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Explore the Exciting World of Fashion

July 9 - 21, 2017

For two exciting weeks, come live on our campus and explore “hands-on” the fields of Fashion Design or Fashion Merchandising.  You will attend a carefully designed curriculum consisting of lessons, activities and field trips.  The experience is taught by the highly regarded Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising Programs.  Faculty members all have extensive experience in various aspects of the fashion industry. You will work individually and in teams to complete a variety of projects.


About the Merchandising Program

Where Design Meets Business

Study the journey of fashion products from the designer’s mind to the final purchase. Learn the roles of buyers, product developers, marketing professionals, fashion writers, event planners, and retail managers who make the business of Fashion happen. During your two weeks at Drexel, you will explore the relationship between design, development, merchandising and marketing. Learn about a dynamic profession which applies business knowledge in conjunction with an aesthetic view point.

At the end of the program you will:

  • Have a clear overview of the fashion industry, its language and skills required for success
  • Understand product development, manufacturing and merchandising
  • Explore career opportunities and begin your resume development
  • Gain direct exposure to the key components within the fashion industry
  • Experience the innovative and dynamic learning environment of Drexel University

2-Week Format: 

Dynamic Lessons: Drexel’s experienced faculty along with industry professionals will engage in the exciting world of fashion from history and inspiration to product creation and manufacturing to marketing and retailing.

Industry Visits: We will tour studios, corporate headquarters and retailers in New York and Philadelphia meeting leaders in the business of fashion.

Cultural Events: We will visit influential galleries, restaurants and museums to develop your global mindset as an aspiring fashion industry professional.

Personal Portfolio:  You will create a comprehensive journal based on the curriculum and experiences from the two week program.

Final Venture: In teams you will collaborate and create an innovative project.


About the Fashion Design Program

The Power to Make a Statement

To some, fashion is an art form. To others, it is almost a religion. Designers are people with a desire to create. And fashion designers possess the power to transform an image to make a social statement.

Explore the exciting world of fashion design through conceptualizing, fashion sketching, studio courses in trends, fabrics, construction, and computer aided design (CAD). Discover who and what influences fashion and how it all began. Experience the multi-faceted field of fashion through our “hands-on” approach to Fashion Design. Through field trips you will get an insider’s look at top retailers, design boutiques and gain an understanding of a designer’s dream to dress the customer. Your fabulous future is waiting for you!

2-Week Format:

Studio as the Focus: Design studio is the heart of our program. Most afternoons will be spent in the studio developing design projects through sketching, computer aided design, and product development. Studio time involves group interaction and presentations along with one-on-one time with instructors.

Technology as a Tool: Students will be introduced to computer design in their area of concentration. As part of the core curriculum, students will explore graphics packages that are used in the design industry today.

Lectures for Deeper Understanding: Lecturers from Drexel’s faculty as well as industry professionals will give you an overview of trends in fashion and merchandising. Specific topics will be presented in small group sessions with opportunities for discussion.

Field Explorations to See "What’s Out There": We will travel about the region visiting boutiques and studios where fashion and design & merchandising come together in one exciting package.

Cultural Events to Awaken the Spirit: As a group, we will take-in the latest gallery shows and have dinner at one of Philadelphia’s exciting restaurants. We will explore the rich and diverse museums in Philadelphia, taking time to observe and understand art’s role and influence in fashion and merchandising.

Of course, there will be some time to kick back and relax. Drexel’s pool, basketball and volleyball courts will be available in the evenings. In general, we will spend our leisure time as a group as we have a lot to explore in a short period of time.




General Information 

Eligibility: We welcome high school students who are at least 16 years of age who have completed their sophomore year by July, prior to the start of the program. We encourage anyone who is excited about design to apply and we limit each program to 16 students.

Faculty: Students will be taught by Drexel faculty from the Department of Fashion Design & Merchandising in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. The faculty will be assisted by teaching assistants all of whom will spend one-on-one time with every student.

Housing & Meals: Students will live together in a Drexel Residence Hall with separate accommodations for females and males. We are located in University City, adjacent to Center City Philadelphia and many cultural sites. We have around-the-clock supervision including faculty, teaching and resident assistants. Students will also enjoy access to the Drexel Library and athletic facilities. Meals will be provided through Drexel Dining Services as well as through caterers for field trips.

What will you bring home with you: Students who successfully complete the 2-week program will receive a program certificate from Drexel University’s Department of Fashion Design & Merchandising, presented at the student gallery exhibition. You will also take away the foundation of a diverse student portfolio with original art and digital files along with a lot of career insights and happy memories, too.

Registration and Payment: You may apply by completing the downloadable PDF application, or the online application, and submitting a copy of your high school transcript, and your 300 word personal statement of interest.

A deposit of $300 is required with your application. Your deposit will be returned if you are not accepted into the program. Upon acceptance, your deposit is nonrefundable. The balance of $2,900 must be paid by June 23, 2017. A final balance payment form will be provided. No refunds will be made once the program begins.

Send Items to:

ATTN: Summer Program Coordinator
Drexel University
URBN Center 71-1A10C
3501 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

How soon will you hear from us? All applications will be reviewed as we receive them and applicants will be notified within 3 weeks from receipt. Admissions decisions are based upon academic preparation and commitment to explore design. We will limit the program to approximately 16 students per concentration. We will mail an acceptance letter and an information package to you and your family with additional program information, and of course, more forms to complete. Enrollment is limited and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis upon review and acceptance of the application.


Tuition Registration 

Tuition: The tuition of $3,200.00 covers everything, including:

  • Supervised accommodations in residence halls
  • Three meals a day
  • Classes, seminars, and lectures
  • Field trips, museums and office tours
  • Use of computer resources, library, and athletic facilities
  • Recreational field trips and social events
  • Cultural events and social events
  • Select Supplies and Materials: We will also provide a list of items students should bring with them

Tuition does not include student health care coverage. All students must provide proof of insurance in order to enroll in the session (form will be provided).

Application, Registration, Payment: You may apply by completing the downloadable PDF application, or the online application, and submitting a copy of your high school transcript, and your 300 word personal statement of interest.

A deposit of $300 is required with your application. Your deposit will be returned if you are not accepted into the program. Upon acceptance, your deposit is nonrefundable. The balance of $2,900 must be paid by June 23, 2017. A final balance payment form will be provided. No refunds will be made once the program begins.