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SESSION 1

CSM 301 (6) | Fashion Design

Central Saint Martins’ fashion alumni like John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney have changed the way that the world looks at fashion. In this 3-week course you will use research as the key to the design process, using London’s streets, museums and people as the starting point. You will then go on to develop your ideas into designs and explore a range of different illustration techniques to present them to finished portfolio standard.

You will be expected to push your ideas to expand and explore what is possible through the design process. During the class you will also visit specialist fabric shops and the costume collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum. You will be assessed on research in a sketchbook, sketches and rough design ideas, with designs developed from these ideas presented as illustrations to portfolio standard.

SESSION 2

CSM 301 (6) | Fashion Design

Central Saint Martins’ fashion alumni like John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney have changed the way that the world looks at fashion. In this 3-week course you will use research as the key to the design process, using London’s streets, museums and people as the starting point. You will then go on to develop your ideas into designs and explore a range of different illustration techniques to present them to finished portfolio standard.

You will be expected to push your ideas to expand and explore what is possible through the design process. During the class you will also visit specialist fabric shops and the costume collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum. You will be assessed on research in a sketchbook, sketches and rough design ideas, with designs developed from these ideas presented as illustrations to portfolio standard.

CSM 303 (6) | Fashion Communication

How does the fashion communications industry work? Fashion design is just the start of a huge industry that uses concepts of fashion promotion and communication to connect fashion with global audiences. This course will explore the workings of the fashion industry helping students to understand how to promote fashion. Your fashion journey will track the process of research, design and realisation for fashion communication and then focus on understanding creative ways to promote fashion. You will look at how different media is used to communicate fashion and specifically how journalism, photography and styling can help sell fashion ideas. Your final project will be to produce a fashion shoot or a look-book for a fashion brand.

This course will enhance your existing communication skills and help to formulate your communication ideas. Students will be immersed in a European fashion arena for 3 weeks and will be expected, independently, to explore aspects of the industry as directed, with other students.

Although an intensive course, it is a unique and fun London fashion experience with like-minded “fashionistas.”

CSM 304 (6) | Architecture

This course is for students who are looking to explore the architecture and urban planning of London through learning about its history and designing an architectural proposal and urban strategy for the city. The course assists you in understanding the key phases of London’s architectural, economic and social development as well as its current design culture through a series of informal seminars as well as guided site, design office and exhibition visits. This research will provide a stimulating background for individual and collaborative design work. You will observe and record buildings, places and situations in London through photography, model making and drawing both on site and in the classroom. Your individual observations of key themes and areas of interest in London’s current and past development will form the basis for a case study leading to a proposal in the form of a map. The course is open to students with varying levels of experience and will help those looking to study architecture, history of architecture and art and design. Students will build a deeper understanding and working knowledge of contemporary architectural practice as well as a sound introduction to appreciating architecture in context to history.

CSM 305 (6) | Art History, Criticism and Communication

The course assists you in contextualizing and developing your ideas about art through an array of visual and critical lenses, from modernist art history to contemporary cultural theory and conceptual practice. A series of informal seminars and tutorials will help focus your research. The group will engage with an array of activities to trigger creative links with London’s rich contemporary visual and material culture, from gallery and museum visits to sessions working alongside professional artists, curators, writers and publishers. Students will build a deeper understanding and working knowledge of contemporary art practice, with confidence as well as a key network of cultural resources and connections.

CSM 306 (6) | Contemporary Fine Art Practice

This is an interdisciplinary 3-week fine art course that aims to provide an innovative and experimental approach to the making and development of your work. On the course you will respond to open and concept-based projects and you will be encouraged to develop your own unique approach to realising your ideas. The course will encourage you to work in any medium that is appropriate to the concept of your project. You will be presented with short one-day projects, and longer projects of up to a week, designed to challenge you and encourage new ways of working. You will have the freedom to experiment with a range of disciplines, such as drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video and performance.

The course is studio and practice based and work on the projects is complemented by a programme of presentations, group discussions, critiques and talks from visiting arts professionals, including artists and curators. We focus on discussion during the course and talking about your work in the context of contemporary art practices. The course will assist you in developing practical, critical and conceptual skills necessary to encourage your own development as an artist. You will also receive an introduction to London’s contemporary art scene via gallery trips to the harder to find London galleries to complement and contextualise the work that you are making.

