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Online Course

Innovation: the Fashion Industry

University of Leeds via FutureLearn

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  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Self Paced
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 2 hours a week
  • Duration 2 weeks long
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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>.

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Dan Trowsdale

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Reviews for FutureLearn's Innovation: the Fashion Industry Based on 19 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 solidify my knowledge and was a fun way to see how much I'd learnt. I was asked to make a video or write a review about an item of my own clothing, which m=helped me to really think about the product and if it was cost effective and if it was worth what I paid for it - very good to think about that when buying items in the future in terms of price and if I really need to pay that much! Thoroughly enjoyed the course and would definitely recommend to others interested in fashion and innovative design!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Anonymous
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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 more aware of the environment, I found the section on sustainability and recycling of clothing particularly interesting.

The interviews with professionals from M&S and Wear2 coordinated by Leeds University were clearly given by people who had actually been involved in the development of the garments and processes.

The activity examining a garment of our choice was a real eye-opener for me in many ways. Firstly in looking at the garment and its many component parts and secondly in making a video or written script about it. The clear guidance on making the video or script applies to almost any field.

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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 website didn’t really show you anything.

Week 2 wasn’t very interesting and they ask you to record an educational video about an item of clothing (goes on how to film it etc). Finally I couldn’t take the final test as you had to pay. That wasn’t clear from the onset. I thought that the payment was just for a certificate not the test.

The course/certificate wasn’t worth the cost, I’ve done 5 week in-depth fashion course which has been the same cost.

Interesting topic but this could of been done in 1 week over 3 hours.
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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.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
the course it was very interesting more if you want learn more about innovation and textiles, hope you can enjoy the course try you can really love it, believe you need try this course the videos are really cool.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Buon corso, molto interessante.

Ho trovato il tutto molto comodo ed agevole.Mi interessa molto il mondo della moda ed ho imparato cose nuove.Grazie
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
What little information was there was good quality. Low water dye wasn't even covered in the sustainability section. Course needs more content.

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