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How is the teaching at the school?

The education is a full-time education and includes project work, lectures, workshops, competitions, exercises, participation in reviews. One school year equals 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System).

A project period runs from 1 to 6 weeks. There are 14 to 16 projects in a school year.

Each project begins with an introduction and ends with a presentation to the teacher(s) and fellow students. The student will be evaluated both verbally and in writing. The student must submit a portfolio for each project and beyond the required product.

Through continuous assessment of projects and experiments throughout the education course, the student’s standpoint would be identified as the basis for subsequent individual follow-up and support.

The teaching varies between theory, individual and group work. The student must be able both to work independently and engage in cooperation.

Is the education justified for grants such as SU?

The education is approved by the Ministry of Education, so the students can apply for SU. This can be done via the SU website that you find here.

SU is 6.166 DKK per month for students not living with their parents and up to 3.066 DKK per month (depending on house income) for students living with their parents. In addition, the student is entitled for an extra SU-allowance of 2.407 DKK per month, as SAFD is a private school. (If living with parents this rate depends on house income).

Altogether students can receive up to 308.628 DKK over the 3 years program. In addition the students have the ability to record a SU loan at 3.155 DKK per month.

Presented rates are from 2019. Note that the rules depends on whether the student is a Danish citizen or not, read more about this here.

You can apply for SU when you have been admitted to SAFD, but no earlier than one month prior to study entry. If you are looking for a student loan, you can get the loan from the quarter after the age of 18. If you for example fills 18 years in April, you will receive student loans from 1 July. If you have previously signed up for another education, you must be unsubscribed there, before you can apply for SU with us.

How many students are there at the school?

There is approx. 55-70 students (both men and women) in 6 semesters. Foreign students represent approx. one-quarter of the schools students.

Are there any specific requirements for applicants?

Scandinavian Academy of Fashion Design has the following requirements for prospective students:

  • All applicants must come to a personal interview.
  • Applicants must be 18 years old or over.
  • Bring artistic or practical creations with you.
  • The work of the applicant will be evaluated by the leadership and teaching staff of the school.

The emphasis is on curiosity, interest and knowledge of fashion, culture and society. Similarly, the emphasis on goals and willingness from the applicant side, an empathy and a desire to experiment. To be original in its expression, possess the ability to use the eye, and have a sense of form, color and material.

The school has the right to grant exemptions to applicants if they do not meet our requirements. This can happen if the school for example assesses candidates to provide extraordinary abilities within the subject or, if the applicants are living abroad and are not able to come to a personal interview.

Is it possible to get an internship during school?

During the education, the student is required to take an internship at the 5th semester. 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 design 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.

The students will perform a case study at the end of the project.

Do the school help students to find accommodation?

The students have to find a place to live themselves. As in all other major university cities in Denmark, Copenhagen wide a range of rooms, appartments and rental- and owner houses.

You can for example examine your current opportunities, by visiting:

We also recommend you to visit the following pages:

Facebook groups are also smart if you are looking for apartments and rooms. Try for example following groups:

Just like websites and Facebook groups, it is also possible to search for a room on a number of private colleges. However, these often have long waiting lists, so apply well in advance. Here is a list of colleges in Copenhagen:

It may also be worthwhile to look for housing ads in the newspapers Berlingske Tidende, Politiken, Den Blå Avis, local newspapers and newspapers on the Internet. You can also find information by searching on Google with these keywords:

  • Properties for rent in Copenhagen
  • Copenhagen municipality housing
  • Houses and Flats in Copenhagen
  • Apartments in Copenhagen

Because of the difficulty in finding a place to stay (especially while living abroad), many students are staying at hostels or BedandBreakfasts the first few weeks in Copenhagen. Being in Copenhagen and talk to other students can often be helpfull in the search for a place to stay. According to our own experience, all the students found a place to stay after the first month.

Will my diploma, degree or certificate be recognized abroad?