The course is aimed at students with a strong commitment and an inquisitive approach to contemporary art practice.

CSM 307 (6) | Experimental Fashion Knitwear

This course will suit students with a very creative design aesthetic in fashion and those who wish to develop and specialise in knit and other related fabrics. It will offer a taster of the BA Fashion Design with Knitwear at Central Saint Martins. You will be shown how to initiate ideas via your sketchbooks and how to explore your research and develop fashion and fabric designs from it. With a series of workshops covering techniques such as machine and hand knitting, crochet, embroidery and smocking you will be encouraged to design and produce a range of fashion and fabric ideas. You will learn how to edit your work and where to concentrate your technical abilities. You will be supported by professional technicians.

The first two weeks will be spent experimenting and developing your technical expertise. At this point you will choose one fashion look or silhouette to develop and produce during the third week for a fashion show on the final day. Throughout the three weeks you will be expected to visit London’s museums, markets, cafés and clubs to inform your design development. Your design solutions must be contemporary and relevant. You will receive peer and individual assessment and will potentially develop a strong and successful design project.

CSM 308 (6) | Fashion Design Menswear

This 3-week course covers the full experience of a working menswear designer - covering research, subject knowledge and context, to design development. It then goes on to teach you the basics of garments construction, based on a vintage piece. The focus is looking at menswear as a “product’ rather than high-end fashion.

In order to achieve a 3D final outcome, together with 2D portfolio work, students are expected to be focused, self-sufficient and hard working. Students are encouraged to take initiative, to work independently, and to be willing to learn fast. A basic ‘block’ shape/pattern will be followed by the whole class, but there will be plenty of scope for individual students to personalise their own garment. Garment construction help will be provided and students are expected to work independently to follow the design brief of the module. Tutors and technicians from BA Fashion Design Menswear plus relevant visits and industry guest lecturers will provide an authentic and intensive experience of fashion design menswear at Central Saint Martins.

CSM 309 (6) | Graphic Communication Design

At Central Saint Martins we understand Graphic Communication Design as an expanded practice. This means we are interested in thinking about design from a broad range of perspectives that challenge conventional understandings of the discipline.

During this intensive three-week course, you will experience a taster of the five study Platforms that make up the undergraduate Graphic Communication Design programme here at Central Saint Martins. These platforms will introduce you to a range of ways of thinking and feeling about design. The Platforms in question are: Experience & Environment, Information & Systems, Narrative & Voice, Strategy & identity, and Time & Movement.

Within each Platform experience you will be given a different project brief to challenge your understanding of the subject. These short projects will stimulate your thinking and enable you to become more confident of your own areas of interest and specialism. While embarking on these projects there will be opportunities to explore the city, thus enabling you to experience what London has to offer as a worldrenowned cultural destination.

The final week of the course will provide a more open-ended studio environment to enable you to bring more of your own personal position and agenda to the fore. During this final week you will choose one of the five Platforms briefs to develop further into your own personal project.

CSM 310 (6) | Interior Design

This is a 3-week course for students of all levels and experience interested in interior design. Through a structured method of problem solving and unique thinking, this highly structured course begins by analyzing existing interiors, retail spaces, restaurants and bars in London. You will learn how to ‘read’ an interior. After the design project brief is given, the course will involve a mix of creative exercises and workshops. This will lead you through the basics of interior design as well as the fundamentals of the design process to completing a finished project. We have a ‘hands on’ and practical approach to the design process. Design for us, is all about thinking through making and doing. The course provides you with a structure where creative ideas, drawing techniques (both technical skills and sketch visualization) and model making enable you to be confident when presenting your ideas. The course will provide you with high quality and dynamic 2D and 3D work, which may be used in your portfolio, as well as demonstrating good practice in research through producing a dynamic sketchbook. You can expect an intense and challenging studio experience with fellow students from broad social and cultural backgrounds.

CSM 311 (6) | Textile Design

This in-depth 3-week course combines visual primary research with studio practice to focus on the exploration and examination of composition, colour and design through various printing techniques for textiles.

