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Fashion Design Summer School

Fashion Design Summer School

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Julian Seaman, with others


A four-week course in fashion basics for students who would like to have a career in fashion design. It focuses on stimulating a flow of design ideas and illustration techniques to prepare for a fashion-led foundation course or similar. The course combines design, illustration, presentation skills and advice on preparing a portfolio. 

The course is lead by Julian Seaman (see tutor information below), However, throughout the course different specialist tutors will be brought in to teach specific skills and give you an insight into the different teaching styles you will experience at higher levels. This will also be an opportunity to receive feedback on your work from a variety of fashion practitioners.

The format of the course is designed to encourage creative thought and build your confidence in expressing your own ideas.

Topics covered

During the first week you will be lead through the creative process using techniques including collage, 3D experimentation work on colour and styling. 

In the second week you will begin looking at accessory illustration and 3D paperwork (on small and large scale on the stand). You will also have sessions on fashion illustration - a key skill for any designer - and start to work on early design ideas.

Week three will see you exploring fashion print, big bold illustrations, drawing with the model and a taste of fashion journalism. You will also have a chance to get out and about in London, going to key fashion hot spots to draw and photograph street styles and start to get inspiration from London, the fashion capital. 

The final week will include more trips to enable you to gain inspiration from the world around you to start to compile your own fashion collection, which you will work up on paper back in the studio and create final illustrations of your fashion collection. Work that will be invaluable in any portfolio should you wish to apply to a fashion college in the future.  

This course has run since 1998 and students have found it rewarding and challenging, leaving with refreshed ideas, lifelong international friends, and a renewed passion for their career.
Please note that pattern cutting, draping and sewing are not part of this course.

Entry requirements: No previous experience is needed but some drawing skills are essential.

Level: Beginners

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

Tutor Description

Julian Seaman has a degree in Fashion and Textiles from Saint Martins. He is an illustrator, print designer and author of five best selling books on fashion drawing. He has taught in various capacities at Central Saint Martins since 1996.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Two A4 layout pads
  • A4 cartridge pad
  • A3 cartridge pad
  • Selection of pencils
  • Black felt-tips
  • Paint brushes
  • Selection of gouache paints in tubes
  • Paper glue (eg Pritt Stick)
  • Scissors
  • Box of wax crayons
  • Camera.

Available dates

If no dates are showing then please Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.