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An exciting and fun session exploring the challenges that make-up artists are presented with - designing a face that will represent beauty, character or even horror! 

In addition to this year's session, students who attend will have the opportunity to create a design that they can use to enter Front! - Solent University's design challenge for make-up artists in collaboration with AnonStyle Magazine.  

Students will spend the session creating a design that reflects this year's Front competition theme of 'Under the Sea', using Solent face and hair charts (uniquely designed for the media and fashion styling programme at Solent University). The sessions will take place in our new make-up and hair studios, allowing aspiring creatives to see the range of outcomes that make-up artists can produce, while being introduced to some of the materials that artists work with professionally.  All of this and the full design support by key members of the Solent make-up and hair event team.

Entering Front! competition is optional; enjoying yourself during this design session is not!

This taster session is suitable for students in FE (full- or part-time study), on art foundation, Level 3 Diplomas across art and design; and students studying media, make-up and hair, and performance.

Duration: 3 hours
Maximum number of students: 20

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Fashioning the window - an introduction to styling skills for visual merchandising

This session will introduce students to the world of retail design and store windows. By introducing examples of fashion forms and the history and theory behind them, students will learn and practice dressing a bust form with stock from the University's fashion and lifestyle store.

This is an introduction to the detailing that is part of the whole store window and in-store layout customer experience that is so crucial to every bricks and mortar store.

Duration: 4 hours
Maximum number of students: 12

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Collaborate, connect and create: Transform the ordinary into the EXTRAORDINARY

In this session, students are encouraged to push their creative boundaries and discover how to hone their visual and styling skills. Through this fast-paced taster session, students learn how to form and revamp the everyday into the exceptional, using a mix of clothing and media.

"Fashion is instant language." Miuccia Prada

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Fashion your future

This session is designed to introduce students to the exciting world of fashion where brand matters. Students will explore the power of the brand, learn the importance of trends, and work with a fashion stylist and fashion photographer to design their own piece of fashion communication.

The session is suitable for students from a business, textile and marketing background who wish to explore the many careers available in fashion ranging from buying, fashion marketing, fashion PR, visual merchandising, marketing, and fashion HR, to name a few.  The course has a business focus, demonstrating how students could work in many different areas within the fashion industry and is ideal for students wanting to develop their idea-generating techniques and understanding of the consumers they are targeting, whilst learning key IT skills.

Duration: 5.5 hours
Maximum number of students: 40

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