FASHION IN A FLASH
Explore these short-term courses to hone your untapped talents
For prospective fashion students who haven’t been able to finalise the particular specialisation they would like to pursue, there are a number of short term courses that offer a broad introduction to different aspects of the fashion industry. You can choose from any of these to hone your skills and kick-start your career.
The fashion industry wouldn’t be able to function without the use of striking imagery. This is where fashion photography comes in. A short course in this field is packed with practical training and covers the basics of photography and visual communication coupled with fundamental principles of fashion design. Students get to work together with designers, models, stylists and make-up artists to create appealing images. They also get to learn how to plan and direct photoshoots, learn about styling and branding, and work with cutting-edge equipments and softwares. Where to study JD Institute of Fashion Technology offers a diploma in fashion photography across centres. Duration Three months Fees ` 58,000 (approx)
FASHION DRAWING AND ILLUSTRATION
Sketching and illustration are considered an indispensable part of the fashion design industry. However, fashion illustration can be a wise career independent of the field of design. It is considered as much an art form as an industry. From runways and red carpets to magazines and websites, fashion illustrators are in high demand. Careers of those such as Meagen Morrison (of travelwritedraw fame) are perfect examples. Of course, it can also mark the start of a fulfilling career in fashion design. A course in fashion drawing and illustration introduces students to the basics of sketching, proportion and colour theory in addition to understanding softwares such as Corel Draw and Photoshop.
Where to study WLCI College, Delhi Duration Three Months Fees `35,000 (approx)
FASHION MEDIA MAKE-UP
In the fashion industry, make-up holds as much importance as the outfit one is wearing, making this a competitive field. Make-up is a basic requirement in almost every sector, whether it is advertising, television, cinema, events promotion, or runway shows. A course in media make-up trains individuals in hairstyling, hair design and make-up techniques and trends, besides providing an insight into visual studies and information technology. From making a character look too old to hiding flaws on an old person’s face, with tools and make-up kits one can define characters for different lighting conditions. Where to study Pearl Academy, Delhi and Mumbai Duration 11 Months Fees `4.50 lakh (approx)
A fashion stylist helps individuals create a style, and look visually appealing, by putting together apparel and accessories for their look. A stylist is the one responsible for creating visual imagery which reflects the designers’ vision—in print, video and person. A course in fashion styling will give you an insight into how sytlists work across different sectors, including magazines, advertising, runway shows, digital media and e-commerce. You will also learn about vintage and contemporary trends in the fashion industry and gain skills needed to work together with designers and photographers.
Where to study Indian School of Design and Innovation, Parsons Mumbai
Duration Six months (24 weeks) Fees `80,000 (approx)
COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN
The advent of technology in the fashion space has transformed the design process. While Computer Aided Design is part of almost every fashion course, most institutes offer this as a short-term course for those who wish to hone their skills further, or just pursue this as a career. This teaches how to create and perfect designs through the use of design softwares.
Where to study Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology
Duration Four Months Fees `52,000 (approx)