In their designs, fashion designers work from a creative and critical vision of current developments in fashion and society. Fashion is about visual communication: how do you communicate your designs in various media?
You learn to define and discover trends and to respond to the market needs of consumers. By developing your own vision and signature in the fashion industry, you will learn about shape, colour and material. During your studies you will work on real items of clothing, collections and all-round presentations.
Using the human body as starting point, you learn to explore how fashion works and how to design interdisciplinary and cross media collections. You will learn to design using 2D and 3D techniques, skills and studying imagery, and will develop your own signature in the world of women’s wear, men’s wear or fabrics/textiles.
You learn how to use your knowledge and craftsmanship to show current directions in fashion or its ability to push boundaries and applicability and present these. You learn about different disciplines and to deal with deadlines. Apart from pure fashion, you also study illustration, photography and digital media and take part in project-oriented learning around a fashion issue.
Apart from designing, you also take part in projects such as drawing, pattern designing, photo styling or moulage. During your course you will be assessed on your talent, your ability to work freely, originality and the development of your own vision and signature with the wider profession.
You can further specialise and widen your skills by taking minors. You can gain international experience through an internship and/or an exchange in a city such as Paris, London, Antwerp, Stockholm, Berlin or New York. After graduating, you can work as a fashion designer, pattern designer, brand visualiser or stylist.
Our successful Fashion 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.