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* Design and Merchandising Study Tour: Sustainable and Slow Fashion in England and Scotland
Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Glasgow, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 12/01/2017 12/15/2017 05/15/2018 05/27/2018
Priority Deadline: December 1 - Final Deadline: February 15 (pending spots available)
Fact Sheet:
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Program Coordinator:
Emily Garner Program Type: CSU Short Term Program
Areas of Study:
Interdisciplinary, Liberal Arts
Program Description:

Design and Merchandising Study Tour:
Sustainable and Slow Fashion in England & Scotland


Program At-a-Glance

WHEN: May 15-27, 2018
NOTE: Weekly group meetings will be held on the CSU campus starting mid-April. 

CREDITS: All committed students will register for DM 472A International Study Tour: Sustainable and Slow Fashion (2 credits) during the Spring semester and for DM 482 Travel Abroad (1 credit) through CSU's Division of Continuing Education during the summer. Tuition and fees for DM 472A will be billed during the regular Spring billing cycle.  All other tuition and program charges will be billed at the start of the summer term.

COST: See Budget Sheet for details. The cost includes tuition and fees for three credits, lodging, some meals, international medical and evacuation insurance, all required excursions, on-site transportation and faculty support during the program. NOT INCLUDED: round trip international airfare (Denver to London/Glasgow to Denver), most meals, personal expenses, passport and fees.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Applicants for this program are eligible for scholarships through the Office of International Programs.

PROGRAM LEADERS: Kevin Kissell and Sandra ChisholmDepartment of Design and Merchandising, Colorado State University

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum 2.5 GPA. Pre-requisites AM101, AM130, DM120 or Instructor approval. Good disciplinary standing. 

Academic Overview

This two week summer faculty-led program is sponsored by the Department of Design and Merchandising.  Participants will earn three CSU credit by participating in late spring class meetings and the summer international study tour.  Students will have the opportunity to visit businesses and organizations related to the design, manufacture, marketing, retailing, and merchandising of ethical and sustainable textiles and apparel products, as well as major cultural sites in the cities of London, Bath, Edinburgh, and Glasgow.  Potential site visits include the Selfridges Department Store, Prudence Millinery,  Saville Row Gallery, London Collage Fashion, Zandra Rhodes Fashion and Textile Museum, afternoon ea at the Harrods and tour of Vivienne Westwood,Ekaterina Kukhareva and Jonathan Saunders displays, Jane Austin Centre, Tartan weaving mill on Royal Mile, 21st Century Kilts, Eribe, Barrie Mill, Borders Textile Towerhouse, and others.

Learning Objectives
The aim of this study tour/course is for students to develop:
  • appreciation for the daily way of life in international locations, including differences from and similarities to own culture, 
  • understanding of the cultural, historical, aesthetic, business/economic, legal/political, social and/or sustainable aspects of the fashion industry in England and Scotland; 
  • understanding topics and issues related to sustainability and the concept of slow fashion in the British textile and apparel industry, including raw material production, product design and development, supply chain management, marketing, and merchandising/retailing.
  • knowledge of the types of textile and apparel produced, imported/exported and sold in England and Scotland as well as knowledge of key characteristics of these products. 
  • understanding the presence and role of indigenous dress, design, customs, and artifacts within England and Scotland. 


Participants in the program will travel to London, Bath, Edinburgh, and Glasgow over the course of two weeks. This multi-destination program allows students to observe business practices and designers in a variety of locations and cultural settings. 

Housing and Meals

All students will be housed in double occupancy hotel rooms. Breakfast is included at each accommodation. Student will be responsible for all other meals with the exception of a welcome and farewell dinner.