An Introduction to Fashion Design (short course)

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Why study this course?

Get a taste of fashion with this one-week course at London Met's acclaimed School of Art, Architecture and Design. You'll learn the basic principles of design and how to organise your ideas into a coherent piece of work.

More about this course

If you are a beginner interested in fashion design, this one-week introductory course is for you. It will teach you how to embark on your own fashion design journey, giving you an understanding of the basic principles of design and aesthetics. The course will take you through the practical and analytical stages of the two-dimensional design process, including a taster of 3D creative experimentation.

You'll learn how to get started on research, utilise sources of information and to develop opinions of what you see, therefore uncovering interesting aspects that will enable you to generate new and original ideas. You'll also gain an understanding of the design brief, introductory fabric awareness, how to organise visual research and communicate ideas through the creation of mood, colour, concept boards and design sketches, consolidated into a themed 2D mini collection.

Fees and key information

Course type
Short Course
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Who's this course for?

This course is for beginners or those new to the specific world of fashion design. The course is aimed at those who wish to learn the process designers undertake in order to design original outcomes, whilst developing their own creative signature.

This course is ideal for those who would like to develop and supplement their skills prior to applying to a higher education course or for those who wish to enhance and understand their employability.

Whilst no previous experience is necessary, it is important that you have an interest in fashion.

Course structure

On this week-long course you will complete a design brief and compile a body of work, which can then be used within a broader portfolio as evidence of your skills in this area. During this course you will have the opportunity to participate in class discussion, develop your theoretical knowledge, carry out practical work to improve your skills and present your work to the group. You will be supported and encouraged to practise and develop your skills through group critiques and tutor feedback.

The course includes:

  • an explanation of the design brief – what it is and how it is used
  • an introduction to the principles of design and aesthetics
  • information on how and where to research – creating mind maps, collecting primary and secondary research, documenting research sources
  • an exploration of primary or creative research through 3D experimentation
  • idea creation – roughs – cross-referencing and juxtaposition
  • design development – drawing and communicating design ideas
  • support with summarising your research – creating mood/concept colour boards
  • a presentation to peers and critique

Skills and experience gained

By the end of the course you will be able to: 

  • define and understand the purpose of a design brief and the context in which it is used
  • describe basic principles of design and aesthetics
  • carry out primary and secondary research and develop initial design ideas
  • create mood/concept and colour boards
  • create design variations and communicate ideas using existing templates
  • develop your confidence through presenting your work to your peers and receiving feedback

Course dates

Course dates TBC
Length One evening a week for 10 sessions?
Day and time Wednesday, 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Maximum class size 10
Contact hours 30


A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit.
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University alumni members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

What's included in the price?

The cost of some materials is included in the course fee. You will need to?supply?yourself with the following:?

  • notepad
  • USB memory stick
  • A4 or A3 sketchpad or layout pad
  • basic drawing kit?– pencils, coloured pencils, felt tips, crayons, etc.?
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • basic camera or smart phone to document research?
  • selection of magazines (old or new) for cutting up
  • some printing and photocopying may incur an additional fee

Terms and conditions

Please read our?terms and conditions?before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.