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Introduction To CSM Fashion Design Short Course

Course description

Have you ever wondered what a fashion designer actually does, whether it is the right career for you, or how designers come up with a fresh collection every season? This introductory course was specifically designed with the beginner in mind. It will guide you through the fashion design process. You will work from a set brief through an extensive research process to generate and develop ideas for fashion.

By the end of this course you will have developed a good understanding of the design process for fashion. You will have the tools necessary to communicate your ideas and to begin developing a portfolio for application for further study in fashion. It will give you a clearer idea of whether the work of a fashion designer, or some other role in this diverse and vibrant industry, is for you.

Both Menswear & Womenswear are covered.

Who should take this course?

  • absolute beginners
  • business start-ups
  • experienced students looking to refresh their design practice.

Entry requirements: None

Level: Beginners - Intermediate

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

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.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

This course is scheduled to run on campus in a face to face delivery format. Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic situation this course may be adapted in line with UK government guidance or other operational requirements. This may include changing course location (to another UAL site), cancellation of the course, or moving part or all of the course online. In the event of any changes being required we will inform you as soon as possible and support you in any changes required. Please bear this in mind when making any travel, visa, or accommodation arrangements.

Available dates

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Details

Topics covered:

  • design briefing (setting up a project)
  • new research methods for designers
  • colour palette and texture sourcing workshop
  • figure drawing workshop 
  • multiple design exercises (collage-detail placement-negative)
  • preliminary design development workshop
  • sketchbook development
  • runway review (deconstructing a designers collection)
  • individual advice, diagnostics and portfolio review (next steps in fashion)
  • guidance on developing a personal design ‘language’

Materials

For the first session:

  • HB Pencil-Pen-Rubber
  • A5 Note Pad
  • £5 cash for Research Photocopying
  • USB memory stick (Min 8GB)
  • Colour (any) pencils-Pens or Pastels
  • (A4) Portrait or (A3) Landscape Sketchbook (white paper)
  • (A4) Layout Pad
  • HB Retractable Pencil
  • Black 0.1 and 0.5 Fine Line Pens
  • Letraset Pro-Markers: 1 x ivory & 1 x cool grey no1
  • Small paper scissors
  • Paper glue
  • 1cm Masking Tape
  • Camera or Smartphone (for research only, high quality not necessary)
  • Laptop - you will be researching online and will be required to transfer your findings to a USB memory stick in order to print them.

All the above available at the CSM Art Shop open during course time

Meet the Tutor:

Have you ever wondered what a fashion designer actually does, whether it is the right career for you, or how designers come up with a fresh collection every season? This introductory course was specifically designed with the beginner in mind. It will guide you through the fashion design process. You will work from a set brief through an extensive research process to generate and develop ideas for fashion. 

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