Scandinavian Academy of Fashion Design certificates and diplomas, together with the quality of the education, are recognized worldwide. Our students have been hired by both Danish and international fashion companies from around the world, and we also have many former students from SAFD, who have started their own design firm and fashion houses. See our page, former students for a large number of examples.

One academic year corresponds to 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), and the education provides overall 180 ECTS credits.

Do the students have to find their own internship?

You can either find your own internship or ask the school for help. Once you have found an internship, contact the school administration for getting a pre-approval of the internship before you begin to fill in the internship contract.

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.

Do the students have time for a study or part time job?

Many students choose to have a student job alongside their studies. A relevant study job gives you insight, expands your network and complements your income. In some cases it may be a good idea to wait getting a study job, until you have get used to the education, which you can have more control over how much time the education and friends requires so that you can better judge how much you can work.

Many students have a part-time job. There are calculated 12 hours of homework a week outside normal class hours. For exam there may incur additional homework, but it depends on your organizations work plan and working-method. In periods up to submission of assignments, the workload can be bigger, but it depends in part on how good you are to organize the study.

How long is the education?

The design education at the Scandinavian Academy of Fashion Design is a 3-year, higher education divided in 6 semesters. Number of teaching hours pr. week is 25 hours, and the daily lessons take place from 9.00 until 14.30 with a half hour lunch break. There are calculated 12 hours of homework a week outside normal class hours.

There will be further opportunity to work at the school outside school hours by appointment.


When will I get answer for my application?

Applicants will receive notification of acceptance of their application for admission to SAFD within 30 days of receipt. In special cases or if applications is received six months before starting school, the decision may, however, be drawn in a longer time.

Applicant must have a formulated business term and desire to assert themselves within the industry after graduation.

What language is taught at?

Instruction is primarily in Danish, but English can occur. The school has students from around the world and at some workshops and lectures we have visits by guest lecturers from abroad.

The student must be able to understand Danish, while it is not required that the student can speak Danish.

Why do I get an error message when I try to submit for a course registration?

If you experience getting an error message, or simply can not submit your registration for a course, it can be caused by several things. The reason which is often to blame for the problem is the lack of filled fields or fields that are filled out incorrectly. Remember to check whether all fields are filled and whether they are duly completed. Pay particular attention to the fields where your credit card information is required.

The problem can also occur if your card has expired or if you use a card that we do not support. Double check if your credit is up-to-date and that it is a Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, JCB, or Discover.

If none of the above options can solve your problem, you can sign up for our courses via bank transfer to the school’s account in Nordea:

Registration number. 2191
Account no. 0102 303083

Remember to state participant name and which course you want to enroll on your deposit.

For remittances from abroad, the following information should be used:

IBAN: DK9220000102303083

How much absence am i allowed to have?

During the education, it is mandatory that students meets on time and are present during lessons. In an absence rate above 15%, the student could not be set for the exam and not be allowed a diploma. Is the students absences so large that this is a nuisance to the teaching and the other students, the school reserves the right to expel the student if the student has not responded to previous reminders and warnings.

Does the education at SAFD provide admission to master’s programs?

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.

Can i get work or a job when after the education?

As in all other positions required willingness, ability and active efforts to get jobs. Throughout the education course, the school has regular contact with industry both through the associated professional teachers, who all are engaged in the business and the company-projects that are included in the lessons.

The work areas are large in the design world. As an employee of a design firm in retail operations, television, film and theater industry. As an independent entrepreneur or freelance designer. Some setting up in business together. Others use the education as a complement to stylist, education, etc.

You can see a wide range of career and job opportunities that are open to SAFD students here.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

If you have questions or want have more information about the school, please do not hesitate to contact us. This can be done by phone (+45) 33 13 09 26 during the period 9:00 to 2:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays, or via mail: You can also use our contact form via the Contact page where we will respond back to inquiries as soon as possible.

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