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Summer Study Abroad - Advanced Fashion Design

Summer Study Abroad - Advanced Fashion Design
Central Saint Martins
Prior experience of fashion design.

This 3 week course is designed to give you an authentic Central Saint Martins fashion design experience, using experimental research and design development pathways that are original and innovative.

This course is ideal if you want to experience one of our renowned subjects for 3 weeks in London and:

you are 18+ and a student, and have completed 1 year at undergraduate level.


you work, or aspire to work in a creative industry


you have a background in fashion design


you want to study and live in London for 3 weeks.

Why choose Advanced Fashion Design?

During this intensive three-week course you will:

  • explore your ideas by gathering inspiration from a variety of sources as the starting point for creative design research;
  • develop and interpret your research ideas into garment designs, prints and embroideries;
  • take a series of workshops led by industry professionals, covering pattern-making and fashion illustration;
  • explore a range of different techniques to present your ideas to an advanced portfolio standard;
  • benefit from access to specialist facilities at Central Saint Martins;
  • meet like-minded individuals from around the world!
  • get involved in UAL life through social events and activities;
  • All courses are assessed and you'll receive a record of study at the end of the programme if you wish to request credit from your home institution.

Entry requirements

English requirements

You should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and make presentations. As a guideline we would expect you to have an English language level equivalent to IELTS score of 6.0.

More information on English language requirements and equivalencies.

Academic requirements

Students applying for this course are expected to be independent and highly motivated and should have prior experience in fashion design. Students must have completed at least one year at university level.


In order to assess your suitability for this course, you will be asked to provide a personal statement and a portfolio at the application stage. The personal statement should outline your experience with fashion, technical ability and what you wish to gain from the course. The portfolio should include 5 to 10 images of work from your fashion portfolio.

Course details

This 3 week course is designed to give you an authentic Central Saint Martins fashion design experience, using experimental research and design development pathways that are original and innovative. Please note, this course is aimed at high level and ambitious fashion students. You will be working with dedicated students and tutors from around the world in order to produce exceptional work.

The course will be taught through 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 is possible to achieve through the design process. The course ends with a final critique in which you will present your work in an exhibition format. Designs finished in a toile format will be part of an audience attended fashion show organised by Summer Study Abroad - Fashion Communication students.

This is a challenging and demanding course aimed at high level fashion students.


  • This course is the equivalent to 4 US style credits.
  • If you’re planning to claim credit towards your degree, be sure to check with your home institution before you apply.

Tutor information

Stephanie Cooper works as a freelance designer on projects internationally and also works as a fashion stylist. She is a tutor on BA Fashion at Central Saint Martins, a visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art, lecturer at Westminster Fashion and a visiting design tutor at the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen and Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture in Paris.

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 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 is 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. Visit Elisa's website.

The course will also be taught by other CSM tutors, technicians and external experts from the industry.

Dates and fees

Course Dates

Date: 24 July 2023 - 10 August 2023

Cost: £2,465

Time: Mon - Thu / 10am - 4pm

Duration: 3 weeks

Location: Granary Sq

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Please bring with you to the first session: 

  • Sketching pencils
  • Black pen
  • Colouring pencils
  • Digital Camera (or camera phone)

Any other additional 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
  • Scissors

Summer Study Abroad Award

We offer a Summer Study Abroad Award for all of our 3 week Summer Study Abroad courses.

To be eligible, you must be 18 years or older, hold an offer to join one of our 3 week Summer Study Abroad courses, and be enrolled on an undergraduate degree programme outside the UK.

  • The award covers the tuition-fee only and depends on you successfully enrolling for the course. Our cancellation policy still applies.
  • Award winners will be asked to take part in promotional activities to promote Summer Study Abroad, including social media posts and takeovers, and blog writing.

Find out how to apply.

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