Course Description

Our summer school course is aimed at people who want to gain a better knowledge of fashion and clothing design, and who may would be interested in continuing their studies in the fashion industry. This course introduces participants to a mix of short theoretical and practical modules that will give participants a clear overview of the industry, its opportunities and the basic technical skills required to succeed.

The course includes the exploration of the essential disciplines within fashion and clothing design, from composition to analysis, processing and execution to design techniques that can create silhouette. In addition, the course participants learn about specific basic skills that include pattern development, cutting, sewing and draping on gins. The course also moves over creative phases of the design process such as research and concept, design and execution of a mini collection as well as development of a basic pattern and a prototype.

Our courses are presented in a relaxed atmosphere where course participants engagement is encouraged. Feedback is important and instructors are always ready to answer any questions.


At the end of the summer school, you will have an understanding of the following areas:

  • Understanding and experimentation of specific techniques and "know how" to design these
  • Discover what it takes to become a fashion designer: the creative process
  • Learn about pattern creation, processing and sewing techniques: The technical process
  • Understand the power of communication behind the product: Fashion image

Target Group

Our summer school is for people who want to develop their creative abilities. This includes:

  • Creative people
  • Young people who are passionate about fashion
  • Entrepreneurs/Start-Ups

There will be thorough and individual guidance for all students.

Course Certificate

Once you have successfully completed our course at SAFD, you will receive a course certificate confirming your completion of the course and its modules. This certificate will strengthen your CV and expand your career opportunities, and it will symbolize your dedication, skills and knowledge of the course’s professional content.


Anne Sofie Madsen

Anne Sofie Madsen is an award-winning designer, and is one of the most praised both in Denmark, but also outside the world. She trained under John Galliano in Paris and has worked for the renowned trend forecasting agency Peclers as well as Alexander McQueen in London and Dior in Paris.

René Gurskov

René Gurskov graduated from the Scandinavian Academy of Fashion Design (formerly Margrethe-Skolen) and has for several decades run his own fashion brand, which has been very successful in the Asian market. René also teaches at the school's 3-year education program.

Mikkel Johansen

Mikkel Johansen is graduated from Scandinavian Academy of Fashion Design (formerly Margrethe-Skolen) and works daily as a Product Developer at the Danish fashion brand Wood Wood.


You will be introduced to the course and expand your industry knowledge through a thorough introduction to the structure of the fashion industry and an overview of what designers do.

The course participants are introduced to the design process, which is an experimental process where research and idea development are the starting point for the creative process which provides inspiration, information and shows the creative and narrative path to a collection or product. In the process itself, the course participants must work with trends, social, cultural and political topics, and emphasis is placed on silhouette, material, shape, colour, details, print and decoration.

Through the design process, we will use different formats, and the course participants will collect ideas and inspiration from digital sources and document their research visually. In this way, students will begin to draw and communicate their ideas and inspiration by exploring the design principles of silhouettes, details and color, producing mood boards, collages and finally developing a lineup.

In the second week, students explore technical drawing styles and techniques related to their lineup. You will be taught how to develop your designs figuratively and communicate your ideas precisely and concretely. Here, the students will learn to draw working drawings, deconstruct and cut clothing without any problems.

Basic theory around model development is reviewed and the students learn how to draw working drawings, deconstruct and cut clothing items via basic shapes in paper. Variations on the basic shapes are reviewed and the course participants are given the task of tailoring a selected style from their lineup.

By the end of this week, students will have engaged in a wide range of drawing processes throughout the design process, from initial sketches, technical drawings to cutting a style their lineup.

In this module, the preparation of their portfolio begins. Moodboard is introduced and how to develop a strong visual design is reviewed. Here it will be reviewed which forms of inspiration can be used, as well as how to process the inspiration into concrete results and communicate one’s visions in a portfolio.


Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with all practical information, including what to bring to the start of the course. The course takes place at the school’s address Badstuestræde 1, 1209 Copenhagen K.

If you have any questions about the course, you can contact us via the contact information below between 9.00 and at 14.00 every weekday.

Registration and Payment

You can register for the course by clicking the “Enrollment” button on this page. Fill in the required fields and a confirmation will be sent via email.

Payment is made at registration and can be made with VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Maestro, Apple Pay and Google Pay. All amounts are in Danish Kroner (DKK) and includes VAT.

If you are unable to pay with one of the above payment solutions, you may find an alternative payment option by contacting the school’s administration on tel. +45 33 13 09 26 between 9.00-14.00 every weekday.

Unless otherwise stated in the course text, withdrawal and refund of course fees can be made up to 14 days before the start of the course. After that, registration is binding and the fee is non-refundable. In the unlikely event that a team cannot be established, the full course fee will be returned.


Scandinavian Academy of Fashion Design, Badstuestræde 1, 1209 Copenhagen K
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