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Introduction to Fashion and Textile Design Ages 13-15

Oxford Summer School 2020

A hands-on fashion and design summer course, residential in a college of Oxford University. The perfect study-abroad programme for the fashion innovators of the future.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's faculty
  • Study the fundamental elements of fashion design
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 150 nationalities in 2019
  • Inspirational cultural programme, including excursions to historic UK locations

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 will provide 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 will 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 will finish the course with a portfolio that they can use for future university applications.

What to expect from the Introduction to Fashion and Textile Design course

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

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

Course Outcomes

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

  • The history of fashion throughout the ages
  • The work of top designers and how they develop their ideas
  • Drawing techniques
  • Specialist fashion drawing skills
  • The use and properties of different materials and how they can be used in designs
  • Developing a design from page to stage
  • The completion of their own portfolio, which they can use for University applications

Topics covered

  • Core theories in design: technical drawing techniques and terms such as cross-hatching and 3D effects; how mixed media, surfaces and textures are used to create desired effects; colour theory and how displays in shops and museums follow certain curation rules
  • The basic skills required of any fashion designer, including design drawing, textiles, colour theory and how different fabrics behave
  • Fashion and avant-garde designers
  • Fashion illustration and silhouette design
  • Shaping material for garment construction

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 (Scroll right for week 2) Week 2
Monday Lesson 1: introduction and warm up drawing activities
Lesson 2: A3 mixed media response to objects
Lesson 3: Trip to Pitt Rivers Museum
Field trip to V&A museum
Tuesday Lesson 4: Fashion/textiles approaches to recording and presenting research for design
Lesson 5: Developing a motif
Lesson 17: Consolidation
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 7: Surface pattern created by relief frottage wax resist with ink
Lesson 8: Scale in surface pattern
Lesson 19: Shape and texture in paper
Lesson 20: Shaping flat pieces for garment construction paper dress group activity
Lesson 21: Workshop 5- Moodboards
Thursday Lesson 9: Silhouette design
Lesson 10: Colour Theory- Submit work for assessment
Lesson 22: Moodboards/Final Design
Lesson 23: Create final design
Friday Lesson 11: Contextual studies responding to other designers
Lesson 12: 2D collage fashion illustration
Lesson 13: low relief collage fashion illustration
Lesson 24: Realise final design/outcome
Lesson 25: Final outcome
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 you see yourself designing products as a future career.

Welcome to the City of Oxford - your home this summer

ORA Experience

Oxford is a city like no other, combining startlingly beautiful architecture with a buzzing, modern city centre, with superb shopping, restaurants, cafés and more. With the colleges of Oxford University at its heart, some almost 800 years old, it is a city steeped in history and academia.

Students on Oxford Royale's Oxford summer courses will have the chance to live, dine and study in this stunning city, exploring all of its major sites and discovering its hidden secrets. Through both organised trips to key landmarks and free time in the evenings, students will become acquainted with all that Oxford has to offer.

As students walk the cobbled streets and gaze up at the spires, gargoyles and honey-coloured stone buildings, they will be walking in the footsteps of some of the most influential figures in history, including prime ministers, presidents, Nobel prize-winning scientists, authors and more.

Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?

Useful information for students & parents


Students will be accommodated in comfortable single or twin rooms depending on their allocated college (please contact our registrations team if you would like more information on this). Twin rooms are strictly shared by students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridor and/or staircase. Accommodation is the standard for undergraduates studying at the university, so students are able to get a taste of what being an undergraduate student might be like at Oxford or Cambridge. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, however in some cases en-suite facilities are available.

Pastoral care & student welfare

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who very often are current members of the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge. The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss their course. Each campus has members of staff who are residential throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • Must conform to our age policy.
  • Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on [email protected] and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.

Our Teaching Faculty

At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer! For full details of last summer’s teaching faculty, please click here.

Guest Lectures & Debates

At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of fascinating guest lectures. Guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms, including the worlds of online media, television and academia. Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates, involving teaching faculty and other staff, to informal discussions about current “hot topics” led by Counsellors.

Coach Excursions

The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a young learner to explore this. All ORA courses include at least one coach excursion to places of historical and social significance in the UK.

Extracurricular Activities

At ORA, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our students have fun, make friends and get the most out of their time with us.

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