Chapter 1: Student at SAFD

1.1 Purpose of the Education

The purpose of the education is, on an artistic and scientific basis, to educate students who can participate in design practice, including as a fashion designer.

During the education, students learn to research, analyze, experiment and explore a product based on solid craft skills such as pattern design, sewing technique, draping and shaping. After graduation, the students will be able to take on jobs in the fashion industry and be able to offer quality at the highest level both nationally and internationally. The students acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to start their own business, be employed in the fashion industry or assert themselves at a high creative level. The goal of the education is thus to educate completed, rounded and experienced designers who are ready to take on jobs in the industry directly after completing the education.

Through the education, SAFD seeks to develop aesthetic, creative and technical prerequisites to be able to strengthen the student in his work and to be able to take a stand. The education has the task of opening up new horizons and thereby stimulating the students to innovate in their design process. Fashion and trends are constantly moving in rapid shifts to keep consumers interested. The students must be curious, investigative and experimental. Their clothes and design must reflect society and bear the mark of an immersion in it. Art, culture, society, aesthetics and philosophy are areas that are explored in depth.

In the teaching process, the students are challenged to exceed their own limits, to create new forms, material treatments and color combinations. The goal is to achieve innovative combinations and reinterpretations of the already existing through craftsmanship skills. Through the research and the drawing process, the students get a basic insight into inspiration, form and depth, elements which are indispensable for moving forward in the design process. The aim is for the students to be able to combine their natural creative aspect with the technical, so that the problems that the business world will ask them can be solved in an extremely professional manner. At the same time, it will be the students’ duty to contribute to modern society with innovation, quality and sustainability.

1.2 Learning Objectives

The education at SAFD qualifies the graduate to be able to independently handle the work of organizing and carrying out tasks within textiles, clothing and design. At the end of the 6th semester, the student must fulfill the education’s learning outcomes for knowledge, skills and competences.

Knowledge

The educated designer:

  • Must have development-based knowledge of the methods and practices of the fashion industry and design areas and central applied theory within aesthetics, trends and design culture.
  • Must have an understanding of practice and central applied theory and methods in a design process with the aim of developing sustainable solutions.
  • Must have knowledge of work techniques, methods, materials and tools, including an understanding of the craftsmanship, artistic and communicative aspects in different cultural contexts.
  • Must have development-based knowledge of applied theory and method in relation to target groups and the importance of the market for the design process.
Skills

The educated designer:

  • Must be able to shape and visualize design proposals as well as abstract over form, materials and tools within the fashion industry.
  • Must be able to use the design field’s methods, tools, materials and the skills associated with the profession and industry.
  • Must be able to assess and communicate the design field’s issues and possible solutions to colleagues and generalists.
  • Must be able to master a personal artistic expression in design and proposal making.
  • Must be able to communicate practical issues and proposed solutions, including using industry-related terms and terminology.
Competences

The educated designer:

  • Must be able to handle development-based situations in study or work contexts.
  • Must be able to take part in professional and interdisciplinary collaboration with a professional approach.
  • Must be able to acquire new knowledge, skills and competences in relation to fashion and design in a structured context.
  • Must be able to assess and choose between the design subject’s methods, technologies and theories and apply these in connection with own proposed solutions.
  • Must be able to handle complex and development-oriented professional tasks and apply known knowledge innovatively with a view to creating renewal and development within the profession.

1.3 Culture and Study Environment

SAFD is a private higher education institution with around 70-90 students, and the environment at the school is open, inviting and creative. The educational institution must be a good place for everyone, and it is run on a set of shared values based on trust, transparency, respect for the individual and for multicultural diversity. We consider it okay to fail, and we talk to, and not about, each other.

As the school is a relatively small institution, we encourage students to participate in social events with other students and to seek advice from previous cohorts.

During the course, the students will be introduced to new topics and working methods, and they will receive valuable teaching and feedback from the lecturers. The students are expected to participate actively and respect deadlines, both for their own sake and that of their fellow students.

