Courses in Fashion Design and Interior Design
To Be Offered at MCCC Center for Continuing Studies


West Windsor, 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

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