Costume design (612W20003)

(Apparel and knitwear design)

The beginning of the specialisation programme of Apparel and Knitwear design  started in the Telsiai College of applied art. It was a former specialisation of art knitwear and tricot design which was established in 1985. After the status of school was changed, according to VAA study programme of costume design there was prepared the specialisation programme of knitwear and costume design. The study programme of Apparel and knitwear design specialisation differs from other programmes of similar profile because of greater focus on knitwear design. This is a possibility to create original knitted material called tricot which can be used for apparel and accessories as well or matching it with different textile materials. During teaching process students, using various knitting equipment, can make of threads new materials of original texture, patterns and ornaments and they can be used in designing the collections of apparel and accessories. This material is taking over more and more positions in apparel design, as matching of knitted material/tricot and fabrics is concurrent in contemporary fashion and gives aesthetic and functional attractiveness to each collection. 

The aim of this BA study programme is to provide students with basic and professional knowledge in the fields of apparel design and modelling and knitwear design; to educate a creative personality who is able to manage performance methods and tools in the changing market of fashion business. There are set guidelines to contemporary fashion, its changes, upholding ethnic culture and nation self-awareness, introduction to textures of new textile materials, their possibilities and application to creative process. The study programme of Costume design covers the subjects required for preparation of a designer (an ideas generator and a specialist for ideas implementation). Students study development of costume and design, fashion tendencies; they get introduced to the changes of contemporary style and image. Students gain practical and theoretical knowledge of artistic expression, design, construction, sewing, knitting, traditional and modern technologies, management and marketing. They know how to implement their creative ideas – to create and make an apparel collection and present it attractively to a customer by using visual communication aids. During studies there take place creative workshops; students participate in different fashion events in Lithuania and abroad; there are organised exhibitions and field trips; there take place collaboration with social stakeholders. Students have an opportunity for professional development in the foreign higher institutions by the international mobility programmes such as Erasmus exchange or Nordplus.

Entrance requirements.  Admission is organised in a contest way. Applicants must have acquired initial art basics; thus, are able to draw, paint, compose and know basics of art history. In the first stage of entrance exams students have to hand in a portfolio of their works. The entrance exam consists of the tasks of visual expression and composition. The aim is to find out special abilities of an applicant such as drawing skills, hearing colours, a sense of the composition whole.

Career opportunities.  The main focus is on small and medium-sized business which can be developed in the region, Lithuania and it is an opportunity to work in the international fashion industry. Graduates can perform individually or work as professionals in the companies or state cultural institutions. Wide university education gives graduates an opportunity to work in the institutions of education, art research, media, design, communication and others. Graduates can continue further MA studies.