It is very important that students as well as staff look after the school’s premises and facilities so that the surroundings are pleasant to be in and that the surroundings are an inspiring study environment.

1.4 The Teaching

Classes start in mid-August and end at the end of June. It is calculated approx. 10 hours of homework per week in addition to normal teaching hours. The teaching hours are from Monday to Friday at 9.00 – 14.30 incl. ½ hour lunch break, and teaching is in Danish and English. The academic year starts in mid-August and ends at the end of June and follows the regular school holidays and holidays (but no winter holidays).

The teaching follows the current dates of the semester plan, just as the semester follows the dates mentioned in the semester plan. The school assumes that the student has access to a sewing machine outside the school as well as their own computer or laptop. The school has design and copyright for work carried out under the auspices of the school.

1.5 Assets

In connection with the end of each semester, it is particularly important that the students are aware of removing their belongings from the classrooms. It is therefore important that the students take everything of personal value with them after they have emptied both their desks in the classroom and their lockers, as this will otherwise be removed. It is further important that all students ensure that they have a copy of all locally stored personal files from the school computers, as the computers are cleaned and restarted after each school year.

1.6 Communication Platform

All information is shared on SAFD’s intranet.

All students at SAFD will be given an account to access the intranet, as well as an e-mail account.

It is the students’ own responsibility to keep up to date on the intranet daily. The intranet is used by the administration and teaching staff to communicate all relevant information about schedule changes, deadlines, exam times and dates for training or social events.

It is also mandatory to keep up-to-date on the intranet daily, even when you are not at SAFD, for example during the time set aside for doing annual tests, graduation projects or in an internship.

1.7 Copyrights

SAFD has full rights to use all material created by the students to promote the school, both in written media, on TV and online. The teachers at the school have every right to use previous students’ works in their daily lectures as examples and to boost inspiration.

The students have every right to use their own work for their personal portfolio, on their private website or in their own job/internship application, etc. With respect for the student’s copyright, SAFD has the ownership right to the results or products that appear in connection with a task solution.

If a task process involves parties outside SAFD, including companies, institutions
etc., it is agreed between SAFD, the student and the third party, to what extent SAFD, the student and the third party are entitled, in compliance with applicable copyright rules, to use the results that emerge as part of the assignment process, including any information regarding the third party’s relationship , which appear in the problem solutions, must be published.

If a student is unsure of any of the above rules, do not hesitate to ask for advice from the administration or a teacher.

1.8 Payment Terms

During the school year, there will be ongoing costs for materials and study trips. Upon registration and admission, the student has undertaken to pay tuition fees for the entire program with the exceptions that follow below.

If the student withdraws in writing during the course of the school year, the student must pay the following:

  • Cancellation before the start of the school year: Registration fee of 4.000 DKK.
  • Cancellation during the first 2 months after the start of classes in the first semester: current semester’s tuition fee.
  • When canceling after the first 2 months after the start of classes in the first semester, the tuition fee for the entire program as stated above must be paid.

The education fee amounts to a total of 198.000 DKK, which is due in the following instalments:

1. Rate: 1. june 39.500 DKK
2. Rate: 1. november 39.500 DKK
3. Rate: 1. may 39.500 DKK
4. Rate: 1. november 39.500 DKK
5. Rate: 1. may 20.000 DKK
6. Rate: 1. november 20.000 DKK

The school reserves the right to adjust the price figures for the education fee once a year.

Upon payment of the 1st rate, registration is binding for the entire 3-year education.

The semester follows the dates mentioned in the semester plan. On the dates not written in the semester plan, the school is closed. If the school is closed due to fire or other force majeure, the school is released from liability, as it is beyond the school’s control.

