Pre-degree Foundation Diploma in Fashion

Applications for September 2021 are still 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.

Level: Foundation Diploma (Level 3). In the Netherlands, it corresponds to the first year of HBO.

Duration: 1-year full-time programme

Language: English only

Dates: September 2021 to June 2022

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 2021-2022 academic year

Maximum number of students: 20

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.

One of the following secondary school diplomas:

  • IB Certificate (1 year of IB) or MYP certificate;
  • Five GCSEs at a minimum of grade C or 4;
  • Diploma MBO at a minimum of level 3 (Netherlands);
  • Realabschluss/Abschluss-zeugnis der Klasse 10 der Hauptschule/
    Sekundarabschluss/ Mittlere Reife (Germany);
  • Baccalauréat Professionnel (France);
  • Diploma di qualifica (Italy);
  • Certificat d’Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur, enseignement professionnel (Belgium);
  • BSO (Belgium);
  • Título de Técnico or Título de Técnico Superior (Spain);
  • Diplôme d’aptitude professionnelle or Diplôme de technicien (Luxembourg);
  • Maturity Certificate/ Maturitätszeugnis/ Maturitätsausweis/ Certificat de Maturité (Switzerland);
  • Berufsreifeprüfungszeugnis (Austria);
  • For other countries, please contact us.


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

Tuition fee: € 9.950


Application fee: € 275;


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


Not eligible to receive studiefinanciering.


Fees are equal for Europen and non-European students.

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