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Oxford City Centre,
Oxpens Rd,
Oxford, OX1 1SA

Start date





27 Jan 2021
5 weeks

- Fees subject to change
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Opportunities await in the growing world of eco-friendy, sustainable fashion design!

Sustainability is now becoming part of mainstream fashion and instead of being seen as a challenge for the fashion industry, it is being viewed as an opportunity.

But how do fashion designers choose ethical options and make decisions based on their environmental or social impact? This course provides an overview of sustainable fashion design practices, and how clothing can be designed for sustainability. In this course, you will explore how the design process can include sustainable concepts, materials and circularity, whereby we focus on reusing items, instead of sending clothing to the landfill.

Each week we will explore new approaches to sustainable fashion and you will be set a task in response. The following week you will receive personal feedback from your tutor, as well as having the chance to learn from seeing the work of your fellow students.

This may include a visit to charity shops and exploring the second-hand trade markets during one of the weeks.

What I'll learn

You will gain an understanding of the need for sustainability in relation to the fashion industry and explore a range of innovative, new design methods for sustainability within fashion.
We will also explore the evolution of the role of fashion designer and what future trends in fashion design may look like.
Week 1 

We’ll begin with a presentation on the current state of “fast fashion” and debate its positives and negatives. 
Then, let’s plan out our project for the coming weeks: developing a potential, sustainable brand. We’ll explore brand impact, marketing strategy, and the logistics behind what it would take to be a truly sustainable fashion company. 

Week 2 

Following a presentation on inspirational, eco-friendly designers who are making an impact on the environment, we’ll start practicing basic fashion design and how it could translate into a final eco-friendly fashion collection. 

Week 3 

We’ll explore the use of “fragmented materials” in fashion upcycling. Fragmented materials are fabrics that you may have laying around that are no longer in use. Sample swatches, a lonely glove, an old scarf, etc.
Using these, you’ll learn how to update clothing into something new and unique and avoid purchasing mass-market, fast fashion. Purchasing clothes from charity shops and using simple customisation techniques can save you money and help the environment! 

Week 4 

We’ll visit local charity shops and look for an item to update. You’ll pick a basic embroidery or stitch to practice on the old clothing and keep practicing your designs for your final, eco-friendly fashion collection. 

Week 5 

In the final week, you’ll need to reconstruct an item of clothing to a basic standard and add some customisation or an applique. You’ll also plan an eco-friendly time capsule collection and a 500 word essay on your inspiration.


How I'll learn

Teaching methods include:

  • formal instruction
  • discussion
  • individual tuition
  • practical demonstration
  • practical experience

Furthermore, you will get the opportunity to develop your skills according to your own specific needs.


Entry Requirements

No previous experience is needed.

Please bring with you:

  • a sketch book
  • old clothing for updating 
  • fragmented materials (old fabric swatches, clothing, scarves etc) to combine into a final, useable fashion item



How to Apply

You can register for this course online. Click on ENROL NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register your contact details online and verify your account
  • Go to your desired course page and click again on ENROL NOW. Follow the link to pay for your course

Course places are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. We would encourage you to enrol on your chosen course as soon as possible. If you prefer to enrol in person please visit us at one of our college Advice Centres or enrol over the phone via 0800 612 6008.

This course will be run subject to demand. If you wish to enrol within one week of the start date, please call us on 0800 612 6008 first to check the course is running.