FASHION

SUMMER AT COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL IMMERSION - JULY 8-26, 2019

LEARN CUTTING EDGE techNologY from an ICONIC FASHION INFLUENCER

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These three weeks have had such a profound influence on me. I apply the skills I obtained on a daily basis.
— Maia J. (2017 student)

EXPLORE cross stitching, Laser cutting AND Conductive embroidery, and 3D printing

This three-week immersion is ideal for creative high schoolers who are interested in the fusion of technology and fashion. By the end of the Summer at Columbia Fashion program, you will have created, sampled and mastered your own original textile manipulation with the use of cutting-edge technology. Led by Fashion Studies Associate Professor and Project Runway finalist Justin LeBlanc, the experiences you gain at Columbia College Chicago will give you a jump start towards a college career in a wide range of related fields in the world of technology and fashion.

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AS A SUMMER AT COLUMBIA STUDENT, YOU WILL

  • Participate in a program uniquely designed for high school students by our award-winning faculty and staff

  • Learn directly from leaders in the creative industries

  • Meet and collaborate with like-minded peers and graduate mentors from around the world

  • Participate in various industry-specific enrichment activities while exploring the City of Chicago

  • Gain hands-on classroom experience, while earning college credit that can be used towards your major should you attend Columbia College Chicago in the future

  • Have the opportunity to live on campus in the vibrant South Loop neighborhood of Chicago.

HANDS-ON FASHION INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO

Our work in the classroom on textile fabrication and surface embellishment will be enhanced by exploring the rich communities that surround Columbia College Chicago, exposing students to how underground fashion has become an integral part of the fashion community in Chicago. Beginning in the first week, you will get guided tours and demonstrations of all the professional studios and fashion spaces offered across Columbia's campus. You will also meet and learn from a local cross-stitch artist whose massive following was launched when she created custom clothing for Chance the Rapper. Led by the faculty and student mentors, Summer at Columbia Fashion students will travel off-campus to tour some of Chicago's fashion exhibitions and showcases throughout the city.

It absolutely changed my life...I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me because of this experience.
— Mya F. (2018 Summer at Columbia Student)
My son had an amazing experience at Columbia!
— Erendira R. (2017 Summer at Columbia parent)

(VIDEO) Check out the short documentary our 2017 Summer at Columbia Filmmaking students made about their experience with us.

YOUR SUMMER FASHION STUDIES COURSE

During your three weeks in the Summer at Columbia program, you’ll achieve the learning outcomes and credits for the Textile Fabrication and Surface Embellishment course in our Fashion Studies Department. This course explores the creation of traditional embellishments using technology. You will learn various techniques including cross stitching, laser-cutting embellishment, and 3D printing embellishment. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be competent in each of the covered techniques, and will be able use them imaginatively in your own designs.

This is a fully accredited, three-credit hour course within the Fashion Studies Department. Summer at Columbia students who pass this course and matriculate to Columbia are not required to take Textile Fabrication and Surface Embellishment as undergraduates.


About YOUR Faculty Mentor

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JUSTIN LeBLANC

FASHION STUDIES

Justin LeBlanc is an Associate Professor of Fashion Studies at Columbia College Chicago where he teaches fashion design and installation. LeBlanc’s interdisciplinary career spans fashion, textile art, architecture, and technology.

LeBlanc aims to push education forward by combining the strengths of emerging technology like 3D printing with the traditions of the hand. His work focuses on knowledge passed down through artists and cultures from which our understandings are based. This knowledge and experience in multiple disciplines allows him to exploit and fuse different approaches, resulting in artistic expression that cannot be conveyed by one discipline alone.

LeBlanc has been featured in a number of publications, fashion shows, and television in the United States and internationally. These include Mercedes New York Fashion Week, Marie Claire, Red Eye, The Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, USA Today, and The Face Magazine. He has competed on Project Runway and Project Runway All Stars. LeBlanc’s Undergraduate degree is in Architecture from North Carolina State University, and his Master’s Degree is in Fashion Design from School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


FASHION STUDIES Alumni

Students graduating from Columbia College Chicago’s Fashion Studies will be able to demonstrate critical thinking and communications skills, and have the foundation necessary to enter fashion-related industries. Alumni find success on the business and design sides of fashion in everything from styling for magazine shoots to launching their own fashion lines. Hands-on student experience translates into professional work with major designers, retailers, boutiques, costume houses and galleries.

FASHION Alumni highlights

Below is a small sample of Columbia College Chicago alumni success stories. Please click on the names to learn more:

  • Agnes Hamerlik ’12
    Designer. Visionary. Maverick.
    Fashion designer Agnes Hamerlik racks up awards while creating unique, avant-garde apparel.

  • Hannah Kardux ’13
    Businesswoman. Networker. Executive.
    Fashion Business alumna Hannah Kardux’s fashion internship turned into a full-time dream job.

  • Lauren McKeague ’07
    Entrepreneur. Trendsetter. Networker.
    This entrepreneur worked days in visual merchandising and nights dreaming up her own store—and her hard work paid off with her clothing shops, Pink Slip Boutique and Parker James.

  • Susan Alexandra ’07
    Jeweler. Designer. Boss.
    Susan Alexandra brings joy with her vibrant, hand-painted jewelry.

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