Studio and workshop sessions will be complemented by visits to places of interest including galleries, museums and textile retailers. Your print design work will be based on independent research, gallery and library visits and at the end of the course you should have a sketchbook full of ideas, a collection of printed fabric samples exploring various techniques and a final piece(s) that you will show in a group exhibition on the last day of the course.

LCC 312 (6) | Animation

This exciting 3-week animation course is designed to give you a playful, creative experience whilst developing your animation portfolio and knowledge. The course focuses on Principles of Animation and Visual Narrative via a set of fast paced workshops and a short project. You will develop different ways of working, collaborating, visit exhibitions, researching and gathering materials, test your ideas and putting them into practice.

You will learn to create movement on screen, by studying the fundamental principles of animation. You will then go on to learn about narrative development and produce your own short animated project.

Technical workshops will focus on drawing for animation, storyboarding and animatic development, creating animation and digital assets using design and animation software. In the second- and third-week students will develop their own short animated film or sequence based on the theme, skills and techniques learnt in the first week. The software used on this course will be Adobe CC After Effects, Photoshop and Illustrator. At the end of the course you will present your work at an exhibition alongside photography, graphics and film students.

LCC 302 (6) | Design Management

Design Management is a 3-week intensive practice-based course where you will apply critical thinking and design research methods to a range of projects and collaborations that address social, business and environmental needs.

A course with human-centred values, sustainability and design thinking at the core of subject delivery. Design thinking involves an approach to innovation and problem solving that takes into account “the needs of people, the possibilities of technology and the requirements for business success” (Tim Brown, IDEO).

LCC 304 (6) | Filmmaking

You will study in intensive workshops, with your own tutor and you will work in teams to make your films. You will assume a variety of roles: writer, producer, director, editor and performer. In each area you will be supported and taught by experts. This is an intensive course and you will be expected to work with your team in the evenings and at the weekends.

You will have access to a kit-room stocked with Canon XA10 camcorders, booms and lighting rigs. Once you have finished filming, you can edit your films in our edit suites installed with industry-standard editing software: Avid, Apple Final Cut Pro and Logic, Adobe Creative Cloud Premiere and After Effects.

Most of all the film will be fun. You will come together with like-minded people, sharing the adventure of filmmaking with all its challenges and thrills and you will leave us with a fully produced short film.

LCC 305 (6) | Games Design

This exciting 3-week course is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of game design. The course includes an exciting mixture of hands-on exercises combined with lectures and discussion by experienced game design and animation tutors. You will develop an initial game concept whilst receiving lectures on practical game design theory, history and how it effects the design of game elements. Students will develop game design documents and build game prototypes. You will also learn how to use 3D modelling and animation. At the end of the course you will present your work and receive feedback for future portfolio development and further study. This course will be taught on 3DS Max and Unity software.

LCC 306 (6) | Journalism

This course is intended to develop your skills as a journalist, providing a rewarding insight into how to apply these core abilities to create accurate and compelling content across media platforms. In lecture and workshop settings, students will study writing in a range of genres including news, features, reviews and comment pieces. Working closely with social media and online blogging tools, you will explore the modern digital landscape, applying this knowledge and practical skills to a personal, bespoke web project. Under the guidance of staff and industry guests you will plan, research, produce and publish a feature-length piece of journalism on a topic and in a medium or media of your choice.

This course is ideal for students who are thinking about a career in content creation or journalism or are heading for further study in this area. The summer school is based on classes from BA Journalism programme at London College of Communication.

CCC 307 (6) | Fine Art Studio

The Fine Art Studio programme at Chelsea College of Arts is designed to challenge students to develop investigative and forward-thinking approaches to their art practices, with an emphasis on the interdisciplinary dialogues between art-making and critical-thinking.

The programme is studio-based and practice-led, establishing creative links between a wide range of materials and processes, including; drawing, sculpture, painting, collage, film, photography, sound performance, installation, collaboration, site-specificity.

CCA 308 (6) | Interior and Spatial Design

This study abroad course will give you the opportunity to explore the creative possibilities explored on the BA Interior and Spatial Design (BAISD) degree programme at Chelsea College of Arts, UAL. The course differs distinctly from many of the interior design courses available in the UK in that it approaches interiors from a position of research, exploration and experimentation. You will be guided through the stages and conventions of a typical BAISD project to rework elements of Mies Van Der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion, Barcelona, Spain.

