School of Fashion
Designing a Sustainable Fashion Future for Southern Africa
Qualification / Course Information
10 Weeks (Saturdays)
Certificate of Completion
Successful completion of this short course can be included to your portfolio of evidence for RPL consideration
Assisted online learning (Attend scheduled online classes)
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.
MODULE 1 – INTRODUCTION
MODULE 2 – THEORETICAL UNDERSTANDING OF SUSTAINABILITY & SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
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