At our Fashion Design department you will learn how to apply your knowledge and artisanship in order to forecast fashion trends and to push boundaries.
Fashion designers work from the perspective of a creative and critical vision of contemporary developments in fashion and society. As a student of Fashion Design, you will learn to define and discover trends, and to respond to the market needs of consumers. You will be working within a project-based curriculum on actual articles of clothing, collections and all-round presentations.
Fashion designers work from the perspective of a creative and critical vision of contemporary developments in fashion and society. Fashion is also about visual communication: how do you communicate your designs through various media?
You will be exploring concepts such as shape, colour and material. You will be working on actual articles of clothing, collections and all-round presentations. Starting from the perspective of the human body, of actual people, you will explore how clothing and fashion actually work. You will learn how to design interdisciplinary and cross-media collections. By mastering 2D and 3D design techniques and skills and by studying imagery, you will develop your own distinctive visual style in the field of women’s wear, men’s wear or fabrics/textiles.
You will learn how to apply your knowledge and artisanship in order to forecast fashion trends and to push boundaries. You will be learning to work within different disciplines, and how to deal with deadlines. In addition to fashion design, you will also be studying illustration, photography and digital media, often through project-oriented teaching formats.
You will also be taking classes in drawing, pattern making, draping and photo styling. You will be assessed on your talent, your ability to work independently, your originality, and the development of your own vision of fashion. You can also further broaden your skills through elective modules, or gain international experience through an internship and/or exchange at one of our partner institutes in cities such as Paris, London, Antwerp, Stockholm, Berlin or New York.
- Fashion designer
- Pattern designer
- Concept designer
- Brand visualiser
- and more..
Our successful Fashion Design alumni include: Jonathan Christopher Hofwegen (winner Designer for Tomorrow and Henri Winkelman Award 2013; at present working for Karl Lagerfeld); Maryam Kordbacheh (nominated for Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography); Daisy Kroon (designer); AJ Mets (designer); Margreeth Olsthoorn (shop owner); Arie Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek (Exactitudes); Stella Verdult (La Coste/Zara); Katinka Feijs (Chloé, Paris); Saskia van Langevelde (Vogue, Elle); Valerie Romers (Supertrash); Serena Asselman (V&D); Yentl Oomen, Katrien Baaij and Niels Brinkman (G-Star); Corina DiepenStolk (Sissy Boy); Leontine Hagoort, Henriette Visser (Bijenkorf); Sandra Cruden (Kyuchi and Diesel); Wendela van Dijk (shop owner); Peter Jeroense (fashion illustrator); Anja Koops (stylist/editor); Linda Korver (H&M Stockholm); and Marjolein Stormezand.
Are you …
- talented in visual arts?
- independent and responsible?
- dedicated and motivated?
Then visit one of our Open Days or Open Evenings – and bring your portfolio! – and apply for admission.
A selection of 10-15 works which were preceded by a creative process
For example: designs, objects, photos, films, games, animations, fashion (accessories), furniture, models, drawings, posters, campaigns, paintings, usable artifacts and sculptures. You can publish and present all of this in a neat traditional portfolio folder, but you can also use different methods: 3D work can be brought in a (cardboard) box, digital work can be presented on a laptop or tablet.
Please note: apart from these works, please show us some other things you created. Make a careful selection between the two. That way, we can assess to what extent you have an insight in your own qualities and your own work.
About the School
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