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Introduction to Fashion and Textile Design

Introduction to Fashion and Textile Design

A hands-on Fashion and Design summer course, residential in a top university. The perfect study abroad programme for the fashion innovators of the future.

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Course Summary

Whether you’re interested in becoming a fashion designer or are simply passionate about fashion and want to learn more about it, the Introduction to Fashion and Textile Design course from Oxford Royale Academy provides an inspiring introduction to the world of Fashion. This course invites budding fashionistas and designers to learn about the theoretical and practical sides of Fashion and Design, providing the opportunity to design and develop their own prototypes by the end of the course.

Students research primary sources for inspiration, responding to these with drawings in a range of diverse media, developing their creations into textile designs, and learning the processes associated with professional designers. Provided with a history of fashion throughout time, as well as essential specialist drawing techniques, young fashion designers finish the course with a portfolio that they can use for future university applications.

What to expect from Introduction to Fashion & Textile Design for ages 13-15

Students experiment with a variety of design techniques in their sketchbooks, and go to museums in Oxford to see how these methods are used by artists and designers.

Students then examine and create their own repeat patterns and are introduced to alternative techniques, such as relief frottage designs using wax resist. The course culminates in a static fashion show (complete with an audience!), where students present their work on mannequins alongside their finished sketchbooks.



Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have covered:


Topics covered

The table below gives an indication of the subject areas that will be covered in each day’s lecture and seminar. Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, please note that topics and timings may be subject to change.

Day Week 1 Week 2
Monday Lesson 1: Introduction and warm-up drawing activities Lesson 14: Consolidation
Lesson 2: A3 mixed media response to objects Lesson 15: Final collaged fashion illustrations
Lesson 3: Trip to Pitt Rivers Museum Lesson 16: Figure drawing activity
Tuesday Lesson 4: Fashion/textiles approaches to recording and presenting research for design Lesson 17: Consolidation
Lesson 5: Developing a motif Lesson 18: Final collage fashion illustrations or stretch activity
Wednesday Lesson 6: Creating a low relief motif in wire and repeat pattern designs using wax resist Lesson 19: Shape and texture in paper
Lesson 7: Surface pattern created by relief frottage wax resist with ink Lesson 20: Shaping flat pieces for garment construction paper dress group activity
Lesson 8: Scale in surface pattern Lesson 21: Workshop 5 – Moodboards
Thursday Lesson 9: Silhouette design Lesson 22: Moodboards/final design
Lesson 10: Colour theory – submit work for assessment Lesson 23: Create final design
Friday Lesson 11: Contextual studies responding to other designers Lesson 24: Realise final design/outcome
Lesson 12: 2D collage fashion illustration Lesson 25: Final outcome
Lesson 13: Low relief collage fashion illustration Lesson 26: Workshop and complete final outcome, fashion show


Take this course if…

Take this course if you’re interested in becoming a fashion designer, or simply want to learn more about the fascinating, exciting world of Fashion.


St Hugh’s College

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12, 13- 5, 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1886

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