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ARTS, FASHION & DESIGN

Designing a Sustainable Fashion Future for Southern Africa

Qualification / Course Information

Minimum Duration:

10 Weeks (Saturdays)

Minimum Credits:

Certificate of Completion

NQF Level:

Successful completion of this short course can be included to your portfolio of evidence for RPL consideration

MODE:

Assisted online learning (Attend scheduled online classes)

CAMPUS:

Virtual

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LANGUAGE:

English

COURSE OVERVIEW

This online course will introduce you to some of the most pressing discussions for the fashion industry in Southern
Africa, as it looks to move towards sustainable design practices that benefit both people and the planet. You’ll develop a holistic view of where the fashion industry is headed by exploring new synergies for the fashion industry from emerging technologies, innovative fibres and textiles, new business models, and design strategies that are changing fashion’s landscape. Additionally, this course will also look at what a sustainable fashion future for Southern Africa could look like, highlighting the socio-economic benefits of a fairer fashion system for the region.

Each week you will meet online with your facilitators and a small group of fellow classmates, for mini-lectures, discussions, and review of current case studies. The course is highly interactive with lots of opportunity for question and answer. Weekly homework will be given in the form of additional readings, documentaries, and answering short questions, to enable students to deepen their understanding of the topics.

You’ll gain a fresh perspective on the industry today, providing you with knowledge of current sustainability theory,
innovation in the field and business models that are waiting to be unleashed. This course is for you if you want to be a game changer in the fashion industry and drive a sustainable fashion future for Southern Africa.

COURSE CURRICULUM

  • MODULE 1 – INTRODUCTION

  • MODULE 2 – THEORETICAL UNDERSTANDING OF SUSTAINABILITY & SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
    CONCEPTS

  • MODULE 3 – FASHION’S IMPACT ON THE ECOSYSTEM

  • MODULE 4 – SUSTAINABLE FIBRES

  • MODULE 5 – INNOVATIVE TEXTILES & PROCESSES

  • MODULE 6 – CONSUMER PSYCHOLOGY AND SUSTAINABILITY

  • MODULE 7 – THE CHANGING ROLE OF THE FASHION DESIGNER

  • MODULE 8 – CIRCULARITY IN FOCUS

  • MODULE 9 – FASHION AND FUTURE TECHNOLOGIES

  • MODULE 10 – DECOLONISING FASHION

  • MODULE 11 – SUSTAINABLE FASHION FOR SOUTH AFRICA

  • MODULE 12 – FINAL PRESENTATIONS OF RESEARCH PROJECTS

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