Summer Academy Camps

Fashion Design

Learn what it takes to become a fashion designer! You'll discover the basic elements of fashion sketching, illustration, construction, collection development, bead work and fabric selection. We'll examine work by famous designers, from Coco Chanel to Marc Jacobs, and dive into the exciting world of fashion shows by learning the steps a designer goes through before, during and after Fashion Week. We'll even take a field trip to visit a working designer, where you'll see the whole process in action and get to try your hand at a small sewing project! Students will leave the program with a sketchbook full of designs and inspiration, their own set of design tools, and a final 2D or 3D project. Note: Students need to bring their own 11 x 14 sketchbook and a beginner's set of either watercolor or gouache paints; in addition, bring a pair of loose or relaxed pants (not tight ones or skinny jeans) to cut off for the sewing project. Open to students ages 13-17.

Basic Sewing: Special Optional Extended Day

Students who want to gain real sewing experience can choose the special extended day Sewing Option. You'll extend your camp day until 5:30pm each day while you learn the basics of sewing and learn how to sew from a simple clothing pattern. Students must bring their own sewing machines, and the following materials:

  • 1.5 yards of lightweight cotton fabric for skirt or shirt pattern

All other necessary tools and materials will be provided in class.

Course Information

Course Number:


Course Date Info:

Dates TBA
Day and Overnight Camp Options Available
Two extended day options available until 5:30pm
Overnight students check-in on Sunday night at residence hall 

Georgia Center for Continuing Education
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Location Info:

Overnight students will check in at their assigned residence hall on Sunday evening and check out on Saturday morning. Day students will check in at the Georgia Center on Monday morning between 8-8:30am. This camp takes place each day at the Georgia Center, but students will travel around campus by foot or bus for specific activities, and by university vehicle for any off-campus field trips. More details will be available in your confirmation email and in the welcome email sent out three weeks before camp begins. 


Day Camp - $350

  • Extended Day at Legion Pool until 5:30pm - $35
  • Special Extended Day Option – Basic Sewing Course - $100

Overnight Camp - $750

Partial financial assistance may be available for students who need it. If you have any questions about the process, please call us at 706-542-3537 or email us at questions [at] georgiacenter [dot] uga [dot] edu.


Alexandra Parsons (Fashion Design) earned her B.F.A. in Fashion Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and studied Fabric Design at the University of Georgia. She currently lives in New York City, where she works as a fashion stylist for Saks Fifth Avenue. She has her own clothing label, which is sold at a local vintage boutique and was featured on MTV. Alexandra previously held internships with Anne Barge, the prestigious Atlanta-based bridal designer, and JonValdi Couture (now Germán Valdivia) in New York City. While studying at SCAD-Atlanta, she founded a student fashion organization called Fashion Haus Atlanta, and served as a designer and organizer in several fashion shows. This is Alexandra's fourth year as a Summer Academy instructor.

Beth Jamieson (Sewing) earned her B.S.F.C.S. in Fashion Merchandising from the University of Georgia. She has been teaching sewing classes in the Athens area for the past 2 years. When she is not teaching others to sew, she is working for a local baby product and handbag company and creating her own line of clothing for a local Athens boutique. 

What you need for camp/program: 

You will need to bring your own 11"x14" sketchbook, a beginner's set of either watercolor or gouache paints, and as many interesting fabric swatches as you can find. In addition, please bring a pair of loose or relaxed pants you can cut off for the field trip sewing project (no tight or skinny jeans). All other supplies are provided at camp, though you are welcome bring any additional materials you would like to work with. A detailed list of supplies needed for your camp program will be emailed to you three weeks before camp begins.