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13~17 year olds - Fashion Design Summer Camp

About the course

Fashion designers are the creative spark at the beginning of the fashion industry. Discover how an industry designer works and communicates their designs to their team.

What will I study?

Learner hours: 25

Dive deep into the art of creating cutting-edge fashion, from the inception of an idea, through from trend boards to the final technical sketch.

This course can be taken as a ‘standalone’ for students that specifically want to do fashion design at college or university, or it can be a  follow on from the Introduction to Fashion Illustration course.

There will be no sewing on this course. Emphasis is placed on understanding garment construction and being able to translate this into working sketches.

Day 1Introduction to Fashion Design
  • Overview of the fashion design industry and key players
  • Introduction to the fashion design process, from concept to production
  • Basic tools and materials needed for fashion design
Day 2Research and Inspiration
  • Tips for finding inspiration and conducting research for fashion design
  • Practice creating mood boards and concept sketches
Day 3 & 4Fashion Sketching and Illustration
  • Introduction to colour theory and fabric selection
  • Learn how to sketch and design clothing (Flats)
  • Practice drawing different garment styles and silhouettes
Day 5Designing a Capsule Collection
  • Learn how to create a cohesive fashion collection
  • Tips for developing your own unique design aesthetic
  • Practice designing a mini capsule collection based on a specific theme or inspiration

Learning outcomes

Throughout the week we will have taken you on a journey through the world of fashion, and you will leave with an idea of what it means to be a fashion stylist. You will have learned how stylists think, feel and understand the world of fashion. Additionally, we will have also explored the practical elements of fashion styling and various tricks and techniques used by fashion professionals. Finally, you will have completed a mood board of your chosen styling theme to take home with you!

Where will I study?

Mode of delivery: Face to face

Our address is The School of Creative Arts, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB.

For Maps and Directions please visit our helpful  ‘Where to Find Us’  page. Further details are sent by email when you have booked.

Important information


Signing in is from 9.20am and 9.25am each day in the Art Gallery and the summer workshops will start at 9.30. We finish at 15.30pm. You will need to be picked up promptly at 15.30pm, again from the Art Gallery. Parents and carers, if you have any problems and think that you may be late, please let us know by calling 01707 285327.

Drop off/collection

The drop-off point is the Art Gallery, and you can find this through our wayfinding app here. We suggest you park in one of the bays around the nearby Lindop Building for drop-off. You can drop off anytime between 9.20am and 9.25am. Collection is promptly at 15.30. nb, there is free parking for 2 hours on campus.

The programme

We have an exciting programme of activities planned. You will find out more about art and design courses and you will be meet practising artists or designers.  Each group will have an assistant art tutor with them for the whole time you are here, and you will meet them on your first morning.  They can help you with any concerns you have while you are here.


Parents/Guardians: When registering, please enrol with your own details. There is a field on the enrolment paperwork where you can enter your son or daughter's name and age.

Emergency contact

We need contact numbers so we can contact parents/carers at any time.  These details need to be confirmed on the form attached to the email. Should you need to contact us please phone the Short Course Office on 01707 285327. It is very important that we know in advance if you cannot for any reason be collected on time at the end of the day.


Wear suitable and comfortable clothes as you may get messy and dirty (that is what art is all about!).  An overall, apron or large shirt would be ideal.

Food & drink

You will need to bring your own packed lunch. Water will be available during breaks and lunchtime.


All materials needed for all the summer schools will be provided by the University.


If you need to bring any medication with you, please make sure it is clearly labelled with your child’s name and any instructions. These can be administered by us provided the medical permission form enclosed has been signed by a parent or carer and handed in on arrival on your first day.

Booking deadlines

Bookings for all Creative Arts Short Courses will be reviewed two weeks before the start date of each course. This will allow the Short Course team to determine whether a course has met the minimum number of students needed for the class to run. If a class has failed to recruit, the class will be re-scheduled and you will be informed. Where relevant you will be offered an alternative class. If the course has met minimum numbers, bookings will stay open to the course start date or until it has met maximum numbers.

We encourage you to book early before the deadline to avoid disappointment.

Bookings for all short courses need to be made online through our online booking system, before a course commences. You cannot enroll or attend a class on the day the course starts.


If for any reason you change your mind about joining us after you have accepted the offer, you have a legal right to cancel your contract to study with us within 14 days. This cancellation period therefore ends at the end of 14 days after the day on which you accepted our offer. Find further details of our cancellation terms here.

How to apply?

Start DateEnd DateDayTimeCostLink
12/08/202416/08/2024Mon to Fri09.30 - 15.30£225.00Apply online

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Childcare vouchers

We now accept childcare vouchers. If you would like to pay by this method, please contact us via email or telephone, using the contact us details below.

Contact us

If you wish to discuss this or any other creative art short course please contact the Short Course team on 01707 285327 or complete our short course enquiry form.

Nick Thomas, Short Course Coordinator,
School of Creative Arts