BY: HOLLY BARTTER
Without sounding cliché, the start of a new year is a great time to carve a new career pathway or simply add to your existing skill set. If you’ve always had a keen eye for fashion, styling, design or something in between then there’s no better time to enrol in a course and make it official.
We’ve picked out our top five fashion related courses to take you back to school in style.
#1 Whitehouse Institute of Design Styling for The Professional Image
Spanning two weeks, this progressive short course offers you intensive examination of current and directional trends in styling and design coordination across a variety of industries and analytical study of style in relation to target markets.
Practical skills include mood board and presentation creation, image rendering, event planning and completion of a plan for a mock client fashion shoot.
It’s an ideal option if you’re looking to gain a body of work to add to your portfolio, with locations in both Sydney and Melbourne.
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#2 Billy Blue College of Design Bachelor of Branded Fashion Design
Billy Blue College directs this course with a focus on the design, production and branding of garments. You’ll utilise the latest software to present product ideas, create product solutions as well as master budgeting, brand integrity and forecasting. You’ll find campuses in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne and you can enrol full time or part time to suit your schedule.
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#3 Raffles Fashion Marketing
For a comprehensive course in fashion marketing, Raffles will provide you with all the practical skills required for a future career to flourish. You’ll cover branding, management, buying, styling and digital marketing, with an emphasis on the trajectory of the collection going from the designer’s showroom all the way to retail outlets.
#4 Certificate III in Fashion Design Fundamentals
A perfect introductory course, covering CAD specific to fashion practice, colour theory, illustration, technical sketches and fashion design, along with some basic fashion industry insight. A useful certificate with endless options for further study, available at several TAFE locations.
#5 UTS Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles
If you’re looking to truly launch yourself into fashion design, then this internationally recognised degree is worth a look. You’ll receive training in all the key practical elements of fashion design as well as theoretical education, all while encouraging individual expression and experimentation, culminating in the creation of your own designs.
An education in fashion today offers so much than just the practical elements of design, and whether you’re looking to work formally as a designer or stylist, or simply let yet your creativity bloom, then there’s a course out there for you.
Will you be enrolling in a new course in 2016? We would love to know in the comments.