CORE FASHION DESIGN DIPLOMA PROGRAM
In a time when we are so removed from where our clothing comes from, it takes a special individual to want to pursue fashion design- a person who understands how rewarding it feels to make something with their own hands. Someone who possesses an innate desire to create and is determined to bring their unique vision to the world. In the Core Fashion Design program, you’ll start with something as abstract as a sketch and turn it into a collection. We’ll provide you with the most advanced and relevant curriculum, while training in an environment that’s similar to a real fashion design company, so you can make your mark on the world as a designer.
This 26-week Fashion Design program consists of in-depth theory, practical knowledge, additional open lab time and hands-on, creative projects. To ensure that your training is current and cutting edge, we’ve teamed up with top fashion designers from Alexander McQueen, Aritzia, Lululemon, Helly Hansen, Kit and Ace, and OAK+FORT, giving you access to some of the most design-oriented minds in the city. We asked these industry leaders what they’re looking for in recent graduates, and incorporated their wants and needs into an efficient 6-month design program. By the end of the program, you’ll showcase your debut collection to a live audience at the JCI Graduating Fashion Show.
Every creative individual knows how much you draw inspiration from your surroundings. That’s why we brought in high-profile architects to design our classrooms. Not only do they mimic a design studio, but they’re also meant to enhance individual creativity. The sewing machines and tools you’ll be using are state-of-the-art and our desks are custom-made to ensure you can perform your best without space limitations.
Beyond our newly-renovated space, you’ll also get to work with top-of-the-line software and hardware. You’ll get access to a laptop to use during class time, which will have the latest Adobe Suite Software and AccuMark by Gerber Technologies installed on it. AccuMark by Gerber is the world’s leading design and production software- it’s considered a necessity by many of the best-known apparel brands. We brought this technology to you so that upon graduation, you’ll be one step ahead of other fashion school graduates.
The goal of this innovative, practical program is to provide the knowledge and skills to work as a designer with confidence and pride. Students will be able to identify, understand, and use the types of equipment, tools, software, and materials required to complete garment construction. JCI graduates have the ability to stand out as a designer with strong practical and technical skills. After only 6 months of study, students will complete a collection of garments to be featured in a fashion show.
Students entering the Core Fashion Design Diploma program are expected to have an understanding of the Fashion industry. Prerequisite courses are required for admission into this program.
- Basic Fashion Illustration (female croquis)
- Elements of Design 1 (creating flats by hand, understanding of design process)
- Elements of Design 2 (collection development, Adobe Illustrator)
Please contact us to inquire about how you can meet these prerequisites.
DIPLOMA PROGRAM LENGTH 26 weeks | 24 hours per week
CLASS SIZE 14 students maximum/class
The Review puts you back into the design mindset, even if you never left. In this fashion academy refresher, we’ll look back at the important topics covered in the prerequisite fashion courses you took prior to this program.
The Look is where you’ll learn the industry standards and methods that make up the fashion design process. You’ll explore how research and creative thinking can generate design ideas, and how you can translate that vision into fashion design that actually sells. Through constant analysis of the retail environment, target markets and past and present innovation, you’ll gain a fundamental foundation in this fashion design course. The focus of this fashion course is to understand the practical, economical side of fashion design, while also fostering creativity and a cultivating an aesthetic that is unique to you.
The Range provides you with the opportunity to realize your vision, starting with a design concept and finishing with a full collection. It’s really your chance to build on the ideas you established in The Look. Throughout it all, you’ll work in a fashion academy setting similar to a design studio. The goal is to create a collection that considers the economic feasibility of your product in today’s market. You’ll explore ideas around technical fabrics, alternative construction techniques, surface finishes/detailing, colour palettes, line plans and printing. Building on your knowledge of supply chain essentials and requirements, you’ll create Technical Packages of your designs. Over the course of 12 weeks, you’ll expand your range and understanding of the design process, so you can move on to constructing your garments in The Make.
