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                       The AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive
Program is
                     professional fashion training designed to prepare
                     serious fashion students for an enriching career
                                      in the field of fashion design.

                           The principal aim at AFI™ is to develop
                            each student's individual artistic vision
                    while supplying technical and field-specific skills
                        required to be a hands-on fashion designer,
                       draper, pattern maker or sewing professional
                       working in fashion & costume design careers.


                 The incredible success of our students stems in part
              from our rare student:instructor ratio of no more than 6:1
                         in general art & fashion classes, ensuring a
                 rich & full understanding of the lessons & their aims
                  by each student and one of the highest degrees of
             student self-actualization to be found in higher ed today.








Haute
Couture
Evening
Wear


Level 4
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement

Hand embellished couture lace dress by Pamela Ptak

                  We strive to maintain the greatest passion for our
               fields of art, to pursue and research all current trends
                    and remain relevant to ever-changing modes.

                         We are proud to be the only US school
                     of Haute Couture Fashion with an instructor
                     who worked on both the NYC ready-to-wear
                      as well as Paris Haute Couture collections
                          of a notable US designer for 3 years.
                    This specialization and rare knowledge are
                  poured into every fashion class taught at AFI™.

                       AFI™ is thrilled to offer it's incredibly
                flexible program in which students may select
                      to study for just one year, for 2, 3 or 4,
                        depending on their fashion interest.

                   Students who depart after their third year,
                       do so having completed & shown
                  a finely executed ready-to-wear collection.

                  Students staying on through the 4th year
                   complete a grand collection executed
              with the finest methods of the Haute Couture.




Ready-
to-Wear

Collection

Level 3
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program

        Winner of Lehigh Valley Style magazine's 2014 Fashion & Beauty award

             THE LEHIGH VALLEY'S BEST FASHION DESIGN SCHOOL
                      BUCKS COUNTY'S FINEST FASHION SCHOOL
            THE ONLY COUTURE FASHION SCHOOL IN PENNSYLVANIA

      Pamela's previous fashion students are now continuing their study at the
top
 
        3 fashion colleges in the United States - Parsons, FIT & Pratt Institute.
     Several of Pamela's former students continued their studies at the top fashion
  college in the world, Paris' Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne

            Arts and Fashion Institute™ - featured in 2 national sewing magazines -
           
"THREADS" & "STITCHES" plus LEHIGH VALLEY STYLE, Radius magazine
    & 8-pg story on Pamela's Radical Free Draping™ in Feb THREADS magazine

              Watch our regular guest appearances on WFMZ-TV 69 News







PAMELA
PTAK'S
RADICAL
FREE
DRAPING™



Level 3
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement

                          The AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
                        is specifically designed so students may select
                  one, two, three or four years of intensive fashion study.
                             The first year includes both basic fashion
                          and fine art elements as a fashion foundation.
                   Each year of study prepares you for the one to follow.

                                   And as always, each class in the
                            AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
                    may be taken individually as continuing education
                          with special permission from the instructor.

                                         Pre-requisites still apply.









HAUTE COUTURE CORSETED EVENING WEAR

Level 4
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement



DESIGNING
FOR KNITS


Mon, Oct 5 - Jan 11  10am-1pm (36 hours)  "Designing for Knits" - 3 credit
Cost: $975 for 12 weeks            Instructor: Pamela Ptak

          Continuing ed class in Fashion Design Intensive Program

Learn to design patterns for stretch knits to create intriguingly cut & seamed cat suits, leggings, tops, dresses, leotards and bathing suits. Discover the differences in degrees of stretch & how it affects patterns & fit. Following instructors demonstrations, each student will copy class demo to discover the techniques used, then sketch a unique design & apply the techniques to their own creation. You'll use knit slopers designed for knits with varying degrees of stretch  to creating a variety of beautiful and fully original garments. Students are expected to sew "fit muslins" for each assignment to fit on pant forms or dress forms in class to evaluate the success of their designs. Each student will make several finished knit garments by end of semester. Extra credit is awarded for creation of additional garments.
Bring to first class: Notebook & no. 2 pencils, tape measure, sharp sewing scissors, 18 inch c-thru ruler, metal L-ruler, No 17 french curve, pins, 3 yds of a 4-way stretch fabric in any light, solid color (or money to purchase fabric in class).  Additional supply list will be handed out in 1st class.

