8 creative workshops and courses to enrol in right now

Words by Fashion Journal
Cover image by Amelia Stanwix

Keep your hands busy.

Whether you’re looking to expand your skill set or try something outside your comfort zone, it’s never a bad time to learn something new.

We’ve rounded up eight courses and institutions to help you get in touch with your creative side.

LOL Space Workshops (pictured above)
Life Drawing
Location: Melbourne
Next intake: Every Sunday

Independent collective, Ladies of Leisure, offers weekly workshops covering everything you need to know about being a person in the world, but Sunday afternoons are particularly for life drawing. Focused on responding to your body and finding new perspectives, visual artist Lani Mitchell guides you through discovering your own creative flow in this safe, body-positive environment. Visit the website to see the full roster of workshops, from friendship speed-dating to financial literacy.


Australian Style Institute
Three qualification levels of professional styling – Certificate, Advanced and Masters
Location: Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and online
Next intake: October 2019

Home to the most comprehensive fashion styling courses in the country, Australian Style Institute offers instruction in both editorial and personal styling, all with a unique focus on individuality and human behaviour. The flexible curriculum combines face-to-face intensives with online learning to produce versatile cohorts of industry-ready stylists. Students are also actively supported in finding work across editorial, TV, branding and more opportunities after they’ve completed their courses.


Whitehouse Institute of Design
Bachelor of Design and Master of Design
Location: Melbourne and Sydney
Next intake: September 2019 / February 2020

Whitehouse Institute of Design is hosting its 2019 open day on Saturday August 24 to showcase its students’ latest design work. Visitors will get the rundown of available degrees (including undergraduate courses in Fashion Design, Interior Design and Creative Direction and Styling) and can chat to academic staff about their individual pathways. There will also be free workshops, exhibitions and a student runway, with registration now open online. Bring in this magazine to get a free Whitehouse tote bag.


Thread Den
Location: Melbourne
Next intake: Check online

Thread Den’s sewing lounge offers workshops and short courses covering sewing and embroidery basics, as well as more experienced dressmaking techniques. Classes are kept small to ensure your time is as beneficial as possible and to create a more social atmosphere. Courses are conducted primarily in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate people who work full-time but still want to branch out and gain new skills.


Italian Cultural Institute
Location: Melbourne
Next intake: August 26 – October 10
Image by: Lisa Golden

It’s never too late to learn a new language, you just need to know where to start. The Italian Cultural Institute holds Italian lessons at a variety of levels, whether you’re a complete beginner or just looking to refine your skills. Instructors aim to teach culture and language that you can use in real-life situations – like that holiday you’ve been dreaming of, for example.


National Institute of Dramatic Art
Location: Sydney
Next intake: February 2020

NIDA will take your love of fashion, craft or visual storytelling and use it to build a career in film, TV or theatre. In addition to the Institute’s world-renowned actor training, you’ll find undergraduate, graduate and vocational courses in costume, design, directing, makeup, musical theatre, prop making, set construction and more. Applications for 2020 are now open.


Box Hill Institute
Location: Melbourne
Next intake: Check online

Box Hill Institute offers a huge range of courses to set you up for a creative career, including fashion, graphic design, interior design, photography or visual merchandising. Qualifications range from certificates and diplomas through to bachelor’s degrees, as well as a wide range of creative short courses. Open days will be held in Box Hill on August 25 and Lilydale Lakeside on September 15.


Australian Academy of Modelling
Comprehensive Modelling Course
Location: Melbourne and online
Next intake: October 5

Australian Academy of Modelling’s 11-week, comprehensive course covers everything you need to know about launching and sustaining a career as a model. That includes the nitty-gritty of runways, editorial, hair and makeup, agency applications, business set-up and marketing. Instruction from industry professionals is complemented by the chance to take part in four different photoshoots and build your portfolio. The Academy also offers online and short courses.


This article was originally published in Fashion Journal 190. You can read it here.

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