Fashion Design - Essential Skills and Creative Approaches - Nottingham Trent University

Fashion Design for Beginners


On this course, you’ll learn how to create innovative fashion concepts, taking your designs from an initial idea and sketch to a developed collection of concepts and designs.

It’s a great first step if you want to explore the processes involved in designing clothes for yourself or for others, or are considering further studies in fashion or accessory design.

This course is delivered via practical studio activities and manageable homework assignments.

You’ll develop your idea generation and research skills, along with your technical skills in design, illustration and presentation.

There will be time for 1-2-1 feedback as well as group discussions and critiques.

On this course, you will:

- find and evaluate new sources of creative inspiration
- develop your approach to fashion concept development
- research themes and trends and apply them to your work in an intelligent way
- learn how to create contemporary fashion illustrations that have impact
- experiment with draping to create new silhouettes
- explore trends in pattern, print and textile design, and apply these to your work
- produce a coherent collection of designs and present them in a professional way.

What will you gain?

By the end of the course, you’ll have a sketchbook and portfolio of new drawings and designs, plus photographs of your 3D work.

You’ll have an appreciation of the steps involved in fashion concept development, and the motivation to keep designing into the future.

Level: Beginner

Entry requirements: No previous design or drawing experience is required – just plenty of enthusiasm and the willingness to share ideas.

Where you'll learn: You will be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus.

You will have access to an excellent range of facilities and equipment in the fashion studios, with industry-standard fashion tables, professional mannequins, and space to work on your hand-drawn designs.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

Here is what our previous attendees said:

'I enjoyed the illustrations and the technical drawing, and the course was taught at a good speed. Hannah was very friendly and clearly passionate, as well as experienced with design.' KH

'Hannah was really good, I enjoyed the lessons in illustration and draping from her, she is always so helpful'

Tutor Profile: Hannah Phipps is an experienced fashion designer with over 15 years in the industry.

Her wealth of knowledge spans the full design process, from concept to completed product.

Hannah is also an experienced short course tutor, bringing plenty of energy to her courses which makes for a positive, enjoyable learning environment.

Click through above to book your place online.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Two intensive days of quality tuition with an experienced tutor.

Certificate of attendance upon completion.

Indicative class size: 15


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10 weeks (6:00pm to 8:30pm)

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