Fashion Design: Session A


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.

Ages: 13-17

Basic Sewing: an optional class for Fashion Design A students
This is a special extended day option for Fashion students who want to gain real sewing experience. If you choose this option, you will stay in camp until 5:30pm each day while, learning the basics of sewing and how to sew from a simple clothing pattern. This class is designed for students with little to no sewing experience.

Students must bring their own sewing machines and 1.5 yards of lightweight cotton fabric for a skirt or shirt pattern. All other necessary tools and materials will be provided in class. Contact us at if you are traveling from out of state and cannot bring a sewing machine with you.

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Course Date:
Monday, July 13, 2015 to Friday, July 17, 2015
Course Date Info:

Day and Overnight Options Available
Extended Day (Pool) available until 5:30pm
Optional Extended Class (Basic Sewing) 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 the residence hall on Sunday evening and check out on Saturday morning. Day students will check in on Monday morning between 8-8:30am. Classrooms are located around campus, and students may travel by foot, bus or university vehicle to get to classrooms or other camp activities. More details will be available in your confirmation email and in the welcome email sent out three weeks before camp begins.


Day Camp - $350

  • Optional Extended Day at Legion Pool until 5:30pm - $35
  • Optional Extended Class (Basic Sewing) until 5:30pm - $100

Overnight Camp - $750

The Fashion Design camp is designed to accommodate both absolute beginners and students with some drawing or fashion design experience. The Basic Sewing Extended Day Option is designed for beginning students.

Financial Assistance:
Students who need financial assistance are encouraged to request it as early as possible, and before registering for camp. Forms will be available for download in the right hand column of this page as soon as registration opens, and will be processed in the order they are received. Notification of financial assistance will be emailed out beginning in mid-May, and could be sent as late as three weeks before your camp begins if funds are still available. Awards range from 50-65% of the total cost of the camp, so students should be prepared to pay 35%-50% of the cost upon notification of financial assistance. Payment plans can be arranged, but all payments must be received no later than two weeks before camp begins. If you have any questions about the process, please call us at 706-542-3537 or email us at


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, and works on her own clothing label, which has been sold at a local 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 fifth 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. This is Beth’s third year as a Summer Academy instructor.

What you need for camp/program: 

Fashion Design students will need to bring:

  • An 11x14 sketchbook
  • A beginner’s set of paints (either watercolor or gouache)
  • A pair of pants (loose or relaxed fit) to be cut for project

Basic Sewing students will need to bring:

  • A sewing machine, complete with plug, pedal and machine directions (if available)
  • 1.5 yards of lightweight cotton fabric for skirt or shirt pattern

A more detailed list of supplies needed for your camp program will be emailed to you three weeks before camp begins.