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It's never too early to start a career in fashion

Written by Mariana Jaureguilorda Beltran
Published date 15 June 2020

Are you a teenager who loves fashion and would like to start a career in fashion? We are firm believers that it is never too early to start!

The fashion industry is constantly growing and changing, meaning that there is a clear need for a variety of skills and creativity. You do not necessarily need to be a designer to work in fashion. There are endless possibilities.

This summer UAL short courses are offering a wide range of specialist courses for teenagers online. Each course is focused on developing skills, creativity, and confidence in creative subjects which are often neglected at school. These courses have been scheduled in a way that allows you to build a tailored programme of study concentrating on the creative topics that interest you most.

How to become a fashion designer

If Fashion Design is your thing, read our guide on how to become a fashion designer.

Pantaree Kambhato attended our Fashion Design for 16 to 18 year olds short course, last summer. She said “I had an incredible and insightful journey; I knew very little about drawing and designing for the fashion industry beforehand, and thought that the course was going to teach us how to draw the perfect mannequin and draw meticulously – to my surprise it was the complete opposite! I learnt to draw in a more organic and exciting way. I thoroughly enjoyed my course.”

Pantaree's work

Thomas Spooner, was studying A-levels and working as a sales assistant at a luxury menswear store when he decided to take the short course.

He told us “I studied up on the Fashion Design for 16 to 18 Year Olds course. I chose it because I am an aspiring fashion designer and I am eager to learn more about the industry. By attending this course it has given me further experience in fashion design as well teaching me new techniques which I can incorporate into my A-Level studies, helping me to be one step ahead and excel in my classes. Furthermore, Central Saint Martins is a possible choice for where I wish to study a Fashion Design degree. Attending the course gave me a good opportunity to find out information about the college, prepare a strong portfolio and also to experience what the whole atmosphere is like for a student at CSM.”

Thomas' work

Fashion Illustration

Unlock your creative mind and get your ideas out of your head and onto paper.

Do you love drawing and illustrating? On our Fashion Sketchbook for 16 to 18 Year Olds (Online Short Course) you will explore different ways of creating a personal fashion design sketchbook. Challenge your ideas about fashion. Collect, record, and process inspiration, try out ideas, explore success and failure, and be encouraged to take risks. All in one week!

Fashion illustration and drawing lecturer Ana Stankovic recommends designers learn how to draw their own figures, and these short tutorial videos will show you how.

It’s not all fashion design

Fashion Styling and Image-making are the key visual tools driving the fashion world. Think magazine shoots, fashion shows, performance, installations, fashion films and look books. Fashion Designers are constantly working with stylists and communicators to create strong fashion imagery and statements.

Our Fashion Styling and Communication for 16 to 18 Year Olds (Online Short Course) will introduce you to this fascinating and fast-paced part of the industry and all the career options as a stylist or creative director. You will also be introduced to the fashion supply chain, who's who in fashion, styling, promotion, customer profiling, buying and merchandising and more.

Building your portfolio

A strong portfolio is essential when applying to a fashion degree. Our Fashion Portfolio Preparation for 16 to 18 Year Olds (Online Short Course) is ideal if you are considering fashion or textiles as a future career - but it's also open for those wishing to try something new.

You won't only get the chance to explore your ideas and start a small fashion project but also experience life at Central Saint Martins.

Need any more convincing?

Read Jake's story on how taking a teenager course with us helped him develop skills, creativity and confidence.

Watch Emilia Cooke's video on her experience studying a teenager course.

Are you 11-15 years old?

Not 16 yet? Don't worry, we have courses for everyone.

UAL Future Creatives now provides inspiring online art classes for children and teenagers. These live online classes provide an exceptional creative education with practical learning through engaging activities.

For the young fashionistas, check out our Introduction to Visual Merchandising and Window Dressing - 11 to 15 year olds and Sustainability within Visual Merchandising and Window Dressing - 15 to 18 year olds.

Did you know we have a wide range of online courses for teenagers taking place in summer 2020? Check out how online short courses can help develop your practice here.

Are you curious about how an online course works? Find out what you need to take part here.

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