1.9 Evaluations

Feedback from students is absolutely essential for us to develop the quality of our education. Therefore, we carry out ongoing evaluations as part of ensuring the quality of the education and creating a study environment that promotes learning. The input from the various evaluations ensures ongoing and systematic involvement of students and beneficiaries and contributes to ensuring the quality of the education’s knowledge base, level and content as well as relevance.

The following evaluations are carried out annually:

  • Start of studies
  • Study/Subject
  • Alumni

Chapter 2: Guidelines

2.1 Rules of Order and Conduct Policy

At SAFD, the rules of order, in addition to rules of conduct, also include rules of order, safety regulations, house rules, postings, signage and announcements on fronts and intranet. These local rules must be followed, even if they are not inscribed in the rules below.

Everyone who travels on SAFD has a duty to comply with the order and safety regulations.

  • Both students and employees at SAFD must act considerately and contribute to ensuring that everyone at SAFD can work and study in a constructive, open and undisturbed environment
  • The dialogue between students and staff and between students must rest on openness, equality and respect for the individual person and their attitudes
  • SAFD respects the principle of religious freedom, and considers religious practice to be a personal and private matter
  • Noisy behaviour, eating and drinking must also take place without disturbing others
  • Smoking must not take place indoors – this also applies to e-cigarettes. Outdoors at SAFD, smoking is permitted on the street in front of the school
  • Alcohol may not be consumed during normal working hours. Management may waive this prohibition on special occasions
  • Euphoriant substances are not tolerated under any circumstances
  • The Internet may not be used to download programs, information from web pages or communication that is punishable under criminal law, copyright law, or other legislation regulating the use of the Internet

2.2 Study Activity

It is required that the student is active in studies. The student is study active in the course when the student:

  • Participates in the professional dialog between the teacher and the students.
  • Contributes to the smooth functioning of group work.
  • Complete and submit assignments given to you by instructors in a timely manner.
  • Ask the teacher when you don’t understand something.

The teachers and/or the head of the school will give an opinion on whether they consider you to be study-active. If you are not considered active in studies, you may receive a letter of intended withdrawal of the SU (State Educational Grant). If you are still not studying, SU will be canceled.

2.3 Absence

During the study, it is mandatory that the student arrives on time and is present during class time. If the absence rate exceeds 15%, the student may not be eligible for the exam and may not receive a diploma. If the student’s absence is so great that it interferes with the teaching and the other students, the school reserves the right to expel the student if the student has not responded to prior reminders and warnings. Violation of the school’s attendance requirements will result in sanctions that can have serious consequences for your study situation and your study place.

The phases of the sanctioning process are as follows:

1. If your absence exceeds 15% at the first student interview of the school year, you will receive a verbal warning.
2. If you continue to have excessive absences until the next student interview of the school year, you will receive a letter with a written warning and a proposed loss of SU.
3. If the absence is still not reduced for the remainder of the school year, you will receive a letter stating that your SU will be withdrawn.
4. If the absence is still not reduced, you will receive a letter of withdrawal.
For sickness absence that has exceeded the allowed 15%, the school may ask the student to document the absence with a medical certificate. The student is responsible for the cost of the medical certificate.

The school’s management also reserves the right to change the above if a special agreement has been made between the student and the school’s management. In serious cases, the school’s management may announce withdrawal without prior notice.

2.4 Deliverables

Once the student is admitted to the school, he/she is obliged to submit the assignments on time. All annual assignments must be submitted and approved in order to be eligible for annual tests and final exams. The school reserves the right to change the curriculum within the framework of the education the school is obliged to provide.

Failure to submit project work is considered misconduct. In courses where projects must be presented, the student loses the right to take the exam if the student has not submitted and had projects approved in time. Deadlines for submission are published in due time.

2.5 Upgrading

Upgrade to 2. Year and 3. Year requires that you have passed the annual final projects/exams. If the student believes that this is not possible, he/she should contact the school’s study administration immediately.

If the student does not pass an annual exam or a final exam, the school reserves the right to require the student to repeat the academic year in question. This includes the collection of tuition fees for the school year.

