The Young Fashion Designer Programme

The Young Fashion Designer Programme

Live Online Ages 15-18 Timezone: GMT+0

Live Online
28th - 29th November 2020 (Optional Enhanced Career Coaching on 6th December)

Starts at 11.00am

Starts at 11.00am

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Internship Overview

The Young Fashion Designer Programme gives students aged 15-18 an immersive experience of working in the Fashion industry. You will take part in a series of interactive simulations, seminars and Q&A sessions with fashion designers, illustrators, stylists, and merchandisers from various brands.

The programme includes an opportunity for you to: create mood boards, learn the key aspects of sketching, and design your very own capsule collection. You will learn to forecast fashion trends for the future, plan an effective marketing campaign for your brand, and gain the top insights required to build your retail empire.

The programme takes place over two days – Saturday dedicated to the process of designing a collection and Sunday to building your fashion business. You can choose to attend either one or both days.

There is also an optional third day: “Enhanced Career Coaching”, where recruitment experts will give you an experience of each stage of the process top firms use to recruit young fashion designers and help you create a personalised development plan – analysing your strengths and weaknesses – to maximise your chances of becoming a successful candidate.

Attendance will give you a competitive edge in the race for the best universities and jobs in fashion, and a 'super-curricular' experience to add to your UCAS application.

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Internship Highlights

An Immersive Experience of Fashion Design:

  • Expert Fashion Designers will coach you through live, interactive simulations, including:

  • Sketching alongside experienced fashion designers and illustrators
  • How to translate your vision into an innovative design collection 
  • How to successfully promote your brand: get your name out there!
  • Negotiate your prices, select your pieces and build your store 

    Career coaching for Young Fashion Designers:

    • You will be trained on how to fulfil your career ambitions in fashion design

    • An action plan of how to gain get to the top, starting now

    • Coaching by experts on study choices; work experience; building your portfolio; gaining exposure and networking in the industry

    • Optional third day: “Enhanced Career Coaching”, where recruitment experts will give you an experience of each stage of the process top firms use to recruit young fashion designers and help you create a personalised development plan – analysing your strengths and weaknesses – to maximise your chances of becoming a successful candidate.

    An Audience With Top Fashion Designers:

    • Q&A time with a panel of fashion designers to ask all your burning questions

    • Meet designers, illustrators, stylists, merchandisers, retail buyers and more 
    • Unlimited lifetime access to our depth of expertise. Students can contact us for further advice at any time

    Boost your UCAS Form and CV:

    • Attendance demonstrates you’ve gained key skills such as design, teamwork, creativity and communication

    • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your applications

    You will also be granted free-of-charge lifetime access to the InvestIN Connect app. InvestIN Connect gives our students lifetime access to a suite of features, including work experience and mentoring opportunities, career coaching materials, and a platform for you to start building a powerful network with thousands of equally-ambitious young minds. By registering for this programme you are therefore signing up to a lifetime of professional development opportunities.

      Programme Fee, Format & Options

      This programme will take place online, delivered LIVE by top professionals, with opportunities for you to interact and ask questions. The programme involves a mixture of interactive simulations, exercises and Q&A sessions.

      Programme Fee:

      £95/student for one day (you can choose either day 1 or 2), £165/student for both days. Places are limited. If 2 or more places are booked students receive a 10% discount. Enter code GROUP10 at checkout to benefit from this.

      Additional £130 for optional third day taking place on the weekend (Sunday) after the programme: “Enhanced Career Coaching”, where recruitment experts will give you an experience of each stage of the process top firms use to recruit young fashion designers and help you create a personalised development plan – analysing your strengths and weaknesses – to maximise your chances of becoming a successful candidate.

      Timetable

      DAY ONE: FASHION DESIGN

      DAY TWO: THE FASHION INDUSTRY

      DAY THREE (OPTIONAL): ENHANCED CAREER COACHING

      DAY ONE: FASHION DESIGN

      11.00amThe World of Fashion

      - Fashion through the ages
      - The world’s most iconic fashion brands
      - What it takes to become a fashion designer
      - Haute couture vs ready to wear

      11.30amThe Design Process: Textiles, Colour and Proportion

      - From inspiration to design
      - What makes a collection innovative?
      - The human body and dimensions
      - Understanding the fabric before designing
      - Creating a colour story
      - Create a mood board of colours and textures for your own collection

      1.00pmFashion Sketching

      - Pencil sketches vs online sketches
      - Participate in a live fashion sketching tutorial

      1.30pmLunch Break

      2.30pmDesign your Capsule Collection!

