Our professional stylist course is a well rounded, practical and up-to-date course, which offers the skills and knowledge to find success as a stylist. Listed below is just a snapshot of the information presented over twelve, easy to understand tutorials for you to read at your own pace.
Explore the course contents below
INTRODUCTION TO STYLING
This introduction sets a solid foundation to the exciting and dynamic world of styling. You will be introduced to what it means to style in different environments and for different clients, and be introduced the wide range of opportunities for stylists. You will be presented with the evolution of fashion to help you understand where it’s progressing, as well as a handy glossary of terms to prepare you for the rest of this Course. Tutorial one concludes with assignment one.
ELEMENTS OF STYLE AND TRENDS
Building on tutorial one, this tutorial explores essential knowledge of fashion, to help you understand modern trends. This tutorial explores the relationships between visual balance, colour and fashion, as well as assessing styles and trends. This tutorial also offers a glossary of clothing descriptions, and concludes with assignment two.
Tutorial three explores the world of a stylist, from employment, tricks of the trade, to knowing what to expect on a shoot. This tutorial covers the practical elements of working as a stylist, such as understanding and setting fees, as well as working with celebrities and high-end clientele. This tutorial concludes with assignment three.
WARDROBE STYLING FOR FILM, TELEVISION AND THE THEATRE
The world of film, television and theatre for stylists is a dynamic and challenging environment, which is explored in tutorial four. This tutorial is the behind the scenes look at what is required of stylists within these environments, and the importance of good styling as part of creating characters and narrative. It also explores on-set etiquette and the practicalities of your work for this sort of styling work. This tutorial concludes with assignment four.
THE FLEXIBLE STYLIST
Your work as a stylist challenges you to make yourself available and willing to handle new and important areas of production. These areas and roles are explored in tutorial five, which covers fields such as prop styling, food styling, visual merchandising and retail displays. The tutorial also explores the roles of light and colour within these fields, as well as how to create atmospheres of aesthetic pleasure and intrigue.
DO YOU KNOW ABOUT FASHION’S MOST INFLUENTIAL DESIGNERS?
This tutorial builds on previous knowledge to explore fashion’s most influential designers. It then goes on to more practical elements of a stylist’s work, such as your kit, troubleshooting, working with children and animals, as well as creating your portfolio to land your next job.
Tutorial seven explores the power of colour. By an in-depth exploration of colour, you will understand colour theory and psychology, how to assess your client’s natural colouring, how to develop colour palettes, the visual effects of colour and how to work with black and white. This tutorial also explores fabrics, how to work with different fabrics and care techniques. This tutorial concludes with assignment five.
Personal styling is a challenging and dynamic role which you as a stylist can explore. In this tutorial you will learn the basics of what it means to be a “personal stylist” or “image consultant”. This tutorial also offers practical advice on how to deal with clients, understanding their needs and their body, individual features, developing a core wardrobe, working with accessories and looking rich on a budget. This tutorial concludes with assignment six.
Dressing males offers unique challenges which you as a stylist need to prepare for. This tutorial will equip you with knowledge such as body analysis, dressing for work and leisure, making impact, different cuts of male clothing, as well as practical tips and advice for helping male clients with style, colour and maintenance. This tutorial also covers grooming, skin and hair care, make-up and quick fix solutions.
COMMUNICATING YOUR IDEAS
All this knowledge will be rendered almost useless without the ability to effectively express your style ideas. This tutorial covers creating mood and concept boards and adapting traditional designer’s tools for visual communication, to effectively express and communicate to your clients. You will be guided on using and building on experience to build confidence and your portfolio, as well as how to record and format necessary details accurately.
THE ONLINE STYLIST
The internet is a vital tool for the freelance stylist. This tutorial shows how to promote yourself and your business online, through websites and blogging. It offers tips on optimising your blog with search engines, as well as marketing essentials. This tutorial encourages you to think about your career path, as well as offering a final glossary for professional stylist. This tutorial concludes with assignment seven.
BUSINESS FOR STYLISTS
To make sure you excel as a stylist, tutorial twelve is a practical guide on building your styling business. It explores marketing, retaining and creating clients, getting booked, managing your portfolio, business aspects such as invoicing, pricing and keeping records. To conclude, this tutorial offers a course summary, and assignment eight.
*Course contents may vary from time to time at the discretion of the Australian College of Professional Styling.
With the Australian College of Professional Styling, we give you all tools to succeed.
