Top 10 Online Fashion Courses to Break Into the Fashion Industry

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Thanks to online fashion courses, it’s no longer necessary to go down the traditional university route or apply for art college if you want to learn about the fashion industry and gain design qualifications.

The internet has made fashion education accessible to everyone and there are now lots of online fashion courses you can sign up for, whether you already work in the fashion industry, you’re a current student and you want to extend your knowledge and skills, or you’re just an enthusiastic beginner.

Online courses give you more opportunities to work at your own pace, watch lectures online, communicate with tutors via chat and video messaging, interact with your peers in the virtual classroom and submit assignments online. You can study from anywhere in the world and fit your study around work and family commitments easily.

Some of the best fashion colleges in the world are now offering their courses to online students. Here are some of the best courses to get you started.

1. Essential Guide to the Fashion Business – London College of Fashion

The London College of Fashion runs several short fashion courses online and this one is a good all-rounder, great as an introduction to the fashion industry and for those looking for a general course to get started with.

The course is run by Alison Lowe, who provides marketing and PR services for several fashion designers and creative brands. The content of the course covers the basics of fashion design and manufacturing, explores how marketing and PR fit into the industry, and looks into potential career routes.

Duration: 6 weeks
Timetable: 1.5 hours a week
Price: £250

 

2. Digital Marketing – Business of Fashion

In the age of fashion influencers, YouTube, and Instagram, digital marketing has become an increasingly important way for brands to get seen. This Business of Fashion course  is delivered by Drew Elliott – creative director at PAPER Communications based out of New York City. You’ll learn how to connect with and grow global audiences, create a content strategy, work with influencers, and use social media effectively to grow your brand.

Duration: 10 hours
Timetable: Study at your own pace
Price: $195

 

3. Womenswear Design Course – Milan Fashion Campus

If you’re after a crash course in fashion design and illustration for womenswear, this self-study e-book by Milan Fashion Campus could fit the bill. You’ll learn how to draw the figure for fashion design including hand-colouring, how to design dresses, trousers, tops, denim, and more, market research, choosing fabrics, and collection planning.

Duration: Study at your own pace
Timetable: Study at your own pace
Price: € 291

 

4. Fashion and Sustainability: Understanding Luxury Fashon in a Changing World – London College of Fashion

If you’re interested in sustainability and “green” fashion, this online course explores sustainability issues in the fashion industry, sourcing materials, how to choose low-impact tools and methods for production, and creative approaches to eco fashion design. It’s created for those already working in the fashion industry and those who have an interest in sustainable fashion.

Duration: 6 weeks
Timetable: 3 hours per week
Price: Free

 

5. Fashion Photography – London College of Fashion

If you’re an established photographer wanting to branch into fashion, or you just have a keen interest in fashion photography, this course will teach you the fundamentals of planning and producing a fashion shoot and developing your own visual style. The course is taught by Darren Black, a London-based fashion and advertising photographer.

Duration: 4 weeks
Timetable: 1.5 hours a week
Price: £351

 

6. Fashion Journalism – London College of Fashion

This fashion journalism course is aimed at beginners and covers the history of fashion and lifestyle publishing, how to write fashion news, working with PR, interview tips, spotting trends, feature writing, and pitching to editors. It’s ideal for those looking to improve their writing technique and build a career in fashion writing.

Duration: 6 weeks
Timetable: One hour a week
Price: £400

 

7. Fashion Styling and Image Making – Business of Fashion

Taught by fashion stylist Lucinda Chambers, this course covers the basics of styling for publications and brands including the key skills stylists need, working with celebrities, brand marketing and e-commerce, working with photographers, trend spotting, and developing a creative identity. It’s designed for fashion students and those already working in the fashion industry.

Duration: 10.5 hours
Timetable: Work at your own pace
Price: $195

 

8. Lingerie and Swimwear Design Course – Milan Fashion Campus

Designing lingerie and swimwear requires more technical skills than general womenswear designing. This self-study e-book produced by Milan Fashion Campus includes directions on creating anatomical sketches with software including Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, creating mood boards and collections. This course does not include the technicalities of cutting patterns and is suited to people who already have some experience with fashion design

Duration: Work at your own pace
Timetable: Work at your own pace
Price: € 50

 

9. A History of Royal Fashion – University of Glasgow

Are you interested in fashion history? This course by the University of Glasgow, will take you through the wardrobes of five royal dynasties including the Tudors, the Stuarts, the Georgians, the Victorians, and the Windsors. You’ll learn how their outfits were designed to project power and control and how royal fashion influences trends.

Duration: 4 weeks
Timetable: 5 hours per week
Price: Free

 

10. Fashion Buying and Merchandising – London College of Fashion

This course will give you an insight into fashion industry practices including who influences the fashions that are sold in retail stores and the roles of fashion buyers and merchandisers. You’ll cover trend predictions, visiting trade shows and fashion shows, and shopping skills. For those who are interested in continuing their studies, there are also more specialised courses in buying techniques, merchandising for luxury brands, for online retail, and for handbags and accessories.

Duration: 7 weeks
Timetable: One hour a week
Price: £250

 

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