SAFD is the oldest fashion and design school in Scandinavia, and has in more than 85 years educated many of the leading apparel designers, stylists and business people within the Danish and international fashion industry

Objectives and Learning

All courses and projects in the 6th semester are leading up to the graduation project. It is expected that the students work constructively and creatively with focus on an experimental and a academic aspect.

The focus is on the more process-oriented projects. Brand and firm project about sustainability are given, so that the students get contact and insight into the selected companies and their sustainability profile. Similarly, there will be focus on creative tasks where experimenting work with silhouettes, shapes and materials will be given.

Students in 5th and 6th semester has at this time acquired tools, techniques and experience. Thus, the student has acquired skills and knowledge to process development, product and marketing. Throughout the education, each students projects will be evaluated by the teachers and internal- and external examiners, both verbally and in writing.

Graduation Show

The 3rd year concludes with an impressive show, where professional models are styled by the students, with hair and make-up arranged by beauty-experts. Invited guests range from business people and journalists to interested parties who believe that fashion is an essential facet of life which is both worthy of participation and exciting to explore. The graduation show is placed during Copenhagen Fashion Week, side by side with Danish and International designers, and thereby the students can give their opinions on the upcoming fashion, in terms of creativity and craftsmanship.

Besides the students from the 6th semester, showing their graduation collection at the City Hall in August during Copenhagen Fashion Week, the students will be tasked to act actively and investigative during the fashion week, experience shows and events, visit fairs, observe and see current events, work to expand their network and develop contacts with the industry.


Internships are a part of the education, where the students will have the opportunity to put theory into practice and the opportunity to test their skills in working with real issues and challenges in a fashion company. As an intern, students will be involved in projects that support the continuous development of the company and to test their acquired skills in a professional context.

The internship is organized so that the students get an in-depth knowledge of the field, a designer is working in. In dialogue with the company the student formulates an issue that will be the basis for the students work in the company as well as the practical task to be handed over after completion of the internship. SAFD encourages the students to apply for an internship. The school helps with support and network in the search process, but it is up to each student to secure an internship and complete the tasks made during the internship. Should this in some cases fail, the school offers an alternative program with special emphasis on immersion, professional knowledge and practical experience. The students will perform a case study at the end of the project.

The students have the opportunity to take an internship at the schools fifth semester. For the student to start an internship, an internship contract should be approved. Internship contract should be completed by the student and subsequently approved and signed by the administration of SAFD.

Read more about the internship course here.

Master’s Degree

The education at Scandinavian Academy of Fashion Design gives a total of 180 ECTS points, which is the same number of ECTS points as a bachelor degree provides. As SAFD is a private institution in Denmark, and due to the Danish rules for accreditation of educations, the school cannot use the title “Bachelor”, although the ECTS points mentioned above are the same.

If the students wish to take a master’s degree abroad, the rules for accreditation in the field of education will not be important, as the foreign universities primarily look at the overall ECTS point given. It is therefore possible to earn merit to most schools and universities abroad after completing an education at the SAFD. We can mention that students from SAFD so far in 2017 have been accepted to foreign candidates such as the Amsterdam Fashion Institute in the Netherlands and the Royal College of Art in England.

ECTS Points

One academic year corresponds to 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), and the education provides overall 180 ECTS credits. The education gives the students the right to use the title Clothing Designer, Apparel Designer or Fashion Designer.