Fashion Design Programs

The fashion industry is a fierce business. The cliche “One day you’re in, and the next day you’re out” really holds true to this trade. Numerous fashion designers have already come and gone but if you will notice, those who are still out there have reliable, solid collections. For example, designers such as Tom Ford have gone from one fashion house to another, making Gucci an in-demand brand in the 90s. Betsy Johnson has created hip, funky, and crazy designs that are still making waves in the fashion industry, regardless of the fact that they are not really wearable.

Fashion design schools play a major role in shaping and honing the next Betsy Johnson and Tom Ford of the fashion industry. Programs set by the school board every school year usually determine if the students can cope with the real world. Internships to famous fashion houses are also included in these programs so student can apply what they have learned in fashion to school to the real fashion scenario.

The International Academy of Fashion program was described by critics as a comprehensive, technical and very demanding. The fashion curriculum provides a solid learning program with a specific goal of developing in their students creative individual thinking and a sense of uniqueness as well as preparing them for a professional career. An associate in science degree in fashion design and marketing or a bachelor of fine arts degree in fashion design and marketing are usually the choices offered to students.

The American Intercontinental University, on the other hand, has an Association of Arts degree in fashion design that fashion experts say is designed to inspire the individuals to construct innovative and edgy designs. Computer skills in designing are also taught so students can combine traditional techniques with computer-assisted designs. An association of arts degree in fashion marketing is another program offered to talented and fashionable students. The programs in this curriculum offer teach the inner operations of retail and wholesale fashion, market analysis, and evaluation of the production needs of the fashion industry.

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Choosing a Fashion Design School

A recall of a fashion design school brings back some good memories to me because, in every organization, the people you work with, share impressions and knowledge with, and built relationships with will vary but all with the shared passion for fashion…

When we are in the sense of considering what are the basic factors that tends to unite generations, and differentiate them from all others, it will always be an overriding sense of design and fashion which are in vogue at the time. In order for each and every generation to have a distinctive fashion style and to overcome every possibility, then we have to have fashion designers who are there taking the lead in shaping and building the fashion of today. Interestingly, if you are one of those who have a strong interest in the world of fashion, then going to school that meets your passion is a fantastic way of taking a step on the journey to turning your interest into a career.

These aspects will set the foundation and criteria you need to start your career in the fashion world in meeting key people such as business partners, employees or employers, begins with the relationships you form in fashion design school. There are quite a number of fashion design schools around the world. One of those is located in London- the central Saint Martins College of Art and Design is one of the most famous schools. Other famous schools in London are The Royal College of Arts and the London College of Fashion. In other locations are such famous schools as the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Parsons the New School for Design in New York City and AIU in Los Angeles.

You see, there are countless design schools you can enroll yourself in. Here are some tips on how to choose your fashion design school.

First is to list the things you will need to look into, such as tuition, programs offered-make sure that your field of fashion is offered, degree levels offered, tuition, placement record and many more that you might think of. Use this list in your search to find the right school.

Second, list the schools you are interested with and visit those. If a personal visit isn’t possible, a video or virtual tour online may suffice.

Now here’s a good part, if you feel like wanting for a scholarship then you can visit the Internet and apply for grants and scholarships you may be eligible for while you wait to hear from the schools applied to. Remember, patience is a virtue.

With all the information from these three options you will consider, if you make sure that you do your research both online and with your local education board, they can give you and provide overview of what other schools can offer, but once you have this information speak to the colleges themselves, and they can give you much more detail on the courses. As what I have said earlier-patience is a virtue. Just a simple note to remember, dreams can only be untrue the moment you stop believing in it-go and seek for it.

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Looking For a Fashion Design Course in Singapore? Look No More

Singapore is one of the busiest, most crowded cities in the world. It is also a one of the countries with the highest density of population. Furthermore, it is also the trade capitol of South-East Asia. A person can find many opportunities here for various businesses and enterprises. But what about the finer things in life, like arts, or fashion? It should be noted that when it comes to these, Singapore still truly has a lot to offer. Here we will discuss about the various fashion design courses that can be found in some of the Singapore’s prominent educational facilities.

Right now, there are six colleges and universities in Singapore that offer some sort of courses which are oriented towards this subject. They are, in no particular order: Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, LASALLE College of the Arts, Raffles Design Institute, Raffles Merchandising School, Cavalry School of Management And Design and the First Media Design School. We will discuss only some of them here, but if you are interested, you should make sure you look up for all of these institutions on the Internet.

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

This Academy has quite a long history. It started its courses as early as 1938, and had since became one of the most important institutions of the sort in Singapore. When it comes to fashion design courses, this academy’s Department of Fashion Studies provides education on the subject of fashion design. The studies offered here have a well rounded curriculum which is designed to offer the students the necessary skills and knowledge that will enable them to work in the fashion industry.

