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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

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.

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Materials

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 https://www.speedtest.net

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!

Details

Topics covered
The course is split in to 3 sections:

Research

  • 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.

Design

  • Creating a fashion template as a tool to communicate design ideas
  • Developing initial silhouettes, rendering designs
  • Considering print and embellishment.

Presentation

  • Layout and helpful tools for portfolio presentation
  • Preparing a line up of 10 outfits 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.

Reviews

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"I loved the course, through it I learned a lot and it pushed me to do better and continue my dreams to be a designer."Analie Formosa, Designer"It was very informative and corresponded totally to the course description. The objectives were met despite the fact that there was a lot of content for a relatively short course. The course instructor had indepth knowledge of the domain and was able to suggest a lot of interesting additional materials to all participants in diverse areas of interest concerning fashion design. The assignments were real fashion design assignments and the feedback on them was extremely useful."Anna Muinonen, currently based in Nairobi, Kenya, Humanitarian and Development Professional with an interest in ethical and sustainable fashion
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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.

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