DESIGNING
FOR KNITS


Tucks
& folds
in black
knit





COUTURE
GARMENT
FITTING


Pamela
Ptak
backstage
collection
photo by
Jeff Reeder

Mon, Oct 5 - Jan 11  1-4 pm (36 hours)  "Couture Garment Fitting" - 3 credit
Cost: $975 for 12 weeks            Instructor: Pamela Ptak
          Continuing ed class in Fashion Design Intensive Program


Fine garments in the haute couture, in both the “flou” (dressmaking) and “tailleur” (tailoring) ateliers are designed with passion and meticulously crafted as a couturier’s work of art. The successful presentation of haute couture garments depends heavily on the perfection of fit to the model or customer.

In this class on Couture Garment Fitting students will discover the master theories of form & fit which guide the choices of the couturier. Each week students will study masterpieces of construction from top international designers (Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Chanel, McQueen, etc.) and watch instructor demonstrations of fitting solutions pinned, marked & sewn on industry garment samples. Then students will be led through their own fitting & alterations on a number of garments they provide to test the theories & master the techniques for themselves.  Each student will be required to bring at least 6 garments to alter during the semester following the categories & requirements provided by instructor during the semester. While this class features garments at the haute couture level, it is also applicable to a student wishing to specialize in fine alterations.

Bring to first class: Notebook & no. 2 pencils, tape measure, 18 inch C-Thru ruler, pins, non-wax chalk in assorted colors, sharp sewing scissors, small snips or thread cutters. Additional supplies & tools will be shared or demonstrated in class.




COUTURE
GARMENT
FITTING



Garment:
Pamela Ptak
Photo:
Tom Byrne







      FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM  -  CLASSES - SPRING 2016

PATTERN
MAKING 2

Jackets
& Pants

bound
buttonhole
in soft
cashmere

Spring 2016    (36 hours)   "Pattern Making 2"  -  3 credit
Cost: $975 for 12 weeks of 3 hour classes      Instructor: Pamela Ptak
          Continuing ed class in Fashion Design Intensive Program™


Pattern Making 2: Jackets and Pants. Learn industry methods used to design your own wonderfully creative custom jacket & pant patterns. Working with industry slopers (patterns used for standard garment fit) students will make their own set of industry slopers and use them through the semester to learn a wide range of techniques used in women's jackets & pants. For each lesson, students start with a simple sketch, interpret the sketch in a pattern draft & create the pattern pieces. Garment details covered in Pattern Making 2 include collarless jacket, shawl collars, lapels & tailored collars, facings, linings, button openings, 1 & 2 piece sleeves Pants with zipper openings, pockets & waistbands. Students will start with pattern drafts, true-in and perfect their patterns and add seam allowances, hems & notches. Final semester project is a jacket & pant design including sketch, original draft, full pattern set & sewn "fit muslin" garment created by each student & presented to instructor and class.

Bring to first class: notebook & no. 2 pencils, red & non-repro blue colored pencils, tape measure, sharp sewing scissors, 18 " C-thru ruler, no. 17 french curve, metal hip curve, 24" metal L ruler, stiletto tracing wheel, 3-5 yards of pattern paper, 6 sheets of oaktag (or money to purchase supplies in class.) Some additional supplies will be demonstrated & available in class.



COUTURE
TAILORED
SKIRT





Couture
detail:
Hong Kong
binding
in pleated
linen/cotton
skirt hem

Spring 2016    (36 hours)   "Couture Tailored Skirts"  -  3 credit
Cost: $975 for 12 weeks of 3 hour classes      Instructor: Pamela Ptak
          Continuing ed class in Fashion Design Intensive Program™

Couture Tailored Skirts is a pattern making & sewing intensive class designed to deepen a fashion student's understanding of classic tailored silhouettes and fine garment construction. Three remarkable designs are covered including the pencil skirt, the tailored pleat skirt and the classic no-seam, darted wrap skirt. Students will draft each assignment from a class skirt sloper, carry their design to full patterns, and cut & sew each skirt in fine fabric. Each skirt will feature at least one couture detail. Students will finish the semester with three beautiful classic skirt samples. Couture Tailored Skirts is a good introduction to fine tailoring and haute couture practices. It will help prepare students for FDIP Level 3 & 4 collections & haute couture design classes. This class can also benefit custom dress makers, alterations specialists and fine sewing enthusiasts. Couture Tailored Skirts is an FDIP fashion elective class.

