Fashion Design Portfolio Development summer course

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Applications for summer 2023 open on the 1st of October 2022

Immerse yourself in this Fashion Design summer course for 2 weeks (10 days) on campus and follow an easy, step-by-step supervised project on how to create a fashion portfolio you can use as a ticket to apply for a BA (Hons) Fashion Design.


You can decide if attending this course online or on-campus in Amsterdam.


After 2 weeks you will have the know-how and insight on how to tackle a fashion design project. You will also have a portfolio comprising of a mini-collection designed for a modern consumer including fabric, colour and design detail ideas. There is also the option of a follow-up pattern cutting course for an extra week.


If your final portfolio will be evaluated as exceptional, then we will offer you a place in our Foundation Diploma or BA (Hons) Fashion Design to start in september 2024, by-passing the full admission process.


You can also add an extra week in Sustainable Pattern Cutting or two extra weeks in Sustainable Pattern Cutting and Construction. For more information on the Sustainable Pattern Cutting & Construction summer course, scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Level: Certificate of Completion

Duration: 2 weeks (10 days);

When: Monday to Friday, from 9:30am to 5:00pm

Dates: July 2023 (dates will be published soon)

Language: English only

Credits: 0

Tuition fee: € 2.000 for 2 weeks

Application fee*: € 50

Admission: applications for summer 2023 open on the 1st of October 2022

Maximum number of students: 15

Optional addition:

Optional addition:

      • Add 1 extra week of Sustainable Pattern Cutting for a total of € 2.500 (3 weeks in total);
      • Add 2 extra weeks of Sustainable Pattern Cutting and Construction for a total € 3.000 (4 weeks in total)


*Application fee is due at the moment of registration and it is not refundable.

If you are considering studying fashion at a higher level but have never worked on a fashion design project before then this is the course for you. A super introduction to fashion design and working with experienced lecturers to produce a portfolio of ready-fashion. Learn how best to approach the design process then create and present a capsule collection bursting with original inspiration. Practical exercises and discussions with classmates and lecturers help you research a theme of your choice and learn how to turn this into fashion designs. Collect ideas from digital sources and document your ideas in a sketchbook. Through drawing and communicating your ideas you explore the design principles of silhouette, detail and colour through concept boards, design development sheets and developing a capsule collection of designs.

Find out more about the fashion industry and how it works. Discover how various designers approach the design process before getting to grips with the idea of concept building, visual storytelling and creating colour and fabric stories from these concepts. Generate your own design ideas using a variety of methods including collaging, quick sketching and croquis sketching. Learn how to define a consumer for your project then work through a process of refinement and editing to end up with a mini-collection to match your customer.


The course is in English and classes are small, informal and friendly. Each day tends to follow the structure of first theory then practice with ample opportunity to share and discuss ideas with classmates and lecturers.

This course is perfect for you if:

  • you are at least 16 years old;
  • you want to understand if studying Fashion Design fits you;
  • you have never worked on a fashion design project;
  • you want to build your fashion portfolio for university application;
  • you want to improve your fashion portfolio at a professional and university level;
  • you want to experience the Amsterdam Fashion Academy before applying to the BA (Hons) Fashion Design or Foundation Diploma in Fashion.

To apply to this course, you only need to fill out the application form and pay the application fee.


In the application form, you need to upload a letter of motivations (personal statement), digital copy of your passport, proof of payment of the application fee.

Tuition fee: € 2.000 for 2 weeks; € 2.500 for 3 weeks; € 3.000 for 4 weeks


Application fee: € 50


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.


Application fee is due at the moment of registration.

You can add an extra week in Sustainable Pattern Cutting or two extra weeks in Sustainble Pattern Cutting and Construction.

Study a variety of different techniques that can be applied to the sustainable pattern cutting process, several sewing techniques and how to construct your own garment.

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