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Wilson School of Design

In addition to our certificate, diploma and degree programs, the Wilson School of Design provides relevant, quality educational programming for a variety of learners. Our courses are taught by our qualified faculty and industry professionals. We offer a range of courses, workshops, seminars and programs of study to help you achieve your goals.


Summer Design Foundation Academy
FSDP 9001
August 3, 4, 5, 6, 2021
(5 hours x 4 days)


Interested in learning more about what designers do? Learn from a range of design educators from the Wilson School of Design and create inspiration materials and illustrations, transform shapes into soft objects, and practice photo manipulation through computer programs like Adobe Photoshop.  Each day includes a different design area and projects done at home while working with your instructor online.  Each student will build a personalized design portfolio and projects that will be valuable for a future in design.  No previous experience needed ages 12+  Registration will remain open until late July.


FSDP 9037

Introduction to Sewing
(Sewing Collared Shirts)
FSDP 9037
May 11th - July 13th, 2021
(2.5 hours x 10 weeks)

This course is for beginner and novice makers, no previous experience is required!

This online course, taking place between May and August, covers foundational sewing knowledge including how to purchase fabrics and how to work with PDF sewing patterns. Lessons are a blend of pre-recorded video, multimedia, and optional face-to-face online discussion and check-ins. Throughout this course you will be constructing a unisex long-sleeve button-up utility shirt. Course content explores working with woven fabrics, and sewing collars, collar stands, button plackets, pockets, setting in sleeves and sleeve cuffs. All of the online video demonstration tutorials include clear directions and trouble-shooting tips. With this self-paced format, students should expect to spend between two to four hours per week on course content and project work, on a total of 10 topics. Registration will remain open until mid-June.

To be successful in this course you will need:
- Access to your own sewing machine and iron  (a home domestic sewing machine or straight stitch industrial sewing machine will work)
- Fabrics & Supplies to sew your shirt (a supply list will be available for you in the course)
- Access to a printer to print off the PDF pattern and instructions


FSDP 9036

Canada by Design
FSDP 9036
May - Aug, 2021

An Exploration of Canadian Fashion, Apparel and Textiles

The Canadian apparel industry is diverse with each province, city, and community having its own distinct feel.  In Canada by Design we will investigate the diversity of design in Canada with a fashion, apparel and textile focus. Through readings, guest speakers, and inquiry we will uncover how the Canadian apparel industry and its many companies, entrepreneurs and artisans thrive. Course activities are designed to broaden your understanding of the Canadian design industry in exciting and creative ways.

This is an online, self-paced course taking place between May and August. You should expect to spend approximately 40 hours in total on this course to meet the learning outcomes. Registration will remain open until late July.



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