Summer Fashion Intensive

Program length: 3 weeks
Program dates:
July 19, 2020 to August 9, 2020
Tuition: $6,100
Age range: Students currently in grades 6-9
Currently accepting applications on a rolling admission basis.

Interlochen Arts Camp 2020 is pivoting this summer to Interlochen Online. Learn more about our interactive online summer arts series.

The High School and Intermediate Fashion Intensive program is designed for students in grades 6-12. Over the three-week course students will have 6 hours a day of coursework and studio time in which they will design and construct a cohesive line of wearables. Students will be introduced to historical and contemporary fashion designers/artists. Students will also have the opportunity to attend visiting artist lectures, college presentations, and tutorials. Furthermore,

Students in this intensive will:

  • Explore methods that enable them to clearly communicate their ideas through 2D media and the development of a collection. Students learn to draw fashion figure proportion, movement, silhouettes, and details from live models enabling them to bring their design ideas to life.
  • Gain a strong understanding and ability to implement a variety of sewing techniques and methods of garment construction.
  • Explore the unique characteristics of a variety of materials and discover how materials and their uses shape meaning.
  • Use their personal vision to develop a cohesive line of wearables that will be exhibited in the Visual Arts Exhibition at the end of the session.


Resources and Facilities

The visual arts department is housed in the state-of-the-art Dow Center for Visual Arts. Its features include separate studio space for ceramics, sculpture, painting, drawing, metals, digital arts, photography, printmaking, and fibers. The most impressive facility of its kind at any secondary school in the country, it also includes a professional gallery space for exhibitions of work by students, faculty, and visiting artists.

Portfolio Requirements

Applicants should prepare a minimum of five images that represent their highest quality of work. Two pieces must be made from direct observation (drawn or painted from life, not copied from a photograph). The portfolio may be in any medium, and no prior sewing experience is required, but evidence of some experience with multiple media is preferred (such as fiber, sculpture, clay, etc.).