Fast-track fashion design & business course

Applications for September 2022 are open!

Finished school but what now? Fill your gap year! One year to enjoy freedom from commitment, broaden your horizons and grow as a person and hopefully get a better idea of what you want to do in life. Here is the ideal opportunity to combine travel, culture, creativity, learning and laying the foundations for your future. This Fast-track course fits the bill perfectly. It will introduce you to fashion design and fashion business in a short time giving you the freedom to experiment and explore where your true talent lies. After completing the Fast-Track course you can even decide to continue with the Foundation Diploma until June.

Level: Certificate of Completion

Duration: 3-month full-time programme

Language: English only

Dates: September to December 2022

Credits: 0

Tuition fee: € 5.700

Application fee: € 125

Admission: open for admission

Maximum number of students: 20 students divided in small groups

Fashion is all about communication: both wearer and designer have a story to tell. As a fashion designer you have a flawless sense of trends and the ‘now’ that you express in your own vision of beauty. You will deepen and master your practical design skills, research your field and develop a critical view of your profession. This will give you what you need to take on the challenge of reshaping the future of the fashion. If you are more inclined towards the business side of fashion then you are at the right address. You will deepen your knowledge and grasp of both the theoretical background of international marketing, styling and branding, as well as its practical implementation including, for example, communication surrounding a particular brand or organising a styling shoot.


By the end of your course you will have found out how to tap into an inexhaustible source of creativity, have gained considerable knowledge of the fashion industry along with design skills that you will be able to rely on for life and you will know the direction of your further education in fashion.


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



  • 304 Materials, Techniques and Processes (fashion
  • 305 Go to Market and Branding Basics

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 on campus or online. 

We don’t have specific requirements for this programme. You need to be at least 16 years old and have studied at secondary school until then.


After completing the Fast-Track Fashion Design & Business course in December, you can decide to transfer onto the Foundation Diploma in Fashion and keep studying with us from January to June.



  • It is not required only if you apply to the Fast-Track Fashion Design & Business course.
  • Students applying to the Fast-Track Fashion Design & Business course will be asked to complete an assignment.


Non-EU students only need a turist visa for the Netherlands as the course lasts less than 90 days.

Application fee: € 125

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: € 5.700

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.


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.

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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