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Fashion & Design

A passion for fashion and creative talent is what you need for the specialisation Fashion & Design. We expect a great deal from you, but you get a lot in return. You learn about form, colour, materials and technique, but also about the social, economic and cultural backgrounds to fashion. You develop a personal vision of fashion that you develop into clothing and styling concepts.

The professional products you create include garments and complete outfits, research and inspiration books, illustrations, photo shoots and concept presentations. Important subjects for Fashion & Design include concepts and trends, design, draping, fabric knowledge, pattern drawing, developing collections, product actualization, drawing and visualization.

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Study contents

After the first semester, which is followed by all foundation students together, the second semester focuses on your own specialisation of Fashion & Design. Using an historical reference of your choice as inspiration, you design an article of clothing.  You make fashion designs in which the use of different materials and technical treatment form an important starting point. You also put together your own concept book and design book.

The second year creativity and commercial insight meet. In the first semester the sustainability issue runs through the entire curriculum. The focus is on technology and experiment within the theme of jeans. Furthermore, you design a mini-collection, organize a show, make a technique book and a research book describing your research. In the following semester the accent is on textiles, illustration and innovation. You develop a personal ‘signature style’ for the various markets, do research into brands, and develop a collection book.

The third and fourth year are all about the further development of your own talents and aptitudes. You choose an internship, a specialisation and a minor. Your choices will depend on the professional perspectives you have in mind: these might include becoming an Independent Designer (designing for your own fashion brand), a Designer for the industry (developing for a brand or a company), or a Fashion Forecaster (predicting future trends in the fashion industry).

The final semester is devoted to your graduation project, in which you develop a catwalk collection or draw up a trend forecast and write a thesis about it.