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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


Year 4
Semester 1
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

Year 3
Semester 2
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™



Year 3
Semester 1
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

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

          Spring 2015 year 1 orientation: Monday, February 23, 2015
          Spring term starts:                    
Monday, March 2, 2015
          Each term runs 13 weeks including the final test & critique

Draping
Wovens 1

Year 1
Semester 1
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement

example of shirring as dart replacement



HISTORY OF FASHION

Year 1
Semester 1
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement

AFI™ FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM  -  YEAR 1

     Year 1: Semester 1:
3 credit  -  Draping Wovens 1
3 credit  -  Pattern Making 1

3 credit  -  History of Fashion
1 credit  -  Visual Reinventing

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

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



Fashion
Illustration

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



Industrial
Sewing

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




Industrial
Sewing

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

example of
Hong Kong Bound Hem



Draping Stretch Knits

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



Pattern Making 2

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


Color
Theorizing

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

AFI™ FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM  -  YEAR 2

     Year 2: Semester 1:
3 credit  -  Draping Stretch Knits
3 credit  -  Pattern Making 2

3 credit  -  Textiles, Sewing & Finishing
1 credit  -  Color Theorizing

     Year 2: Semester 2:
3 credit  -  Illustrating Collections
3 credit  - 
Bias Draping
3 credit  -  Women's Tailored Jacket
1 credit  -  3D Patterning

     Year 2 FINE ART requirements:
1 credit  -  Artistic Anatomy or Fine Art Drawing

1 credit  -  Figure Drawing


Bias
Draping

Year 2
Semester 2
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement

Draping Knits
Yr 2, S1

Women's Tailored Jackets
Yr 2, S2

AFI™ FDIP
or by special arrangement

Artistic
Anatomy

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

DaVinci
drawings



RADICAL FREE DRAPING™

Year 3
Semester 1
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement

AFI™ FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM  -  YEAR 3

     Year 3: Semester 1:

3 credit  -  Radical Pattern Design™
3 credit  -  Radical Free Draping™
3 credit  -  Computer Aided Design
1 credit  -  Fashion Branding

     Year 3: Semester 2:
6
credit  -  RTW Collection

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

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

1 credit  -  Figure Drawing/Painting

Ready-
to-Wear

Collection

Year 3
Semester 2
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement




Haute
Couture
Details

Year 3
Semester 2
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement




HAUTE COUTURE DETAILS

Year 3
Semester 2
AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
or by special arrangement

AFI™ FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM  -  YEAR 4

     Year 4: Semester 1:
9 credit  -  Haute Couture Collection - part 1
1 credit  -  Client Presentations


     Year 4: Semester 2:
9 credit  -  Haute Couture Collection - part 2
1 credit  -  Business Models

     Year 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.

                                               Admission deadline

                    The deadline for application to the Spring 2015 semester
                   of the AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program is Feb 20th
                   but as classes are kept small for the benefit of the students,
                                it is recommended students apply early.

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

Silk taffeta bias fluting, garnet strands




                FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM™   Year 1: Semester 1:
                                    Full time FDIP student orientation  -  Mon, Feb 23, 2015
                 13 classes includes final test/critique. Closed Memorial Day May 25.
                                                             Full day finals prep / open studio June 1.

                            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 and speak to
                                                      Pamela Ptak to be added to FDIP™ classes.

3 credit  -  Draping Wovens 1  -   9am-12    
1 credit  -  Visual Reinventing  -  12-1pm  
3 credit  -  Pattern Making 1    -    1-4pm   
3 credit  -  History of Fashion  -   4-7pm  


Draping Wovens
in AFI™ studios

                        FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM   Year 1: Semester 1:
                       13 classes includes final test/critique. Closed Memorial Day May 25.

Monday, Mar 2-Jun 8  9am-12  "Draping Wovens 1" - 3 credit
Cost: $975 for 13 weeks    Instructor: Pamela Ptak

Draping with muslin on a dress form, fashion designers create 3 dimensional garments with beautiful lines, fine fit, perfect proportion and smart details. Learning to visualize and "sculpt" a garment in 3 dimensions is an essential skill for a designer intent on creating unique and original work. Starting with basic bodices, skirts and dresses, students learn to drape every element used to create five of the most popular and successful silhouettes in fashion history. Each element is a required building block in fashion design and once understood, each can later be re-conceptualized in a myriad of ways to create an endless array of beautiful garments.
Bring to first class: Notebook & no. 2 pencils. tape measure, sharp sewing scissors, 18 inch c-thru ruler. Additional supply list will be handed out in 1st class.










Marked &
Pinned
1/2 muslins

Draping Wovens 1




                        FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM   Year 1: Semester 1:
                       13 classes includes final test/critique. Closed Memorial Day May 25.

Monday, Mar 2-Jun 8  12-1pm  "Visual Reinventing" - 1 credit
Cost: $325 for 13 weeks    Instructor: Pamela Ptak

Visual Reinventing prepares students to think creatively and design "outside the box." During each class students are given a creative problem to solve, encouraging investigation, deep reflection, brain-storming and invention. Students discover methods and systems used in creative design fields to conceptualize - taking words, thoughts & emotions and translating them into imagery, actions and tangible products. Bring to first class: notebook & no 2 pencils.










Pattern Making 1

Blouse by
Pamela Ptak

                        FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM   Year 1: Semester 1:
                       13 classes includes final test/critique. Closed Memorial Day May 25.

Monday, Mar 2-Jun 8  1-4pm  "Pattern Making 1" - 3 credit
Cost: $975 for 13 weeks    Instructor: Pamela Ptak

Learn industry methods used to design your own wonderfully creative custom 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 blouses, tops, skirts and dresses. 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 1 include necklines, collars, facings, button & zipper openings, sleeves with vents & cuffs, dart manipulation, gathers, tucks, shoulder & hip yokes and midriff panels. Students will learn to true-in and perfect their patterns and add seam allowances, hems & notches. Final semester project is a garment 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. Supply list is available at 1st class.



Pattern Making 1

Pattern by
Pamela Ptak








History of Fashion

research images & vintage dresses

                        FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM   Year 1: Semester 1:
                       13 classes includes final test/critique. Closed Memorial Day May 25.

Monday, Mar 2-Jun 8  4-7pm  "History of Fashion" - 3 credit
Cost: $975 for 13 weeks    Instructor: Pamela Ptak

Learn creative influences and key turning points in the history of the fashion industry. Discover how fashion houses headed by noted designers developed their fashion lines. Each week students will investigate new eras & the brilliant designers whose impact on society changed the way individuals thought & dressed. This class includes creative research projects and in-class presentations to prepare students for future careers.
Bring to first class: notebook & pen. Class text book: TBD





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, full time students are only required to carry
11 credits per term to maintain full-time status. All full-time students must maintain
acceptable grades (C or higher) and all 11 credits per term to be eligible
to continue to the next level/year. 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

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