CCA 309 (6) | Digital Textile Design

This study abroad course will give you the opportunity to explore the creative possibilities of digital textile design.

Practical studio and workshop sessions will give you the opportunity to explore the creative possibilities of digital design through the use of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator from initial drawing to the translation of your designs. This course will give you a unique insight into contemporary textile design for fashion and interiors.

You will be taught new drawing approaches and experiment with a variety of techniques. Sessions will be complemented by lectures and external visits to places of interest within London, including museums, galleries and retailers.

CCA 310 (6) | Illustration

Outcomes could include images, picture books, series of images, performance, three dimensional objects, text-based work or other more idiosyncratic conclusions. With the support of your tutor you will navigate this journey in a way that is meaningful and useful to you.

You will be given a series of tasks in the first part of the course that have been developed specifically to push your thinking and making. These will act as starting points to trigger your imagination and generate a body of research from which you will produce an outcome. The tasks will include elements of drawing, experimental image making, role-play and movement, exploration of unconventional narrative forms, 3D lo-fi making, and will include a research trip in London.

This course will be useful to you if you are interested in authorship, creating stories for picture books or comics, developing a portfolio for further study or simply looking for new methods of research, idea development and experimentation.

This course is suitable for all levels from ambitious beginners to more established illustrators, designers and artists.

CCA 311 (6) | Theater and Screen Design

Through practical workshops, visits, backstage tours, discussion groups, this course offers you the opportunity to engage with Designing for performance through an intensive programme. Whether it is Set Design for Screen, Set Design for Theater or Costume Design for both; this course will give you the opportunity to explore designing for a performance based on your own reactions to a work of art held in Tate Britain. From the historic Globe Theatre and the Royal National Theatre, to the innovative Royal Court Theatre, London offers a huge range of live performance and from Pinewood and Elstree film studios London’s film industry is continually growing. You will be based at Chelsea College of Arts, located just a few steps away from Tate Britain. Responding to a brief, you will develop a short story and visually communicate this. You will learn about the technical and creative processes involved in Design for Performance including costume, set design and lighting. Your learning will be enhanced by trips to different exhibitions and performances. You will have a suggested, optional programme of evening theater and film performances, which will compliment your course tutorials.

CSM 312 (6) | Product and Industrial Design

Industrial design as a discipline is ever developing in line with technological and social changes. The industrial design student of today is just as comfortable designing for public discourse and services as well as the traditional object-based foundations of the discipline. At Central Saint Martins students are expected to show a willingness to engage in practice through a unique range of processes and technical skills.

This 3-week intensive course will help students, who may not be entirely familiar with the design process, learn how to develop projects through the use of key technical skills including; research techniques, sketching, prototyping, CAD & CAM. Through a continuous project, students will also learn how to introduce critical narrative discourse to their practice.

SESSION 3

CSM 301 (6) | Fashion Design

Central Saint Martins’ fashion alumni like John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney have changed the way that the world looks at fashion. In this 3-week course you will use research as the key to the design process, using London’s streets, museums and people as the starting point. You will then go on to develop your ideas into designs and explore a range of different illustration techniques to present them to finished portfolio standard.

You will be expected to push your ideas to expand and explore what is possible through the design process. During the class you will also visit specialist fabric shops and the costume collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum. You will be assessed on research in a sketchbook, sketches and rough design ideas, with designs developed from these ideas presented as illustrations to portfolio standard.

CSM 303 (6) | Fashion Communication

How does the fashion communications industry work? Fashion design is just the start of a huge industry that uses concepts of fashion promotion and communication to connect fashion with global audiences. This course will explore the workings of the fashion industry helping students to understand how to promote fashion. Your fashion journey will track the process of research, design and realisation for fashion communication and then focus on understanding creative ways to promote fashion. You will look at how different media is used to communicate fashion and specifically how journalism, photography and styling can help sell fashion ideas. Your final project will be to produce a fashion shoot or a look-book for a fashion brand.

This course will enhance your existing communication skills and help to formulate your communication ideas. Students will be immersed in a European fashion arena for 3 weeks and will be expected, independently, to explore aspects of the industry as directed, with other students.

Although an intensive course, it is a unique and fun London fashion experience with like-minded “fashionistas.”

