The Amsterdam Fashion Academy is a private international fashion school situated in the heart of Amsterdam; this state-of the-art academy has become a hub of student-centred learning with a high level of personal attention while also focusing on graduate employability. The Amsterdam Fashion Academy prides itself on being a, small and personal fashion school putting quality before quantity. It concentrates on student-centred learning and a high level of teacher contact. It has modern facilities all housed in one building which helps create a more friendly and informal atmosphere where students can get to know each other better and inspire each other.

Accreditation

The Amsterdam Fashion Academy offers university awarded British Bachelor’s Honours degree programmes. All courses are taught in English including the Fashion with Textiles Design BA and Fashion Business BA which are validated by Bucks New University. This also means the degrees are aligned with the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) standards.

Far from the madding crowd!

Who we are as boutique academy is not a marketing ploy, but an integral part of our vision. Our educational vision focuses on those students who do not feel at home in regular ‘mass’ education. The Amsterdam Fashion Academy is a unique, boutique academy: a veritable Valhalla for fashion mavericks. This small and intimate academy only has a limited number of places making each one precious. This means that those who study here are highly motivated and eager to liberate and develop their creative spirit.

We have the highest quality of teaching staff who flourish in the informal and friendly atmosphere along with being given the time and space needed to nurture individual talent and creativity. They get the most out of students not just thanks to their knowledge and enthusiasm but by making learning personal and bespoke. There is a maximum intake of 10-14 students per year per course.

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Facts & Figures

Amsterdam Fashion Academy first opened its doors to students in 2013. It is privately-funded with in 2017, 75 full-time students accounting for 90% of its income and 50 part-time students for the other 10%. Between 2014-2017 there have been 160 students attending short, part-time and summer school courses. 27% of students are Dutch with 73% being international, coming from 16 different countries. All courses are given in English. The student – teacher ratio is 6 – 1 this underpins the academy’s small-scale and individualistic approach to education and is considerably lower than in subsidised education. It is the only educational facility in the Netherlands where you can obtain a university degree in fashion (Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree).

This intensive foundation year at the Amsterdam Fashion Academy gives you a solid start for any prospective study or career in fashion. You will discover and improve your creative skills as well as having the opportunity to explore different creative areas of the fashion industry. You will learn through discovery and exploration through project work, lectures and study visits. The program is designed to give you a visual portfolio in the field of fashion and the knowledge you need to be able to progress to follow a fashion related degree.

Course overview

This is a great opportunity to study a wide range of essential skills needed for the design and production of both fashion and textiles in the stimulating fashion environment of the Amsterdam Fashion Academy. You develop your portfolio and gain a real understanding of the professional working practices and expectations of the fashion industry.

All topics include an element of theory to underpin the creative process and is delivered through a range of different teaching styles, including lectures, creative workshops and seminars. You will start to focus on developing your own personal creative signature within the fashion environment.

What makes this course truly unique is the high level of individual attention available to you through one to one support, throughout the entire academic year. This level of guidance and support makes all the difference in helping you to discover and unleash your individual creative abilities in readiness for a university level degree.

We pride ourselves on our commitment to our students. We recognize that giving each student substantial personal support is key to helping them get the most out of the course and themselves, enabling them to be accepted to university level program which they can easily follow with their new found skills, knowledge and confidence.

Modules and program structure

  • Exploring Art, Design and Media
  • Fashion in 3 Dimensions
  • Fashion Communication
  • Textiles for Fashion

How do you study?

You are taught by a range of experienced tutors who are enthusiastic and dedicated to bringing out the best in you. Our teaching staff works with you on sustained project work which develops your skills and they are happy to share their theoretical knowledge with you. Industry workshops, lectures, live projects, field trips and visits are all part of the program. You work on a variety of technical and design projects that involve research, including exhibition and museum visits, design development, garment making, fashion illustration and presentation. This one year program helps you compile a portfolio for application to a degree program in Fashion Design.

What can you do after the program?

After completing this program you can progress on to study Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Retail, Fashion Communication, Journalism and Textiles Design at degree level.

Key facts

  • Duration: 1 year full-time
  • Start program: 3rd of September 2018
  • Start admission: now open for admission academic year 2018-2019

*Pleased be informed that we are not legally able to accept applications from anyone who doesn’t hold an EU Passport.
**The Amsterdam Fashion Academy is a non-governmental and non-subsidized institute.

For more info please click here.

This University awarded bachelor degree program Fashion Business is for students who aspire to work in the fields of; Marketing, Branding, Communication and PR, Trend & Prediction and Fashion Editorial Styling. It is a multi-disciplinary program for dynamic individuals who wish to enhance both their creative and academic skills within the world of fashion. Through a combination of theory and hands-on practice, the program turns students into professionals who understand the language and rules of the fashion system.

Course overview

We have seen the fashion industry develop into one of the largest industries in the global environment. Sound business skills and knowledge are essential to make any brand successful within this international context.

The Fashion Business BA (Hons) program has been developed to give you international skills, knowledge and practice within fashion and lifestyle industries. The aim is to help you become a true independent business thinker who can work at any level from luxury to mass market. You will gain a solid understanding of the theoretical elements of business and you will be able to put this into practice through practical application processes.

The course is taught through a series of projects including practical skills in fashion business with an emphasis on fashion (international) marketing, communication, branding and editorial styling. This is supported by critical and theoretical study delivered through different teaching styles including lectures, seminars and creative workshops. Our small class sizes ensure you will have regular one to one contact with teaching staff, who also have more time to help you develop as an individual and help you produce innovative solutions to your assignment briefs.

We pride ourselves on our commitment to our students. We recognize that giving each student substantial personal support is key to helping them get the most out of the course and themselves and help them successfully enter into the global world of fashion business.

Program structure

  • Year 1: Fashion Visual Research and Presentation- Introduction to Project Management – Introduction to Fashion Styling – International Branding – Fashion Marketing and Promotion – Introduction to Historical and Contextual Studies
  • Year 2: Historical and Contextual Studies – Fashion Branding – Fashion Styling – Fashion Communications – Internship
  • Year 3: Dissertation – Live Industry / Competition Brief – Research Project – Business Practice -FMP Marketing and Promotion

Students who successfully complete the program will be awarded a UK validated Bachelor’s honors degree in Fashion Business. In accordance with UK requirements 120 credits points are available each year of study and students need to obtain 360 credits for successful completion of the three-years course.

Career opportunities:

  • Trend watcher
  • Fashion forecaster
  • Fashion buyer
  • Fashion marketer
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Fashion merchandiser
  • Fashion journalist
  • Fashion brand manager
  • Fashion market researcher
  • Fashion public relations manager
  • Fashion event manager
  • Fashion communications manager

Why the Amsterdam Fashion Academy:

  • Personalized, unique, high-end, sophisticated courses
  • Small and intimate academy – informal and friendly atmosphere
  • Award-winning exclusive fashion boutique academy
  • Small classes and personal attention: Student-teacher ratio is 6 to 1
  • Ideal basis for a successful future in the fashion industry
  • Located in the city centre of Amsterdam
  • Students will be treated as individuals, not just as ‘this year’s intake
  • Extended network in the fashion industry
  • Amazing international internship opportunities

Key facts:

  • Duration: 3 years full-time Start program: 3rd of September 2018
  • Start admission: now open for admission academic year 2018-2019

*Pleased be informed that we are not legally able to accept applications from anyone who doesn’t hold an EU Passport.
**The Amsterdam Fashion Academy is a non-governmental and non-subsidized institute.

For more info please click here.

The University awarded bachelor degree program Fashion with Textiles Design is aimed at students who intend to pursue careers as Fashion and/or Textiles Designers and involves both conceptual and trend driven design work through experimentation with creative cutting techniques, traditional pattern cutting, textiles, research, illustration, business and manufacturing skills and culminates in a final professional collection show and portfolio outcome exhibition.

Course overview

The UK fashion industry alone consists of over 800,000 people. This program will provide you with the skills you need to get on in this exciting and lucrative industry. The Fashion with Textiles Design BA (Hons) offers you a nurturing environment where you will develop industry standard skills in both fashion and textiles. You will expand your skills in pattern cutting, production techniques, CAD and design. We will give you what you need to set you on your way to become an independent creative thinker who can come up with innovative solutions in an ever evolving industry.

The course is taught through a series of practical project assignments, with key emphasis on quality of products and innovative design. The practical modules are delivered through a variety of workshops, demonstrations, lectures and seminars, but the most important aspect of this program is that you become an individual designer. Thanks to our small classes and commitment we can achieve this together by providing each individual student with one to one tuition time every week.

We pride ourselves on our commitment to our students. We recognize that giving each student substantial personal support is key to helping them get the most out of the course and themselves and help them successfully enter into the international world of fashion and textiles.

Program structure

  • Year 1: Fashion Illustration Techniques and Visual Research – Introduction to Historical and Cultural Contextual Studies – Introduction to Design Processes – Business Studies – Fashion Realization Techniques and Processes (including 3D and draping) – Textiles Realization Techniques and Processes
  • Year 2: Historical and Cultural Contextual Studies – Industrial Practice in a Global Context – Fashion and Textiles Design – Fashion and Textiles Cutting and Construction – Internship
  • Year 3: Dissertation – Live Industry / Competition Brief – Final Collection Research and Design – Professional Practice – Final Collection Realization – Graduate Fashion Show

Students who successfully complete the program will be awarded a UK validated Bachelor’s honors degree in Fashion & Textiles Design. In accordance with UK requirements 120 credits points are available each year of study and students need to obtain 360 credits for successful completion of the three-years course.

Career opportunities:

  • Fashion Designer
  • Trend Designer
  • Textiles Designer
  • Pattern Drafter
  • Trend Forecaster
  • Creative Director/Head Designer
  • Fashion Buyer
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Fashion Journalist
  • Costumer Designer

Why The Amsterdam Fashion Academy:

  • Personalized, unique, high-end, sophisticated courses
  • Small and intimate academy – informal and friendly atmosphere
  • Award-winning exclusive fashion boutique academy
  • Small classes and personal attention: Student-teacher ratio is 6 to 1
  • Students will be treated as individuals, not just as ‘this year’s intake
  • Ideal basis for a successful future in the fashion industry
  • Located in the city center of Amsterdam
  • Extended network in the fashion industry
  • Amazing international internship opportunities

Key facts

  • Duration: 3 years full-time
  • Start program: 3rd of September 2018
  • Start admission: now open for admission academic year 2018-2019

*Pleased be informed that we are not legally able to accept applications from anyone who doesn’t hold an EU Passport.
**The Amsterdam Fashion Academy is a non-governmental and non-subsidized

For more info please click here.

This Master’s degree (MSc) in International Fashion Business and Management is a unique course tailored to meet both academic and industry requirements. If you see yourself as a responsible fashion leader of the future with an understanding of sustainable management practices, someone who knows how the fashion industry currently works and how it should and could work, then this is the course for you. Become a CEO in the fashion industry who embraces Inclusive Leadership, with a strong vision for the future and who can inspire others to change. You will learn how to be an entrepreneurial-minded leader taking advantage of opportunities as they arise, so keeping your organisation moving forward in uncertain times. Key areas of study Students will learn the skills and knowledge they need to become a new generation of fashion business management specialists; innovators of the future embracing and understanding the principles of sustainability, responsibility, sound management and financial practice. Students will be helped to develop as individuals with an integrated and in-depth awareness of management and organisations in a global context, so they can work effectively in key roles in the fashion business.

Finance:

  • Evolution and growth of global financial markets
  • Investment and regulatory environment
  • Identification and evaluation of financial risks
  • Interpreting financial statements covering income, balances and cash flow
  • Leadership and Management
  • Management policies and practices
  • Inclusive leadership and organisational Development
  • Managing and leading complex networks, alliances and partnerships
  • International HRM including: cross-cultural communication; diversity management; and HR issues in expatriation/repatriation, acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures

Strategic Marketing:

  • Marketing Decision Analysis – customer-centric marketing,
  • Developing marketing and pricing strategies, plans and marketing mix policies; international promotion strategies and distribution channels
  • Strategic importance of branding, targeting and positioning
  • Behavioral economics, consumer psychology and the key principles of consumer and managerial decision-making

Organizational Environment:

  • Organisational psychology
  • Socio-political, economic and business environments of emerging markets
  • Global strategies and analytical frameworks
  • Innovation processes, innovation-based strategies and creating competitive advantage through innovation
  • Interim consultancy project – Management and leadership

Major Consultancy project – Strategic direction

The consultancy project will provide an opportunity to put into practice all that has been learnt within the previous MSc modules. This project will be developed relevant to experience gained with the placement organisation. The project will include the in-depth exploration of a business issue from multiple perspectives. Recommendations will be made derived from previously learned theories, concepts, tools and frameworks including multi-cultural teamwork and presentation skills developed through group-work.

Program structure

  • Semester 1: Organisational Environment – Leadership and Management – Consultancy Project Minor
  • Semester 2: International Finance – Strategic Marketing – Dissertation Preparation Semester 3: Consultancy Project Major – Dissertation

International teaching staff

The international team of (guest) lecturers are all experts in their respective field. They are from a diverse range of backgrounds in the fashion industry. Lively and entertaining speakers with a passion and infectious enthusiasm for fashion. All our lecturers endeavor to take a relaxed approach to the content, mixing lectures, seminars and company visits with more informal conversations during the tutorials.

Career opportunities

Marketing director. Retail director. E-Commerce Entrepreneur. Merchant Acquisition Manager. Creative Consultant. Commercial Director. International Program Manager. Stylist Operations Manager. Chief Merchandising Officer.

Key facts

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Start program: October 2018
  • Start admission: now open for admission academic year 2018-2019

*Pleased be informed that we are not legally able to accept applications from anyone who doesn’t hold an EU Passport.
**The Amsterdam Fashion Academy is a non-governmental and non-subsidized institute.

For more info please click here.

Come to visit us

 

 

Introduction week 2017

 

International Students

Do you want to study fashion in a small, intimate and student-centred private university? Then, our international fashion academy is the perfect place to study your BA (Hons) Fashion Design, BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Fashion Foundation Diploma. Please, sign up to the April 13th Open Day to schedule a personal appointment between 1:30pm and 4:00pm. Send an email to info@amsterdamfashionacademy.com.

 

What can you expect from the Open Day?

1:30pm to 2:00pm: registration

2:00pm: welcome speech and lecturers introduction

2:15pm to 4:00pm: personal meetings with a lecturer

2:15pm to 4:00pm: design and business workshops