Education for Sustainability

By changing fashion education, we create vital leverage in the transformation of the fashion system. We engage in transformational education practice with learners across levels and locations through courses and resources for LCF and UAL students and tutors, and for wider audiences through digital learning.

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We believe that 

education for sustainability is a catalyst for change in societies, cultures, and economies. We explore the why, what, how, and with whom of creative education as sustainability in action. 

Education for Sustainability is one of the foundational pillars of CSF. We understand that Fashion education at university level offers an unparalleled place to experiment with new ideas, to challenge existing narratives and put climate and social justice principles into action. It involves development towards professional practice and a sense of self in the world. Learners can realise this through a path set out in CSF’s educational framework that offers a series of ‘mindsets’ as approaches to consider fashion’s context and agendas.

  

Our work in education for sustainability draws on our academic research, teaching experience, and knowledge exchange practices. We cultivate conditions for the development of skills, knowledge, and capabilities needed by fashion designers, communicators, and strategists. We engage in a mutual learning process with a diverse range of participants, seeking to ensure agency in learners and to eliminate discrimination in race, gender, cultural, religious, and other terms. We seek to decolonise and decarbonise the curriculum, working with communities at LCF, UAL, and with other institutions.  

 

We take a systemic approach to changing the fashion education system through the development of sustainability led educational ethos, cultures, and practices, pedagogies and learning environments, course content, and criteria for assessment.  

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Case Study: Education for Sustainability Transformation

London College of Fashion’s Education for Sustainability Transformation (EST) Strategy (2016-2022) has supported the development and integration of sustainability in the curriculum across all courses and levels at the college.

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CSF Student Tutorials 

We offer monthly one to one student tutorials with members of the CSF team. Sessions are available to UAL students only and spaces are limited.

Education Projects

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Climate and Social Justice in the Curriculum at UAL

As part of UAL’s Climate and Environment Action Group, Centre for Sustainable Fashion is working with staff and students from across UAL to ensure every course is committed to teaching and learning to pursue shared values for Climate and Social Justice.

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Students driving curriculum quality for sustainability

Centre for Sustainable Fashion is working with students from University of Gloucestershire, King’s College London and London College of Fashion on a project to drive up standards in sustainability learning at universities.

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FashionSEEDS

FashionSEEDS, explores what a transformed education system in Fashion Design for Sustainability could look like. The project aims to develop a holistic framework to embed sustainability into higher education fashion design.

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Fashion Values

Fashion Values is an educational programme ideated and developed by Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF), UAL, in partnership with Kering, IBM and Vogue Business.

Education Resources

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FashionSEEDS

FashionSEEDS, explores what a transformed education system in Fashion Design for Sustainability could look like. The project aims to develop a holistic framework to embed sustainability into higher education fashion design.

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Fashion Values: Nature

Understand biodiversity in the context of fashion and create a plan for fashion that protects Earth’s ecosystems – a free online course as part of the Fashion Values programme.

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Fashion Futures 2030

Fashion Futures 2030 is an online toolkit designed to help educators, industry professionals and students engage in critical thought and discourse of fashion and nature through the exploration of four possible future scenarios. 

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Fashion Values: Society

Examine the relationship between fashion and society, using activism to challenge social injustice – a free online course as part of the Fashion Values programme. 

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Fashion Values

Fashion Values is an educational programme ideated and developed by Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF), UAL, in partnership with Kering, IBM and Vogue Business.

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Fashion Values: Economy

Explore the global fashion economy and sustainability, creating a plan for fashion that nurtures wellbeing for people and nature – a free online course as part of the Fashion Values programme.

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Fashion and Sustainability: Understanding Luxury Fashion in a Changing World

An introduction to sustainable fashion design, research and business practice – a free online course, supported by luxury fashion group Kering.