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Fall in love with the fashion industry
The fashion industry employs hundreds of millions of people worldwide, and the global fashion industry is estimated to be worth over a trillion US dollars. It’s an industry experiencing huge growth.
Moreover, the history of fashion is intertwined with politics and wider culture – so studying it gives you an insight into the lives of people from bygone eras, as well as a window into our own world.
From free short courses to more in-depth ExpertTracks and Microcredentials, where you’ll develop expertise around your chosen subject, our exciting range of fashion courses will inspire you to explore the industry.
Join the fashion revolution with sustainable fashion courses
The size and scope of the industry make fashion one of the most interesting subjects to explore – not only for its creativity and innovation, but also as a resource-hungry industry increasingly trying to grapple with issues of sustainability.
Pressure is being placed on the apparel market to embrace a more environmentally holistic approach to how it makes and sells clothes.
The fashion industry is one of the most polluting in the world, with the introduction of ‘fast fashion’ feeding vast amounts of synthetic waste material into natural ecosystems.
In our sustainable fashion courses, you can learn about topics including how to create a sustainable brand, how fashion links to the Sustainable Development Goals, and the impact of fashion on biodiversity.
Discover the business of fashion
When it comes to building a fashion brand, fashion professionals require business acumen in marketing, manufacturing, communication and digital. So if you’re interested in the fashion industry, but you’re more intrigued by the business side rather than the design element, you’ve come to the right place.
Our fashion business courses will teach you about topics including fashion entrepreneurship, consumer behaviour in fashion, and fashion business models. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop skills in fashion management and creative brand development.
Learning these skills will help you to achieve your dreams of running a successful fashion business and allow you to create a meaningful connection with consumers.
Enter the fashion world today
By enrolling onto one of our fashion courses, you can examine all of these issues and more and gain an insight into the fashion industry.
Whether you’re interested in fashion design, fashion management, brand identity or sustainability, we have something that’ll make you stand out to employers.
We’ve partnered with renowned institutions like the London College of Fashion and Institut Français de la Mode to bring you cutting-edge insights from the industry. You’ll be taught by experts in their field, alongside an international community of learners and like-minded fashion enthusiasts.
What jobs are there in fashion?
If you want to eventually work in a career related to fashion, our courses are a great way to learn the necessary skills. There is a wide range of exciting careers to choose from, such as fashion designer, stylist, garment technologist, fashion buyer, costume designer, pattern cutter, and more.
Whether you’re looking for a fast-paced role in a creative atmosphere, or want to discover more about the fashion industry and careers, our courses will introduce you to the prospect of working in fashion.
How big is the fashion industry?
As you can probably imagine, the global fashion industry is enormous. Statistics show that the global apparel market is predicted to grow in value from 1.5 trillion U.S. dollars in 2020 to 2.25 trillion dollars in 2025, which is an enormous amount of growth.
Approximately 430 million people across the world are thought to work in the fashion and textile industry, which equates to 1 in 8 people globally. A large amount of this workforce exists in Asia, due to the large number of clothing factories.
Can I study fashion online?
The extent to which you can study fashion online will depend on your specific role, as some careers require physical skills training. However, there is still plenty you can learn online, and some roles such as a fashion journalist or fashion illustrator will primarily use digital skills.
Our fashion courses are completely online and don’t require any in-person teaching, so you’re free to study whenever suits you. You can also learn from anywhere in the world, as long as you have access to a digital device.
Will I gain any fashion certifications?
We have a fashion ExpertTrack that’ll help you build your own sustainable brand, allowing you to earn a digital certificate that you can share with your professional network once you’ve completed all of the courses.
You can also receive a digital certificate when you complete a short course if you choose to upgrade with us. You can upload your certificate to LinkedIn or attach it to your CV to demonstrate your capability and interest in fashion.
How do I start a career in fashion?
There isn’t one clear path into fashion. Some people might have a degree in fashion or something related, like journalism, illustration or graphic design, but this isn’t essential. It’s more important to get some experience, whether that’s through an internship, part-time job, or independent practice.
Our online courses are a great opportunity to learn the basics before applying for junior fashion jobs and internships, where you’ll continue to develop your skills.
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