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                          2016-17 TERM BEGINS 3 DECEMBER 2016



                       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
                      and the 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
                    from a vast array of design classes tailored
                              to their fashion interest.

                     Students completing levels 1-3 show
                   a finely executed ready-to-wear collection.
               Students completing level 4 show a grand collection
                 featuring the finest methods of the Haute Couture.

               Each class in the AFI™ Fashion Design Intensive Program
                    may be taken individually as continuing education
             with permission from the instructor.
Pre-requisites still apply.




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









HAUTE COUTURE CORSETED EVENING WEAR

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






      FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM - SUMMER/FALL 2016

PATTERN
MAKING 2

Jackets
& Pants

bound
buttonhole
in soft
cashmere

Mondays thru Oct 24, 2016  10am-1pm  "Pattern Making 2"  -  3 credit
Cost: $975 for 12 weeks of 3 hour classes      Instructor: Pamela Ptak


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.





      FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM  -  FALL/WINTER  2016-17



Draping Wovens
in AFI™ studios

Draping
Wovens 1

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

example of shirring as dart replacement

12 Saturdays from Dec 3 - Mar 25   -    Noon-3pm    "Draping Wovens 1"  -  3 credit
Cost: $975 for 12 weeks of 3hr classes    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.
Each student will drape in muslin on a dress form, then true it in and re-pin it as a 1/2 body muslin. An understanding of draping provides a fine background to sewers looking for perfect fit.
Class Dates: This Saturday class includes several skipped weekends throughout the semester for larger homework assignments & for family obligations. Classes run on Dec 3, 10, 17, Jan 7, 14, 28, Feb 4, 18, 25, Mar 11, 18, 25
Bring to first class:
Notebook & no. 2 pencils. tape measure, sharp sewing scissors, Draping Muslin & additional supplies will be available for purchase in class.







Pattern Making 1

Blouse by
Pamela Ptak


12 Saturdays from Dec 3 - Mar 25    -    3-6pm    "Pattern Making 1"  -  3 credit
Cost: $975 for 12 weeks of 3hr classes    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.
Class Dates: This Saturday class includes several skipped weekends throughout the semester for larger homework assignments & for family obligations. Classes run on Dec 3, 10, 17, Jan 7, 14, 28, Feb 4, 18, 25, Mar 11, 18, 25
Bring to first class: notebook & no. 2 pencils. Supply list will be available at 1st class. Most tools & supplies needed for this class may be purchased in class or ordered online between class 1 & 2..



Pattern Making 1

Pattern by
Pamela Ptak










             GENERAL PROGRAM - FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM™



Industrial
Sewing

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


AFI™ FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM  -  Level 1 (20 credits)
3 credit  -  Draping Wovens 1
3 credit  -  Pattern Making 1
3 credit  -  Draping Wovens 2
3 credit  -  Industrial Sewing
3 credit  -  Fashion Photo Shoots
1 credit  -  Visual Reinventing
1 credit  -  Fashion Photo Retouching
3 credit  -  fashion or fine art elective



HISTORY OF FASHION


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



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

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 (20-26 credits)
3 credit  -  Pattern Making 2
3 credit  -  Women's Tailored Jacket (construction)
3 credit  -  Textiles, Sewing & Finishing
3 credit  -  Fashion Illustration
1 credit  -  3D Patterning
1 credit  -  Fashion in History
    FDIP SPECIALIZATION Stretch Knit
3 credit  -  Draping Stretch Knits
3 credit  -  Designing for Knits
    FDIP SPECIALIZATION Fine Dressmaking "flou"
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



RADICAL FREE DRAPING™

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

AFI™ FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM  -  Level 3 (20 credits)
3 credit  -  Radical Pattern Design™
3 credit  -  Radical Free Draping™
3 credit  -  Corsetry
3 credit  -  Lingerie
6 credit  -  RTW Collection
1 credit  -  Color Theories
1 credit  -  Haute Couture Details

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 (20 credits)
9 credit  -  Haute Couture Collection - part 1
9 credit  -  Haute Couture Collection - part 2
1 credit  -  Fashion Branding
1 credit  -  Client Presentations



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
                 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 & 2 to proceed to levels 3 & 4.
                  Exceptions will be made for fashion industry professionals
                         and successful graduates of 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













Marked &
Pinned
1/2 muslins

Draping Wovens 1








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.
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