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Online Course

Innovation: The Fashion Industry

University of Leeds via FutureLearn

Overview

Discover how innovation drives the fashion industry

Innovation is at the heart of the fashion industry. From developing new types of fabric and clothing materials to innovation in marketing and advertising, the industry constantly moves forward to remain competitive and relevant.

On this course, you will use that fashion retailer, Marks & Spencer, as a case study. You’ll learn how it has been a key fashion innovator, introducing new clothing materials that make our lives easier and more comfortable.

You’ll also choose an item of your own clothing to study, to see how evidence of innovative developments in the fashion industry can be found in our own wardrobes.

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in fashion innovation, particularly with regard to the development of new clothing materials and types of fabric, as well as advertising.

It will serve as a useful introduction to those considering work in the fashion industry and will give school and college students a taster of undergraduate study, as part of the <a href=http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130503/online_courses/481/online_courses_for_schools?utm_source=web&utm_medium=schools_signuppage&utm_campaign=FutureLearn_schools>University of Leeds’s Going to University collection</a>.

Taught by

Dan Trowsdale

Reviews

4.2 rating, based on 23 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course gave me an insight into how the fashion industry has developed over time and worked its way through tricky situations, but mostly it has been very interesting to learn different info that I never knew. The 'mini quizzes' on the course helped...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I joined this course because of the lock down and I have enjoyed it very very much!

    I enjoyed learning from the tutors and from the M&S professionals, and was amazed at how much I enjoyed doing the research into products and manufacturing. I learnt how to make a video of my findings, but sadly, not how to load it up to this site.

    Some mention that it was too easy. You can put as much into it as you want, and you can research as far into the subject as you like. A short course like this opens our eyes to how much more there is to find out! I am long since retired, but study wil be my new hobby. Many thanks Leeds University and M&S.
  • Anonymous
    I joined this course as I was interested to discover its content; I wanted to find out how it had moved on in the sixty years when I started out with similar dreams. Then girls were restricted in the paths they could take. Fortunately, times have moved...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Good videos and articles explored the topic in depth. It doesn't give you any new skills, but it's interesting knowledge.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It was too simple and easy. Maybe it is suitable for someone who would like to start studying fashion from scratch, but it's still pretty pointless

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    Amy M.

    Amy completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    It was easy to take the curse with no previous knowledge of the subject. I also felt confortable with the level of english since it its no my language.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This is an easy introduction to innovation in the fashion industry but many of the ideas and guidance apply to almost any manufactured item from cars to computers. I found the insights into design and innovation fascinating. Now we are all becoming...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Week 1 was really informative and it was really interesting about how M&S we’re developing the iconic suit and working with stitching that could break up. My own issue with this course was that the information was outdated 2014 research and the M&S heritage...
  • Anonymous
    Even though I have no background in fashion, I really enjoyed the course. There was a lot of interesting information about innovation which I never knew about before. It was a real eye-opener into the world of innovation and fashion and it has sparked an interest in me which I would definitely like to pursue further. My only gripe would be that it was a little bit short! I would have loved if it was just a little longer and a bit more challenging. Nevertheless, I would fully recommend this course to anyone interested in innovation, and of any age group! It seems to be mainly aimed at secondary school and university students, but I´m 45 and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course gave me an insight into how the fashion industry has developed over time and worked its way through tricky situations, but mostly it has been very interesting to learn different info that I never knew.

    I enjoyed learning from the tutors and from the M&S professionals, and was amazed at how much I enjoyed doing the research into products and manufacturing. I learnt how to make a video of my findings, but sadly, not how to load it up to this site.

    Good videos and articles explored the topic in depth. It doesn't give you any new skills, but it's interesting knowledge.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course gives very good insight into the development and marketing of new ideas in fashion technology.

    It would be good if it were expanded into a longer course with more production techniques shown.

    I'm kind of hoping someone might comment on my small project: nothing yet, but I only put it up last night. There were only a few people taking this course as it is really just a 'taster'.

    There were some very useful insights though, which I will take into account as I hopefully develop a weaving/textiles business.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    this has been a really wonderful and i have really enjoyed learning about fashion ideas that have been coming up in the years before till date. this course has also help bring out my inner fashion skills through the different research we did on the some of our own clothing. i also got to learn from others and shared my fashion opinions with other people which has made me even better at the fashion game. it has really been great being a part of this course and am glad i chose to do it in the first place.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I took this course to further my knowledge of textiles. The course activities allowed me to develop my interest in this area. It introduced in depth case studies that not only broadened my knowledge of the fashion industry but also challenged some of my views particularly about the innovative nature of Marks and Spencer. The activities were an excellent way to develop further communication skills vital in the contemporary business setting. Thank you for an enriching experience.
  • Alena M.

    Alena completed this course.

    An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. Thank for knowledge shared and learned a lot about the fashion innovation as i as very much interested in the fashion innovation course. The online course helped to me complete this course and gain more knowledge about the fashion. The teaching process was up to the mark it was very understandable and knowledgeable I hope every student gets wisdom and knowledge from this online course a big thank you for this course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    At first I was reluctant to take the class because I felt it wouldn't be of any help. And then I started the First Class and immediately got attached. The course outline is brilliant, the teaching processes and methods are outstanding. Everything about the class was valuable. There tests at intervals to grade how far and well you understand the class. Even though I didn't upgrade the course, it was free, very informative and powerful.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I haven't studied for years, and don't have the wherewithal to study full time, so I was looking for short courses that I can do online and squeeze in to a busy lifestyle! This course was perfect. The subject matter was interesting and varied, as well as being succintly presented. It inspired me to read up a bit on fashion and the fashion industry and I felt as though I learned a lot! Thank you!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I am 70 and have had a lifetime in making my own clothes and taught textile courses. But I learnt a lot from this course, a good mix of practical and research especially the assessment of a piece of your own clothing. Good to study with a range of ages and backgrounds. Will do as many of these as Leeds cares to Put up. Highly recommended. As an ex teacher, well tailored to Year 11-13 students.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course was concise and to-the-point. While yes, it could have been more in-depth, it was a great two-week course that provided excellent case studies with M&S and the Iconic Suit that led as great examples of innovations in the fashion industry. This course helped me get a better grasp of how innovations not only result in better fashion, but a better future.
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    Nayana M.

    Nayana is taking this course right now.

    Excellent Course. It has a new teaching approach. A unique way to introduce the students to the changes happening in the industry. The way it indulges the participant in various mediums keeping them abreast with the technological advances. and engaging them in various activities and researches.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I am studying the course "Innovation: the Fashion Industry" because I am interested to learn about the innovations of the fashion industry on the example of a well-known foreign company. The course is very exciting and informative. I will continue to study to improve my knowledge. Thanks!

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