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University launches first ethical fashion degree

Buckinghamshire New University has created the first undergraduate fashion design degree that emphasises ethics and sustainability.

Open to applications now to start in September, the course will teach students how to source and design “for the future well-being of the planet”.

Issues around the sustainability, ethical and environmental impact of mass fashion production and manufacture, child labour, global supply chains and social and corporate responsibility of the fashion industry will be addressed.

Students also learn how the trend and forecasting industry works, how to research and develop ideas to produce exciting fashion designs, explore materials and processes and develop skills in for pattern cutting and manufacture, collections and exhibitions.

Course leader Sian-Kate Mooney  said: “Mass manufacturing in the fashion industry has, I believe, got a poor reputation for environmental issues, as well as its treatment of its labour force.

“Students will benefit from strong industry support and build the skills to not only thrive in this competitive industry, but have an edge as ‘green collar’ graduates equipped with the tools and knowledge to help create a more sustainable fashion industry, now an urgent focus.”

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