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Summer Study Abroad - Fashion Design Menswear
Central Saint Martins
Prior experience of fashion design and garment construction

Get the full experience of a working menswear designer - covering research, subject knowledge and context, to design development.

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

you are 18+ and a student


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.

Next start dates:

The next course runs from 4 July - 22 July 2022.

Apply now.

Why choose Fashion Design Menswear

During this three-week course you will:

  • get the full experience of a working menswear designer,
  • research and develop your design skills,
  • learn the basics of design construction,
  • take a series of workshops led by industry professionals,
  • 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 (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 however a basic knowledge of fashion design and garment construction is advisable to get the best results from the course.

Those with more experience will be given more independence to follow a more personal design path, assuming a greater level of self-sufficiency. Students are expected to have some experience of research and sketching, and some basic experience in sewing.

Course details

This 3 week course covers the full experience of a working menswear designer. It includes research, subject knowledge and context, to design development. It then goes on to teach you the basics of garments construction, based on a vintage piece. The focus is looking at menswear as a “product’ rather than high-end fashion.

To achieve a 3D final outcome, together with 2D portfolio work, students are expected to focus and be self-sufficient and hard working. We encourage students to take initiative and work independently. A basic ‘block’ shape / pattern will be followed by the whole class, but there will be plenty of scope for individual students to personalize their own garment. Garment construction help will be provided, however, and students will need to work independently.  They will need to  follow the design brief of the module. Tutors and technicians from BA Fashion Design Menswear plus relevant visits and industry guest lecturers will provide an authentic and intensive experience of fashion design menswear at Central Saint Martins.

Tutor information

Christopher New (Course Director) started his career working for Paul Smith in the early 1980s. In 1984 he left to open his own retail shop in London’s Soho district. He soon expanded his retail and wholesale business, opening stores in New York, and Tokyo, and wholesaling his collections to boutique stores worldwide. In 1997 he sold the business and took the post of course leader for BA Fashion Menswear at Central Saint Martins, but still doing freelance designing for a number of well-known UK brands. Christopher retired as Menswear Course Leader in 2018 but continues to have an active role as academic Quality Coordinator of the fashion programme.

Florence Blall (Course Leader) has studied fashion design and pattern cutting in France before completing her BA in Fashion Design with Menswear at Central Saint Martins. She went on to work as a designer for the likes of Paul Smith and Kenzo and as head designer for British kidswear label No Added Sugar. She is currently teaching fashion as well as designing freelance and designing her own kids lifestyle label.

Dates and fees

Date: 4 July - 22 July 2022

Cost: £2055

Time: 10.00 - 16.00

Day: Monday - Friday

Duration: 3 Weeks

Location: Central Saint Martins


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Basic stationary
  • Cutting shears
  • Paper scissors
  • Pattern-master curve
  • Bradawl
  • Tape measure (metric)
  • Fabric marking wax
  • Garment pins

Pattern cutting paper and calico for ‘toiles’ (garment prototypes) will be provided. Students will be taken to the fabric shops in London’s Soho district to buy fabrics and trims at cost.

Items can 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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