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Sustainable Fashion Design, Styling and Construction (12-15yrs)


Calling all fashionistas! This hands-on course gives aspiring designers the chance to explore the world of eco-fashion design.

To book your young artist's place today, simply click the 'Book Now' button to be taken to AUB's secure online store, where you can complete your booking. You can also sign up to our newsletter for summer course updates.

What you need to know

When does it run?

Your young artist will study with us for five full days and each day will include six hours' worth of teaching, with breaks for snacks and lunch.

Plus, there's a bonus exhibition on the Friday immediately following the final day of teaching. The exhibition lasts for two hours, 16.00-18.00.

Friends and family are invited to attend the showcase so you can see what your young artist has been up to.


Dates Monday-Friday Friday exhibition

29 July – 2 August 2024



Where does it take place?

Classes will take place on AUB's campus Monday – Friday.

Your young artist will be taught in AUB's industry-standard studios with access to professional resources.

Who's this course for?

This course has been developed for fashionistas aged 12-15.

Your aspiring designer doesn't need any previous experience; although it's beneficial if they already have some fashion skills or have completed our Saturday Art School course Fashion Design and Styling.

Above all else, we ask that our young designers have an enthusiasm for all things fashion and a willingness to learn!

Why should your young artist choose this course?

This course is ideal for young artists wishing to explore future fashion trends, and those considering future studies in fashion.

Your young designer will learn alongside up to 16 other like-minded children, make friends, and have fun along the way.

At the end of the course, your young designer will leave with an increased confidence in their abilities, have a wealth of new skills that they can apply to their everyday life and beyond, and an excitement for future fashion studies.

How much does this course cost?


What's included in this price?

  • All course materials and resources

What should your young artist bring to class?

  • Everything your mini-maker will need to take part in the course will be provided – no hidden costs!
  • Your artist will need to bring a packed lunch with them every day, along with any drinks and snacks
  • Comes prepared to get messy – classes will be practical and young artists will be getting stuck in each day
  • We discourage young artists from bringing valuables – e.g. phones and tablets – onto campus, as they'll be learning all around the campus and any valuables are therefore left in classrooms at the owners' risk

About this course

This highly practical and vibrant course is ideal for aspiring fashion designers who wish to understand and practice eco-fashion design, styling, and take real-life concepts through to creation.

During this exciting and highly engaging course, your young artist will immerse themselves in the world of sustainable fashion. They'll set their imagination free, find their creative design expression, explore numerous construction methods and techniques, and experiment with a wide variety of fabrics and materials to transform their ideas into repurposed fashion concept garments.

Aimed at fashionistas aged 12-15 years, this course focuses solely on sustainable eco-fashion, where pre-worn clothing items and surplus materials are repurposed. This'll be explored through the process of deconstruction, problem-solving, redesign, and the renewal process to produce original, ecologically friendly, creative and functional items of stylish clothing.

During the lively week, your budding designer will examine approaches in reconstructing valuable materials, fabrics, and fashion findings, as well as explore the design process and styling methods.

Students will have the opportunity to drape fabrics on mannequins and on each other to create interesting shapes and forms, which'll then be developed using photographs and drawings. They'll gain a better understanding of how fabrics fit and flow with movement, allowing them to develop well-thought-through fashion ideas visualised through illustrations.

At the end of each day, there'll be a supportive reflection and sharing session of each other’s work, to discuss what has been practised. This'll enable students to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of their journey into sustainable fashion design and construction.

  • Understand how garments can be combined to create full outfits
  • Introduction to fashion illustration
  • Explore all aspects of styling including fashion accessories
  • Skills, methods, and specialist techniques to advance their garment construction understanding
  • How the fashion industry is changing and the direction in which it's moving
  • New approaches to sustainability in fashion
  • Learn to improve and refine skills in garment design, construction and embellishment techniques, including custom culture
  • Develop a portfolio of completed designs and fashion pieces
  • Learn the foundations to continue developing and creating beyond this course

  • Have increased confidence in approaching new methods of creating repurposed fashion in its many forms
  • Feel inspired by the new skills they've learnt and from sharing ideas with new friends
  • Possess improved artistic abilities, skills and knowledge
  • Have a portfolio of experimental and finished pieces using a variety of fabrics and findings

All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance.

After this course your young artist could:

  • Study a Portfolio Preparation course at Saturday Art School, to best prepare them to succeed with future applications to study fashion or art and design
  • Continue to harness their creativity; explore our full range of Saturday Art School courses to see where your creative journey will take you next
  • Consider their next creative steps and explore options to study a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or BA (Hons) Fashion.
  • Continue to develop their skills at home as a hobby

  • Your young artist will study at a leading specialist university – so we know what we're doing when it comes to providing unparalleled courses
  • Our tutor, Molly Cheeseman, is an industry professional, so your young artist will learn from the best
  • We cater for all abilities and have no formal entry requirements for this course, so there's nothing holding your young artist back
  • They'll learn in a safe and encouraging environment where there's no right or wrong way to be creative
  • Young artists will benefit from our incredible campus and its industry-standard studios, plus use state-of-the-art equipment and software to unleash their creativity
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Meet your young artist's tutor

Molly Alice

Molly Cheeseman

Whilst completing her masters in Fashion Design from Winchester School of Art

Your young artists will develop skills, methods, and specialist techniques to advance their garment construction understanding. They'll finish the course with a portfolio of experimental and finished pieces using a variety of fabrics and findings. Your young artist will be introduced to fashion illustration and create their own designs using inspiration from existing garments and designers.

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Summer Courses terms and conditions

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