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Introduction to Slow Fashion and Sustainable Practices Online Short Course

Course description

On this four-week course we will examine why sustainable living practices and slow fashion go hand in hand. We will discuss why there is a growth in sustainable practice jobs and business opportunities across retail and service industry sectors.

Embracing diversity, accepting that we are all individuals and that as a collective whole we can make a difference is part of the power of the Slow Lifestyle conscious consumerism movement. Respecting that circularity in all things from food to fashion means respecting our planet, mirroring nature’s sustainable cycles.

Through a combination of discussions, short lectures, inspirational case studies, introduction to tools, and practical application of tools through hands-on assignment briefs we will explore why slow living and slow fashion has become so attractive to us as consumers. We’ll look at the history past to present, asking who the movers and shakers are in this area and how can we learn from them to build our own mindful sustainable lifestyle at home, at work, and in our business practice. Students will be expected to work one or two hours outside of class.

Who should take this course?

This course is aimed at designers, creatives, managers and entrepreneurs in the creative industries interested in conscious consumerism. It is also an excellent fit for individuals who are new to the creative sector or who aspire to work in it, and want to learn more about slow fashion and sustainable practices.

Course outcomes

By the end of this course you will:

  • Gain an overview of why Slow Fashion and sustainable living practices go hand in hand
  • Understand why there is demand for jobs in sustainable practice and slow fashion
  • Gain confidence in adopting sustainable practices into your own lifestyle and business strategies
  • Work on a live sustainable practice project of your own choosing
  • Understand why Green washing exists
  • Have insight into how to creatively direct images to represent a sustainable lifestyle targeted business
  • Know who is successful in this sector and why
  • Understand the sustainable impact of slow fashion
  • Present your research project and get feedback from your tutor and peers
  • Build your confidence in developing your own mindful consumerism practice

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 that’s crystal clear and easy to understand.
Experience life on campus:
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down 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 complement your cv.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 2 weeks online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time.

Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Available dates

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Topics covered:

  • Introduction to slow fashion’s circular practices
  • Exploring fast fashion’s flaws
  • Introduction to strategies for slow living sustainable practices
  • Research into Greenwashing
  • Careers in sustainable practice
  • Visual literacy – the circular economy image
  • Learning from nature: waste as a resource
  • Analysis - do we think or feel mindful consumerism?
  • Social media’s role in spreading the word
  • A waste not want not economy – can it work?


Online Short Course Materials

To take part in the online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date version of the Google Chrome web browser
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection via WiFi or ethernet; 2G, 3G or 4G will not be sufficient

Course Specific Materials

  • Paper and pen to take notes during live sessions

Meet the Tutor:

This online short course is an introduction to slow, sustainable fashion. You'll become familiar with ethical business models, slow-fashion's unique selling points, right through to how to market slow fashion on social media.

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