"Amazing workshop! A great combination of inspiration and hands on learning. I so appreciated the teaching style. You made a wonderfully supportive space that allowed me to quickly start designing and I am very excited to continue the process. The take home packet of resources is incredible. Thanks for putting everything I need at my fingertips. I recommend this course for anyone considering a career change or for amateurs that just want to dabble and need help getting started. It is hard to believe everything we learned in just three hours!!!"- Susan from NYC May 2014
Francisca's portfolio mentoring over the last several months has been invaluable! Since I graduated from school, it's been difficult for me to find someone to give me consistent advice on my work. When I decided I wanted to build an accessories portfolio, I had no idea where to begin. Francisca showed me examples from her own portfolio to give me an idea of how things should look and what designers will expect to see. She has worked in both the mainstream fashion industry as well as the independent designer market; her wide range of experience is definitely reflected in both her personal work and in the advice she has given me. She has allowed me to send her my sketches as I work and has given me quick, honest feedback about changes I should make. Francsica's encouragement has gotten me more motivated to design than I have been since I graduated from FIT three years ago. I highly recommend going to Francisca for your portfolio building and mentoring; she is personable, honest, and extremely helpful.
The Intro to Fashion Design Course done by the Fashion Portfolio Academy is the best online course I have invested in. The course was well detailed, showing step-by-step, the proper proportions for the fashion figure, and insight to garment construction. If you didn't get it yet you don't love fashion!"
-Tahira NYC, August 2013
"I just wanted to let you know that I think lesson 3 is amazing! So much information! I appreciate that you give a different sketching technique with each lesson. You really keep it moving. With access to all the lessons, it lets you go back to the basic sketches, but forces you ( or at least me ) to incorporate the new sketching techniques as well. I don't feel "stuck".
PS Can't wait to check my email next week for lesson 4!"
"Francisca, thanks so much for inspiring me to become a better designer. I really value the time and effort you put into your classes and the personal attention I received. I can't thank you enough for the long conversations and advice that you gave me and will do my best to put to practice to achieve my dreams in the fashion design field. "
-Luz M. Bonta from Philadelphia 1/2013
I am really enjoying the class, and find myself, whenever I can, opening my tablet and going over the lesson. I even carry a small sketchbook with me to practice sketching."
-Michele S. 2/2013
"Francisca Pineda, the founder of Fashion Portfolio Academy, is an absolute
genius when it comes to fashion design. Her experience cannot be denied. The lessons started at beginner level, which helps form a strong baseline of designing. I learned how to draw human figures called croquis, discovered techniques to sketching, discovered the tools needed such as a light box, and grasped the overall concept of how to lay out a story board.
As the lessons progressed I was challenged to push my self farther than I have ever before. I tried new things like making flats and creating designs by hand and on the computer. I also learned how to create a textile for a fabric and add it to my computerized designs with just a click of the button. Everything I learned has really stepped up my level of fashion design to a more professional state. Francisca clearly understands how important it is to get into a school with good fashion programs for college, and she equips her students with knowledge that she learned overtime and through her college experience in Parsons. She knows what the colleges are looking for and after my lessons with her I feel prepared for my interviews.
All the knowledge that I learned has been exemplified in my work and I assure you that anyone who takes the lessons will see a complete improvement afterwards. My experience with the Fashion Portfolio Academy has been an amazing journey. I am very thankful to Francisca Pineda for providing this opportunity to aspiring fashion designers. I encourage anyone who wants more fashion design help to take these lessons. The Fashion Portfolio Academy is a great way to learn and improve at your
own pace. The outcome is worth the price, and colleges will be very impressed by the knowledge you will have received."
-Kenzie A. from Wisconsin, USA 7/2012