CSM 312 (6) | Advanced Fashion Design

This 3-week course is designed to give you an authentic Central Saint Martins fashion design experience, using experimental research and design development pathways that are original and innovative. Please note, this course is aimed at high level and ambitious fashion students. You will be working with dedicated students and tutors from around the world in order to produce exceptional work.

In this course you will explore your ideas by gathering inspiration from a variety of sources as the starting point for creative design research. You will then go on to develop and interpret your research ideas into garment designs, prints and embroideries. A series of workshops led by industry professionals will cover patternmaking and fashion illustration. You will explore a range of different techniques to present your ideas to an advanced portfolio standard. The course will be taught through a series of research projects, visits, design and illustration sessions, and individual and group tutorials. You will be expected to be ambitious and really push your ideas to explore what is possible to achieve through the design process. The course ends with a final critique in which you will present your work in an exhibition format. Designs finished in a toile format will be part of an audience attended fashion show organised by Summer Study Abroad - Fashion Communication students.

This is a challenging and demanding course aimed at high level fashion students.

Course level: Advanced (please see Entry Requirements)

LCC 301 (6) | Communication for PR and Advertising

In the 21st century, Advertising is still one of the most creative and innovative forms of communication. Creating conversations, empathising with customers, selling more things. But how can we do it better? How can we get the best out of media both old and new? How can we create work that the public simply can’t ignore? From conquering blank sheet of paper phobia to making a TV ad and writing and presenting a full-blown pitch, you will learn and have some fun and games along the way.

LCC 303 (6) | Digital Photography Portfolio

Gain new skills in digital photography, develop a portfolio of strong photographic work and grow your existing knowledge of the history, theory and practice of photography. Explore a wide range of photographic genres such as street photography, portraiture, photojournalism, conceptual photography and fashion photography.

Throughout the course you will be given introductory lectures by photographers who have created work specialized in these areas who have worked in fashion, editorial, advertising and fine-art photography. The assignments will enhance your creative camera control as well as develop your conceptual awareness. You can work individually, or with your fellow students, to produce visual responses to the brief, coming together at the end of the week to share your results with your tutor and the rest of the class, receiving feedback on your photographs.

LCC 307 (6) | Graphic Media Design

On this 3-week course you will explore the relationship between graphic design communication systems and media processes through studio based and technical workshops, discussion and other activities. With an emphasis on visual research and exploration we will examine the function of typography, layout, and basic design principles, Letterpress, Screen printing, Risograph printing, digital filmmaking and editing, further exploring the relationship between print and digital media. There will be the opportunity to visit museums and galleries in London to see the latest design techniques and get some inspiration.

London College of Fashion Programs

Choose from one of the following programs at the London College of Fashion. The courses in each program are mandatory.

5-WEEK STYLING PROGRAM

This 5-week program consists of modules on fashion styling, fashion photography & make up and presentation skills for a total of 8 credits.

Styling (8) |

Styling (8)

Once a designer’s vision is complete, the journey doesn’t finish there..it’s just the beginning. The masterpiece is then paired with other parts of the puzzle - to produce a polished image to convey a message and a feeling. From still life, to models, to celebrities, we live in a world full of thought-provoking imagery, artistically created by meticulous stylists, technical photographers and precise art directors. As glamorous as it may seem, have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes (from idea concept through to the final visual outcome) in order to achieve the ‘hero’ shot?

This course will provide you with an in-depth insight into the life of a stylist. You will gain a thorough understanding of the key roles and responsibilities of a stylist, hair and make-up artist, designer, photographer, and art director. You will look at what an assistant would do, and how you might eventually become established in the fashion image creation arena. We will investigate many aspects, from multi-channel media to television and film, to the current ‘craze’ of celebrity styling.

As well as learning about trend analysis, the importance of networking and relationships with PRs, and creating a targeted portfolio; you will develop a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of styling on a photo shoot/film. A fashion and culture field trip to Paris is included.

