Ex­plore th­ese short-term cour­ses to hone your un­tapped tal­ents


For prospec­tive fash­ion stu­dents who haven’t been able to fi­nalise the par­tic­u­lar spe­cial­i­sa­tion they would like to pur­sue, there are a num­ber of short term cour­ses that of­fer a broad in­tro­duc­tion to dif­fer­ent as­pects of the fash­ion in­dus­try. You can choose from any of th­ese to hone your skills and kick-start your ca­reer.


The fash­ion in­dus­try wouldn’t be able to func­tion with­out the use of strik­ing im­agery. This is where fash­ion photography comes in. A short course in this field is packed with prac­ti­cal train­ing and cov­ers the ba­sics of photography and vis­ual com­mu­ni­ca­tion cou­pled with fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ples of fash­ion de­sign. Stu­dents get to work to­gether with de­sign­ers, mod­els, stylists and make-up artists to cre­ate ap­peal­ing images. They also get to learn how to plan and di­rect pho­to­shoots, learn about styling and brand­ing, and work with cut­ting-edge equip­ments and soft­wares. Where to study JD In­sti­tute of Fash­ion Tech­nol­ogy of­fers a diploma in fash­ion photography across cen­tres. Du­ra­tion Three months Fees ` 58,000 (ap­prox)


Sketch­ing and il­lus­tra­tion are con­sid­ered an in­dis­pens­able part of the fash­ion de­sign in­dus­try. How­ever, fash­ion il­lus­tra­tion can be a wise ca­reer in­de­pen­dent of the field of de­sign. It is con­sid­ered as much an art form as an in­dus­try. From run­ways and red carpets to mag­a­zines and web­sites, fash­ion il­lus­tra­tors are in high de­mand. Ca­reers of those such as Meagen Mor­ri­son (of trav­el­writ­e­draw fame) are per­fect ex­am­ples. Of course, it can also mark the start of a ful­fill­ing ca­reer in fash­ion de­sign. A course in fash­ion draw­ing and il­lus­tra­tion in­tro­duces stu­dents to the ba­sics of sketch­ing, pro­por­tion and colour the­ory in ad­di­tion to un­der­stand­ing soft­wares such as Corel Draw and Pho­to­shop.

Where to study WLCI Col­lege, Delhi Du­ra­tion Three Months Fees `35,000 (ap­prox)


In the fash­ion in­dus­try, make-up holds as much im­por­tance as the out­fit one is wear­ing, mak­ing this a com­pet­i­tive field. Make-up is a ba­sic re­quire­ment in al­most ev­ery sec­tor, whether it is ad­ver­tis­ing, tele­vi­sion, cinema, events pro­mo­tion, or run­way shows. A course in me­dia make-up trains in­di­vid­u­als in hairstyling, hair de­sign and make-up tech­niques and trends, be­sides pro­vid­ing an in­sight into vis­ual stud­ies and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy. From mak­ing a char­ac­ter look too old to hid­ing flaws on an old per­son’s face, with tools and make-up kits one can de­fine char­ac­ters for dif­fer­ent light­ing con­di­tions. Where to study Pearl Academy, Delhi and Mum­bai Du­ra­tion 11 Months Fees `4.50 lakh (ap­prox)


A fash­ion stylist helps in­di­vid­u­als cre­ate a style, and look vis­ually ap­peal­ing, by putting to­gether ap­parel and ac­ces­sories for their look. A stylist is the one re­spon­si­ble for cre­at­ing vis­ual im­agery which re­flects the de­sign­ers’ vi­sion—in print, video and per­son. A course in fash­ion styling will give you an in­sight into how sytlists work across dif­fer­ent sec­tors, in­clud­ing mag­a­zines, ad­ver­tis­ing, run­way shows, dig­i­tal me­dia and e-com­merce. You will also learn about vin­tage and con­tem­po­rary trends in the fash­ion in­dus­try and gain skills needed to work to­gether with de­sign­ers and pho­tog­ra­phers.

Where to study In­dian School of De­sign and In­no­va­tion, Parsons Mum­bai

Du­ra­tion Six months (24 weeks) Fees `80,000 (ap­prox)


The ad­vent of tech­nol­ogy in the fash­ion space has trans­formed the de­sign process. While Com­puter Aided De­sign is part of al­most ev­ery fash­ion course, most in­sti­tutes of­fer this as a short-term course for those who wish to hone their skills fur­ther, or just pur­sue this as a ca­reer. This teaches how to cre­ate and per­fect de­signs through the use of de­sign soft­wares.

Where to study Vogue In­sti­tute of Fash­ion Tech­nol­ogy

Du­ra­tion Four Months Fees `52,000 (ap­prox)

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