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We are now almost fully booked for Summer 2024 and expect to close registration in the next few days.

We are now almost fully booked for Summer 2024 and expect to close registration in the next few days.

The Young Fashion Designer Summer Experience

The Ultimate Work Experience in Fashion Design in London

InvestIN Education
InvestIN Education

The Young Fashion Designer Summer Experience

The Ultimate Work Experience in Fashion Design in London

Overview

Last chance to register for this Summer Experience! We only have a few places left and expect to close registration in the next few days.

Join us for the ultimate work experience for aspiring fashion designers in London this summer, for students aged 15-18.

Over the course of two weeks, students will get to step into the shoes of a fashion designer working in London, through a range of immersive career simulations and exclusive professional site visits. Build your own fashion brand, style and shoot a look book and present your final collection at a London Fashion Week venue.

Students taking part in our programme will work with a range of professional experts from the fashion industry, as well as current fashion university students, so that they can kickstart their professional network. They will also get to experience life on-campus at the prestigious University College London. This unique experience is a great way for students to gain experience in their dream role, and will support their future university applications.

Register now for a life-changing experience that will set you up for a future as a successful fashion designer, or contact us to find out more. 

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Immersive Fashion Experiences:
  • Conduct your very own fashion show and receive invaluable feedback from a panel of judges on the front row
  • Create your own garment, exploring techniques in pattern cutting, draping and sewing
  • Build your own sustainable fashion brand with expert guidance through every stage of the design process
  • Style and shoot your very own look book at a professional London studio
  • Be coached through the immersive experiences with professionals from world-renowned studios specialising in designing, buying and merchandising, marketing, prototyping and more
  • Uncover the world of costume design, working closely with actors and designers to conceptualise ideas for an exclusive theatre performance
  • Try your hand at a range of textile techniques, uncovering the many pathways available to you as a designer
  • Combine your creations into a fashion-school-ready portfolio, and receive 1 on 1 coaching around your future career prospects
  • Attend a private networking event with those in the most desirable jobs in fashion: designers, buyers, merchandisers, fashion marketing experts and more
     
Meet Senior Fashion Designers:
  • Be coached through the immersive experiences with professionals from world-renowned firms specialising in designing, buying and merchandising, marketing, prototyping and more
  • Private networking sessions with these professionals, who can become vital connections for your future career
     
Career Coaching:
  • Receive training on how to land the most desirable jobs in fashion design
  • Advice on subject choices, university selection, work experience, extra-curricular activities and more
Competitive Advantage In Your University Applications:
  • Attending the Experience demonstrates that you have gained skills which are highly-valued by top universities
  • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your university applications
  • Receive a personalised industry reference letter from fashion designers confirming what you have achieved on the programme
World-Class Universities And World-Class People:
  • Experience one of the best universities on the planet: University College London (UCL).
  • Meet talented and ambitious students from around the world who fly in for this unique work experience in fashion, creating an invaluable global network
Design Your Own Summer Experience:

⦁    Choose from one of the following options:

1.    First Week Only (taster experience); or
2.    Two-Week Experience (the full programme); or
3.    Two-Week Premium Experience (the ultimate package with both weeks plus enhanced benefits)

Accommodation
You can choose either residential or non-residential. The accommodation is at UCL student halls in central London. We provide residential students with meals, guardianship and fun activities on evenings and weekends. Airport transfers are also available at checkout.

Coming from abroad?
  • To date, we have welcomed students onto InvestIN programmes from over 100 different countries. They often say that a huge motivation is to meet and befriend students from around the world, whilst taking their English language skills to the next level. 
  • Attending a summer programme is a fantastic way to experience London, one of the world’s most renowned capital cities for academic excellence, global commerce and vibrant culture. You can also select our residential package to truly experience life on-campus at a top UK university (UCL), by living in private ensuite rooms at university halls of residence. We can offer everything you need – from airport transfers to meals and a fantastic evening social programme.
  • For students learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL), attending an InvestIN programme facilitates real-world application of English. Students will be immersed in the language 24/7, whether that’s working in a team, writing a project proposal, presenting to a group, networking with professionals or socialising with peers. Our programmes are delivered and facilitated by native English speakers, whilst over 50% of our students are from the UK and the US, providing international students with the perfect opportunity to enhance their oral and written skills in a professional and social context. Find out more about the benefits for EFL students in our blog post here.
  • For information about visas and language requirements, please see our FAQs page here. 
Coming from the UK?
  • You can choose to attend our programmes as a day student if you live locally. Otherwise, our residential package will give you a great flavour of life in student halls of residence before you apply to university in the future.
  • Around 50% of our students come from abroad, providing you with a unique opportunity to network with and befriend peers from a range of different backgrounds and cultures.

