Certificate in Measuring Sustainable Fashion: Understanding and Applying Data


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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 17, 2022

Courses are fully online with synchronous classes via Zoom.

GCNYC offers this program in collaboration with Fashion Revolution USA

Certificate Faculty

Mike Mannion

Mike Mannion

Dean of the School of Computing, Engineering, and Built Environment

Professor, Department of Computing Glasgow Caledonian University

Caroline Priebe

Caroline Priebe

Founder, The Center for the Advancement of Garment Making
Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas

Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas

Professor, British School of Fashion

Glasgow Caledonian University, London

Program Structure

The classes of the certificate in Measuring Sustainable Fashion are live and interactive, featuring faculty and guest speakers who leverage data to measure and advance sustainability and social impact for the fashion industry. The final portion of the program is an applied project completed with support from expert faculty.

Part 1: The Fashion Data Landscape

 September 17, September 24, October 1


Part 2: Engage with Fashion Data Practitioners

October 8, 15, 22


Part 3: Applied Project in Fashion Data for Sustainability

November 5
Independent project and meetings with project advisor
Final project delivery: November 19, 2022, 2022

Courses & Curriculum

Part 1: The Fashion Data Landscape

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.

Part 2: Engage with Fashion Data Practitioners

Engage directly with a series of expert guest speakers working in the fashion data field to apply, advance, and expand sustainability for the global fashion industry. Speakers include experts in data visualization, research, data science, and policy.

Part 3: Applied Project

Apply the skills and knowledge you have gained to an independent project guided Professor Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas. Choose a fashion business and measure, report, and make recommendations on sustainability and impact disclosures in line with the methodology of Fashion Revolution’s Fashion Transparency Index (FTI). Students will provide both a report and a pre-recorded video presentation to their peers and a panel of experts as the final deliverable.

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.

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