LASALLE College of the Arts

This college has been offering to its students various studies related to the subject of arts for over 20 years. Today, it is also offering various studies regarding fashion design. They are designed to offer both a holistic understanding of the fashion culture and industry, but also to create a professional perspective at each student.

Raffles Design Institute

This institute was established in Beach Road, Singapore in1990. Although a relatively new academic institution, this institute has became one of the most prominent schools in Singapore when it comes to the subject of fashion design. Fashion design is one of the main study courses offered by this school. The courses held here try to educate students on the subject of fashion design by developing an in-depth understanding of fashion design processes in their students. This is achieved primarily by explanatory and experimental processes.

As mentioned, these are just some of the prominent educational institutions in which you can visit some sort of a fashion design course in Singapore. And as also mentioned, the Internet will offer you a great insight on this subject. So, if you are interested, browse a bit, and you will surely find a fashion school that fits your needs.

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The 3 Biggest Business Lies

Here’s my take on 3 common beliefs.

1) Do what you love and the money will come

Uh, yeah, well, NOT. If you have your own business and love to design and that’s what you do all day, the money will definitely NOT come. Not unless you happen to have an angel partner who does every single other thing necessary to run an actual business.

Not too many of those floating around. You need to be a business person too.

And for that you need skills. Skills in sales, marketing, completion, production, shipping, taking orders correctly, time management, cash flow management, hiring employees, managing people, and on.
You can learn these skills on your own while you run your business. Or you can get a mentor, work for another company for a while, take classes and learn best-practices for fashion businesses, or find that dream angel partner – good luck with that.

2) What you need to succeed is a FANTASTIC creative idea.

This is an interesting one because it certainly HELPS to have a great creative idea. But it only helps, it’s no guarantee. Great ideas in and of themselves go nowhere. You need a plan and a way to implement the plan.

Take Facebook, for instance. As the story goes, the original idea came from some other Harvard students that Mark Zuckerberg knew in college. These other kids came up with an idea and they even made a business called ConnectU – ever heard of it? Probably not, because the way they did it just didn’t work too well.

Zuckerberg took an idea and MADE IT BETTER. He made it his own and he DID IT. He actually did the work to take the product to market in a big, big way. No dorm room chat for him, he did what it took.

“Get your butt in here and give me a NOT-new idea – or you’re fired!” I’d just love to hear that some day. But it’s exactly what seems to work in our society right now. Depressing? Maybe. But so true.

Fantasy Island was Love Boat on ground with a little person. Two And A Half Men is a rather pathetic copy of The Odd Couple. The Apprentice is Survivor without the jungle. The entertainment industry recognizes the huge risk of leadership, and prefers the less scary tactic of riding a trend rather than creating one. The point is, you never need to invent or create completely from scratch. It’s enough to take an idea and make it better. Make it your own. Just do it better, faster, cheaper, make it more unique, something different.

3) Being an entrepreneur is a lonely pursuit

To be fair, this one CAN be true, but needn’t be. It’s true that you can get really isolated with your head down at work cranking out designs. It’s also true that owning a small business means there’s no water cooler where you can hang out near like-minded folks and shoot the breeze. It can be hard to stay motivated when you work so hard and the reward may be months or years away – or perhaps never to come at all. You often work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 as an employee.

I get it. I have done it and still do it. But the VISION is yours. You’re in charge of where your business goes. And know this: If you’re an entrepreneur, you’re not like most regular folks.

We need to seek out others who “get us, and get our dream”. I have found a few people like this and it makes a HUGE difference for me.

Where did I find them? Industry events, seminars, a master-mind group I was in, through my business coach (yes, I practice what I preach). To be fair, it wasn’t easy to find them but I put myself out there – out of my comfort zone – and made some real connections and business friendships that I cherish. And it really helps!

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5 Most Common Business Mistakes Fashion Designers Make and How to Avoid Them

I work with a lot of new fashion designers who are launching a line, or they have a line that isn’t making money, and many get stuck on the same issues.

Here are the top mistakes I see fashion designers make over and over, along with ideas on how to avoid them and build a thriving fashion business.

1. Not clear on business goals

When you’re launching a line or coming up with a new product you just get so excited – I’ve done it too! We’re designers, we’re super creative, and we just want to GO. The problem is, if all your work doesn’t get your line into stores to make money, your time and effort is going to amount to a hamster running on a wheel.

To define your business goals, you need to ask yourself some hard questions, like:

How much do I need in startup capital?
How do I price my line to make money?
What’s the best sales avenue: online? Trunk shows? Home parties?
Who’s my competition?

Knowing where you want to end up can make a huge difference in how you start and what you design.

2. A designer first, business person second.

Although you’re a creative person, you really need to be a business person FIRST. I used to make mistakes like this all the time. For example, when I owned a store I would buy clothing that looked great in the store without thinking about who would buy it and how much money I would make. What I should have done was buy clothes that were good for the business. You have to use your business mind first – only when you’re focused can you let creativity flow towards a specific goal.