Stated simply, The Professional Photo, Film, TV & Stylist’s Course will provide you with everything you need to become a professional stylist equipped with the knowledge and skills to tackle most assignments you will be offered.
At the beginning of the course you are assigned a personal tutor who will work with you as you progress through the course.
12 exclusive tutorials teaching you all you need to know about professional styling.
Details of the eight College assignments to be completed.
Contributions from some of Australia’s leading stylists, designers, fashion editors and fashion leaders.
Efficient email communication with the Australian College of Professional Styling, we’re also available by phone during business hours.
Individual correction and advice from your tutor in respect to your ideas by way of their in-depth feedback on your assignment work.
Tips from fashion makers and leaders.
Five-minute interviews with many of the world’s leading stylists.
Templates for establishing your own freelance business.
General advice on seeking full-time employment.
Tutorials on food styling and other lesser-known work opportunities within the industry.
Photographic identification pass to facilitate your work as a professional stylist.
I completed the course in 10 months and began my new found career as a personal stylist. I founded All About You Styling, and love the flexibility of working my own hours to work around school pick up and drop offs
My work now ranges from editorial shoots, content creation – working with highly respected photographers, to photographers just starting out – international television programs, as well as personal and corporate styling.
The Australian College of Professional Styling will give you all the tools that you will need to build a successful business in the fashion styling industry. Hands down – the best decision I have ever made.
Completing the course gave me a better sense of identity as a stylist, and I was able to really identify where my strengths and weaknesses were… Having identified and solved what I previously felt were gaps in my styling knowledge, I feel confident and prepared to further my career.
I now have an established business in personal styling and have developed a personal client base. It is lovely to get feedback from my clients that people notice the difference my styling has made to them.
From the outset, the material was engaging and the level of content was beyond my expectation. I had no idea that there were so many opportunities within the field of styling and each week in the course was like opening a box of treasures!
I would never have discovered my path without this course. It was absolutely worth every penny and I am so pleased to have completed it. This wasn’t an easy task with three small kids, but being able to complete it online was great.
The pride I feel knowing that I’m an ACPS graduate, brings me great joy every day. I undertook the course to help feed my curiosity, build on my knowledge and give me the base to launch my personal styling business.
Undertaking the course and starting my own business has been amazing for my self-belief. And I get to pay it forward. I love to dress people, to make them look and feel beautiful and seeing their own self confidence soar.
My proudest moment was seeing photos of my styling in the Herald Sun and the Daily Mail… I thoroughly believe that all tips and knowledge learnt from this styling course really has and will help me to succeed in all aspects of styling.
I feel as though the sky is the limit. With my new found knowledge and confidence (as well as practical tools and constant feedback from tutors gained as I worked my way through this course) I feel I can do anything.
At the beginning of my studies, I was not completely sure what area of styling I wanted to focus on but the course gave me the clarity and guidance I needed to work out what I loved the most and what my strengths were.
This is a course I will recommend to anybody. From the detailed range of topics covered, to insiders’ tips on how to keep up with current trends, to the support of College staff – this course provides everything you need to start immediately as a stylist, step by step.
I loved my time with the College as I felt it taught me a lot about the different styling techniques and really assisted me with picking the right career path… Armed with this knowledge, I was able to secure the role of Personal Shopper for Myer.
As store manager for Specialty Fashion Group, I have found the course has sharpened my eye for detail, especially with creating my window displays at work – which caught the attention of my area manager
I have worked on many projects, but some of those I consider to be highlighted include assisting with the coordination of a fashion show for Perth Fashion Festival, where we flew in designers Wayne Cooper and Leona Edmiston.
Anyone who is thinking of undertaking the course and is undecided, I would say ‘just do it’. If you have a love for clothes, fashion and colour, I believe the information will be handy on a day to day basis
What did I learn? I learnt to open my eyes and really look at people, photographs and fashion. I learnt techniques: how to shoot a flat lay, how to fold and stack clothes in preparation for a shoot, how to create a mood board around a novel subject while enjoying and reviving my knowledge of colour styling
Without The Australian College of Professional Styling, I would not have the confidence in achieving all that I have. It has allowed me to start making my dream a reality and really experience the possibilities in different avenues within the industry.
One day spending time with other new mums at mothers group, it hit me! Mothers lack time and are unable to shop and style themselves as well as they used to… I really wanted to make women feel good about themselves again.
I am a wife and a mother, with a business and social obligations, so the flexibility of the course was exactly what I needed. This course has even encouraged me to develop a few more areas in my life, to reach the same level of professionalism and self-satisfaction.