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Fashion and Textiles

Experiment with colour, pattern, fabric, textiles and design while developing skills and knowledge of the fashion industry.


Course Fees: £1,995
Including residential programme: £2,895

Course Details

Explore key concepts in fashion design and textiles with the opportunity to experiment with a wide range of fabrics and techniques.

From sketchbook and fashion research through to understanding colour palettes, recording fashion shapes and understanding fabric manipulation, a series of practical workshops and inspirational study sessions will enhance your design knowledge, critical awareness and develop your fashion illustration skills. You will be guided through the creative design process and encouraged to your own style.

Based in our fully-equipped fashion studios and with guidance from our specialist tutors, you’ll learn to translate your visual ideas using a multitude of materials and techniques, including experimenting with digital printing. The end of the course will culminate in a photoshoot of your garments using our professional models and a make up artist. You’ll leave with a series of polished photos ideal for adding to your portfolio.

Course Aims

The course aims to:

  • Provide extended practical sessions to develop your fashion design skills in a professional Higher Education setting.
  • Develop your drawing, observational skills and aesthetic awareness in relation to fashion design.
  • Develop your understanding of the key principles of fashion design and the importance of the research process.
  • Enable you to develop your individual fashion identity through a series of exploratory and experimental workshops.
  • Develop your ability to communicate your fashion design ideas confidently and effectively through oral presentations, sketches and written work.
  • Enable you to explore industry-standard fashion resources, developing your confidence and understanding of appropriate use of fashion equipment and best practice.
  • Enhance your understanding of fashion analysis techniques; how to communicate visually and respond creatively to a brief.
  • Enable you to produce a digital or physical fashion folio of work for future development or use at interview.
  • Enhance your understanding of important historical, social and cultural issues related to fashion and their influence on contemporary fashion design.
  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of the fashion industry as a collaborative production process and the specialist roles within this process (designer, stylist, fashion writer, merchandiser, buyer etc).
  • Encourage your reflective skills through the critique of your own and others’ work, as well as through the critical study of key fashion concepts.

Students at work

Course Materials and Resources

All course materials and course trips are included in the course fee.

Students will be taught in our dedicated fashion studios and workshops with access to our digital media suites, library and online resources.

Course Outcomes and Assessments

Students who complete the course will leave with a digital and physical fashion folio, including professional photographs of their finished garments and fashion styles.

All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official Summer Course Certificate detailing course contents and study hours.

How to Book

Booking for 2020 Summer Courses is available online, with the opportunity to secure your summer course with an initial deposit payment from £495-£895 depending on the course. Places on our summer courses are limited, so we advise that you book as soon as possible to secure a place.

Please go to the individual course page you are interested in and click on the ‘Book now’ link. Our online booking system allows you to book and pay onto your chosen course yourself. You will be required to create a username and password in our secure online store.

Once payment has been received you’ll be sent an email confirming your payment and your place on the course. The email will also include further instructions on how to pay the remaining balance of your course fees as well as details on how to book and pay for our Residential Programme if this is required.

If you’re unable to book online, please contact us via email on or call us using the details below and we’ll assist you with your booking or suggest an alternative payment method, such as via Bank Transfer, where necessary.

Residential Programme

Our residential programme offers excellent value for money; you can choose to book our residential programme alongside your summer course or organise your own living arrangements.

Bournemouth is a popular place for tourists and visitors, especially during the busy summer months, with many hotels charging over £100 per night for accommodation, which doesn’t include food or other expenses.

Our residential programme is a popular option for the majority of our summer course students, offering good value for money and the chance for them to further experience living as an AUB student in our town centre student accommodation. Accommodation is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and is very popular. We highly recommend students who are joining our Summer Courses for 2019 book their summer accommodation as soon as possible to guarantee it.

The option to book your Residential Programme will appear in the booking process when you initially book your Summer Course place. (Through the BOOK NOW button on each Summer Course page). It can also be added later after booking your course, by logging back into your AUB account.

What's included

Summer residential programme includes:

(for all two and three-week summer courses)

  • Single study bedroom with private ensuite bathroom, in AUB’s town centre Halls of Residence.
  • Halls of Residence Wi-Fi.
  • Half board meals: breakfast and lunch provided on campus, Monday-Friday.
  • Daily private shuttle bus transfers to campus.
  • 24-hour on-site security staff and live-in AUB residential staff.
  • Programme of social activities in evenings.
  • Weekend day trip to London.
  • Access to shared kitchens and cooking facilities for evening meals.
  • Laundry facilities, student social common room.

If you join our two-week creative arts summer school (13-14 years) and wish to join the residential programme to this will also include:

  • A full board of meals, with a mix of food vouchers and local restaurants, organised for weekend and weekday evening meals.
  • Additional AUB student ambassador assistance to support/accompany students.
  • An extended programme of social activities and excursions.

