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Zero Waste

  • Level: Short Course
  • Starting: TBC
  • Study mode: Short Course (5 days)
  • Location: City Centre

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Can fashion design be an agent to change textile production and consumption towards more sustainability and less waste?

This course will give you the possibilities for practical experiments and provide you with an insight into sustainable design strategies to become more respectful towards resources.

Course Description

During the course, you will learn about Zero Waste methods and how to apply them to your own projects and designs, making them unique, long-lasting and less wasteful.

Duration: 5 days
Dates: New dates for this course are to be confirmed 
Times: 10.00am - 4.00pm daily
Price: Early Bird price £340 until February 2020 (£400 thereafter)
Venue: City Centre (The Parkside Building)

What will you study?

Following an introduction to sustainable strategies for fashion design, you will get started with some simple exercises relating to the role of Zero Waste along the whole product-life-circle.

On the second day you will be guided through various Zero Waste cutting methods for garments. There will be opportunity to explore and experiment with this on the following day.

After applying these methods and techniques to your own ideas, designs or projects, you will be introduced to a “sustainability measuring tool”.

On the final day we will reflect possibilities and positive impact for your own work, certain target groups, mass market and environment. Following the course, you will be able to use Zero Waste methods to become more sustainable in your design work, save resources, and avoid/forecast waste.

Tutor description

Triggered by Punk, Prof. Martina Glomb found the courage to transform her passion for extreme fashion and DIY into a profession. After studying couture tailoring and fashion design, she spent more than a decade with Vivienne Westwood in London and Italy, working for her on the RED LABEL and ANGLOMANIA line. This made her ready for the University of Applied Science and Art in Hannover, where she works as an expert for slow fashion. She is founder of the research centre “USE-LESS: slow fashion against waste and ugly clothes”.

This course is open to International students

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  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • 5 days
  • TBC




  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • 5 days
  • TBC

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Early bird price: £340 (available until February 2020)
Regular price: £400

New dates for this course are to be confirmed.

For any enquiries, please contact Beth White using the button below.

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You’ll be based in our School of Fashion and Textiles, within The Parkside Building. The Parkside Building is part of our new multi-million pound City Centre Campus development in the heart of Birmingham's Eastside development.