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Fashion Design for 16 to 18 Year Olds Online Short Course

Course description

This course is for young people who love fashion and would like an introduction to the world of fashion design.

Each class will introduce students to basic techniques and approaches to the development and visualisation of design ideas for fashion. Students will complete daily tasks, building a body of work that can contribute to portfolio building and preparation for further study. They will learn about fundamental techniques for Fashion design and methodologies used within industry, further and higher education.

The course has been developed as an introduction to the skills required for further study in Fashion Design, via tailored online presentations and tutorials. Whether you consider yourself a complete beginner or if you are studying art, design or fashion at school, this course will give you an experience of fashion as it is taught at Central Saint Martins.

As a part of the online classroom environment, students will receive daily online presentations, live demonstrations, interactive tasks, and individually focused group tutorials. You will develop your confidence while experimenting with design, working on idea generation and focusing on creativity while also developing your technical skills through tutor-led online sessions.

Who should take this course?

  • Teenagers interested in studying fashion design
  • Those keen to learn more about Central Saint Martin's approach to fashion design.
  • Students wanting to create and/or improve a fashion sketchbook/portfolio.

All our online short courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 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.

Digital Credentials (badges and certificates)

Students will receive a UAL Short Courses digital badge and certificate on completion of the course. Digital credentials are a great way to celebrate your accomplishments and stand out from the crowd. Find out more about our digital badges and credentials.

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Topics covered

  • Experimental idea development for the body.
  • Digital Research methodologies and sketchbook techniques for fashion
  • Basic introduction to Fashion Illustration
  • Live project brief
  • Consolidation and development of research ideas to inform original ‘mini’ fashion collection
  • Online group critiques
  • Presentation methodologies
  • Portfolio and application advice for further study


Materials Needed for the course:

  • A3 Sketch pad / Drawing pad
  • A4 or A3 hard backed sketchbook
  • Drawing Kit - Pencils, and Colour Pencils
  • Colour - This can be a felt tip or marker pens, Conte or charcoal, pens, acrylic or gouache paints etc.
  • Eraser and Pencil Sharpener
  • Scissors
  • Pritt Stick or Glue Stick
  • Selection of Magazines (fashion, interiors, home decoration). These do not have to be NEW and will be used for cutting up and collage.

Technical Requirements:

Prior to the start of your course, please ensure you have:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended)
  • 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 -
Meet the Tutor:

This course is for young people who love Fashion Design and would like to know more! This taster course is specifically designed with the beginner in mind and will guide you through basic introductory design processes for Fashion Design.

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