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Visual Communication for Fashion Online Short Course

Course description

This online short course is an introduction to creative visual communication for the fashion industry. Whether you are producing mood boards, concept boards, trend forecast boards, colour boards, or fashion collage and unique visuals for branding purposes, there are specific skills and processes to achieve industry-standard quality of work.In this course you will learn how to conduct visual research and select appropriate images, and then how to manipulate and work with these images to visually communicate in a range of practical contexts. You will learn in a small group, meeting regularly in the online classroom, as well as in our online forums.Each week will begin with a lively online workshop and discussion, followed by an individual practical assignment you will complete during the week. In each assignment you will create your own original visuals for a variety of fashion industry contexts, and you’ll receive personalised feedback on each of your assignments from your tutor, an industry specialist. By the end of the course you will be able to confidently produce quality visuals and communicate your fashion ideas more effectively.

Course Outcomes:

By the end of the course you will have;

  • Visual research and how to conduct it
  • How fashion communication and critical thinking interact
  • Developed visual confidence
  • How to assemble images through creating a wide range of appropriate mood boards
  • The ways in which fashion imagery is used within the industry
  • How to create a series of industry standard mock-up concept/trend forecasting boards
  • Ways to seamlessly composite images
  • How to create different types of fashion and narrative collages
  • How to develop a concept and visually present it to a client
  • Produced a body of work that will contribute to a portfolio that can be used for the industry or to enter into further study

Who is Visual Communication for Fashion (Online Short Course) for?

This online short course designed for anyone who wishes to learn how to create standard visuals for fashion, while exploring how to communicate ideas and concepts through imagery. Perfect for individuals wishing to broaden their knowledge of and skills within the field of fashion communication, through experimenting with a range of techniques – from traditional collage to digital media.

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

Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


Online Short Course Materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Firefox or Chrome)
  • The latest version of Java installed on your device
  • 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
  • Fashion magazines
  • Scissors and glue
  • Collection of pens, pencils, markers


Topics covered

  • An introduction to fashion imagery
  • How to complete successful research
  • Exploring different methods of visual communication
  • How to interpret visuals with a critical eye
  • How to link images
  • Different methods of image assembly
  • How to make images speak to you
  • Creating concept boards
  • Mocking up trend boards using WSGN
  • Narrative collage creation
  • Fashion collage creation
  • Designing visuals for branding



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Meet the Tutor:

This online course is an introduction to creating imagery for fashion. You'll experiment with different methods of image making, learn how to conduct effective visual research and communicate ideas and concepts through the work you produce.

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