Sustainable Textiles Online Short Course

University of the Arts London
4 weeks
Summer / Short course
Scholarships available
University of the Arts London

About this program

Sustainable Textiles Online Short Course

This course will expand your understanding of the environmental problems caused by todays textile industry, and point the way towards sustainable alternatives that you can implement as a designer, retailer, or manufacturer.

The course is organised as a series of lectures, and students are encouraged to ask questions, add their own experience, and get involved in the debate. Each week there is also a wide range of reference material to review, and a practical assignment to help you put your knowledge into practice.

The course begins with a review of the impact of the industry's use of chemicals and scarce resources, poor industry practices, and waste. Then you will learn about the innovations that have the potential to solve these problems.

We will look at new eco-friendly fabrics and fibres, better and cleaner production processes, and ethical considerations such as fair trade and safe working. We will also review sustainable changes in the consumption of textiles, such as recycling, upcycling and changes in consumer habits to reduce landfill when buying clothes. By the end of the course you will be ready to make more sustainable decisions as a fashion professional, benefiting your company and our environment.

Admission requirements

Garment technologists, designers, fashion buyers, manufacturers, or Anyone who wants to understand more about the environmental issues in textile and garment manufacture and learn more about ways to use more sustainable products and practices.

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Program content

  • Why certain raw materials are environmentally unfriendly
  • Environmentally sound textile dyes and finishes
  • Sustainable natural fibres
  • Synthetic or man-made fibres and sustainability
  • Ethical practices such as fair trade, living wage and safe working
  • Retailing considerations
  • Recycling of textiles and clothing
  • Closed loop systems
  • Garment care - laundering and disposing of garments

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 2 weeks online access


Course price: £380.00


By the end of the course you will have;

  • Gained a better understanding of where textiles can be poor for the environment
  • Learnt about some of the better alternative options when choosing textiles
  • Gained confidence on the terminology used e.g. organic, fair trade, closed loop, recycled, etc
  • Completed research on areas of sustainability
  • Considered the whole process from raw materials, through to textiles and garments and then to retail and consumer

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University of the Arts London

University of the Arts London (UAL) is ranked 2nd in the world for Art and Design according to the 2022 QS World University Rankings®, for the fourth year in a row. It has an international reputation in art, design, communication,...

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Why study at University of the Arts London

With multiple sites across London, UAL offers endless opportunities to draw inspiration from this global creative hub.

  • UAL has a track record for launching and furthering careers across the creative industries and beyond.
  • Graduates are frequently shortlisted for national and global awards ranging from the Turner Prize to the Oscars.
  • UAL is home to more than 2,400 postgraduate students.
  • The university offers a wide range of theoretical and practice-based research programmes leading to a PhD or MPhil.
  • UAL is ranked among the UK’s top research universities, with 83% of research conducted by UAL students and staff graded as world-leading.
  • UAL has a diverse student community, with students drawn from over 130 countries across the globe.
  • Students are encouraged to draw inspiration from London’s world-famous art galleries, museums and theatres.
  • UAL’s dedicated support service offers useful advice for international students including guidance on funding, visa applications and accommodation.

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University of the Arts London

272 High Holborn
WC1V 7EY London
United Kingdom

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