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Costume Design: Life Drawing Basics for Costume Design

at Fashion Institute of Technology - Chelsea

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Chelsea, Manhattan
227 W 27th St
Btwn W 27th & W 26th St
New York, New York 10001
Course/Section: SXG 240 55A
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 10
Teacher: Joan Chiverton

What you'll learn in this fashion design class:

If costume designing is your passion, you must develop an ability to draw real people—thin, short, tall. Actors and characters come in all shapes and sizes. Learn to express your design concepts through real-world drawing techniques using live models. Work with a variety of art materialscharcoal, markers, pencil, watercolor, acrylics, pen and inkrendering fabrics, silhouettes, and styles that help conceptualize character essence. Highly recommended for student or novice costume designers and stylists, or working professionals who need a portfolio update.

Bring to first session: 

  • a 9" x 12" or larger drawing pad
  • pencil
  • kneaded eraser
  • and fine Faber-Castell black ink pen
We will discuss additional materials needed: 

  • a watercolor set or watercolor pencils
  • two sable brushes
  • 9" x 12"  or larger watercolor pad
  • and 9" x 12" or larger tracing pad


Check room postings in the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center lobby (7th Avenue at 27th Street), by security (please tell security where you're going. Bring your order form to show.), or call the day of class for locations: 212-217-8741 or 212-217-3334.

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Refund Policy
Continuing and Professional Studies Refund Policy:

Courses canceled 24 business hours in advance can be fully refunded. Courses that have 2 sessions has 25% refund after first session. Courses that have 3 sessions has 50% refund after first session; No refund after second session. Courses that have 4 sessions will have 50% refund after first session and 25% refund after second session and no refund after third session. Courses that have 5 or more sessions has 75% refund after first session, 50% after second session and 25% after third session and no refund after fourth session.

Please note that there are no makeup sessions and it is highly recommended students attend all sessions of classes they sign up for. They are short, intensive courses and missing one day is missing a lot. 

Precollege Programs Refund Policy:

The $15 registration fee is not refundable.

The refund period ends prior to the second scheduled session of the class, in accordance with the following:

FIT Precollege Programs canceled the course due to low enrollment :
100% including registration fee

Withdrawal prior to the last day of registration :
100% exclusive of registration fee

Withdrawal prior to first day of class:
75% exclusive of registration fee

Withdrawal prior to second day of class:
50% exclusive of registration fee

Withdrawal thereafter:
No refund


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School: Fashion Institute of Technology

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