During the course you will cover:

Fashion styling:

  • Shoot concepts
  • Fashion image analysis
  • Mood board
  • Styling to suit various fashion genres
  • Styling for body types
  • Trends
  • Street style
  • Styling kit
  • Requesting samples from PRs / sourcing & returns
  • Fashion editing & run throughs
  • Giving direction to achieve a desired image result
  • Working with photographers, hair and makeup artists & models
  • Teamwork
  • Project management
  • Conceptual editorial styling vs sales driven commercial styling

Fashion photography & makeup:

  • Fashion hair and makeup
  • Composition, colour & mood
  • Studio shoots vs location shoots
  • Working with a photographer

Presentation skills:

  • Creating a visual reference board
  • Enhancing your work to achieve perfection

8-WEEK PROGRAMS

Footwear Design Program

This 8-week program consists of three mandatory courses: Footwear Design, Footwear Making and Introduction to Rapid Prototyping and RHINO for Footwear. The courses combined are a total of 12 semester credits and includes a fashion and culture field trip to Paris.

Footwear Design (6) |

This is a creative programme and you will be encouraged to be as experimental as possible, bearing in mind commercial restraints. We hope to inspire you to challenge preconceived ideas and opinions – in order to look at alternative interpretations, conclusions and design solutions.

You will cover:

  • Design experimentation and play: learning through deconstructing & making
  • Foot analysis, foot anatomy, measuring the foot & fitting
  • Understanding the last
  • An introduction to fashion forecasting
  • Working with inspiration, design conceptualization, through design development
  • Sketching & speed drawing for footwear
  • Materials & their properties
  • From mass market to conceptual footwear
  • Understanding the consumer
  • Color
  • Collection & range building
  • Technical drawing for footwear & visual communication
  • Sourcing & production

Footwear Making (3) |

During this unit you will:

  • Make a basic court shoe, using a given last
  • Create a pattern to cut leather uppers and linings in the clicking room working on
  • basic last to produce ONE shoe sample
  • How to lay patterns and cut/click correctly
  • Assemble cut uppers and stitch these together in the casing room
  • Prepare components for the lasting process (Making) of the closed uppers on the last
  • Last the upper using traditional as well as hand making techniques and specialist machinery
  • Apply a heel and components that are suitable for your last
  • Fully realise and construct a product based on your original pattern

Introduction to Rapid Prototyping and RHINO for Footwear (3) |

We have more than 10 years’ experience working with three-dimensional body scanners and have conducted benchmark trials of new systems, evaluated measurement extraction software and supported the continuing development of shape analysis.

Our INFOOT digital foot scanner uses safe laser technology and moving scan heads to capture 3D data of an individual foot or last. The shape and measurements can then be used in 3D design processes.

During this unit you will:

  • Experience 3D scanning technology through lecture & demonstration of the INFOOT digital foot scanner
  • Utilise Rhino 3D to create digital lasts, heels, soles and uppers. Produce renders of designs from varying views facilitating their display
  • Have knowledge of the processes and technologies involved in rapid prototyping through participation in a lecture and demonstration
  • Learn how to utilize the Adobe Photoshop software package to enhance & facilitate professional presentation of your design work

Introduction to Fashion Design Program

On the ‘Introduction to Fashion Design: Summer School’ program you will benefit from our central London location, right at the heart of the British fashion industry and from our expertise, which makes us one of the foremost centres of fashion education. We offer a unique and dynamic learning environment, within which you will develop and enhance your potential. Our team of specialist tutors combine their teaching with fashion consultancy and freelance work which guarantees that you are informed of the current industry practices. A fashion and culture field trip to Paris is included.

The program consists of 6 mandatory units which combine to create one program for a total of 12 credits.

Fashion Business and Product Development (2) |

If you are planning on entering the highly competitive fashion industry, it is becoming increasingly important to understand the ‘Business of Fashion’. In addition, it is vital to have a clear understanding of ALL the roles within a merchandise team and also, knowledge of the supporting roles within a fashion organization. Understanding all aspects will give you confidence and in turn, make you more attractive to future employers. On this multi-faceted unit, you will gain knowledge of all aspects in a clear, understandable format. It is excellent for students wishing to enter the fashion business as part of a product development team in the capacity of buyer, merchandiser, garment technologist or designer.

Contemporary Culture and Fashion Studies (2) |

This class is delivered out in the field combining tours, informal lectures, group discussions and self-motivated discovery. You will participate in several museum visits and guided walks through obscure parts of London (some related to fashion, all related to this city).