Immersive Experiences Week 1

The Design Process

  • Learn where designers find inspiration and study the origins of iconic collections
  • Get step-by-step guidance on the design process from a professional fashion designer
  • Discover how designers bring their visions to life, from drawing board to mannequin
  • Create your own moodboard and concept to form the basis of your collection

Become the Fashion Designer

  • Private tour of the fashion collection in the V&A museum and sketch the primary research that will form the beginnings of your collection
  • Understand crucial design theory that designers use when creating: trend forecasting, cohesion and more
  • Learn to draw your own croquis to form the basis of your future sketches
  • Produce initial silhouettes in a guided workshop, then transform these into final designs in a life drawing workshop with a top artist and model
     

The Basics of Making

  • Workshops in pattern cutting, draping and sewing
  • Create your own bodice block, tailored to your specifications, that can form the template for your own custom clothing creations
  • Drape an avant-garde garment using couture techniques
  • Learn the basics of sewing in a workshop tailored to your ability level

Create Your Garment

  • Work to a given budget, purchasing the clothing that will form the base of your upcycled look
  • Work with designers, tailors and pattern cutters to transform your pieces into an entirely new, custom outfit
  • Tailor your work to your ability level with experts to guide you every step of the way
     

Building Your Portfolio

  • Combine all your work into final boards, exploring concept, development and final pieces
  • Receive guided feedback by industry experts, and understand exactly what universities, internships and jobs look for in a portfolio
  • Ask your burning questions: take part in a panel Q&A with top designers

Download Full Timetable

Click here to view and download the full timetable and programme brochure.

This Summer Experience is for students aged 15-18 and you do not require any prior knowledge to attend.

The start date is the 29th July.  You can choose to attend for either ‘First Week Only’, ‘Two Weeks’ or our ‘Two Week Premium’ package. You can also choose residential or non-residential. Pricing and details are set out below.

Click “Register Now” to book your place.

London 1 week London 2-weeks London Premium
Length First week only 2-weeks full programme 2-weeks Premium
Discover the design process with professional fashion designers. Create your own toile, upcycle a sustainable garment, create a mood board, sketch your pieces, and transform them into your fashion portfolio.
For students coming from abroad, enhance your oral and written skills in business-level English
Shoot a look book and visit the HQ of a top fashion publication. Discover buying, merchandising and marketing; create your sustainable brand concept, and pitch your idea to industry professionals. Plan and host your very own fashion show at a top Fashion Week venue, receiving feedback on your designs from expert judges.
Private networking session with top fashion designers
Industry reference letter: personalised letter from fashion designers confirming what you’ve achieved on the programme
Graduation ceremony for completion of the full programme
Professional development portfolio: CV-writing masterclass, LinkedIn workshop, professional headshots, personality profiling & psychometric testing
Leadership, teamwork & strategy coaching & team challenge
Gala dinner with professionals on the River Thames
Keynote speeches & networking reception with accomplished industry leaders
Summer Experience fee £1950 £2950 £3950
Optional fee for accommodation with meals, guardianship and evening & weekend activities included Available for an additional
£1290
Available for an additional
£2795
Available for an additional
£2795
Optional fee for London airport transfers (return) Available for an additional
£300
Available for an additional
£300
Available for an additional
£300

Choose a location below:

In Person

Available dates:

  • 29th July 2024

Venues:

  • The programme is based at UCL and the surrounding University of London campus. Certain days take place in other key industry locations in London.

