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age icon 15-18 years old

time icon 2 weeks

book icon Weekly hours: 20

Join this program on campus at Columbia University, located in the heart of New York City, a global fashion epicenter. Dive into the world of wearable art, where creativity meets functionality, and learn to craft designs that challenge the conventional boundaries of the industry.

  • The course aims to cultivate your creativity and understanding of fashion's evolution, from traditional techniques to the forefront of wearable technology.
  • In this dynamic environment, you'll have the chance to attend interactive workshops and networking events, learning directly from leading professionals in the fashion world.
  • With visits to studios and industry professional interactions, you'll be well-equipped to contribute to the ever-evolving world of fashion and design.
  • Gain invaluable industry insights and personalized career coaching, setting you up for future success.
  • Studying in New York City, amidst designers, fashion shows, and iconic venues, you'll be in the perfect place to foster your style and innovation.
  • Engage in theoretical exploration and hands-on experiences, develop practical skills, and understand the balance between creativity and design principles.

This program not only allows you to explore the artistic process and its influence on personal expression but also offers a deep dive into the historical and technological aspects shaping today's fashion industry.

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Barnard College, Columbia University Accommodation

  • Situated in Morningside Heights, Manhattan, part of Columbia University.

  • Offers convenient access to New York City's iconic destinations.

  • Nestled between vibrant neighborhoods for immersive experiences.

  • Organized trips to industry hubs across the city.

  • Opportunities to experience NYC's renowned cuisine, culture, and history.

  • Comfortable and convenient base for city exploration.

What's Included

  • 13 nights accommodation in New York City

  • Single or double rooms

  • Visits to leading industries

  • 20 project-based learning by subject experts per week

  • 20 hours of industry-focused visits per week

  • Real-world project workshops

  • Personalised career feedback

  • 1:1 Career Coaching

  • Day excursions to iconic NYC landmarks

  • Personal project / presentation

  • Post-programme learning


  • Ice-Breaker Games
  • Guest Speaker
  • Quiz Night
  • Game Show
  • Tennis/Football
  • Talent Show
  • Dinner at Hard Rock Cafe
  • Dinner in Covent Garden
  • Graduation Party & Prizes


  • Accommodation is on-campus, enhancing the university experience.

  • Offers single or twin rooms with either shared or ensuite bathroom facilities.

  • On-site teams can cater to various medical and religious dietary needs. Participants should inform the program of any dietary or medical conditions well before the start date for appropriate arrangements.


  • Landmark Visits: Includes strolls through Central Park, Times Square, and panoramic views from the Empire State Building.
  • Cultural Experiences: Opportunities to visit renowned museums and attend an iconic Baseball game.
  • Historical Sites: Exploring historic locations like the Brooklyn Bridge and Top of the Rock.

Lesson Plan

  • 20 project-based learning by subject experts per week
  • 20 hours of industry-focused visits per week
  • Real-world project workshops
  • Personal project / presentation
  • Post-programme learning

Creative Fashion & Design Industry Workshops:

  • Unique exploration of fashion and design.
  • Potential visits to textile workshops, Parsons School of Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, and Broadway costume design studios.

Engaging Activities:

  • Runway Redesign: Learn the secrets of iconic fashion runways, blending creativity and functionality.
  • Design Studio Insights: Insider view of the fashion industry, exploring creative processes and the balance between art and commerce.
  • Material Mastery: Understand the art of fabric selection and its impact on transforming design concepts.
  • The Artistry of Accessorising: Delve into the world of accessories, including handcrafted jewellery and avant-garde headpieces.

Note: Activities may vary based on availability and scheduling.

Experience Practical Projects

  • Hands-On Projects: Participate in immersive projects in your chosen field, gaining essential skills and knowledge.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with passionate students from around the globe in New York's vibrant summer programme.
  • Small Group Collaboration: Work closely in groups of about seven, guided by experts from diverse industries.
  • Expert Mentors: Learn from seasoned professionals offering expertise and insider perspectives.
  • Quality Instructors: Every educator is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about sharing their wisdom.
  • Learning Adventure: Our aim is to provide an unparalleled educational experience as a premier academic summer programme in New York.

Sample Modules and Discussions:

1) Theory & Research: Introductory module covering fundamental design principles, history of fashion trends, and the interaction between culture and style. Offers insights into key theories and research methods in fashion and design.

2) Practical Experience: Involves engaging in real-world experiences in New York, including visits to design studios, fashion exhibitions, and creative workshops. Opportunity to see the evolution of fashion trends and the impact of technology, including 3D printing, wearable tech, and digital tools.

3) Real-World Project: Focuses on creating a clothing collection that reflects historical influences or technological advancements. Involves conceptualization, design, and virtual prototyping, culminating in a digital fashion portfolio.

4) Professional Development: Connects learning with career opportunities in fashion and design. Includes guest talks, panel discussions, and workshops on design principles and portfolio creation. Features personalized coaching sessions for individual feedback and career guidance, adding lasting value to the programme experience.

Sample Tutors

Ann Kristin Glenster:

  • Senior Policy Advisor for Technology Governance and Law at the University of Cambridge Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy.

Guest Speakers from Previous Summers:

  • Abi Oyepitan - Former Olympian: A two-time Olympian and Commonwealth Gold and Silver winning track and field athlete.

  • Dr Lynda Shaw - Neuroscientist & entrepreneur: A journey in personal development - how to create your own set of tools to fast track success

  • Dr Nigel Warburton - Philosopher, author & journalist: How do great people find answers to deep and meaningful questions?​​


  • Airport Transfer Fee: £95 each way


  • No Academic Requirements: No specific academic prerequisites for attending the programme.

  • English Proficiency Suggestion: Recommended to have at least an upper-intermediate (B2) level of English for managing the challenging syllabus.

Tutors are informed of participants’ educational backgrounds and will consider this during the academic sessions. All subjects and programmes are taught at a level that is appropriate for participants.

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