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Applying to CSM Fashion - FAQ by the youngsters (16 - 21 y.o.)

I originally wrote about my experience at CSM Fashion as a mature student, meaning to help other mature students. But most of the questions I get on my YouTube channel are from you people born after the internet was a thing - which is great because you guys have no prejudices against researching online (BTW Patrick Lee Yow, course leader of Fashion Folio, once called YouTube the best university in the world. Take that with a grain of salt, of course); And not so great because having potentially all the information in the world at your reach at all times can make you feel overwhelmed, confused, frustrated... and even make you kinda lazy, when you don't know when it's time to stop researching and...

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How I made the collages on my CSM portfolio

It used to annoy the sh*****t out of me when people'd see my blog posts and videos showing my portfolio, and all they could ask was "How can I make collages?". I go through this whole trouble of researching, writing and reviewing a long-ass article; taking pictures; shooting and editing videos (that are planned and scripted btw)... and all you can ask me is how to make a collage, which is literally cutting and pasting pictures together. But then I think of my pre-CSM days, and that's always humbling enough to keep me doing what I do. In this video, I share: Why and how I started making collages; How you can use collages for Design Development; Different techniques I now use to speed...

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My counter-intuitive portfolio advice for applying to CSM Fashion

I used to get more people asking me "How do I make a portfolio to apply to CSM?". They probably stopped because I'd never give a straightforward answer with THE SECRET.  Also, why would anyone think it's that simple, since I spent a whole year + a lot of money on Fashion Folio (read about my experience here)??? But let me challenge the assumption that a good-looking portfolio is all you need:   Blog bonus: some afterthoughts that came to me as I was publishing the video Pre-Fashion Folio portfolio-prep courses: Okay so you need to already have the skills before getting into any full-time courses at CSM, but I've heard of a number of people who applied to Fashion Folio, didn't get in...

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Why I didn't apply to MA Fashion CSM (after doing Fashion Folio and Graduate Diploma)

Spoiler alert: it's about mental health (which I now prefer to call emotional and mental health). 4 practical issues I considered before making my decision, and the one invisible issue that was at the root of everything else.   A little PSA: Reckless, self-sabotaging behaviour combined with a low-key wish to just be done with this life? There is such a thing as passive suicidal ideation, please do not ignore the subtle signs!  I'm not gonna go through all the times I've acted out, and then revise these stories again and again as I put them in blog format. Bottomline is: Sometimes, it's not just a matter of pushing through the pain. If you feel seriously low and unmotivated: get...

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What to say when you've got nothing

It's a wrap.  Since I had the privilege to study in two of the best Fashion schools, I wanted to share my experience with other creative people feeling stuck and thinking "if only I can get into that school, then my career will take off";  And I also tried to share my insights - from working in small labels, to freelancing as Tech Pack designer and Product developer, to finally starting my own thing - so people wouldn't assume it's the easiest thing in the world, then quit at the first obstacle; or be so fearful they end up staying in the research stage forever. But it's time to follow some of own advice and give myself the space to apply this...

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