Summer Study Abroad - Advanced Fashion Design


Course Dates 

24/07/2017 - 11/08/2017Monday - Friday10.00 - 16.003 Weeks£1795AvailableGranary Sq. - N1CAPPLY NOW


This course is designed to give you an authentic flavour of the Central Saint Martins fashion design experience, with a strong focus on experimental research and design development pathways that are original and innovative...more information below

Taught by: Stephanie Cooper and Elisa Palomino


This course is designed to give you an authentic flavour of the Central Saint Martins fashion design experience, with a strong focus on experimental research and design development pathways that are original and innovative. The College's philosophy is that individual students' personal concepts provide the focus for their original design development. In this course you will explore your ideas by gathering inspiration from a variety of sources as the starting point for creative design research. You will then go on to develop and interpret your research ideas into garment designs, prints and embroideries.

Topics covered

  • A series of workshops led by industry professionals will cover pattern-making and fashion illustration.
  • You will explore a range of different techniques to present your ideas to an advanced portfolio standard.
  • There will be a series of research projects, visits, design and illustration sessions, and individual and group tutorials.
  • You will be expected to be ambitious and really push your ideas to explore what it possible to achieve through the design process.
  • The course will culminate with a group exhibition of student work.

Level: This course is suitable for students or graduates of fashion design at university level and also for professionals with fashion design experience. This is not a course for beginners.

Who should take this course?

This is course is aimed at high level fashion students. You will be working with dedicated students and tutors from around the world in order to produce exceptional work.

Tutor Information

Stephanie Cooper works as a freelance designer on projects internationally and also works as a fashion stylist. She is tutor on BA Fashion at CSM and a visiting tutor at the Royal College of Arts.

Elisa Palomino is Senior Lecturer and Pathway tutor on BA Fashion Print at Central Saint Martins. Elisa is a Spanish born designer who has graduated from Central Saint Martins with an MA in Fashion Design and has worked in some of the most prestigious Fashion Houses, including Moschino, Roberto Cavalli and Christian Dior Haute Couture.  She was appointed Head of Studio for John Galliano, where she worked for eight years. Most recently Elisa Palomino held the position of Vice President of Design for Diane von Furstenberg. In 2010 Elisa Palomino launched her own collection during New York Fashion Week. This first collection was bought in its entirety by Dolce & Gabbana for the opening of the concept store SPIGA 2. Further stockists include; Couturelab (London), Ra (Antwerp and Paris), Eleonora (Rome), Rail (Brescia), Liliane Romi (Paris), Al Ostoura (Kuwait), Front Row (Beirut), Harvey Nichols & Mayass (Riyadh). Elisa's collections have been showcased at Milano On Stage, Milano Loves Fashion, AltaRoma and Cibeles Madrid. Having moved her creative studio to London, Elisa has shown at London Fashion Week.


Please bring with you to the first session: 

  • Sketching pencils 
  • Black pen 
  • Colouring pencils 
  • Digital camera 
  • Other art materials are optional and can be purchased at a discounted price from the college shop: coloured inks, pastels, glue, coloured paper, paintbrushes, gouache, watercolours, and scissors

Material provided by us:

  • Sketchbooks
  • Calico, as required


Course Handbook

Entry Requirements

This course requires prior experience in Fashion Design. In order to assess your suitability for this course, please complete the following questions and email them together examples of your work (see below) to the Study Abroad office, before booking. You can email your answers directly to:

1. Where are you currently studying fashion? 
2. What interests you most about this course? 
3. Please briefly explain about your technical ability 
4. Please describe a successful project you have completed.
5. What skills are you bringing to the course that you want to improve?
6. What are your plans for the future?

Please also email 5 to 10 images of work from your fashion portfolio. 
Images must be submitted digitally in the format of a single multi-page PDF file (10MB or less)