Accommodation location:

  • Students who choose accommodation will reside in University of London halls of residence. We occupy 4 different halls close-by to each other (listed below). The vast majority of students will be placed in Garden Halls.

     

    Garden Halls, London, WC1H 9EN

    College Hall, London, WC1E 7HZ

    International Hall, London, WC1N 1AS

    Frances Gardner House, WC1X 0HD

Please find below some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions you'll be able to find our full FAQ list here and you are also welcome to reach out to us at info@investin.org and we'll be happy to help!

When is the deadline for registering for an experience?
Places on our programmes are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis so we will close registration as soon as we reach capacity, because of this we would always recommend booking as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss the opportunity to attend.
Do I get a certificate?
Upon completion of the programme you will receive a bespoke certificate to include in all of your future applications. This will help you stand out from the crowd and show your passion for your chosen career. Letters of attendance are also available upon request at info@investin.org.
Who are your safeguarding team?
On each Summer Experience, we have safeguarding team members on-site 24/7 to promote the safeguarding and pastoral welfare of our students. Our team are security-vetted (enhanced DBS-checked) professionals who work in education full time and our team is made up of Academic Professionals / LSA, Safeguarding Officers, Nursing Professionals, and Mental Health Practitioners. Students will therefore always be able to easily contact a guardian, should they need any support.
What is included in the accommodation package?
You can choose to add our accommodation package to your booking where you will be allocated to the University of London's Garden Halls, College Hall, or International Hall. Here, you will enjoy your own private room, 3 meals a day, and 24/7 guardianship. There are also lots of communal areas such as a games room and cinema room where you will be able to socialise with other students. Our safeguarding team will also put on evening activities such as trivia night, games night, and sports evenings. You will be able to arrive at the accommodation the day before the programme starts and checkout will be the day after the programme comes to an end.
Do you offer payment plans?
Do you offer payment plans? Yes, payment plans are available until the end of April 2024. We are now only accepting payments in full. Please contact info@investin.org if you would like further assistance.
Will there be any opportunities for rest days?
Programme hours take place Monday-Friday, with a break over the weekend. If you select the 2-Week Premium option, the weekend will feature exclusive professional development opportunities outlined in the timetable.
What experience do you need to be a fashion designer?
Prospective fashion designers will benefit from experience working in the fashion industry, either as an assistant designer or an intern. Fashion designers usually require a relevant foundation degree, higher national diploma or undergraduate degree. Subjects that combine technical and design skills are ideal. For example: - Art and design - Fashion and fashion design - Garment technology - Graphic design
What A levels do I need to study fashion?
Most universities require A levels in a course related to art and design. At least one design course in your subjects is often enough. Your other subjects can be taken from a variety of fields, such as the humanities and sciences.
Can I go into fashion without a fashion degree?
Yes, you can get into the fashion industry without a degree, although it'll likely be more challenging. Apprenticeships and internships offer alternative routes into the industry. By interning, volunteering and networking as much as possible, you can begin to gain experience and build contacts that can open doors for you in the future.
Is it hard to get a job in fashion?
Getting into the fashion industry can be challenging, as there's lots of competition for roles. However, by achieving the right qualifications, gaining relevant experience and building the skills necessary to succeed, you'll increase your chances of landing a job.
What skills do I need to become a fashion designer?
To become a fashion designer, you'll need: - Creativity: The ability to come up with new ideas is vital - Design skills: You'll need to be able to bring your ideas to life and present them in a way that others can evaluate them - Flexibility: You'll need to adapt your own style to meet clients' requirements - Commercial awareness: In an industry where trends are so important, it's essential you stay up to date - Organisational skills: You'll often be working to deadlines, so careful planning and organisation is vital - Communication skills: Communicating your vision and listening to others will be key parts of each project

WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY ABOUT US

Information for international & EFL students

We have a minimum English language requirement of B2 (upper-intermediate, CEFR). For students learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL), attending an InvestIN programme facilitates real-world application of English. Our programmes are delivered and facilitated by native English speakers, whilst over 50% of our students are from the UK and the US, providing international students with the perfect opportunity to enhance their oral and written skills in a professional and social context. Find out more about the benefits for EFL students in our blog post here.

 

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