Pre-degree Foundation Diploma in Fashion

Applications for September 2022 are open!

This programme is an exciting and innovative general introduction to the fashion industry. It gives you the skills needed to understand and succeed on a fashion related degree programme. It is aimed at school leavers who wish to study in a small and supportive educational environment that also provides excellent links to industry and students who are unsure which of the BA (Hons) Fashion Design or BA (Hons) Fashion Business suits them best. It also supports students who don’t meet the requirements to enter directly to a Bachelor’s degree with Honours or require a Foundation programme to progress to a UK undergraduate degree programme.

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Level: Foundation Diploma (Level 3). It gives direct entry onto a BA (Hons) degree.

Duration: 1-year full-time programme

Language: English only

Dates: September 2022 to June 2023

Credits: 0 credits. You will receive a final evaluation “Pass” or “No pass”

Tuition fee: € 9.950

Application fee: € 275

Admission: open for admission for 2022-2023 academic year

Maximum number of students: 20 students divided in small groups

Fashion study encompasses a broad range of activities and disciplines. These include fashion illustration; draping on the body; design development; fashion business appreciation; digital technologies in fashion; styling; brand development; routes to market; cultural, social or political influences of a specific time; social media and influencers; investigation into research and an introduction to print, stitch and knit.


Our studio approach on Foundation is experimental use of sketchbooks to develop ideas, themes or concepts which will include illustrative imagery using drawing, painting, collage, photomontage and mixed media. We encourage ‘draping’ on the figure or stand and documentation through drawing and photography. Awareness of the importance of the ‘silhouette’ and sculptural form related to the body is important as well as the understanding the difference between ‘designing for fashion’ and simply ‘buying and wearing’ it.


We encourage our students to pose questions to industry practitioners and to gain a real life understanding of the business of fashion through live industry projects and company visits.

Throughout the programme there is a focus on sustainability and ethical considerations, new and emerging technologies, equality and diversity and creativity.


Our two different pathways are closely related, allowing students a range of options for developing skills in specific areas. We encourage students to develop their individual strengths and support them in creating a personal and creative portfolio. Students primarily progress onto BA courses in Fashion Design or Fashion Business.


  • 301 Fashion Business Awareness
  • 302 Fashion Media and Visualisation
  • 303 Ideas Exploration for Design



  • 304 Materials, Techniques and Processes (fashion design focus)
  • 305 Go to Market and Branding Basics (fashion business focus)

Step 1: Fill out the Request for Information form or sign up to an Open Day;

Step 2: We will send you more details by email and we will schedule a call or meeting with you;

Step 3: After the call or meeting, we will send you by email the Application form;

Step 4: Submit the application form; letter of motivations, secondary school diploma or predicted grades.

Step 5: We will invite you to attend an Interview Day or an interview on campus or online on another date. We will also send you an assignment to complete before the interview.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a BA (Hons) programme, then you can apply to the Foundation Diploma in Fashion (level 3).


You can apply to the Foundation Diploma in Fashion even if you meet the entry requirements for a BA (Hons), but you want to gain more skills and knowledge before or are unsure whether studying a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design or in Fashion Business.


The Foundation Diploma in Fashion will give you direct access onto our BA (Hons) programmes.


You need to be at least 16 years old.



  • It is not required only if you apply to the Foundation Diploma in Fashion, but feel free to submit it if you have one.
  • Students applying to the Foundation Diploma in Fashion will be asked to complete an assignment.


Please be informed that we are not legally able to sponsor non-EU students for a study visa, as Amsterdam Fashion Academy is validated in the UK. Applicants must have a EU passport or Dutch resident visa to study in the Foundation Diploma in Fashion.

Application fee: € 275

The application fee is due at the moment of application and it’s not refundable unless the Amsterdam Fashion Academy won’t accept you in the programme. This is a one-time fee, so you only need to pay it in the process of admission.


Tuition fee: € 9.950

A deposit (20% of the tuition fee) is requested after the acceptance and before the 30th of April 2022. The remaining amount will be paid before the 15th of July 2022, or according to the payment plan agreed.


Payment Plans

Option 1 (no surcharge)

  • 20% payment before April 30th, 2022
  • 80% payment before July 15th, 2022

Option 2 (+3% surcharge)

  • 20% payment before April 30th, 2022
  • 40% payment before July 15th, 2022
  • 40% payment before January 15th, 2023

Option 3 (+5% surcharge)

  • 20% payment before April 30th, 2022
  • 20% payment before July 15th, 2022
  • 20% payment before October 15th, 2022
  • 20% payment before January 15th, 2023
  • 20% payment before April 15th, 2023


The Amsterdam Fashion Academy is a non-governmental and non-subsidized institute.


This programme is not eligible to receive studiefinanciering from DUO.


Fees are equal for Europen and non-European students.

Even though we don’t have a deadline for applications, we encourage you to submit your application before April 2022 to have the opportunity to attend an Interview Day and have the best chance to be offered a place. Applications will stay open also after April 2022 if there will still be spots available.


After evaluating your application, we will might invite you to attend an Interview Day.


The Interview Day is a big opportunity to experience the Amsterdam Fashion Academy for a full day, meet other international applications, explore Amsterdam and work with your future lecturers. Thanks to the Interview Day, you will have a clearer idea if the Amsterdam Fashion Academy is the right place for you.


The Interview Days 2022 will be held on-campus on the following dates:

  • Friday, 21st of January 2022 from 10:00am to 4:00pm;
  • Friday, 4th of March 2022 from 10:00am to 4:00pm;
  • Friday, 8th of April 2022 from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Feel free to choose the day you prefer.


If you wish to attend an Interview Day, then we kindly ask you to submit your application before the following dates:

  • Interview Day January 21st: application deadline is December 15th;
  • Interview Day March 4th: application deadline is February 4th;
  • Interview Day April 8th: application deadline is March 8th.


Won’t you be able to attend an Interview Day?


No worries, we will be more than happy to schedule a personal interview for you on another date.

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