Course: Pre-Degree Foundation Diploma in Fashion

This exciting preparatory programme is designed to introduce you to the versatile world of fashion. It will help you develop skills as well as personal qualities and attitudes that are essential when entering the fashion industry. The Fashion Foundation Year also prepares you for going on to study Fashion Design at degree level at the Amsterdam Fashion Academy.

One-year programme

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. Of course all of this is combined with learning to design and manufacture your own clothing and textiles. All activities are underpinned by a core of drawing and visualization skills. Obviously academic discipline – along with theory projects – forms the basis of this programme, which focuses on intensive learning.

Modules and programme structure

  • Design Methods in Fashion and Textiles
  • Pattern Development and Production Techniques
  • Textiles Development and Production Techniques
  • Fashion and Textiles Presentation Techniques
  • Contextual Influences in Art and Design
  • Professional Practice

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 programme. 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 programme helps you compile a portfolio for application to a degree programme in Fashion Design.

What can you do after the programme?

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

The Amsterdam Fashion Academy is a non-governmental and non-subsidized institute. We can only accept students with an EU passport.


1 year, full-time

Cost & Fees

€ 9.750

Tuition fees include textbooks & study materials.

Entry Requirements

The Fashion Foundation Year is designed for students who do not qualify for the Bachelor Degree programmes or students who want to develop a more solid foundation in key subjects such as drawing, illustration, design methods in fashion and textiles. This course provides an entry route into the Bachelor Degree programmes. Successful completion of one of the following foundation options guarantees progression onto the Bachelor Degree programmes.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)
This course is Campus based
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1 year
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