Certificate in Measuring Sustainable Fashion: Understanding and Applying Data

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GCNYC offers this program in collaboration with Fashion Revolution USA

About This Program:

Designed for current and future fashion industry professionals, this non-credit certificate introduces participants to the sustainable fashion data landscape as well as best practices in using data for decision-making. Learning from both fashion industry practitioners and professors of data science, those who complete the certificate will be able to make evidence-based, data-driven decisions for sustainability.

Classes start: September 24, 2022

Courses are fully online with synchronous classes via Zoom.

Tuition and Transfer Credit:

Fee: $2,325

Students who complete the certificate and enroll in GCNYC’s Master’s of Science in Sustainable Fashion will receive transfer credit towards this degree.

Course Details

Program Strucutre

The classes of this certificate are live and interactive, featuring guest speakers who work with data to measure sustainability and social impact specifically for the fashion industry. The final course is an applied project completed under the guidance of advisors who are experts in fashion as well as data science.

Course 1: The Fashion Data Landscape

September 24, October 1, October 8

Course 2: Data Literacy for Decision-Making

October 15, 22, 29

Course 3: Applied Project in Fashion Data for Sustainability

November 5
Followed by independent work and meetings with project advisor
Final project delivery: November 19, 2022

Courses & Curriculum

The fashion industry is facing a bleak data landscape. Lack of transparency, siloed data, data paywalls, and misinformation abound and keep the industry from making effective progress towards sustainability and impact targets. It is increasingly important to be both data literate and to understand how to effectively leverage data in order to be an agent of positive change for the global fashion industry. Instructor Caroline Priebe, founder of The Center for the Advancement of Garment Making, leverages her broad experience to break down the current fashion data landscape including the state of big data, measurement tools, data ethics, motivations for using data, and debunking data myths. The course also covers the use of “good data” in the fashion industry to achieve impact goals including waste reduction, reduced carbon footprint, and reducing pollution.
Armed with the insights to navigate the sustainable fashion landscape, students will learn the best practices to use this data for strategic decision-making in part two of the certificate. Professor of Data Science Mike Mannion will guide students through the complexity of using a range and diversity of data to find what is most pertinent and relevant for organizational initiatives. Instruction will cover how to make an initial assessment of an organization’s capability for gathering and applying data science as well as processes to apply data analysis to support an organization’s strategic sustainability goals. Those who are novices and those who have some experience using data will benefit from the exercises and demonstrations included in this course.
After understanding the fashion industry data landscape, the challenges of current data, how to leverage data for impact outcomes, and the value of data-driven decision making, students will apply this knowledge to a tangible and practical project outcome. Supporting Fashion Revolution USA’s Fashion Transparency Index, participants will conduct independent research on a fashion brand, under the guidance of Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas EdD, Professor of Marketing and Sustainable Business for The British School of Fashion at GCU. Reliable and accessible data is the cornerstone to a transparent global fashion industry and is one of the most important tools for driving transformative change. Through this project-focused course, students have the opportunity to have a genuine impact on the fashion industry, supporting the effort to push and incentivize the world’s largest fashion brands to be more transparent about their social and environmental efforts.

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