Design 403

DSN 403: Senior Showcase & Portfolio

Prerequisite: DSN 402, and either DSNF 400 OR DSNM 440, 2.5 in-major GPA; or permission of instructor

Credit Hours: (2) Four hours studio

This course is the culminating activity of four years of fashion design or merchandising for design study. Students confront the challenge of designing and developing their individual portfolios, and producing a senior exhibit and fashion show.

Detailed Description of Content of Course

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This integrated studio is a venue for senior fashion design and merchandising for design students to work collaboratively on the production of a runway show and gallery exhibit. Students will also work on developing individual portfolios.

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Together, students plan and manage a gallery-hung exhibit of their portfolio materials. They also plan and manage a runway fashion show. Individually, each student applies the design process in developing a conceptual format and producing a finalized portfolio to be packaged in a variety of formats (hanging exhibit, digital portfolio, hardbound, resume, etc.). Through a series of exercises in which they assess the strengths and weaknesses of their own design work, students select and revise the final portfolio content.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

As a result of this course, the student will demonstrate:

1.    Understanding in how to produce and manage a runway fashion show.
2.    Comprehension in the successful application of…
    •    the design process in portfolio development
    •    self-evaluation of design work
    •    production of a portfolio utilizing alternative presentation methods.

Assessment Measures
Assignments will include: portfolio self-assessment; portfolio revisions; finalized portfolio package; gallery exhibit and fashion show. Conceptual development of the portfolio, exhibit, and fashion show will comprise an integral part of the evaluation for this course.

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