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How To Start Your Own Fashion Business Short Course

Course description

Throughout the course there will be lectures and workshops which will inform you about the process of setting up a fashion business. The course covers creative as well as business aspects, with a focus on fashion design. Individual advice and guidance is given during a project tailored to your requirements. You will be provided with lecture notes and given feedback on your work throughout the course.

You will need to bring a laptop or tablet to each session.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand
  • We also offer learning resources for you to access outside of the classroom

All our on campus courses include:

  • Networking opportunities and the chance to share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access to the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Access to our college shops for any materials you might need
  • The chance to ask questions to your tutor in real time
  • Feedback and critique on your assignments
  • The opportunity to experience the many sights of London on your down time

All our online short courses include:

  • Live and interactive online lessons with classmates from around the world
  • The same course content and learning outcomes as our face to face courses 
  • Lesson recordings, for review, so you never have to miss a class 
  • Access to the virtual learning environment with course content 
  • Forums for support 
  • 2 weeks online access to the recordings of the live classroom sessions 
  • The opportunity to ask questions to your tutor in real time 

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your CV

Available dates

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Topics covered

  • We begin the course with a complete overview of the fashion industry and where you can fit in with a chance to succeed.
  • You will learn how to research very carefully who your target market will be.
  • You will need to research who your competition will be so that you can provide your customer with something unique and special.
  • We will explore design, fabric, costing, market positioning, social media networking
  • Finally, we will  consider how to attract buyers and make a profit..

You will be expected to give a short presentation at the end of the course. This presentation will become your own portfolio of work. You will receive a certificate of attendance from Central Saint Martins once you complete the course.


On campus materials

Please bring with you to the first session:

  • A4 file
  • Notebook
  • Pen
  • A laptop or tablet

Online materials

To take part in the online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended. The built-in microphone in your device would also be fine)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection - we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here -

Please bring with you to the first session:

  • A4 file
  • Notebook
  • Pen
  • A laptop or tablet
Meet the Tutor:

Dream of having your own fashion company? This course will show you how to develop business ideas through lectures and workshops, informing you about the process of setting up a fashion business. The course covers creative and business aspects.

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