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Introduction to Fashion Industry Skills for 11 to 13 Year Olds (Online Short Course)

Introduction to Fashion Industry Skills for 11 to 13 Year Olds (Online Short Course)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Sophie Murphy


A practical introduction to the fashion industry where you will be taken on a journey through the process of designing and creating a garment as well as learning the different roles involved in the industry.

Each online session will include theory and practical exercises, with homework set to further advance your learning and develop your creativity at home. Beginning with looking at branding and logo's to create your own brand name and logo, you will then carry out research to design a small collection for your brand, exploring collage and fashion sketching. Followed by a customisation session using different mediums, you will then have the opportunity to style and photograph your final piece to create a form of visual communication of the brand/garment.

Topics include

  • What are the different jobs and roles in the fashion industry?
  • The fashion process
  • Branding and marketing
  • Fashion design and range planning
  • Design development
  • Photography and styling

This course will allow you to experiment with new techniques, build confidence, acquire new skills and be inspired to learn more. It's also a great way to meet like-minded students from around the world. Students will have the opportunity to interact with other students and the teacher and get personal feedback on their work. In addition, you'll leave the course with:

  • An understanding of the fashion industry and different roles
  • Understand future career and creative opportunities
  • Customised garment
  • Develop your sketchbook/portfolio work: brand logo / customer profile moodboard / moodboard / 5 designs in collage / form of visual communication of the brand/garment (magazine spread / look book/ blog / social media post)


Beginners. You should have an interest in fashion and a desire to learn but no previous experience is required.

Please note: This course is for students aged 11-13 years old only

Please note that Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Tutor Description

Sophie Murphy is a graduate from the London College of Fashion with First Class Honours and has over 10 years industry experience working as a multi-product womenswear designer, with experience designing for retail, brands and suppliers. Alongside tutoring on short courses at the London College of Fashion, Sophie currently works as a freelance designer, specialising in working with start up brands and small businesses, but also working with suppliers for the high street. Carrying out trend research and analysis, developing product ranges, CAD’s, sourcing fabrics and components, through to sampling, product development and production.


Materials needed for the course:

  • Notepad and pen
  • A camera/phone with camera (to take photos of work)
  • Magazines (to cut up from)
  • Paper scissors
  • Fabric scissors
  • Glue / Tape
  • Scraps of fabric (to cut up and use for collage and to use for customisation project)
  • An item to customise (ideally a plain white t-shirt or something similar of your choice)
  • Needle and thread pins (not essential)
  • Fabric glue
  • Fabric pens/paint (optional)
  • A3 and A4 plain paper
  • Pencils
  • Black fine tip pen
  • Black thick pen 0.5mm +
  • Options for colouring: colour pencil crayons/felt tips/pro markers/paint
  • Access to a printer

Technical Requirements:

Prior to the start of your course, please ensure you have:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended)
  • 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 via Speedtest.

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