3. Don’t use money for decision making

Here’s a typical conversation with a new client:

Jane: “Which are your best sellers?”

Client: “Oh, these are selling like crazy!”

Jane: “And which items in your line are the most profitable?”

Client: “I’m not sure, but these are selling like crazy!”

Well, you could sell one or 100, but if the item’s not making money, neither are you. You need to make your design decisions based on:

How long you (and your business) can survive making little or no money
How much it’s going to cost you to start your business
How much you are going to charge for your items

4. You don’t have a niche

If you don’t have a tight niche, people won’t know what you sell, or why or when they should buy your product over someone else’s.

Focus on an apparel or accessory product that you can make better, faster, easier, or have better customer service than anyone else. Just one great thing about it that’s better than the competition (and this refers back to #1: know your competition). Pick a category, and do it GREAT. And then you can expand. You can design a whole collection. But I recommend you start with a niche.

5. You try to do everything at once

I can tell you from personal experience: trying to do everything at once is not a sustainable business model. It comes down to my favorite topic in the world, which is time management. Creative people get interested in about 100 things a day, and there’s multiple ideas in your head at any time. Unfortunately, these distractions can be the kiss of death.

You need to focus on the action items you can take NOW to make your goals achievable. For example: tell yourself, “I want to be selling to six stores in the next 4 months.” Then, focus all your efforts towards that goal and don’t let yourself get distracted. Focus and time management are big issues that really separate the men from the boys when it comes to business.

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Fashion, Beauty Academy In New Jersey

New Jersey – The beacon for fashion and beauty studies:-

New Jersey is a great place for fashion, beautician and cosmetology education. The State has one of the best public education systems in the United States. About fifty-four percent of high school graduates take up higher education and career-oriented courses in New Jersey. Many of New Jersey’s colleges and universities offer beautician / cosmetology degrees. In addition to the two famous universities Rutgers & Princeton, there are 19 county colleges in New Jersey, and a number of beautician / cosmetology technical schools. In particular, Fashion Beauty Academies impart a perfect combination of creativity in fashion technology, state-of-the art technical know-how and above all skills to handle people.

Course Curriculum

Courses include Hair Care Techniques, Aesthetics, Chemistry, Bacteriology, Color theory, Nail Care and Skin Care. Few Beauty Academies, with a step ahead to make their students a successful person to operate independent business include professional management requisites like bookkeeping, marketing, and other aspects of business training in their curriculum

A study in a beauty School may be widely classified into three branches:-

• Cosmetology & Hair Styling Course
• Aesthetics Course &
• Student Teaching Course

Cosmetology & Hair Styling Course:-

To appear before the New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology & Hairstyling for a license to practice in this field, the candidate should have taken up 1200 clock hours of theory and practical training in all phases of Cosmetology. Reputed Cosmetic Schools impart the necessary theory and practical exposure for the candidate to start practicing on receipt of the license in an entry level in all phases of Cosmetology

Aesthetics Course:-

Artistic Beauty Schools give equal importance to this branch which includes facials, body procedures and make-up artistry. The New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology & Hairstyling prescribes 600 clock hours of learning to make the candidate eligible for taking up the licensing examination

Student Teaching Course:-

An NJ State Cosmetology License holder with a High School Diploma or GED and a minimum of 6 months salon experience, shall take up the Student teaching Course with 500 clock hours of training and 30 clock hours exclusively in Methods of Teaching.

The professional approach to the subject, practical exposure to teaching, lesson planning and methodology are the quintessential requirement for this career.

Career opportunities

A trained cosmetologist applies the present trend in beauty technology in a creative and imaginative fashion to satisfy the needs of a discerning clientele. Few of the career opportunities available for a graduate from a cosmetology academy include

• Entrepreneur by becoming a Salon Owner
• Specialist in Facial Skin Care/Spa/Salon Management/Body Treatment
• Manicurist
• Pedicurist
• Nail Artist
• Make up Consultant
• Freelance Artist
• Representative of the Manufacturer/ Marketing Manager of the Salon
• Marketing Manager of a Salon
• Therapist
• Aesthetician in Dermatologist/cosmetic Surgeon

Conclusion:-
An artistic beauty school by its curriculum does not only educate students with the state-of-the-art technologies available in the field but also gives hands-on experience with clientele and takes them a mile ahead in the competitive market. New Jersey houses many such cosmetology schools and academies which train candidates and prepare them to become knowledgeable, respectful, accountable and professional…

The increased aesthetic awareness across the globe, the available expertise in the field and the perennial demand in the market has made this Cosmetology a commercially viable product. The commercial viability of this field has made this avenue a lucrative one for Candidates to take up this course for their Career.

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