The Cut Fashion Academy
Start your career in fashion today
The Cut Fashion Design Academy in Vancouver was founded by apparel and production expert Liza Deyrmenjian who has worked in fashion for more than 30 years. It’s the only accredited fashion school in North America where you’ll enjoy one-on-one education in a professional workshop with some of the industry’s biggest names. It’s the perfect springboard if you want to study at one of the world’s top fashion colleges, turn your passion into a rewarding second career, or advance a hobby.
HANDS-ON, REAL WORLD EDUCATION
- Small class sizes
- Location Location Location
- Hands on Learning
- Mentorship opportunities
- Program variety
- Opportunity to work with industry professionals (Networking)
- Schedule flexibility
- Open Weekends
Master the technical skills and creative tools you need to pursue a successful career in today’s fast-growing, competitive global fashion business. Our workshop-based fashion design diploma is taught by industry experts (plus a few big name guests) who’ll share their experience in:
- Visual Design
- Garment Construction
- Apparel Supply Chain Management
- Business Management
- Fashion Marketing
- Fashion Media
- Structure: Choose four core certificates, plus one other from the following electives:
- Gerber Pattern Making & Grading
- Couture Pattern Making
- Technical Pattern Making
The course enables students to become industry proficient in pattern making, fit and sewing construction. The first six weeks are dedicated to learning the fundamentals of pattern making, fit and sewing, and by Week 7 students choose their ‘design’ stream: active/technical wear, evening wear, contemporary women’s or menswear. Students produce garments throughout their studies and create a cohesive 6-piece collection as their final project. Some sewing experience is required. Some manual pattern making experience is recommended to take this course.
This program prepares students for careers in merchandising, buying, sales, design, public relations, advertising/ marketing, importing/ exporting, creative direction, illustration, bridal consulting, and other aspects in the Fashion Business. Students have the chance to immerse in hands-on learning including presentations and workshops with industry leaders, as well as field trips and industry visits.
This integrated hands-on course will introduce you to the business of product development and apparel manufacturing. Top industry professionals will teach you how to bring your product from concept to completion. You will learn the start-up of product development, including understanding textile science, how to build prototypes, and how to identify basic garment construction techniques. You will prepare industry-standard technical specification packages and learn how to source material and labour, local and abroad. Costing structures and production planning are emphasized. In a global economy, production of a product line must be executed with business profit in mind. Learn the skills to navigate the complex business of product development and production to further develop your business reach or improve your existing small business profile.
Gerber pattern making examines every aspect of pattern making and grading using Gerber AccuMark Pattern Design software (V10) and focuses on specific job responsibilities often assigned to apparel pattern makers and graders. Rather than focus solely on software commands, this class incorporates invaluable insight gained from the professor’s extensive experience as an industry insider. Lessons, exercises, and quizzes focus not only on teaching the software, but also on preparing students to be successful industry professionals. This module also covers pattern creation, drafting, digitizing, plotting, knock offs, data conversion, technical specification sheets, and costing of markers. Some manual pattern making experience is recommended to take this course.
Vancouver is called ‘Hollywood North’ and nothing helps to bring the vision and the voice of a director to life more than the skills of the costuming department. Our hands-on course will help you become prepared to step into a role in this fascinating and highly creative one-billion dollar industry through hands-on, project-based learning led by our professional instructors. You will be able to understand, holistically, the departments of film production which collaborate with and around the costume departments as well as the duties, responsibilities and theories for those positions. An extensive dive into the principles of Colour Theory, Fashion History and Fabric Technology create a foundation for special techniques and practices exclusive to the world of TV and FIlm. Research methods, script and character breakdowns, union specifics; you will be taught to blend your creative and analytical skills and experience an introduction to some of the unique characteristics of working in the film industry and discover in yourself the personal character traits needed to excel. From etiquette and set procedures, roles and requirements, you will be given a head-start to one of the most exciting, challenging and lucrative career choices within the fashion world with our Costuming for Film and Television, Level One program.
In this challenging and industry-specific course, you will learn how technical apparel is designed and manufactured. With a focus on pattern making that uses the technical and performance properties of various fabrics for specific end-uses such as sports, recreation, survival, and protection, you will pursue advanced pattern making and garment assembly studies geared to the outdoor sports enthusiasts. You will acquire the knowledge of new fibres, fabrics and trims, and learn how to apply specific technical construction techniques to build performance garments. You will also visit local Vancouver manufacturers specializing in technical apparel manufacturing. For your final project, you will pattern and sew a four-piece capsule collection.
In this comprehensive and specialized course, you will focus on the intricacies and techniques utilized in evening wear and bridal. Students will learn how to draft, construct and manipulate fabrics utilizing a variety of specialty fabrics and finishes, including beading, lace work, and tailoring, as well as learn how to drape in jersey and silk. At the completion of this module, you will draft and assemble two couture evening wear designs that reflect your personal design point of view and brand.
Our flexible modular virtual certificate programs allow students to take a deep dive into their areas of interest while giving them the time to keep a full- time job or taking 2 certificates at the same time.
- Fashion Design, Illustration & Creative Design (Virtual)
- Pattern Making & Assembling Technique (Virtual)
- Fashion Marketing & Branding (Virtual)
- Product Development, Production & Sourcing (Virtual)
- Gerber Pattern Making & Grading (Virtual)
- Couture Pattern Making | Evening Wear / Special Occasion | Level 2 (Virtual)
- Technical Pattern Making | Advanced Outerwear / Active Wear | Level 2 (Virtual)
- Basic Costuming For Film And Television
Adapting to Life in Canada
Your host family will have been fully screened and monitored so you can relax knowing they’re fully prepared and excited to help you adjust to life in Canada. After all, a new school, home, food and language can be challenging at times so it’s good to have people you can trust to help out. Any dietary or religious requirements or special requests can be easily accommodated.
Homestays are typically located in Vancouver’s suburbs in quiet, safe areas with good transport and amenities. Getting around Vancouver is easy, clean and efficient so travelling from home to school is straightforward.