Students in the educational programme in Fashion Design learn to master the entire design process from idea to finished fashion product. Students are educated in techniques, theories, and aesthetics when it comes to identifying and suggesting solutions to design-related problems. After having completed the educational programme, students can pursue work at a fashion company, nationally or internationally.
During the first year of the programme, students receive education both technically and aesthetically in foundational techniques courses in order to gain an understanding of how garments are made. Aesthetic education is also given by looking at fashion development, clothing’s importance and relationships, different types of design processes, and working with dye and textile materials. How does one work with design idea and develop them further? What are clothes, and how can we challenge ingrained notions of what fashion is and should look like? What types of questions and what problems related to design does one face as a fashion designer? How can one, for example, work with ideas relating to increased sustainability in production and use? What methods are traditionally used, and are there new ways to create clothes? Students are educated to design using different methods and tools. In the courses in the latter part of the programme, students work more independently and get the chance to develop in terms of design when it comes to the areas, techniques, and expressions that they are specifically interested in and want to develop in. During the third year of the programme, there is an internship period, which provides good contacts for later employment opportunities.
At the Swedish School of Textiles, there are very well-equipped labs with knowledgeable and experienced technicians, which provide opportunities to try to realise ideas on the same type of machines that are used in the industry. There are also bright and spacious studios where students can work, take photos, and make films, as well as students’ own workplaces for the entire education programme, which facilitates student work.
All degree projects conducted as part of the educational programme are shown during a physical or digital fashion show in Borås and also at Stockholm Fashion Week and internationally. In addition, many students participate in international competitions such as Designers’ Nest, HM Design Award, and ArtsThread. Having the opportunity to show their work to a professional and international audience leads to many positives, such as recognition, contacts, and useful feedback.
After completing the educational programme, many students continue their studies and pursue a Master's degree. Others get jobs at various fashion companies or start their own fashion brand.
This programme includes the opportunity to study abroad.
The educational programme is certified in sustainable development
We prepare you to be able to meet today's societal challenges, both in your future professions and as a citizen. Therefore, it is important that sustainability issues are integrated into education. This educational programme includes a course that is certified in sustainable development. This means that the course meets established quality criteria that ensure that sustainable development is clearly linked to the course syllabus and examination components.
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The educational programme gives students the opportunity to work as a fashion designer and product developer in textiles both nationally and internationally. Over the years, graduates of this programme have gone on to work at companies such as Vivienne Westwood, Y/Project, Peak Performance, J Lindeberg, H&M, Lindex, and Houdini, to name just a few. Others have started their own companies, such as Ida Klamborn, Hodakova or Main Nue, while others start a career as a freelance designer.