It has definitely been an exciting month for the fashion community in Canada. Off the heels of CAFA’s announcement of the first ever Canadian National Arts & Fashion Awards Gala, I’ve learned that Toronto now has a newly opened resource where those passionate in the alternative creative arts and fashion can hone their passion and skills under one roof at Toronto Fashion Academy. I jumped at the opportunity to go check them out last week and meet the team – who I literally adore, at their new space located in the city’s Fashion District, OBVI!
The only one of it”s kind in the Province, Toronto Fashion Academy acts as a central institution offering workshops and training in all facets of the industry – Modeling, Hair & Make-Up, Fashion Styling, Acting and Photography. Rumour has it, they will also be introducing Dance into their curriculum this Fall as well. What makes this academy unique and how it differs from University/College programs? The curriculum for each designation is significantly shorter (on average 18-20 hours), it allows students to build their portfolios, receive practical training and opportunities for post graduate gigs. In addition to all of this, enrolled students will be learning from industry experts and celebrities who have had first hand experiences in their area of specialization – both in classroom sessions and off-site field trips.
In the Modeling Workshop, TFA uses professional facilitators and seasoned veterans to ensure a high standard of tuition is maintained. This program allows students to learn cross functional modeling techniques for Print/Cataglogue, Runway, Magazine Campaign, etc. A workshop for Fashion Photography will teach eager photog pupils current non-destructive image editing, printmaking, technical skills and utilizing creativity, while the Make-Up and Hair workshops provides comprehensive coaching, curriculum and training to deliver a realistic “work” experience and meet the needs of a modern salon environment. And of course, they also provide Styling and Acting workshops.
The industry has been starving for something like this for so long and I have a distinct feeling Toronto Fashion Academy is going to do an amazing job filling the void. Head over to www.torontofashionacademy.ca for more information on TFA, enrollment rates and to apply for workshops…but act soon – Fall workshops begin September 7th!
Toronto Fashion Academy
20 Camden Street, Suite 200