Thursday, 25 June 2015

The Best Online Fashion Courses

The Best Online Fashion Courses

These days, attending a traditional university isn’t your only option. We recently wrote an article asking Can You Start a Brand Without Going To Design School? The answer is yes, but it takes a lot of dedication and motivation. One of your options is to sign up to an online fashion course. Let’s take a look…


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With the rise in online courses, there seem to be hundreds focused toward fashion, so how do you know which is the best one for you? Here’s a round up of the four most popular courses and some key information that you need to know.

London College of Fashion Online Short Course

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Prices and lengths vary, £300+, 4 – 9 weeks

Advantages
The London College of Fashion is a well known academic institution, so any course taken here whether in person or online will always look good on your CV. You’ll be learning from the best, so you should make sure that you can dedicate some serious time to it. They also offer a huge range of specialist courses, so you can really tailor your learning to what you want to know: from Illustration, Draping On The Stand to Buying & Merchandising, plus many more.

Disadvantages
These courses are not that long, which means that you may miss out on learning some of the exciting stuff that longer courses are able to include. These courses are probably for giving you a taster of what to expect on a longer course or to bump up your knowledge on a specific subject. You might also find it costly, compared to the time spent learning.

School of Fashion, Academy of Art University

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 $400 in fees, and then $835 per unit per semester

Advantages
The thing that we love the most about the courses through the Academy of Art University is that they can be completely personalised to how you like to work, making it perfect for you each time.

Disadvantages
Relying on yourself can be hard, and the prices for these courses are seriously high.

Fashion Design, International Career Institute

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 Between £498 and £998, and between 14 and 31 weeks depending on course

Advantages
If you want to be a fashion designer on an international scale, then this is definitely the online course that you should be looking at. With three different levels that you can complete over 31 weeks if you want to keep going, you’ll gain a great qualification to help you launch your career globally.

Disadvantages
31 weeks is actually quite a long time when you think about it – over 6 months! You may not want to wait that long to gain your qualification, and keeping your motivation up for that long when you are studying on your own can be hard.

The University of Fashion

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Costs and course length: free, or you can get a monthly subscription for $19.95 plus tax, unlimited course time.

Advantages: If you are looking for something fun and unique, then the University of Fashion is the one for you. This course takes you through six key areas of fashion design and business, which should give the absolute beginning a great start.

Disadvantages: This course really is for beginners, and if you already can sew and make clothes, then this is going to be a bit basic for you.

As you can see, many of these fashion courses are very different from each other. They all want to teach you in different ways, charge you different amounts and offer different levels of expertise. However, no matter what stage you are at in your career, you can definitely benefit from taking an online fashion course. Hopefully one of the ones that we have talked about here will strike your fancy, and you can take your fashion to the next level!

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