Design Forward Program 2022 for 3D digital creators and fashion entrepreneurs in West Africa

Application deadline: April 21, 2022

the DSNFWD is a four-month residency program designed by The Assembly in collaboration with University of Ravensbourne for 3D digital creators, fashion entrepreneurs and university students looking to create innovative digital fashion products and experiences in collaboration with international peers.

DSNFWD is aimed at West African 3D digital creators and fashion entrepreneurs working in apparel, textiles and accessories design, styling, merchandising and brand management.

The objective of the program is to build the capacity and competitiveness of designers and entrepreneurs in the field of fashion and digital services, to showcase cross-cultural design and how African fashion designers are embracing the versatility of digital design to increase efficiency and reduce waste.

A first of its kind, the Digital Fashion Residency calls for fashion designers running a commercially viable creative practice or brand, and digital creators who are skilled in the use of design software such as Clo3D, Rhino and Adobe Creative Suite .

The program will set you up with:

  • Education support facilitated by a global faculty of thought leaders and creative industry practitioners
  • Access to an international community of innovative creators
  • Digital infrastructure for the duration of the program

Selection criteria

For 3D digital creators

Be a national of any West African country

Must be skilled in using design software such as Clo3D, Rhino and Adobe Creative Suite.

Must exist for 1 to 5 years

Must possess experiential knowledge of the global African fashion market

Must be experienced in developing collaborative work briefs

Must be available to participate fully for the duration of the program (13 weeks)

For fashion entrepreneurs

Be a national of any West African country

Must have operated a fashion business or individual practice for 2-5 years

Must possess experiential knowledge of the global African fashion market

Must be experienced in developing collaborative work briefs

Must be available to participate fully for the duration of the program (13 weeks)

The program is open to digital creatives and fashion entrepreneurs from all West African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Chad, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea , Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo).

Advantages

  • Once paired with Ravensbourne students, teams of residents will work collaboratively on an open case by engaging in in-depth research into each other’s brands and practices. Using the results of their research, each resident team will develop an independent and innovative digital fashion product, service or experience that involves the use of high-tech 3D, design and manufacturing techniques.
  • The program will provide training support and digital infrastructure for resident creatives for its duration. The training modules will be led by a global faculty and will include NFTs, partnerships and collaborations, creative direction, pitching, pricing, profitability and marketing.

As a digital/fashion brand, the program will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Develop your skills in Innovation and collaboration mode
  • Develop confidence when it comes to cross-cultural collaborations, approaching open creative briefs and working with creative industry professionals.
  • Access a global faculty of thought leaders and creative industry practitioners dedicated to growing your brand
  • Expand your network across borders and cultures
  • Access to an international community of innovative creators
  • Access to digital infrastructure for the duration of the program

For more information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Design Forward 2022 Program

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