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Fashion

Our fashion courses help learners to become highly competent in design, with professional, specialist, practical and technical skills.

With daytime and evening courses to choose from, WAES classes are taught by professional and highly qualified tutors who work within the fashion and textiles industry and are respected for their technical skills and creativity.

At WAES you will:

  • Use new bespoke fashion workshop facilities
  • Gain a thorough introduction to design, sewing-machine skills, fashion embellishment, fabric manipulation, pattern cutting and garment construction techniques
  • Learn to make and market your own product
  • Learn to create scarves, bags, skirts, dresses and tops

Learn new techniques and improve your career prospects

Whether you’re a beginner looking to study our one-day taster sessions or an advanced student considering a career in fashion or self-employment, our aim is to improve your future study and career prospects.

Browse our courses below or contact us for more information.

Accredited Courses
Level 1 NCFE Award in Creative Craft (Fashion)
Day(s): Friday
Time: 09:30 - 16:15
Weeks: 10
Start Date: 25/04/2025
Venue: Lisson Grove Centre
Full Fee: £715
Level: Level 1
Concessions: Yes

This Level 1 NCFE Award is for beginners, or those with little experience. It will introduce you to the technical and creative skills used in the Fashion Design industry. It will teach you skills necessary to progress onto our UAL Level 2 course in Fashion starting in September.

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Level 1 UAL Diploma in Art and Design (Fashion)
Day(s): Monday
Time: 09:30 - 16:15
Weeks: 33
Start Date: 09/09/2024
Venue: Lisson Grove Centre
Full Fee: £3,688
Level: Level 1
Concessions: Yes

This UAL accredited course is designed to introduce you to the creative and practical skills required to study at a higher level in fashion design with the intent to work in the fashion design or related industries.

On this year long course, you will gain key knowledge, skills and understanding of the fashion design process so you can create your first designed garments. These be showcased in the end of year fashion show.

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Level 2 UAL Diploma in Art and Design (Fashion)
Day(s): Tuesday and Wednesday
Time: 09:30 - 16:15
Weeks: 34
Start Date: 10/09/2024
Venue: Lisson Grove Centre
Full Fee: £4,029
Level: Level 2
Concessions: Yes

This UAL accredited course is designed to develop your creative and practical skills required to work in the fashion industry. Through research, skill-based workshops and experimentation with a range of techniques and materials, you will begin to develop your knowledge of a wide range of creative fashion techniques. The garments you create will be showcased in the end of year fashion show.

Please note: This is a year-long course.

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Level 3 UAL Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication (Fashion)
Day(s): Thursday and Friday
Time: 09:30 - 16:15
Weeks: 33
Start Date: 12/09/2024
Venue: Lisson Grove Centre
Full Fee: £4,721
Level: Level 3
Concessions: Yes

This UAL accredited course is designed to progress further your creative and practical fashion design skills. Through research, skill-based workshops and experimentation with a range of techniques and materials, you will learn more advanced creative fashion techniques. The garments you create will be showcased in the end of year fashion show.

This qualification is designed to give you every possible chance to develop your skills, competencies and knowledge that are required to study at a higher level in fashion design and/or a successful future in the wider fashion industry.

Please note: This is a year-long course.

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WAES Courses
Introduction to Pattern Cutting

This course will introduction you to the core skills of pattern cutting, enabling you to use basic blocks to create simple patterns. You will learn how to drape on the stand and how to extract a pattern from your design and reproduce it in toile fabric.

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Making a Skirt in Two Days

On this short course where you will learn how to pattern cut and construct a skirt of your own design. You will be also taught how to install a waistband and a zip.

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Textile Design with Photoshop

On this short course you will learn how to use Adobe Photoshop to create printed textile designs and repeat prints from hand painted, drawn or digital elements.

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Upcycling Your Clothes

Using pre-loved items of clothing, you will learn how to apply design principles and sewing construction techniques to make a unique piece of upcycled, sustainable clothing. You will obtain the skills needed to create numerous design ideas and based using upcycling techniques. You will leave the course with a completed garment and technical file of samples.

Students will consider ethical and sustainable techniques and how individuals can play their part in stopping unwanted clothes going to landfill.

You will need to bring at least two of your own garments to use during this course.

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Why study at WAES?
  • Highly qualified and professionally experienced tutors
  • Accessible Central London centres with bespoke facilities and great transport connections
  • A wide range of in-person, online, distance learning and community-based courses
  • Unique work experience opportunities through partnerships
  • Guest speakers offer introductions to career pathways in a variety of sectors
  • Excellent progression to employment, apprenticeships or further learning including university
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