Your fashion college education is what you make of it—literally. A critical part of the program, The Make is your chance to construct actual garments. In Term 1, each lesson will begin with theory, followed by a demonstration. Then, you’ll work individually while the instructor rotates through the class, giving each student sufficient one-on-one time. You’ll be introduced to basic pattern making, garment construction and sewing techniques to help you translate your designs into a fashion career. These lessons will give you an eye for quality, as well as a solid understanding of how a garment is built. In Term 2, you’ll create your final looks utilizing the valuable skills you’ve learned.
During The Cut, you’ll learn what it takes to get your collection to market so that it can be sold to consumers. You’ll have the opportunity to showcase your collection in a JCI institute fashion show—a high-energy, public event attended by media, fashion industry personnel, sponsors and your friends and family. You’ll also style a photo shoot of your collection and look at other ways to market your line. This fashion course provides you with legitimate material for your portfolio and teaches you how to communicate your brand’s message to an audience. By the end of it, you’ll be able to sell yourself and the ethos behind your designs.
FASHION SCHOOL INSTRUCTORS
Director & Industry Liaison
Maneli is the Fashion Program Director and Career Liaison at JCI. Having lived in both North America and Europe, she understands the fashion industry through a global lens. In London, Maneli worked in a high-pressure, high fashion position at Alexander McQueen. Here in Vancouver, she was a womenswear designer at the innovative Lululemon lab. Her experience in the industry is vast—she’s held titles such as Business Development Executive, Print Designer, Illustrator and Fashion Editor, and she’s worked in costuming, branding and consulting. Now, on top of her role at JCI, Maneli is also the Creative Director of the label, Aiki District.
Maneli’s creative pursuits at home and abroad have shaped her perspective on the industry. Specifically, education has played a pivotal role in her success. With a Bachelor’s Degree from UBC in Sociology and Political Science, Maneli understands societal and economic trends. This diverse, knowledgeable approach gives her a particular edge when it comes to researching and forecasting fashion trends. Her extensive network connections also ensure that she understands what it takes for students to be marketable—locally and globally.
Maneli is here to help you find your focus within the industry. Once you’ve found what speaks to you, she’ll take those extra steps to help you land a fashion career that lets you live your passion.
Instructor of Elements of Design and The Range
Heather Young was born into a family of makers. Her grandmother was a seamstress for Modernize Tailors in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Her mother sewed her dresses and taught her rug hooking at an early age. She is the founder of The Craft Lab and has an extensive background in clothing & textile design spanning more than twenty years. In fact, she can’t remember a time when she was not in love with textiles. After working for her uncle’s Aero Garments, she completed a fashion design degree from LaSalle College in Montreal and returned to her native Vancouver to begin the clothing line Dust. She designed and sold the woman’s line to stores in New York, Montreal, Tokyo and Vancouver. Design collaborations include contemporary dance, film, theatre companies and boutiques. In 2013 Heather completed a Masters of Fashion and Textiles from the Glasgow School of Art specializing in textile design using natural dyes. Her interests lie in sustainability and fashion, design process and building community through making. She has been teaching textiles for over a decade.
Instructor of Elements of Design, Illustration, Textiles, and The Look
Jennifer Gagne is a freelance apparel designer and developer working with a variety of brands based in the UK, United States and Canada and specializes in Intimates, Performance Apparel, Outerwear and Swimwear design. Over the past 10 years, Jennifer has gathered an array of skills to compliment her apparel design background including project management, logistics, sourcing, product development and sales + marketing. Her roster includes Lululemon Athletica and the Lululemon lab, Aritzia, Erin Templeton, Kit + Ace, Urban Outfitters, Naked Underwear, Elita Intimates, Cotton Inc., WGSN and Girlfriend Collective. She leads an active lifestyle surfing, skiing, running and motorbiking around Vancouver.