Bring to first class: notebook & no. 2 pencils, tape measure, sharp sewing scissors, C-thru ruler, no. 17 french curve, metal hip curve, stiletto tracing wheel, 3-5 yards of pattern paper, 2 sheets of oaktag (or money to purchase supplies in class.) Some additional supplies will be demonstrated & available in class.






                      
                                 JUST ENDING... LATE SUMMER  2015

Draping
Stretch
Knits


Golden
knits vs
muslin
wovens

Mon, Jun 29-Sept 21  10am-1:30pm (35 hours)  "Draping Stretch Knits" - 3 credit
Cost: $975 for 10 weeks            Instructor: Pamela Ptak
          Continuing ed class in Fashion Design Intensive Program

Unlike draping in muslin, draping in stretch knits utilizes an entirely new set of principals. Draping on both the dress form and the hanging pant form with a variety of stretch knit textiles, students will learn how to achieve proper draped patterns for cat suits, bathing suits, leotards, tops and dresses. Following instructors draping demonstrations, each student will first create class assignments to discover the techniques for knits, then apply the techniques to their own original designs. During this 10 week summer session, you'll drape knits with varying degrees of stretch creating a variety of beautiful garments.
Bring to first class: Notebook & no. 2 pencils, tape measure, sharp sewing scissors, 18 inch c-thru ruler, french curve, pins, 5-6 yds of a 4-way stretch fabric in any light, solid color.  Additional supply list will be handed out in 1st class.

Draping
Stretch
Knits



Draped
yoga pant
with wide
waistband










Draping
Wovens 1

Level 1
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement

example of shirring as dart replacement



HISTORY OF FASHION


Level 1
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement

AFI™ FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM  -  Level 1

3 credit  -  Draping Wovens 1
3 credit  -  Pattern Making 1

3 credit  -  History of Fashion
1 credit  -  Visual Reinventing

3 credit  -  Fashion Illustration
3 credit  -  Draping Wovens 2
3 credit  -  Industrial Sewing
1 credit  -  Conceptual Expansion

     Level 1 FINE ART requirements:
1 credit  -  Artistic Anatomy or Fine Art Drawing
1 credit  -  Figure Drawing



Fashion
Illustration

Level 1
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement



Industrial
Sewing

Level 1
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement




Industrial
Sewing

Level 1
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement

example of
Hong Kong Bound Hem



Draping Stretch Knits

Level 2
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement



Pattern Making 2

Level 2
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement


Color
Theorizing

Level 2
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement

AFI™ FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM  -  Level 2

All full time students take the following 14 credits of Level 2 basic fashion design
to proceed to Level 3 fashion courses...
3 credit  -  Pattern Making 2
3 credit  -  Women's Tailored Jacket (construction)
3 credit  -  Textiles, Sewing & Finishing
3 credit  -  Illustrating Collections

1 credit  -  Color Theorizing
1 credit  -  3D Patterning

All full time students take 2 credits of Level 2 Fine Arts to proceed to Level 3...
     Level 2 FINE ART requirements:
1 credit  -  Artistic Anatomy or Fine Art Drawing

1 credit  -  Figure Drawing


All full time students select either the Stretch Knit or Fine Dressmaking
specialization and complete an additional 6 fashion design credits
in Level 2 to proceed to Level 3...

Stretch Knit specialization
3 credit  -  Draping Stretch Knits
3 credit  -  Designing for Knits

    OR

Fine Dressmaking "flou" specialization

3 credit  -  Bias Draping
3 credit  -  Bias Construction



Bias
Draping

Level 2
"Fine
Dress-making"
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement

Draping Knits
Level 2

Women's Tailored Jackets
Level 2

AFI™ FDIP
or by special arrangement

Artistic
Anatomy

Level 1 or 2
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement

DaVinci
drawings



RADICAL FREE DRAPING™

Level 3
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement

AFI™ FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM  -  Level 3

3 credit  -  Radical Pattern Design™
3 credit  -  Radical Free Draping™
3 credit  -  Computers and Design
1 credit  -  Fashion Branding

6
credit  -  RTW Collection

3 credit  -  Corsets & Lingerie
1
credit  -  Haute Couture Details

     Level 3 FINE ART requirements:
1 credit  -  Watercolor Pen & Ink

1 credit  -  Figure Drawing/Painting

Ready-
to-Wear

Collection

Level 3
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement




Haute
Couture
Details

Level 3
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement




HAUTE COUTURE DETAILS

Level 3
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement

AFI™ FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM  -  Level 4

9 credit  -  Haute Couture Collection - part 1
1 credit  -  Client Presentations


9 credit  -  Haute Couture Collection - part 2
1 credit  -  Business Models

     Level 4 FINE ART requirements:
1 credit  - 
Fine Art or Fashion elective
1 credit  -  Fine Art or Fashion elective



HAUTE
COUTURE
COLLECTION

Year 4
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement

                Admission to the AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program

                 A basic understanding of fashion & sewing, a portfolio review,
                a written essay and an interview with the founder, Pamela Ptak,
     are required for admission into the AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program.

