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The Future of Fashion Innovation & Systems

A one-week, intensive course for present and future industry professionals.

This one-week, intensive course for present and future industry professionals addresses the challenges facing one of the world’s most profitable industries – Fashion – which is undergoing fundamental changes as new tools, relationships and players usher in an unprecedented era of growth and disruption.

Through a combination of lectures and practical workshops participants will investigate the contexts in which the industry’s products and services are produced, marketed, distributed and analyse the underlying trends, technologies and opportunities that will reshape the global fashion industry from value brands to luxury labels.

Together, we will examine methods and concepts to interrogate the future of the fashion industry, imparting valuable skills to identify, discuss and engage with the complex systems, business models and innovations that will define the industry over the coming decades.

Dates: Please register for upcoming dates

Duration:  1 week

Location: Royal College of Art, Kensington

Fee: £1,250 

What will I learn?

The course will focus on five key themes:

  • Quality, price & sustainability
  • Society & wellness
  • Economic & geo-political systems
  • Big data & digitisation
  • Leadership & innovation
Topics will include:
  • Design
  • Product development and immersive brand Identities
  • Fashion technologies
  • New materials and manufacturing
  • Supply and distribution chains
  • Consumer behaviour and relations
  • Retail and digital commerce
  • Lifestyle and curation
  • Emerging markets
How will I learn?

Participants will learn techniques, strategies, concepts and skills to enable them to:

  • examine existing fashion systems and use future-oriented thinking to explore new problems and possibilities within the industry
  • identify emerging technologies, systems and methodologies that have the power to disrupt the industry
  • create new venture and fashion system proposals that respond to emerging contexts
  • support critical thinking and develop informed fashion industry practices for the future.

This course will balance information (statistics, methods, lectures) with inspiration (exercises, group work, first-hand experience) through working as an individual and in teams in the following formats:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • industry guest speakers
  • creative methods immersion
  • action-based learning

Who should attend?

The course is designed for UK-based and international students  who wish to learn more about London’s renowned Fashion industry within a global context, early career professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge base and career strategies, fashion industry professionals looking for career development and creative industry professionals who are interested in applying design, production and entrepreneurship learning to their practice.

The course would also be of interest to students wishing to experience RCA teaching prior to study at the Royal College of Art at MA or PhD level.

Programme team

This course will be delivered by staff from the RCA's School of Design.

Austin Milne is a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art. He contributes regular workshops on new fashion systems to the MA Womenswear and Menswear Programmes. He is also a lecturer and practice-based researcher teaching economics and entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London, specialising in business model innovation in the creative industries.

Admission criteria

An interest in the fashion industry is essential.

Participants must have a good level of English language.

Application deadlines

Register your interest to download the full course description.

Our short courses are very popular and places fill quickly. We particularly advise early application if you will need a tourist visa to enter the UK. 

CONTACT US

School of Design Executive Education
school-of-design-ee@rca.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)20 7590 4538

APPLY

Register your interest to download the full course description.

Our short courses are very popular and places fill quickly. We particularly advise early application if you will need a tourist visa to enter the UK.