To receive a certificate of completion, students must have completed the school’s entire three-year program.

2.6 Study Tour

The school organizes a study trip to Paris once a year to give students an insight into the mecca of culture and fashion. The purpose of the trip is to visit Paris Fashion Week to see the new trends and experience the heart of the fashion industry. A study tour of 4-8 days in Paris with a guide is arranged in the 2nd semester. The cost of the tour must be added to the tuition fee. Participation in the study tour is voluntary for students. A minimum of 15 participants is required for the study tour to be realized.

2.7 Internship

The student will do an internship during the school’s 5th semester. In order for the student to start an internship, an internship contract must be approved. The internship contract is filled out by the student and the internship site, after which it is approved and signed by the school’s study administration.

The school provides support and networking during the internship search process, but it is up to the individual student to secure an internship and complete the tasks required during the internship period. The student must prepare and submit a written report at the end of the internship period. The written report must be submitted and approved in order to be eligible for the final exam.

2.8 Illness

If you have a prolonged illness, you must report it to the study administration. You will then need to send a medical certificate (costs for this are at your expense).

2.9 Graduation Show

The 3 years can end with a fashion show and be placed during the Copenhagen Fashion Week. The graduation show is not part of the program. The cost of the graduation show is paid separately and students are required to take the initiative to organize and perform the show.

2.10 Testing and Examination Schemes

As a rule, tests and exams are taken in Danish. The student can take tests and exams in Norwegian or Swedish instead of Danish. If there are reasons to do so, the exams can be taken in English.

Projects and other prepared material in connection with tests and exams must be prepared by the student. If the student cheats on an annual test or exam, the student may fail and have to repeat the school year.

Cheating is an example:

  • Passing off other people’s work as your own.
  • Having others perform and/or review material for you.

If the student wishes to complain about an exam, the student is referred to the Ministry of Education’s Executive Order no. 1061 on exams and tests for vocational education and training, Chapter 10, which states, among other things, that any complaint about an exam must be submitted to the school no later than 2 weeks after the exam result has been notified to the student. The complaint must be in writing and the grounds for the complaint must be clearly stated. The school must respond to the complaint within 2 weeks of receipt, and once the student has received a response, he or she has one week to make further comments on the response from the school.

2.11 Rating

The student is assessed individually and according to the 7-point grading scale or with the assessment “passed” or “failed”, cf. the provisions of the Examination Order.

All annual tests and final exams will be evaluated and students will receive feedback. Exams are graded according to the Danish grading system or by giving a grade of either pass or fail.

The 7-point scale contains the grades:
– 12 for an outstanding performance
– 10 is given for a very good performance
– 7 is given for a good performance
– 4 awarded for a fair performance
– 02 is awarded for adequate performance
– 00 is given for an insufficient performance
-3 is given for an unacceptable performance

An exam or test is passed when a grade of 02 or above or the assessment “passed” is achieved. A passed test cannot be retaken.

2.12 Illness Tests and Illness Exams

Students who can present a medical certificate documenting illness on the day of the exam can be admitted to the Illness exam.

Next, you need to do the following:

  1. You must personally seek medical attention in case of illness, including immediately after leaving the exam room. That is, the same day.
  2. Provide medical documentation of the illness in the form of a certificate. The certificate must state the date or period of time you are/have been sick and that you contacted the doctor no later than the day of the exam. It is generally advisable for the certificate to include a diagnosis. Please note that you must pay for the medical certificate yourself.
  3. Send the certificate as soon as possible to the school by email via info@safd.dk.

Illness during exams or presentations must be documented by a medical certificate. The school must receive the medical certificate no later than three working days after the exam. Students who fall acutely ill during an exam must provide a doctor’s certificate stating that they have been ill on the day in question.

2.13 Missed Classes

In the event of absence, the student is solely responsible for making up missed classes. The school doesn’t have the resources for teachers to go through the material individually later.