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Oxford Summer School 2018

Introduction to Fashion and Textile Design Ages 13-15

Oxford Summer School 2018

A fashion and design summer course, residential in a university college. The perfect study-abroad programme for the innovative designers of the future.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2018

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's faculty
  • Study the fundamental elements of fashion design in preparation for further study or a career
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 130 nationalities in 2017
  • Inspirational cultural programme, including excursions to historic UK locations

Course Summary

Whether you’re interested in becoming a fashion designer or you see yourself one day designing products, the Introduction to Fashion and Textile Design course from Oxford Royale Summer Schools will provide a fascinating introduction to a rewarding career option.

Students will spend their days in Oxford creating all manner of interesting print designs, before using those designs in fashion illustrations and a full sized fashion outcome.

This course for 13-15 year old students combines both the theoretical and the practical sides of fashion and design. Throughout, attendees will be researching primary sources for inspiration, responding to these by drawing them in a range of media, developing their drawings into textile designs, and learning the design process a professional fashion designer follows.

Where could the Introduction to Fashion and Textile Design summer course lead you?

Why choose Introduction to Fashion and Textile Design for 13-15 years?

Students will experiment with a variety of design techniques in their sketchbooks and will be taken to relevant museums in Oxford and London to see how these techniques are used by artists and designers. Students will then focus on how to build on these methods to develop their designs. They will examine and create their own repeat patterns, and be introduced to alternative designs such as relief frottage designs using wax resist. The course will culminate in a static fashion show (complete with audience!), where students will present their work on mannequins alongside their finished sketchbooks.

How will Introduction to Fashion and Textile Design help me?

Attendees on this course will learn the basic skills required of any fashion designer, including design drawing, textiles, colour theory, and how different fabrics behave. They will have ample time to work on their own designs, gaining valuable experience in fashion design, while building a portfolio they can use for future university applications.

Is this course for me?

If you would like to get inspiration for your own designs through witnessing a ground-breaking exhibition of designs "fashioned from nature," then this course is for you.

Topics covered

Week 1

During the first week of the course, students will study core theories in design such as: technical drawing techniques and terms such as cross-hatching and 3D effects; how mixed media, surfaces and textures are used to create desired effects; colour theory, and how displays in shops and museums follow certain curation rules.

Week 2

The second part of the course will focus on fashion and avant-garde designers, building on what the students have studied so far and employing the techniques and theories they have learned. Lessons will concentrate on the building blocks of fashion such as fashion illustration and silhouette design and contextualise their learning by studying influential designers. They will explore techniques such as shaping material for garment construction, and use a mood board to comprehensively demonstrate the influences on their design, its development and their own personal workflow.

What will you get out of the Introduction to Fashion and Textile Design course?

Students will benefit from taught classes with experts in fashion design. They will develop a clear grounding in the theories of fashion design, with a view to creating their own fashion pieces to showcase at the end of the course and for use in a future portfolio.

Students will cover:

  • The history of fashion throughout the ages
  • The work of top designers, and how they develop their ideas
  • Drawing techniques
  • Specialist fashion drawing skills
  • The use and properties of different materials, and how they can be used in designs
  • Developing a design from page to stage

Welcome to the City of Oxford - your home this summer

ORA Experience

Oxford is a city like no other, combining startlingly beautiful architecture with a buzzing, modern city centre, with superb shopping, restaurants, cafés and more. With the colleges of Oxford University at its heart, some almost 800 years old, it is a city steeped in history and academia.

Students on Oxford Royale's Oxford summer courses will have the chance to live, dine and study in this stunning city, exploring all of its major sites and discovering its hidden secrets. Through both organised trips to key landmarks and free time in the evenings, students will become acquainted with all that Oxford has to offer.

As students walk the cobbled streets and gaze up at the spires, gargoyles and honey-coloured stone buildings, they will be walking in the footsteps of some of the most influential figures in history, including prime ministers, presidents, Nobel prize-winning scientists, authors and more.

Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?

Useful information for students & parents


Students will be accommodated in comfortable single or twin rooms depending on their allocated college (please contact our registrations team if you would like more information on this). Twin rooms are strictly shared by students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridor and/or staircase. Accommodation is the standard for undergraduates studying at the university, so students are able to get a taste of what being an Oxford student might be like. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, however in some cases en-suite facilities are available.

Pastoral care & student welfare

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who very often are current members of the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge. The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss their course. Each campus has members of staff who are residential throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • Must conform to our age policy.
  • Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.

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Introduction to Fashion and Textile Design for Ages 13-15 is residential in the following locations:

(If your course takes place in more than one campus in the same city and you would like to know more about which location you will be allocated, please call our registrations team)

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