Starting in the Fall of 2015, LaSalle College Montréal’s E-Learning School will be offering a new Fashion Styling program, the first online Fashion Styling program in Canada leading to an attestation of college studies (AEC). By mastering fashion fundamentals and understanding psychological characteristics of different target audiences, graduates of this new program will know how to make their clients stand out.
"With online training, studying in the comfort of your home at your own pace is possible. This new program’s online platform will be ideal for those who work, have a family or who commute, all factors which may prevent you from pursuing a traditional educational program. Learners can interact with their tutor or their colleagues at all times", mentioned Tristan Tassé, the director of ilasallecampus.
According to the Grappe métropolitaine de la mode, mmode, the fashion industry has been an important source of economic activity and employment in Québec, and especially in Montréal, with sales recorded at $7.6 billion. And today, Québec is still the leader in this industry in Canada. In 2012, with 28,325 jobs, Québec accounted for about 48% of the jobs in the Canadian fashion industry. Québec’s industry had 1,833 businesses and their sales totalled $7.6 billion. Home to 70% of Québec’s fashion industry firms, the Montréal region ranks third in North America in clothing manufacturing.
The Fashion Styling program offered by LaSalle College Montréal was created and developed by several industry experts, including:
“By adding an online Fashion Styling program, we aim to meet the growing demand for a specialized labour force in the areas of retail sales, services to individuals and fashion marketing. We are also seeking to respond to the strong interest that students have shown for fashion styling, a discipline that focuses more on the use and coordination of fashion products for creative purposes. In light of this, we hope that our graduates will be able to meet the needs of specific client bases and play a role in product marketing and sales growth,” stated Jacques Marchand, General Director of LaSalle College Montréal.
Registration is now open for this new program, which will begin in the 2015 Fall semester. Everyone is invited to attend a free workshop presented by expert Patricia Lee, entitled “An hour in the shoes of a fashion stylist”, which aims to explain and showcase the realities of the profession. This online workshop, that also allows participants to experience the virtual classroom, will take place on August 26th at 6:30 p.m. (in French) and at 8:15 p.m. (in English).
Joan Guay, a fashion tutor at the LaSalle College E-learning School, has an original approach in exploring different creative spheres and passing on her knowledge to students, with whom she is keen to make a difference.