Instructor of The Cut
Instructor of The Make
Julia grew up on Vancouver Island, where she developed an interest in sewing and creating garments at an early age. Her creative spirit drove her to Vancouver, where she graduated from Kwantlen Polytechnic with a BA in Fashion Design and Technology. With a keen interest in Scandinavian design, Julia then moved to Finland in 2007. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Fashion Design from Aalto University, and worked for clothing companies in both Helsinki and London as a pattern drafter, production assistant, and women’s wear designer. In 2014, missing the beauty of the west coast, she returned to Canada. Julia holds over 10 years of local and international industry experience, specializing in women’s fashion, pattern making, garment construction, and communication. Her personal work explores simple and organic approaches to clothing, with an emphasis on process-driven design, sculpted silhouettes, and innovative construction techniques.
Stephane de Raucourt, John Fluevog “I have maintained a business relationship with John Casablancas Institute for the past 15 years and continue to rely on their expertise and professionalism from hiring fashion graduates to models.”
Brian Hill, Aritzia “I have hired JC graduates and found them to be qualified and well prepared to perform their jobs. I would not hesitate to hire a JC grad again.”
Tracey Pincott, Stylist “I have always been able to rely on JC fashion students to assist in various aspects of my fashion show productions. They are very professional, committed and prepared. They are always a pleasure to work with.”
Michelle Esteras “Words could not express my gratitude towards my exceptional instructors who have become my mentors and moulded me to become successful. The Fashion Arts program led me to explore my strengths and build up my weaknesses as well as value and character. It is not-at-all a glamorous industry, yet, it is one of the most rewarding. It requires passion, determination, hard work and that extra mile of effort. After graduating, JC staff went all the way with me with full support and faith in what I can achieve. It definitely is an institute that trains you to become the best and part of the real world of the fashion industry. I am blessed to be part of this Institute.”
Samantha Rose Balleza “JC Institute prepared me with the tools and knowledge to further my career in the fashion industry. The assignments and hands-on activities gave me the opportunity to show my creative side of styling and illustration, something I didn’t know I had in me.”
Angelica Martensson “My year at JC Institute was amazing. I learned so much about the fashion industry and I’ve grown as a person. I moved to Vancouver from Sweden not knowing anyone or what to expect from the program. From my first day until the end, people have treated me so well, and they’ve made me feel welcome. It’s been a great experience, and I’m going back to Europe with lots of memories.”
Bonnie Chung “I must say, this program was more intense than I had imagined, but at the same time, this program taught me so much! This course was not just about fashion, but it’s also about teamwork, time management, handling stress & pressure and how to strive towards reaching your goals. Current information and events on the fashion industry and various job postings helped me keep in touch with what’s going on around me! Out of all schools that I’ve attended, I had the most fun and felt the most successful at JCI. Thank you to all the teachers and staff, you guys are amazing!”
See your dream job with Holt Renfrew, Aritzia, Lululemon or jetting off to NYC or Hong Kong? JCI Fashion grads are unstoppable. Check out some grad profiles and picture yourself in the scene.
Sima Kumar Renowned International Celebrity Fashion Stylist
Styled for huge superstars such as Brad Pitt, Elton John, Sean Connery, Nelly Furtado, Sarah McLachlan and Kylie Minogue.
Nominated for 4 MTV Awards for her work on music videos for No Doubt, Jennifer Lopez, Incubus and POD.
Fashion, commercial and print editorial work includes styling for Christian Dior, YSL, the Grammy Awards, Paris Fashion Week and GQ magazine just to name a few!
Canada can still draw her back to style for projects like Canada’s Next Top Model and Bachelor Canada.
Michelle Esteras International Visual Merchandiser
Started her career as designer for Moba Moga, then got hired as Visual Merchandiser for GAP and H&M.
Moved to Dubai as Head of Merchandising for H&M.
Moved back to Canada as Manager of Visual Merchandising for BCBG Western Canada.
Now International Visual Manager for Australian based Company, Ever New, overseeing stores in 11 Countries. WOW..talk about success!
Fala Chien Fashion Designer
Started her own women’s wear line “Play with Fala”.
“Play with Fala” has been featured in New York Fashion Week, Vancouver Fashion Week Flare Magazine, and Elle Magazine.
