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Fashion And Textile Forecasting Short Course

Course description

Forecasting trends is a key part of marketing and design strategies in the fashion and textiles industries. Anticipating where the market will be in future gives the designer an important commercial tool. The course covers forecasting of fashion and textile concepts and introduces you to a working perspective of the fashion industry.

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.
  • 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 compliment your cv.

This course is scheduled to run on campus in a face to face delivery format. Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic situation this course may be adapted in line with UK government guidance or other operational requirements. This may include changing course location (to another UAL site), cancellation of the course, or moving part or all of the course online. In the event of any changes being required we will inform you as soon as possible and support you in any changes required. Please bear this in mind when making any travel, visa, or accommodation arrangements.

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Topics covered:

  • You will look at events and information, and through group discussion you will analyse and define trends with improving confidence.
  • You will experiment with visual research and presentation techniques.
  • Individual work projects will be set for you to develop forecast concept boards, which will include personal inspiration and trade research, with fabric, colour and garment direction.


  • Notebook/Sketchbook or paper to collect research notes and observations
  • Laptop Pencil and pen A4 folder for collecting hand-out information throughout the course
  • Any photos, tear-sheets, images and/or written articles that relate to a current trend of interest to you
  • An object or an image that inspires you now
  • A small (passport-size) photograph of yourself

As the course progresses you will also need:

  • Photos, tear-sheets and images (such as magazines or your own sources)
  • Collected materials for colour
  • Fabric cuttings (possibly, not essential)
  • Card to mount work
  • Folder or portfolio
  • Ruler and set square
  • Scissors
  • Matt tape / magic tape

Additional materials may be required to enable the production of your project. This will become evident as your work progresses.

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