the Hamburg-based sustainable denim line Bridge & Tunnel, and now designs for private clients. He’s excited to work with the burgeoning designers at CATS Academy, and can’t wait to see what they can do!

Broaden your skills in the industry

Effect the most compelling method to present your work to garner attention, whether that be for school applications, editorial features, or—ultimately—sale.

Develop your skills in:

Design, Illustration, Pattern Draping & Drafting, Garment Construction


Quick facts

Who is it for? The course is aimed at any student aged 14 to 17 years who is interested in Art & Design. Completion of the course can enable progression on to our two year High School Diploma Foundation (subject to meeting minimum entry requirements)
Age 14-17
Language level requirements TOEFL 50+ or equivalent
Maximum class size 16
Availability CATS Boston
Accommodation En-suite room
Catering Meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Excursions Saturday excursions are included in the fees with pack lunch provided
Price $4,150 (includes airport transfers and registration fee)

Sample timetable

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
Friday
 
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
Friday
 
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.

Subjects

Subjects

Design

We will explore design through the conventional sketching, as well as collage, draping, and a variety of other methods.

Illustration

Learn easy-to-use illustration techniques to improve the quality and effectiveness of your visual communication abilities.

Pattern draping & drafting

Bring the 2-D to 3-D with pattern-making and draping

Garment construction

Bring your first design from paper to a fully formed fabric creation.

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’s 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’s and the Hamburg-based sustainable denim line Bridge & Tunnel, and now designs for private clients.