Her line is currently sold in Canada, USA and Taiwan and at her online store shop.playwithfala.com
Lauren DesLauriers This top student landed an amazing job as Manager of Store Operations and Fashion Buyer for exclusive South Granville boutique: Libertine with buying trips to New York and Paris twice per year.
Recently moved to London, England to pursue an international opportunity as the Retail Development Manager for Westly Richards where she can live out her European Dream and career at the same time!
Julia Chan As the top Student Achievement Award winner, Julia landed her dream job in Marketing for Artizia.
As she continued to shoot for the stars she took her career to Hong Kong where she currently works as a Fashion Marketing and Advertising Executive for one of the top global Men’s lifestyle websites: “Hypebeast”.
Her career now has her gallivanting the globe to the fashion scenes in Florence, Milan, Tokyo, Seoul, Las Vegas and LA for trade shows and fashion weeks.
Rimpy Sahota Top Student Award winner, Rimpy started her fashion career as an intern with Gucci.
After graduation, Rimpy accepted a position as a Designer and Buyer for Dynamite and Garage Clothing in Montreal.
Returning back to Vancouver Rimpy snagged the awesome position as Buyer for LuLulemon.
Rimpy now has her own line of clothing (formal wear) and just completed her first trunk show. Rimpy has current JCI Fashion students interning with her! www.rimpysahota.com
Veronica Guan Only a few months after graduation, Veronica launched her own collection, “Veegy”. The collection was presented in two JCI fashion shows, and was recently featured in BC Fashion Week. Veronica used every project at JCI as a tool to design her collection and perfect her business plan. “Veegy” can be found at national retailer, The Bay as well as several stores in Hong Kong.
Kiran Khaira After graduating, Kiran was hired as the special events coordinator for The Bay Downtown. Her dedication paid off and a few years later she was promoted to special events manager. She organizes everything for fashion shows including international apparel brands to product launches for large-scale cosmetics companies.
Katrina Wright With passion in her heart and a diploma in hand, Katrina graduated from JCI prepared and focused on success. With previous retail experience in tow, she was offered a position at a designer boutique in Yaletown, Atomic Model. In addition to running this shop, she also dealt with purchase orders and shipments. Loving both management and buying, Katrina then took a position with another retailer doing just that until she landed her dream job with Blubird, a luxury boutique on Alberni street in Vancouver. As a buyer and assistant manager, she travels as far as New York to find the newest and hottest collections. We’re so proud of Katrina’s accomplishments and can’t wait for her next buy to arrive at Blubird!!
Mario Miotti Mario was born in Canada and has lived in Italy, Australia and the U.S.A. After training at JCI, he moved to Montreal for 2 years to further his career and knowledge in the industry. He is currently based in Toronto and New York, where he is an accomplished fashion and beauty photographer. Mario has established his own niche in being able to merge large luxury items with lifestyle and fashion.
He has photographed in numerous locations around Europe and North America. His magazine clients include Lou Lou, Pure, Clin D’Oeil, Mariage Quebec, Argyle, Lush, More, Sharp, Audi. His campaigns for established designers include Andy the Anh, Rafinalla, Mackage, Soia &Kyo, and Zeugari. Commercial clients include L’Oreal, Feria, Richard Booth, Cotton Ginny, Moods Salon & Salon Daniel. Celebrity clients include Inga Cadranel, Ben Mulroney, The Canadian Tenors, Leah Miller, Erin Karpluck, and Brendan Fraser.
In 2009, Mario was nominated for 3 National Magazine awards, and in 2010, he was awarded the Fashion/Beauty Applied Arts Award. Today, Mario continues to work on projects that inspire creativity and further his passion.
Pauline Chand Right after graduating, Pauline landed her first job as Assistant Stylist to the legendary Sima Kumar, a JCI grad and celebrity stylist. Pauline’s first styling job was a commercial for Britney Spears. Some of Pauline’s other projects have been with Vancouver Fashion, and GQ Magazine.