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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
                      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 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  -  FALL/WINTER  2017-2018







PATTERN
MAKING 2

Jackets
& Pants

bound
buttonhole
in soft
cashmere

                     FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM - (college level)
13 Saturdays Nov 18- mid March 2018   10am-12:40pm - 3 credits   "Pattern Making 2"
Cost: $975 for 13 weeks of classes    students 18-adult   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 design including sketch, original draft, full pattern set & sewn "fit muslin" garment created by each student & present in class.
Class Dates: This Saturday class includes skipped weekends throughout the semester for larger homework assignments & holidays. Snow days could move final class date.
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 in class.) Some additional supplies will be demonstrated & available in class.









                FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM - (college level)
Starting Saturdays in Jan.   1.5 credits  "Designer Sewing for Brand Development"
Cost: $450 for 6 weeks of classes    students 18-adult    Instructor: Pamela Ptak

For those specializing in brand development, this industry-directed sewing class helps each student develop their own fashion identity while they learn the distinct techniques used to produce industry standard garments. The course starts with a study of the student's brand directions, followed by analysis of industry made garments in a variety of levels from "fast fashion" to "designer ready-to-wear" to "haute couture" and finally the preparation & manufacture of samples for each level. Students are expected to keep a detailed notebook of descriptions & samples.
Class Dates: This Saturday class includes skipped weekends throughout the semester for larger homework assignments & holidays. Snow days could move final class.
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.  









                FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM - (college level)
13 Saturdays starting in January  3 credits  "Draping Wovens 1"  
Class cost: $975 for 13 weeks   
Students 18-adult   Instructor: Pamela Ptak

The garment industry acknowledges 5 basic silhouettes which form the basis of many other forms used in design. In this class, you'll learn to drape all five basic silhouettes. Working on full-size dress forms in the AFI™ studios, each student will drape their own garment patterns in muslin, then true it in and re-pin it as a 1/2 body muslin. As you develop an understanding of the balance, proportion & scale of these very important basics, you will begin to discover the nuances which make up a designer's personal style. The understanding of draping also provides a fine background to sewers looking for perfect fit in their own garments and for alterations specialists. This class is especially suited to beginning drapers, as well as students heading to further fashion school. 
Class Dates: This Saturday class includes skipped weekends throughout the semester for larger homework assignments & holidays. Snow days could move final class date.
Bring to first class:
5 yards of crisp medium-weight muslin, sharp fabric scissors, no. 2 pencils and notebook. Drafting tools required for class will be shown in 1st class and may be purchased at the school or online between class 1 & 2.










Marked &
Pinned
1/2 muslins

Draping Wovens 1














Designer
Sewing
for
Brand
Development

                FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM - (college level)
Starting Saturdays in Jan  1.5 credits  "Designer Sewing for Brand Development"
Cost: $450 for 6 weeks of classes    students 18-adult    Instructor: Pamela Ptak

For those specializing in brand development, this industry-directed sewing class helps each student develop their own fashion identity while they learn the distinct techniques used to produce industry standard garments. The course starts with a study of the student's brand directions, followed by analysis of industry made garments in a variety of levels from "fast fashion" to "designer ready-to-wear" to "haute couture" and finally the preparation & manufacture of samples for each level. Students are expected to keep a detailed notebook of descriptions & samples.
Class Dates: This Saturday class includes skipped weekends throughout the semester for larger homework assignments & holidays. Snow days could move final class.
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.









                                       classes returning in Spring & Summer 2018 . . . . .







Pattern Making 1

Blouse by
Pamela Ptak


                FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM - (college level)
returning soon
  "Pattern Making 1"  3 credit   Cost: $975    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 skipped weekends throughout the semester for larger homework assignments & holidays. Snow days could move final class date.
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








                FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM - (college level)
returning soon!
    Instructor: Pamela Ptak      "DRAPING STRETCH KNITS”
ALL draping & pattern making classes are appropriate for beginner through advanced designers. Instructor works with each individual independently.
For beginning drapers or draping students ready to move beyond basic wovens, draping in stretch knits utilizes an entirely new set of principals. Draping on 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 and dresses. You'll create your own original  designs with knits of varying degrees of stretch.  Bring to first class: notebook, scissors, pins, 5-6 yds of a 4-way stretch fabric in any light, solid color, pencils for marking, drafting tools for true-ing in the original patterns you create.



                FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM - (college level)
Instructor: Pamela Ptak                 "Draping Knits: Leggings, Tights & Yoga Pants"

Learn how to drape stretch knits on a pant form to make original designs in leggings, yoga pants, wrap pants and related comfortable knit pants. First, learn the basics of draping stretch knits, then create your own variations. There's no limits to what you can do with draping. Bring to first class: scissors, straight pins, no. 2 pencils, and 3 yards of inexpensive white or very light colored 2 or 4way stretch knit fabric. If you do not have a good source of inexpensive knit fabrics, you may purchase fabrics for $4-5/yd from teacher in first class.













             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 (18 credits)
3 credit  -  Draping Wovens 1
3 credit  -  Pattern Making 1
3 credit  -  Draping Wovens 2
3 credit  -  Fashion Illustration
3 credit  -  Industrial Sewing

3 credit  -  Textiles & Finishing



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

AFI™ FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM  -  Level 2 (18 credits)
3 credit  -  Pattern Making 2
3 credit  -  Women's Tailored Jacket (construction)
    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


Historical Reference
Straight Grain vs. Bias

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  - 
Boned Evening Wear
          or - 
Corsetry
          or -  Lingerie

1 credit  -  Haute Couture Details
10 credit  -  RTW Collection

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)
10 credit  -  Haute Couture Collection - part 1
10 credit  -  Haute Couture Collection - part 2



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