Since the school’s inception in 1998, we have been successfully and seriously instructing, inspiring and mentoring the youth and aspiring young designers of Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Toronto and GTA for many years now. We are a serious, forward thinking school specializing in the instruction of all aspects of fashion, design and visual arts to students of all ages. The majority of our students have hopes of one day attaining acceptance into the fashion design, fashion communications, visual arts, graphic arts, and interior design programmes in some of the best and most prestigious universities and colleges across North America… and it is our job to prepare them for this.
Since we are the only school in York Region specializing in fashion and design, it is no wonder that our student body ranges from as young as age 7 to adult. The academy boasts a fashion design programme selection larger even than most universities, offering classes for all ages, right from the beginner level all the way to a post professional level. We believe it is our professional instructors and small teacher:student ratios that make all the difference. Each instructor has been carefully hand chosen by Joanne Dice and all are industry proven professionals in their fields, and the results prove it. We boast a higher standard of learning for design than any other school in York Region. Our students move on to the university programmes of their choice anywhere in the world and have become successful in their fields of study.
“From the fabulous colours and techniques learned in our fine arts programmes… to the wild runway designs created in our fashion arts programmes… to the amazing reality of patternmaking… to the creative wonder achieved in our sewing classes… and finally, to our spectacular Year End Fashion & Art Show Gala, our students are constantly learning and evolving as artists and fashion designers, and are always prepared.”
Joanne Dice, Owner, Designer, Creative Director
“When it is done properly, haute couture is at once a state of mind,an intellectual and artistic choice, a social and political expression, an aesthetic attitude, a commitment to effort and progress, a struggle against the banal, the mundane, a tool of communication; a means, if you will, of provoking thought, emotion and desire.”
Along with the warmer summer weather comes a need for flexing your creative muscles, having fun and just catching up on doing all the things that you didn’t have time for during the year. As we do throughout the school year, the Haute Couture Academy offers the very best in fashion design and illustration, sewing, patternmaking, makeup and cosmetics and visual arts summer camps and programmes to students of all ages. Our decades of vast experience in the education system has proven to us that the summer is most definitely the very best time of year to get started on learning new skills. As students do not have to worry about school and homework during the summer months, they can focus their energies on having fun, getting creative in a nurturing and cool learning environment and meeting new and exciting people in their programmes here with us.
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