Looking to study fashion in the capital, but don’t have three years to spare? Start your foray into the world of style with one our top picks of the best fashion short courses in London.
Introduction to Fashion Design
London College of Fashion, 20 John Prince’s Street, London, W1G 0BJ
Where better to start your fashion career than at the capital’s iconic London College of Fashion? This course will guide you through the full fashion design process, from gathering research to sketching ideas, with expert input from leading tutor Eve Lin.
One Week Fashion Styling Course
Condé Nast College, 16-17 Greek Street, London, W1D 4DR
This intensive one week course is led by the publishing house behind some of the fashion world’s biggest titles – Vogue, Glamour and Tatler, to name just a few – giving you an expert basis of the full styling process. From sourcing props to setting up a shoot, you’ll leave with a solid grasp of how those glamorous cover shots are really put together.
Fashion Trend Forecasting
Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square, London, NC1 4AA
If fashion and travelling are two of your biggest interests, be sure to check out this unique course at the prestigious Central Saint Martins. Starting off with just over one week of study at its London campus, you will then be whisked off for the second half in Florence, meeting with some of the industry’s best stylists and completing a mini styling project of your own.
Typography and Textiles: T-Shirts and Tote Bags
London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, London, SE1 6SB
See your brand ideas and concepts come to life with this hands-on course in South London, walking you through the basics of design and textile printing. A great course for people thinking of launching their own brand or merchandise, you’ll be equipped with all the basic skills you need to get going.
Fashion and Editorial Photography
London College of Contemporary Arts, 9 Holborn, London, EC1N 2LL
Spanning six weeks part-time, or one week full-time, this short course in central London really immerses you in the world of fashion photography. Covering everything from setting up lighting to interacting with models, you’ll learn exactly what it takes to become the next Annie Leibovitz (fingers crossed).
Fashion Design for Womenswear: An Introduction
City Lit, 1-10 Keeley St, London, WC2B 4BA
Located in the heart of Covent Garden, this relatively unknown college offers a wide variety of courses for enthusiastic adults. Its introduction to fashion design comes highly rated, focusing on industry methods and professional techniques used to form a full collection. You’ll have a mood board to show off in no time.
Fashion Illustrations: Hand Drawing Techniques
London Metropolitan University, 41-47 Commercial Rd, London, E1 1LA
A bit of a dab hand with a pencil? Up your fashion illustration skills with this short course in East London. Described as “experimental”, this programme is less about exams results and more about expression, helping you to develop your own technique and produce some great sketches.
Hair and Media Make Up
City and Islington College, 383 Holloway Road, London, N7 0RN
If you’re serious about becoming a professional make-up artist in the world of fashion, be sure to take a good look at this part-time course. It may not be cheap, but it covers an impressive array of techniques to take you straight into a media make-up career, awarding you a Level 2 diploma at the end.
Starting an Online Fashion Business
Westminster Adult Education Service, Amberley Road, London, W9 2JJ
Taking up just one day of your time, this very short course offers a great introduction into marketing your brand to an online audience. Whether you’re selling dresses or footwear, you’ll be walked through how to conduct market research, launch a start-up and even build a social media presence to give your business the best chance.
Jewellery Tasters: Make A Ring
Kensington and Chelsea College, Wornington Road, London, W10 5QQ
Decide whether a career in jewellery making is really the path for you with this short three-session course in West London. Across the classes, you’ll learn the basics of dealing with metals, including soldering and cutting, before making a one-of-a-kind handmade ring to call your own.