This is a major course for the Summer Art and Design Program 2020. This course cannot be taken separately. (Students get to select from four majors: Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design and Painting, and Printmaking)

This intensive course is organized for students who want to know more about Fashion Design or wish to possibly pursue studies in this field. This course will cover the basics of how to turn ideas into designs. This course will introduce fundamental design theory and practical illustration techniques that will give participants an overview of a creative fashion design process.

This creative fashion design journey starts with research on references, such as trends from history, museums, and fashion brands, to help participants to explore what fashion is about and how various fashion professions work in the industry. Participants will arrange inspirational images together as a mood board. They will then practice essential drawing techniques that allow them to express their creative ideas and the hang of fabrics. And they will finally learn fashion illustration skills using different mediums to communicate their design details.

By completing this course, participants will be able to comprehend the creative procedure from concept to design, how to document the process, and what to present.

Key contents include:

  • Overview of the fashion industry and fashion history
  • Research and trend analysis
  • Mood boards and color story
  • Materials used in fashion collections
  • Fashion figure drawing
  • Material manipulation by varying materials
  • Fashion graphic design and rendering techniques
  • Presenting a final portfolio

Class Outline

Class 1:  Brief introduction to the fashion design development process, major materials, and professional terminologies. Discuss the goals and experiences of students.
A brief introduction to Fashion Illustration History.
Observational fashion figure drawing

Class 2: Continue observational fashion figure drawing varying poses (I).
A brief introduction to Fashion History.
Build a mood board by starting research on trends including colors, materials, and big ideas. Students’ assignments to the Google Classroom.

Class 3:  Discuss a cohesive collection development.
Work on the mood board.
Introduction to color theory.

Class 4: Critique on the mood board and complete the mood board.
Brief discussion on body parts (perspective, fabric folds, and design details)
Introduction to experimental illustration methods

Class 5:  Review sketches.
A brief introduction to garment construction (Paper, fabric, or recycled materials).
Finalize design details for a collection with chosen themes and resources. 

Class 6: Explore garment construction on preferably mini mannequins varying materials.
Introduce non-conventional fashion design approaches (Opportunity of exploring mixed media). Learn hand stitches and pin basting.

Class 7:  Work on one final look. Design signature prints for textiles.

Class 8:  Introduction to promotional tools such as a look book, a magazine cover, or digital mediums. Work on a promotional tool. Students’ assignments to the Google Classroom.

Class 9: Review fashion portfolio preparation, its layout, and documentation.
Work on the chosen promotional tool. Students’ assignments to the Google Classroom.

Class 10: Presentation and critique.

Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.

Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.

Items to buy for this class

Art paint pallet

Aquarelle canson® a3 300g blanc

Dessin canson® a3 160g blanc

Ruler painting brush set

Gouache colors

Long needles

Sketching pen (various nip width)

Kneadable eraser

Polymer eraser

Brush pen size 12


Color pencils

The above materials package is available for online order, payment, and delivery for QAR 362.53 (just the materials). All materials are 15% discounted, please email with the following details -

Subject - VCUarts Summer Program

Content: Package (Name of the major selected) eg: Foundation + Fashion + Portfolio and the quantity you require. Please add your name and number along with the email for them to be able to contact you. 
Note: Foundation materials are mandatory for all Majors

Participants are also allowed to buy materials from their desired place, find below a few more suggestions. 

On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.

Where to buy your materials

Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:

  • Cass Art (Fire station): Community Classes students get a 15% discount upon presenting the registration ticket
  • Jarir Bookstore: on Rayyan Road or Salwa Road
  • Color Note: on Al Nasser Street
  • Ibn Al Qayyim: at Markhiya Roundabout
  • Al Rawnaq

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Terms & Conditions apply

Participants must buy their own materials

Sun, 12 Jul, 2020
Thu, 23 Jul, 2020
Sunday through Thursday
10 am to 1 pm


Yang Soon Ju

Yang Soon Ju (Elizabeth) is an interdisciplinary designer and entrepreneur with an MFA in Design Studies and a BFA in Fashion Design from VCUarts Qatar.
She has engaged with numerous projects/events and developed designs/collections in partnership with community organizations: to name a few, Doha Film Institute, Tim MakowerArchitects, Sidra Medicine/Hospital, Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition, Doha Festival City, and Galeries Lafayette and Tasmeem Biennial Art and Design Conference. Her entrepreneurial positions in Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Qatar span two decades, ranging from founding an English-speaking school; textile trading, and designing/producing household items and specialty clothing, as well as marketing those products, to consulting in financial auditing/ bookkeeping and business management. In addition to her entrepreneurial initiatives, she currently teaches in the Fashion Design department and Continuing Education and Community/Continuing education programs at VCUarts Qatar.