You will have the opportunity to examine aspects of what makes ‘Britishness’ and more to the point gain an understanding of ‘Londonness’. You will examine the influence of various factors on fashion including social events, popular culture, architecture, the arts, mass media.

The aim is to ‘make a difference’ to the way you find, see, absorb, process, and communicate information – in your own individual and personal way.

Collection and Portfolio (3) |

This creative unit explores alternative design methods to produce a striking or extreme item of clothing for the catwalk, and then ways to commercially translate these ideas into a wearable and sellable clothing range.

3D Design and Experimentation (2) |

In this unit you will play and invent extraordinary things. You will create and construct a 3D form to encase the body, your body if you wish. For inspiration, while we are in Paris, we will follow in the footsteps of Yves St Laurent and examine tribal art at the Quai Branly museum: Masks, carnival costume, body markings, scarification.... rich ideas to inform your work.

Styling (2) |

In addition to the study of style tribes, trends and current designer collections, you will gain an insight into the many different aspects of today’s stylist and the various opportunities on offer - fashion editorial, show/catwalk, commercial work, music industry, pop promo and celebrity styling.

Visuals for Fashion (1) |

This unit will address visual communication and help you to develop critical thinking in relation to fashion images and the importance of visual literacy. The unit will expand your ability to create, communicate visually, interpret content and make meaning from information, learning to transform concepts and ideas into different types of imagery, through to final presentation.

Introduction to Fashion Business Program

Fashion today operates within a highly competitive business environment. This fashion business study abroad summer school program will develop your fashion marketing, merchandising and media skills and you will benefit from our expertise, which makes us one of the foremost global fashion education establishments. We offer a unique and dynamic learning environment, within which you will develop and enhance your individual potential. Our team of specialist tutors combine their teaching with professional consultancy and freelance work, which guarantees that you are informed of current industry practice. A fashion and culture field trip to Paris is included.

The program consists of 6 mandatory units which combine to create one program for a total of 12 credits.

Fashion Business and Product Development (2) |

If you are planning on entering the highly competitive fashion industry, it is becoming increasingly important to understand the ‘Business of Fashion’. In addition, it is vital to have a clear understanding of ALL the roles within a merchandise team and also, knowledge of the supporting roles within a fashion organization. Understanding all aspects will give you confidence and in turn, make you more attractive to future employers. On this multi-faceted unit, you will gain knowledge of all aspects in a clear, understandable format. It is excellent for students wishing to enter the fashion business as part of a product development team in the capacity of buyer, merchandiser, garment technologist or designer.

Contemporary Culture and Fashion Studies (2) |

This class is delivered out in the field combining tours, informal lectures, group discussions and self-motivated discovery. You will participate in several museum visits and guided walks through obscure parts of London (some related to fashion, all related to this city).

You will have the opportunity to examine aspects of what makes ‘Britishness’ and more to the point gain an understanding of ‘Londonness’. You will examine the influence of various factors on fashion including social events, popular culture, architecture, the arts, mass media.

The aim is to ‘make a difference’ to the way you find, see, absorb, process, and communicate information – in your own individual and personal way.

Fashion Entrepreneurship and Marketing (3) |

This unit is aimed at building entrepreneurial spirit, taking you through the processes of creating a fashion brand from concept to success. You will develop skills and knowledge and a full range of business skills that are needed to start, develop, grow and market a robust brand. You will discover the complexities of running a business and the need to be entrepreneurial in order to survive. You will be encouraged to develop a creative and entrepreneurial outlook in setting up, developing and marketing a fashion business.

Fashion Media (1) |

This unit aims to provide you with the techniques and skills required to operate successfully as a communicator within the exciting and ever changing world of Fashion Media. You will be taught how fashion mirrors culture, how to analyze the international catwalks. You will also dissect the different roles within the fashion media - from journalist to style blogger.

Styling (2) |

In addition to the study of style tribes, trends and current designer collections, you will gain an insight into the many different aspects of today’s stylist and the various opportunities on offer - fashion editorial, show/catwalk, commercial work, music industry, pop promo and celebrity styling.

Visuals for Fashion (1) |

This unit will address visual communication and help you to develop critical thinking in relation to fashion images and the importance of visual literacy. The unit will expand your ability to create, communicate visually, interpret content and make meaning from information, learning to transform concepts and ideas into different types of imagery, through to final presentation.

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