FREE Sustainable fashion courses
As sustainability becomes more and more important as the planet continues to suffer due to our actions, we wanted to highlight some of the amazing courses that are focussed on fashion and sustainability, many of which are completely free.
Sustainability and minimising the impact to the planet is a key brand goal at FR3ND. Our products have been designed and developed to reduce the impact to our planet, not only in their production, but throughout the lifetime of the garments as you wear and wash it.
Much of our learning about how to reduce our carbon footprint and produce our sustainable shirts have come from course like those highlighted below.
We hope you enjoy them.
FASHION AND SUSTAINABILITY
Fashion and Sustainability: Understanding Luxury Fashion in a Changing World.
An introduction to sustainable fashion design, research and business practice with this course from London College of Fashion’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion, supported by luxury fashion group "Kering".
Explore the key sustainability issues associated with luxury fashion.
What topics will you cover?
Week 1 - Why Sustainability in Fashion?
Week 2 - Contextualising Sustainability for a Changing World
Week 3 - Material Dimensions: Sourcing for luxury fashion
Week 4 - Informed Decision Making: Tools and methods
Week 5 - Creative Possibilities
Week 6 - Creative Realisation
This course is free and you get 8 weeks access to the sustainability course.
Click here for more details: Future Learn
UNDERSTANDING FASHION: FROM BUSINESS TO CULTURE
Institut Français de la Mode launches its first ever MOOC.
The course offers a dual approach to fashion, both as a cultural phenomenon and as a creative industry. It is taught by Professor Benjamin Simmenauer, who teaches brand strategy at the school.
Several Professors from Institut Français de la Mode and academic experts also provide input on historical, economic, sociological or aesthetical perspectives.
In order to remain as close as possible to the realities of fashion and luxury today, the MOOC also offers video testimonials from major business leaders and fashion designers like Simon Porte (Founder & Designer, Jacquemus), Francesca Belletini (CEO, Saint Laurent) or Sidney Toledano (Chairman and CEO, LVMH Fashion Group).
By the end of the course, you'll be able to:
Develop transdisciplinary knowledge and expertise aimed at understanding the logics of the contemporary fashion field
Identify the creative models of the different fashion houses and their conception of time
Explore the trends diffusion models
Interpret a fashion silhouette
Explain the construction of consumer behaviour
Click here for information: Institut Français de la Mode
BUSINESS OF FASHION
BoF also offers lots of very interesting classes in its new "education section" on their website.
Comprising of videos, tutorials, worksheets, tests and downloadable tools and help, each of their courses offers a comprehensive introduction to a key subject within fashion
Split into small modules that take from 3 to 7 minutes each, learn whenever and wherever you want.
Digital Marketing, Fashion Styling, B2C brand building, Building Your Dream Career or case study on Fashion’s Journey to Radical Transparency.
Find out more - Click here: Business of Fashion Education
INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABILITY
This course introduces the academic approach of Sustainability and explores how today’s societies can endure in the face of global climate change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations.
The course focuses on the key areas of sustainability, including population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics and policy, ethics, and cultural history.
This subject is of vital importance, seeking as it does to uncover the principles of the long-term welfare of all the peoples of the planet. As sustainability is a cross-disciplinary field of study, this foundation requires intellectual breadth: as I describe it in the class text, understanding our motivations requires the humanities, measuring the challenges of sustainability requires knowledge of the sciences (both natural and social), and building solutions requires technical insight into systems (such as provided by engineering, planning, and management).
Get more information here: Coursera
Offered by Copenhagen Business School, this course provides an overview of business model theory in the transformation towards more sustainable businesses. You will broaden your knowledge on sustainable fashion, sustainable business models, circular economy and related concepts.
You will learn the basic vocabulary and tools to discuss sustainable business models’ ideas and concepts in the context of fashion and get overall understanding of challenges and opportunities of implementing circular business models.
By the end of this course, you will have an understanding of the overall challenges and potential solutions for businesses to have a more sustainable approach. You will learn about the challenges and opportunities of implementing circular business models and it will introduce various tools that companies use to measure and report about their sustainability.
You will be able to think about business model theory in new ways and apply strategies to manage business model innovation towards sustainable practices.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
· You will broaden your knowledge on sustainable fashion, sustainable business models, circular economy and related concepts.
· You will understand the challenges and opportunities brands face when they try to create or transition into sustainable business models.
· You will learn the basic vocabulary and tools to discuss sustainable business models’ ideas and concepts in the context of fashion.
· You will be inspired by case examples from the fashion industry, and learn the details of their innovative and sustainable business models.
More information - Click here: Copenhagen Business School