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Fashion Design for Beginners Online Short Course

Course description

This course is aimed at students who would like to explore the fashion design process, but have little or no prior experience. You will be taught fundamental skills such as choosing a concept, sources of research, developing ideas into fashion sketches, designs and a collection line up. You will have the opportunity to present your collection back to the class at the end of the course and receive feedback.

Who is Fashion Design for Beginners (Online) for

This course is beginner level, so you won't need any prior experience of design work, only a love of fashion and a desire to explore the subject. This course will provide an excellent foundation for students who are considering pursuing further qualifications in Fashion Design, and will allow you to create some fantastic initial pieces for a portfolio.

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

The course is split in to 3 sections:


  • Choosing inspiration, developing a personal fashion statement/ identity
  • Compiling the creative visuals into sketchbooks to inspire new ideas
  • Selecting a colour palette and fabric options.
  • Creating a fashion template as a tool to communicate design ideas
  • Developing initial silhouettes, rendering designs
  • Considering print and embellishment.
  • Layout and helpful tools for portfolio presentation
  • Preparing a line up to present back to the class
By the end of the course you will taken the all-important first step on your journey with Fashion Design. You will have learnt the fundamental skills needed to research, plan and design a collection, and developed techniques to allow you to communicate your creative vision to others. You will have produced a body of work that can be added to a portfolio that can be used to enter further study if you choose take Fashion Design further, and will have received expert feedback from your tutor on how to continue your Fashion Designs.


Online short course 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:

  • A2 Cartridge pad
  • Soft drawing pencils (nothing harder than a B)

During the course students will be encouraged to work with a variety of different media from the list above and also to bring in any other media they wish to try, e.g.:

  • Charcoal
  • Graphite
  • Oil pastels
  • Marker pens
  • Other collage materials
  • A camera can also be very helpful to take pictures of the drawing model to keep for reference, collage purposes etc., but is by no means essential!
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