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Fashion Design for Beginners Short Course

Course description

During 10-weeks you will explore the foundations of fashion design through drawing, research, 3 dimension development, textile and print. You will be guided through the process of designing and developing a collection and will leave with a strong foundation and the confidence to continue further studies in fashion education. The course is an excellent preparation for studying fashion at Central Saint Martin's. Previous students went on to do our Fashion Folio or our Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

Who should take this course?

  • Motivated beginners who want to develop their creative skills.
  • Those with some previous experience who need to gain more confidence in communicating and presenting their fashion ideas.
  • Those who wish to progress to further education at Central Saint Martins such as foundation studies or fashion folio.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain in easy to understand accessible English, if they use any special terminology we make sure they explain what it is they mean. 
  • New methodologies will be explained to you in a way that’s crystal clear and easy to understand. 
  • We even include live demonstrations of particular techniques so that you can see exactly how things should be done. 
  • We also offer a bunch of learning resources for you to access outside of the live lessons. This allows you to ensure you are up to date and you can practice and review the things that are important to you. Practice makes perfect after all!  

Live interactive classrooms:

  • We like to do things the right way, that's why all of our online classes are live, you won't find any recordings here (well apart from the recording we provide in case you miss a live session) 
  • Expect live interaction with your classmates from around the world, our students come from far and wide 
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time 
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments 
  • Discuss topics related to your course in real time via your microphone and camera or if you're not feeling brave, in the chat box 
  • Miss a class? Thats ok you can catch up in a recording which is available for 2 weeks after your course runs 

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.  
  • However we always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!  
  • Certificates are a great addition to your CV. 

All our online short courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors 
  • The same course content and learning outcomes as our face to face courses 
  • Lesson recordings, for review, so you never have to miss a class 
  • Access to the virtual learning environment with course content 
  • Forums for support 
  • 2 weeks online access to the recordings of the live classroom sessions 

Available dates

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Topics covered

There will be three projects over 10 weeks. They will cover:

  • doing visual research for inspiration
  • experimenting with fashion ideas and concepts
  • designing, drawing and illustration
  • preparing a fashion portfolio
  • 3 dimensional development

The projects will give you a taster of what studying fashion at Central Saint Martins is like. You will experiment with three dimensional work on mannequins, be encouraged to explore different fabrics and develop drawing and collage techniques.


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 source the following materials:

  • A3 + A4 paper
  • A selection of drawing pencils
  • Fine liner pens
  • Watercolours
  • Paints
  • Selection of paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Pritt stick
  • Any other materials you enjoy working with.
Meet the Tutor:

This course explores fashion design through drawing, research, 3D development and textile, print development. You will be guided through designing and developing a collection and will leave with a strong foundation for further studies in fashion.

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