N.J. -- For those who seek a practical outlet for their creative
talents, Mercer County Community College's Center for Continuing
Studies offers popular courses this summer in interior design and,
for the first time, fashion design. Classes are held weekday evenings
on the college's West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
"The Business of Fashion Design and Merchandising"
is a new six-session course that will teach budding industry professionals
elements of the fashion business and the basics of design. Classes
will be held Thursday evenings, June 3 - July 8, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Taught by Paula Molino, owner of Fashion Fix, a full-service fashion
consulting business, the course will cover design topics such as
how to translate sources of inspiration into designs, how to dress
a fashion figure, the intricacies of garment details, clothing silhouettes,
style lines, special fabrics and trimmings. Students will also learn
the art of presenting a clothing collection to a buyer, building
a portfolio, identifying target markets, and retail pricing. Among
the employment opportunities in the field are jobs as fashion buyers,
merchandising and sales associates, and sales representatives for
fashion lines. Opportunities for selling creations online or in
stores will also be explored.
Mercer's Certificate Program in Interior Design is another
avenue for those who seek a creative career path. The program, taught
by professional designers, includes eight classes offered May through
August: "Basic Interior Design" (May 12 - June 23); "History
of Furniture" (May 11 - May 25); "Principles of Design"
(May 20 - June 3); "Color and Lighting in Today's Interiors"
(June 8 - June 22); "Window Treatment" (June 10 - June
24); "Sketch Up Your Design" (July 1 - Aug. 5); "Furniture
and Wall Arrangements" (July 13 - 27); and "Interior Design
Business Practice" (July 14 - 28). To complete the certificate,
participants must take four core courses, as well as electives.
All classes may be taken on an individual basis.
The center's May- August 2010 course bulletin is available online.
For further information or to register for noncredit courses at
MCCC, call 609-570-3311 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.