Host Family/Home Stay Accommodation

For those who would prefer to stay in homestay/with a host family, please email us at for more information and for contact details of our homestay provider.

Social Activity Programme

There’ll be evening activities and weekend day trips included within the residential programme at no extra cost that you can choose to take part in, with free time also in your schedule so you can enjoy Bournemouth and explore the local area.

More details about our social activities will be available closer to the start of the 2020 Summer Courses, however, please contact us to find out more. Activities may include beach sports, bowling, movie night, evening art classes etc.


  • Three-week Summer courses: £1,200
  • Two-week Summer Courses £900
  • Two-week CASS course (13-14 years): £1,500 (full board incl. evening meals at local restaurants)*


We’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions. If you have a question about our Summer Courses you might find it here.

If your question isn’t covered, contact us on or call +44 1202 363831/+44 1202 363823. You can also Skype us: summercoursesAUB.

AUB welcomes hundreds of students each year to our Summer Courses from more than 50 different countries.

Our Summer courses are open to all creative enthusiasts aged 13+ and there is no upper age limit. We don’t have any specific entry requirements for our summer courses but we expect summer students to come equipped with enthusiasm, commitment and motivation to learn.

Younger students can take part in our Creative Arts Summer School, designed for enthusiastic creatives aged 13 to 14.

We also have 2 and 3-week courses for 2020, aimed at 15+ students who may be preparing to apply for University or are already be studying a creative subject at degree level or be working within industry.

Although many of our Summer Course students are aged 15 – 21, the courses attract students, creative professionals and freelancers of all ages from the UK and all over the world, with a variety of backgrounds and experience.

Our summer courses benefit from including such a mixture of people who can learn and collaborate together.

There are no formal entry requirements for our summer courses as we want students and creatives to share and learn no matter what their background or previous experience.

The courses are highly practical and written for those with a keen interest in creativity; we simply expect summer students to be enthusiastic and willing to learn as individuals and as part of a team.

You do not require any previous qualifications to join our courses.

All the summer courses are taught in English.

There are no formal English entry requirements, however, we recommend you have an intermediate level of English in order to benefit fully from your experience on our summer courses and be able to communicate with your course leader and fellow students.

If you are in doubt whether your English is good enough, please email us at for advice.

Our courses are very popular, however in order to make sure you have a great course experience and enough contact time with your tutor, we keep our class sizes small.

Class numbers will vary depending on the course subject, however summer courses typically have between 15 – 20 students per course, with your course leader, course assistant and aub student ambassadors to support you.

All summer courses can be booked easily through our online store with a debit or credit card.

If you are unable to pay online, we will ask you to complete a booking form and we will provide you with our bank account details so that you can arrange a bank transfer (please be aware there will be additional bank fees to pay if choosing this method).

If you do not hold a UK/EU/EEA passport you will need a visa that allows you to study here in order to take one of our courses.

The majority of international students intending to study a short summer course in the UK may do so using a short-term study visa.

However, it is your responsibility to determine if you need to apply for a visa in advance and to allow sufficient time to obtain a visa.

You should allow sufficient time to obtain any necessary visa prior to attending our summer course and the university will provide a visa support confirmation letter upon receipt of full payment.

Please refer to the UK government visa & immigration website for clarification of visa requirements and any other supporting documents you may need.

All visas and travel documents to confirm eligibility will be checked either on arrival in university accommodation or on the first day at registration. If you do not have the correct visa we will not be able to allow you to join the course nor will you be eligible for any refund.

If you are applying for a visa and need documents to confirm your travel and course arrangements in order to secure your visa, please note that course confirmation letters for visa applications will only be issued once the course fees and any accommodation you have booked have been paid in full.

Our summer courses are fully inclusive with all materials and resources included.

For those staying in our accommodation, breakfast and lunch are provided Monday-Friday on campus along with a host of other benefits including free daily bus transfer to and from campus, a weekend day trip to London, programme of social activities etc. Students who take one of our summer courses and also choose to stay in our accommodation will need extra money for evening meals, weekend food and their own shopping such as gifts, personal purchases, additional snacks and weekend activities.

If you live locally or have chosen to book just the summer course and arrange your accommodation independently, you should allow sufficient funds for lunch and any other meals, optional activities and personal purchases required.

You will be issued with an aub certificate of attendance upon successfully completing the course.

You may use this to evidence the work, which can be added to your portfolio or cv. You are also eligible to apply for home university credits to put towards any study you are currently doing (e.g. as a study abroad student at another university, or a student taking the IB for CAS credits).

Depending on the summer course you have taken you will also have the opportunity to take with you the work produced during your time.

For example, film and animation students will have short films, fashion students can take home their finished fashion garment as well as their fashion folios etc.