Fashion Design

Students will learn the ins and outs of the fashion industry from trend forecasting, styling, sustainable design and most importantly, applying for their dream job. The final project will entail doing research on a company, big or small, that they would want to work for. Most fashion companies ask you to create something for them before they make their final hiring decision. Each student’s project will be slightly different depending on the company, and we help you create a mood board (images that inspire you and tell the story of your design concept) with color and fabric swatches and one or two illustrated designs for sneakers or a sportswear look. This is fun and creative weekend workshop that will leave you walking away with real world experience!

Camp Learning Objectives/Goals

  • The step-by-step process of researching a fashion company, what they might be looking for, and working towards creating pieces for that brand.
  • Learn when, where, and how to present your pieces to a brand for consideration and how you would market yourself through that process.
  • Develop your design and branding skills through your drawings and end the weekend with advised and critiqued pieces to add to your portfolio.

Ages: 13-17

Course Date Info:

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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

Students will check in on Saturday morning between 9:45 and 10:00 a.m. Some 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.



The Fashion Design camp is designed to accommodate both absolute beginners and students with some drawing or fashion design experience.


Alexandra ParsonsAlexandra Parsons 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 eleventh year as a Summer Academy instructor.

El LewisEl Lewis received his Bachelors in Fashion Merchandising with an emphasis in Dress Sociology from The University of Georgia. He currently lives between New York City and Atlanta while working as a Creative Director and Fashion Editor/Stylist. He specializes in Styling, Brand Direction, Content Creation, Social Media Marketing and E-commerce Consultancy. His clients include Alexander Wang, Essence Magazine, Brides, Forbes, Barneys, Nordstrom, and Domestic and International Fashion tech start-ups. Lewis has now founded fashion tech company, O. STUDIO DESIGN. This is El’s third year as a Georgia Center Youth Programs instructor.

What you need for camp/program: 

Please look for the camp outline for required program supplies in your parent information e-mail sent three weeks before your program.