CURRICULUM

The education is a 3 year fashion and design education divided into 6 terms focusing on design and craftsmanship. The education is justified for SU grants

Education Structure

During the three-year education, the students learn to research, analyze, experiment and explore a product based on solid skills in crafts such as pattern design, sewing, draping and shaping. The students will after graduation be able to perform and handle jobs in the fashion industry and offer quality at the highest level both nationally and internationally. The students acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for starting their own business, being employed in the clothing industry or to assert him- or herself on a high creative level. The programs goal is to educate the whole, rounded and finished designers who are ready to handle jobs in the industry directly after graduation.

First Year

First year focuses on basic skills in drawing, research, computer design, pattern design and sewing/tailoring. The students will learn about materials studies and fashion history alongside creative design. The students are encouraged to go deeper into fashion and culture and thus show how these aspects can contribute to todays fashion and fashion in the future.

There are four major projects, each focusing on a garment: dress, trousers, knitwear and jackets.

Second Year

Second year, emphasis on the design process, leather og fur and advanced sewing (including couture techniques). The student will, with the basis from fashion and art create silhouette and form through analysis and concept development. Brand and industrial project and sustainability will also be a part of the semester.

In the second year, the students will produce a sustainable women and/or mens collection with an emphasis on the idea, material, function and accessories. In this context, the students will develope a portfolio of identity, a connecting thread, flat drawings, fashion illustrations, graphic designs, materials and colorboard.

Third Year

Third year, focuses on advanced sewing technique, communication and marketing, internship and the final graduation project. An internship period of three months gives the students insight and experience from a fashion company. At the same time the students gets the opportunity to test their acquired skills into practice. With the extensive network and connection to the fashion industry, the students have the opportunity for an internship. This experience will benefit the students after graduation both in terms of job application and to have earned good contacts in the industry by any start-up business.

Semester Overview

Scandinavian Academy of Fashion Design three-year education is divided into six semesters.

  • 1st Semester
    • Research
    • Conceptdevelopment
    • Croquis
    • Fashion Drawing
    • Materials
    • Tailoring (Women)
    • Sewing
    • Ready-to-Wear
    • Draping
    • Computerdesign
    • Fashion History
  • 2nd Semester
    • Tailoring (Women)
    • Sewing
    • Fashion Drawing
    • Draping
    • Reconstruction
    • Ready-to-Wear
    • Knit
    • Tailoring
    • Pattern Grading
    • Study Tour
    • Annual Project
  • 3rd Semester
    • Tailoring (Men)
    • Research
    • Idea Development
    • Fashion Drawing
    • Ready-to-Wear (Men)
    • PR and Marketing
    • Sustainability
    • Draping
    • Concept Development
    • Galla
  • 4th Semester
    • Advanced Tailoring
    • Advanced Sewing
    • Advanced Draping
    • Concept Development
    • Idea Development
    • Fashion Drawing
    • Ready-to-Wear
    • Styling
    • Accessories
    • Brand and Industry
    • Leather and Fur
    • Portfolio
    • Pattern Grading
    • Annual Project
  • 5th Semester
    • Advanced Sewing
    • Advanced Tailoring
    • Advanced Draping
    • Fashion Drawing
    • Experimentation
    • PR and Marketing
    • Communication
    • Internship
  • 6th Semester
    • Research
    • Material Experiments
    • Advanced Sewing
    • Print
    • Fashion Business
    • Business Plan
    • Designproces
    • Portfolio
    • Styling
    • Graduation Project

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.

Internship

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-Point

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.