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Intro to Fashion & Sustainability



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The fashion industry requires a rapid transition toward sustainability. This course provides you with a foundational understanding of fashion’s impact on the planet and humanity and the tools you can use to actively improve the state of the sector. Hear from industry experts and leading researchers about the challenges and opportunities that exist in creating a sustainable fashion future.


About this course

This course has been co-designed by renowned academics and industry partners from the UTS's Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Fashion + Textiles and TAFE NSW. It introduces the fundamentals of fashion sustainability and considers impacts of an ecological, social, cultural and economic nature.

By the end of the course, you will be fluent in the environmental impacts of materials and fashion production, human rights concerns within the supply chain and the need to establish a quadruple bottom line within fashion businesses (people, planet, profit and culture). You will also be introduced to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), circular fashion design and digital sampling.

Key benefits of this course

This course has been designed to:

  • Equip you with the latest best-practice sustainability knowledge in the field of fashion and textiles
  • Provide you the tools to start tracing your supply chain
  • Give you an understanding of the impacts of common materials used in the fashion industry
  • Immerse you in the latest fashion and textile innovations supporting a rapid transition toward sustainability
  • Strengthen your understanding of local and international regulations pertaining to modern slavery and environmental communications.
  • Certificates are awarded based on fulfilling required engagement in the course. This includes viewing the online content, contributing to online discussions, completing quick surveys and joining the live webinar when possible). You will need to progress through all six modules from start to finish to complete this course.


Full price: $500 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information.

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Additional course information

Course outline

This six-week course will be delivered online. Each week there will be approximately 2 hours of self-paced online content and 2 hours of a live webinar-style class. During the live online class, you can expect lectures from our expert instructors, guest lectures from industry experts, interactive discussions and activities with your peers, and the opportunity to ask questions and seek advice.

This course is structured with a get-started module and six online learning modules. Each module is a collection of pages that introduce you to the topics. You will then have the opportunity to get your questions answered and explore the topics further in your live sessions. The modules are:

  • Fashion and Sustainability: the big picture
  • Design and Sustainability
  • Materials in Fashion
  • Traceability and Transparency
  • Industry 4.0
  • Future Drivers of Sustainability in Fashion.

Course learning objectives

By the end of this course, participants should have an understanding of:

  • The business impacts of sustainability including ESG practices, the quadruple bottom line and alternative economic systems
  • Sustainable design and production practices such as circular and transition design
  • The impact of materials
  • Traceability in supply chains, including tracking labour rights and modern slavery
  • Some ways in which Industry 4.0, or technology and innovation, can aid sustainability in fashion.



  • You will need a personal computer with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing
  • You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas, Zoom and Microsoft Teams.


  • This course is designed for participants with some knowledge of the fashion industry and the general processes in which clothing and textiles are designed and produced.


Discounts are available for this course as follows: 

  • 10% discount for UTS staff
  • 10% discount for UTS alumni/students 
  • 10% discount for TAFE staff, students and alumni
  • 15% discount for Australian Fashion Council (AFC) members
  • 15% discount for group enrolments of 3 or more from the same organisation.
  • Scholarships are available – please contact for details

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

How to obtain your discount code (group enrolments)

  • Please contact the team at with details of group enrolments, to obtain your discount voucher code. 

How to obtain your discount code (TAFE & AFC members)

  • Please contact the team at with details of your TAFE staff or student ID or AFC membership to obtain your discount voucher code. 

How to enrol and obtain your UTS staff discount (UTS staff)

How to apply your discount code 

  • If you are eligible for a UTS alumni or student discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS student number in your UTS Open Profile (under “A bit about you”). If you are an alumni and have forgotten your UTS student number, email with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement.  
  • Add this course to your cart 
  • Click on "View Cart" (blue shopping trolley at top right of screen). You will need to sign in or sign up to UTS Open 
  • Enter your eligible code beneath the “Have a code?” prompt and click on the blue "Apply" button 
  • Verify your discount code has been successfully applied before clicking on the blue "Checkout" button. 

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Who is this course for?

This course is designed for anyone in the fashion and textiles industry or sustainability professionals wanting to move into the fashion sector. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Fashion designers
  • Sourcing/supply chain specialists
  • Fashion business owners
  • Sustainability managers
  • Retail managers
  • Fashion marketing managers
  • Production managers
  • Textile designers
  • Buyers
  • Product Managers.


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