      - Design 5 pieces for your capsule collection, including your very own statement piece
      - Learn how to communicate your vision through your designs

      3.30pmThe Pitch

      - Present your capsule collection to a panel of experts
      - Receive live feedback from industry executives

      4.15pmCareer Coaching: How to Become a Top Fashion Designer

      - Coaching on how to break into fashion design
      - Routes into fashion design: building your brand
      - How to stand out: skillset, work experience and extra-curricular activities
      - Building your portfolio and getting exposure

      5.00pmPanel Q&A

      - Panel discussion with freelance and contract designers
      - Key questions answered
      - Build your action plan for future success

      5.30pmClose

      *exact programme subject to change without notice.

      DAY TWO: THE FASHION INDUSTRY

      11.00amFrom High Fashion to High Street

      - High fashion vs commercial fashion
      - The influence of high fashion on the high street
      - Two pathways: making your choice

      11.30amFashion Forecasting

      - The Trend Setter: How does a trend start?
      - Vintage comebacks
      - Analyse the movement of the market and discover ‘the next big thing’
      - Predict the next fashion trend for 2022!

      12.30pmFashion Marketing & PR

      - Brand identity & recognition
      - Sustainable fashion marketing
      - Promote and sell your brand
      - Create a personalised campaign to advertise your brand
      - Develop a community around your brand

      1.30pmLunch Break

      2.30pmFashion Buying & Merchandising

      - Buying fashion Negotiating price and quantity with suppliers
      - Understanding your target audience

      3.15pmBuild Your Boutique!

      - Identify your vision
      - Select pieces from various lines and create a cohesive aesthetic style
      - Design your store display

      4.15pmCareer Coaching: Breaking into the Fashion Industry

      - Coaching on breaking into the fashion careers beyond design
      - University choices, work experience and extra-curricular activities
      - Building your network

      5.00pmPanel Q&A

      - Panel of fashion buyers, merchandisers, and PR executives
      - Ask your burning questions
      - Gain valuable advice

      5.30pmClose

      *exact programme subject to change without notice.

      DAY THREE (OPTIONAL): ENHANCED CAREER COACHING

      11:00amPortfolio Workshop

      - Understand what a portfolio is and how to curate one that stands out from the rest
      - Learn the importance of creating a strong narrative and showing process in your work
      - Grasp the hierarchy of information and how you present projects in portfolio format

      1.00pmLunch Break

      2.00pmInterviews

      - Coaching on how to excel at the interview stage of a university application
      - Preparation; style; body language; understanding what you are really being asked; answering difficult questions; practicing how you talk about your fashion design projects
      - Mock interviews to refine your interview technique receiving feedback on how to improve

      3.00pmNetworking & Work Experience

      - Coaching on how to get the work experience that fashion houses are looking for – both traditional forms of work experience and other relevant experience that will make your application stand out, including extra-curricular activities
      - How to make the most of work experience once you get it – impressing employers and using this as a gold star on your CV
      - How to build a network of aspiring and experienced fashion designers and utilise that network to propel your career

      4.00pmClose

      *Over the course of the day, you will be developing skills to succeed in the competitive fashion school application process; building your portfolio, perfecting your interview technique, sourcing work experience and building your network. You will also do some personal reflection on your achievements and ambitions. You will then edit this throughout the day based on the advice you are given, to create your own personal development plan – highlighting your strengths and areas for improvement.

      Venue & Dates

      Live Online

      28th - 29th November 2020 (Optional Enhanced Career Coaching on 6th December)

      Live Online

      28th - 29th November 2020 (Optional Enhanced Career Coaching on 6th December)

      You can attend this programme via our state-of-the-art, interactive online platform from anywhere in the world. All the content will be delivered in a live, interactive manner and you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions of our experienced professionals. All you need is an internet connection; we will send you full details of how to access the programme well in advance.

      Who Can Attend

      This programme is for students aged 15-18 who have the passion and ambition to both learn about this career, and start boosting their UCAS/college applications & CVs. If you are a student who is slightly older or younger than our guidelines, then please do get in touch with us to discuss your specific situation.

      There is no application process, and you can secure your place simply by clicking “Register Now”. We operate on a first-come first-served basis and programme places are limited; we are usually full a couple of months in advance of the programme date. No prior knowledge or experience is required to join this programme as we build your knowledge from the basics.

      Testimonials

      We exist to give students a life-changing experience. We are proud to report that we have an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5 on Google Reviews. Our Google reviews can be read in full here, and some highlights are below.

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