Course Description

Advanced Program for High School Students- Fashion and Feminism: Architect of Form

Design by Tess Rich

The female form has been exalted, constrained, and manipulated throughout fashion history—often framed by the demands of the patriarchy. In this course students are asked to push the boundaries of defining the feminine in fashion using the model of the prominent female architect Zaha Hadid. Her work challenged a male-dominated field and transformed thinking about how form integrates with its environment. Students develop concept boards, a design for a mini dress form, and ultimately craft a proposed apparel for female, male, or gender-neutral wear. Emphasis is placed on research and developing meaningful and well-crafted work that reflects students’ engagement with new thinking about the feminine form. No sewing experience required.


In this intensive course and Visual + Critical Language, students should expect to spend a combined minimum of 20 hours per week engaging in coursework across both courses. Students should plan their schedule accordingly to keep up with class.

In conjunction with your Featured Topics course(s), you are also required to enroll in Visual + Critical Language. When you register for this Featured Topics course, you will also be charged for the tuition of Visual + Critical Language. You will see this enrollment reflected in your Student Portal before the start date of the course. Visual + Critical Language will meet live two times: during the first and final live sessions of your Featured Topics course.


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Online, Asynchronous
Jul 19, 2021 to Aug 15, 2021
Online, Live Sessions
M, W
1:00PM to 4:00PM
Jul 19, 2021 to Aug 11, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $2,600.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Aug 09, 2021
Transfer Request Deadline
Jul 12, 2021
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jul 19, 2021 to Aug 15, 2021
Necessary Supplies/Text(s)
Bring to first class:
  • 1 Paper, pad mixed-media 9" x 12" 
  • 1 Paper, sketchbook, hardbound mixed-media 11" x 14" 
  • 1 Paper, tracing 25lb (pad of 50 sheets) 14" x 17"
  • 1 Eraser, white vinyl (Staedtler Mars, Alvin or similar)
  • 1 Pencil, graphite, set of 6 (8B, 7B, 6B, 4B, 2B, HB)
Other supplies:
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