                            Classes are offered in a flexible format
                 allowing students to take just one or many each semester.
            Students must complete levels 1 and 2 to proceed to levels 3 and 4.
                Exceptions will be made for fashion industry professionals and
                      successful graduates of some other design schools
                with interview, portfolio review and permission of instructor.

                 All core FDIP™ classes cap at max. 6 students to maintain
                the extraordinary level of attention offered to AFI™ students.

                      ALL FDIP™ classes may be taken as continuing ed.
                     by students 17 & older with permission of instructor.
                   Call 610-346-6071 to speak with founder Pamela Ptak.

HAUTE
COUTURE
Year 4
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement

Silk taffeta bias fluting, garnet strands





Draping Wovens
in AFI™ studios










Marked &
Pinned
1/2 muslins

Draping Wovens 1







Pattern Making 1

Blouse by
Pamela Ptak



Pattern Making 1

Pattern by
Pamela Ptak








HAUTE COUTURE CORSETED EVENING WEAR

Year 4
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement

     AFI™ FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM  -  TUITION
The curriculum is designed as a Fashion & Art Intensive without inclusion of liberal arts.
As the AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program is studio & homework-heavy
and as most students work part-time, students may carry flexible credit loads.
All students must maintain acceptable grades (B or higher) to continue to the next level.
Tuition rate is $325 per credit for all students*.

As classes are extremely small, scholarships are not possible, but tuition assistance
is possible with the spreading of payments at set times during the semester.
A “3-payment” option is available by special advance arrangement.
The first payment of 1,192 is due before the start of term as the student
enrolls in the semester, the 2nd payment of 1,192 is due before the 5th week
of classes and the final payment of 1,191 is due before the 9th week.  

Note: AFI™ is a private institute with no state or organizational funding or subsidizing.
Tuition does not raise by grade level as it does at many other art schools.

 * Tuition is charged for non-credit-bearing courses. Additional lectures, laboratories,
and workshops (optional) may be billed at different rates. 





Fashion Designer
Pamela Ptak

on the red
carpet at
Lifetime TV's
"Project Runway"

FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM REGISTRATION INFO
Once a student is accepted into the Fashion Design Intensive Program, early registration is recommended as classes have limited enrollment. Registration is accepted through the mail or in person accompanied by a check or cash for the cost of semster. A registration form can be downloaded on each class page of the website.

TUITION PAYMENT POLICY
Tuition & set kit fees must be paid upon registration. Tuition may be paid in cash (in person only) or by check. Students wishing a receipt must provide a stamped, self addressed envelope with payment. There is a $25 cancellation fee. Refunds will be made for classes cancelled 5 days or more before class starts minus the $25 cancellation fee. There will be no refund made for absences or for classes cancelled due to inclement weather. The Arts and Fashion Institute reserves the right to change or substitute instructors or discontinue any class without incurring liability or obligation.

CLASSROOM POLICY
Registered students and the instructor are the only individuals permitted in the classrooms during class time. Other individuals, including family members, friends and students not registered for the scheduled class are not allowed in the rooms unless they have the permission from the school administration & the instructor and are identified with a visitor's guest badge. Students are not permitted to photograph, video tape, audiotape, or record the lessons without written permission from the school's directors.

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO POLICY
The Arts and Fashion Institute™ reserves the right to use photographs or video taken during classes and other programs for the promotion of the school & its instructors. Any student, parent or guardian who does not wish to be photographed or have a child photographed must notify the Arts and Fashion Institute upon registration.

LOCATION & PARKING
Classes meet at Pamela's private studio - 595 Summit Lane - Riegelsville, PA 18077
Please park in driveway, not street.
Questions or to register, call 610-346-6071 or email ptakhanna@aol.com 

HAUTE COUTURE CORSETED EVENING WEAR

Level 4
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement