Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design is opened also for Polish students, who want to improve their language skills.

The number of places is limited. There are no entry exams. Classes are held in English.

Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design (SAPU) is the main organizer of Cracow Fashion Week.

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Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design (Poland, Europe) offers a two-and-half-year full-time program for international students. Our staff, all specialists in different areas of art and design, provide a program of study that enables a student to release his full potential. After over 20 years of experience, the school has achieved a high standard and an excellent reputation. We have been able to place many students in Polish fashion companies, ranging from cutting-edge boutiques to the largest industrial enterprises listed on the Polish Stock Exchange. Some students have also found employment with international companies operating in a diverse range of countries.

  • The school is approved by the Polish Ministry of Culture and is listed in the Ministry’s Art School Directory. The school is opened for international students and education is held in English. Our intensive and comprehensive academic education in fashion allows students to prepare an excellent portfolio.
  • The graduates receive a diploma – Fashion Designer.
  • Since many years the School’s graduates have been taking part in Polish and international contests for fashion schools in Europe and they have won numerous prizes of high importance for their carriers:
  • Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design (Poland, Europe) is the only private school of fashion to have received the Honorary Golden Thread – a very prestigious award for distinguished individuals and institutions in Polish fashion, granted by the Lodz International Fair (MTL).
  • Our graduates have won numerous awards in Polish as well as international competitions – most recently Anka Letycja Walicka won the international competition Fashion Culture in London, in which the second and third places were taken by graduates from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
  • The school is a partner of international competitions: Fashion Culture (London), Habitus Baltija (Riga), Russian Silhouette (Moscow), Mielnica Fashion (Minsk), Donetsk Fashion Days (Donetsk), Jeansation (Monte Carlo).
  • SAPU’s graduates hold prestigious internships abroad and work in the world’s top fashion houses like Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, John Galliano, Claude Bonucci,
  • In 1999 Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design was awarded the prestigious prize „The Silver Loop” for its contribution to the development of Polish fashion industry granted by Poznań International Fair.
  • Since 1994 Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design has educated more than 1,500 designers who work in fashion companies in Poland, Europe and in rest of the World. Many designs under their own brand name and are currently recognized in the fashion industry.
  • Thanks to the Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design diploma show and intensive promotion of SAPU graduates, the City of Krakow was the 23rd in the ranking of the world’s fashion capitals in 2013 overtaking, Frankfurt, Vienna, and San Francisco.
  • You can find articles about SAPU and its graduates in significant magazines both Polish and international – Vogue, Collezioni, WGSN, Dexigner and more.
  • Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design is organizing a prestigious diploma show – Cracow Fashion Awards, which opens Cracow Fashion Week and attracts major media representatives and fashion celebrities from Poland and Europe.

At SAPU the students are in the heart of a vibrant community, alive with creative energy. They are surrounded by people who love what they do, who have ideas and talent, plans and passion. What happens in the classroom reflects what goes on every day in the industry’s workshops, showrooms and studios. Fashion is a highly diverse industry and it takes determination, hard work, flexibility, and passion to succeed. Our school is for self-motivated fashion enthusiasts, informed and mature enough to commit to a course that is demanding in both its breadth and depth. Students receive an intensive education with individual attention. The school, in a single location, allows students to interact freely and often, encouraging an exchange of ideas and debate. The informal, lively atmosphere creates a community of working artists.

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Graduates’ carrier prospects

Our graduates work in all areas of fashion and within a wide variety of fashion companies, both manufacturers and retailers. Job descriptions include design entrepreneurs, freelance designers and consultants, pattern cutters, fashion journalists, stylists, photographers, illustrators, merchandisers, and public relations representatives. Some graduates set up their own workshops, and achieve independence and respect as professionals, selling their unique skills and work. During five semesters of study at SAPU, you can prepare an outstanding portfolio of artwork, paintings, design, and photos which will open doors to the best fashion schools in Europe including Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

Program

The 2.5-year full-time program introduces students to the essential skills of fashion and textile design from sketch pad to catwalk. It includes design, textiles, fashion illustration, garment construction, and garment styling. The graduates receive a diploma – Fashion Designer.

I semester:

Throughout the first semester, students are introduced to the basic skills necessary to develop their creativity. There are separate workshops for fashion design, fashion illustration, jewelry design, composition, creative techniques, history of art and fashion, conceptual design, fashion styling, sewing and pattern making.

People interested in learning Polish can attend Polish class. At the end of the first semester, students present their work at a fashion show which is held during Cracow Fashion Week.

Except for the regular classes students can take part for free in the open sewing workshop run by a person with experience in preparing patterns for many international companies including Balenciaga

II semester:

The second semester provides students with the opportunity for further development of their skills in fashion design.

The classes are the same as in the first semester and the following workshops are introduced: haute couture, no waste, painting, drawing, collection concept, computer design. Different color techniques, modes of expression and numerous presentation methods are offered to the students. Except for the regular classes students can take part for free in the open sewing workshop. Again students present their work on a catwalk at the end of the semester.

III and IV semester:

The second year employs the basic skills already learned to develop a personal style through design research and through study many different fashion products. Students practice sketching men, women, and children, and they research fashion trends, fabric choices, color cards, and current season’s publicity material. In this year we emphasize definition, development, and creation of the collection. New workshops are introduced, i.e accessories including millinery, fabric design, fashion photography. Except for the regular classes students can take part for free in the open sewing workshop.

Again, at the end of this semester, students’ works are presented at a fashion show which is held during Cracow Fashion Week.

V semester:

The fifth and final semester concludes with an opportunity to design and manufacture a diploma collection. New workshops: visual identification and sales techniques. The best collections are presented at the final fashion show during Cracow Fashion Week in late March, which is the highlight of the school’s academic year.

There are no shoe design classes.

Language requirements

Classes will be held in English and command of the English language on an intermediate level is required. English classes are held for two years and Polish classes are held for the first year of education. We advise completing at least one-month Polish course prior to the beginning of the school year to make your life in Poland easier or to take Polish language courses in your country.

For our prospective students who decide to study Polish in Krakow, we are opening a one-month language course in September. The total cost of the month course (80 hours) is 300 Euros. The cost for people who are not our students is 400 Euro(80 hours). Payment must reach our bank account till 30 of July.

Duration

Full time: 2,5 year. (5 semesters)

Weekly attendance 25-27 hours per week.

Fees

Education fees for European Union Citizens and citizens of Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Latvia, Moldova, Slovakia, Ukraine, Hungary, Russia

Education at our school entitles you to a Polish visa.

Education fees in the school year 2019/2020:

Students are liable for bank charges and must instruct your bank accordingly.

  • Registration fee: 150 Euro
  • Education fees: 780 Euro per Semester

Fees must be paid by transfer in Euro. Payment before the 15th of September and 15th of February.

Education fees for non-EU Citizens

Education fees in the school year 2019/2020:

Students are liable for bank charges and must instruct your bank accordingly.

  • Registration fee: 250 Euro
  • Education fees: 1500 Euro per Semester

Fees must be paid by transfer in Euro. Payment before the 15th of September and 15th of February.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)
  • Polish

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