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Summer Study Abroad - Fashion Communication
Central Saint Martins
Open to all levels

This course at Central Saint Martins will help you explore the workings of the fashion industry and help you understand how to promote fashion creatively.

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, or you want to apply to university


you work, or aspire to work in a creative industry


you have an interest in fashion, art and design


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

Why choose Fashion Communication?

During this intensive three-week course you will:

  • experience a taster of the BA Fashion Communication and Promotion and the philosophy of Central Saint Martins
  • learn from tutors who are practicing in the fashion industry, artists, designers and communicators; benefit from access to specialist facilities at one of UAL’s six Colleges.
  • 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 (list of language equivalencies). The Language Centre at University of the Arts London offers English courses for overseas students who wish to improve their English language skills.

Academic requirements

This course is open to all students, from ambitious beginners to those with more experience. Students applying for this course are expected to be independent and highly motivated, preferably having completed one year at university (undergraduate-level study).

Course details

How does the fashion communications industry work? Fashion design is just the start of a huge industry that uses concepts of fashion promotion and communication to connect fashion with global audiences. This course will explore the workings of the fashion industry helping students to understand how to promote fashion. Your fashion journey will track the process of research, design and realisation for fashion communication and then focus on understanding creative ways to promote fashion. You will look at how different media is used to communicate fashion and specifically how journalism, photography and styling can help sell fashion ideas. Your final project will be to produce a fashion shoot or a look-book for a fashion brand.

This course will enhance your existing communication skills and help to formulate your communication ideas. Students will be immersed in the European fashion arena for 3 weeks and will be expected, independently, to explore aspects of the industry as directed, with other students.

Although an intensive course, it is a unique and fun London fashion experience with like-minded students.

Tutor information

Melanie Ashley is a tutor on BA Fashion Communication and Promotion at Central Saint Martins and manages the Fashion press and events at the school including both MA and BA Fashion Shows. Fashion in London is her specialist subject having worked across PR, styling and digital innovation in London for 10 years. After graduating from CSM in BA Fashion Communication she worked with famed fashion PR Mandi Lennard, then alongside Camilla Lowther at CLM and then with Willie Walters (MBE) and has continued to focus on emerging talent in London throughout this time. Alongside her teaching and work at CSM she continues to be part of music artist M.I.A's team on creative projects, travelling internationally and as a freelance PR for designers including Richard Malone and DanShan.

Dates and fees

Session 1

Date: 4 July - 22 July 2022

Cost: £2055

Time: 10am - 4pm

Duration: 3 weeks

Location: Central Saint Martins

Apply for session 1.

Session 2

Date: 25 July - 12 Aug 2022

Cost: £2055

Time: 10am - 4pm

Duration: 3 weeks

Location: Central Saint Martins

Appy for session 2.


Please bring with you to the first session: 

  • Sketchbook
  • Pens / Pencils, coloured and lead
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Digital Camera (or camera phone)
  • Please also bring a laptop, if you have one, with memory card and cable for downloading photos digitally

You will also be expected to bring the following to your first class:

  • Sketchbook of research
  • Examples of fashion writing
  • Portrait images

Items can also be purchased from the college shop or local art store.

Summer Study Abroad Scholarship

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

Find out how to apply

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 scholarships cover the tuition-fee only and depend on you successfully enrolling for the course. Our cancellation policy still applies.
  • Scholarship winners will be asked to take part in promotional activities to promote Summer Study Abroad and the scholarship scheme.


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