Study programme

During the four years of the Bachelor Textile & Fashion, you will be coached and encouraged to develop your personal opinion, style and creative signature. The main focus of both programmes is innovative, accurate and relevant design.

After the first joint semester in the propaedeutic year, the textile and fashion specialisations separate into two different programmes; you will be required to choose between the two. Each programme is characterised by extensive and intensive research, supported by theoretical subjects designed to provide students with the required content-based skills.

Programme structure

Orientation to the professional field

In the propaedeutic year the focus is on the disciplines of Textile Design and Fashion Design, enabling students to orient themselves prior to choosing one of these directions in the second semester. Then a foundation is laid for a professional and international vision and development. Knowledge and the mastery of materials, techniques and conceptualisation are developed throughout the programme and, from the first year, form one of the most important pillars for expressing their creativity.

In the propaedeutic year, creativity is stimulated and encouraged in students by allowing them to experiment freely, giving them the opportunity to discover and explore their creative personalities as thoroughly as possible. Textile students explore the various possibilities and disciplines that the world of textile has to offer.

Fashion students experiment with forms, expressions, techniques and a wide range of materials, exploring innovative ideas and the interaction between fashion and the human body.

The propaedeutic phase offers a wide range of supporting subjects. Knowledge of textile, various textile processing techniques and experimental formal studies, together with image development and drawing, are the basis for elaborating on a concept and arriving at a design process. At the end of this year, the experimental designs are presented in combination with the outcome of the clusters. For the fashion designers, this is a skirt, a dress and an experimental creation; for the textile designers, a reversible kimono, a personal textile archive and an experimental design.

All first-year students follow classes in pattern drawing and technical subjects such as knitting, weaving and printing. This gives them a useful repertoire of skills upon which to draw in their further studies, generating added value for both disciplines.

Historical and social research

Fashion Design

For second-year students of fashion, an intensive study of a historical costume forms the starting point for the development of an individual collection. Students choose a historical costume and use this period as a guideline, source of inspiration and research base from which to design a contemporary, personal and authentic interpretation. This is an exercise in analysis and research into sociological and historical contexts, techniques, materials, colour and texture. Based on the information gathered, the students then develop a replica that reflects the original as faithfully as possible. After this research phase, which creating a historical costume in fact is, the assignment is expanded to include self-selected sources of inspiration, which are used to create a relevant, contemporary design and interpretation.

At the end of the study year, the fashion students present the results of all clusters, their replica of a historical costume and a coherent collection of four outfits inspired by it.

Textile Design

Textile students also choose a historical object, figure or material as the starting point for their research into context, materials and techniques. They, too, make a replica of their selected object. Using the information obtained about materials, colours, techniques and social context, supplemented by new sources of inspiration, the students are expected to present their work in the form of an installation that makes a contemporary, adequate and innovative statement.

Like the propaedeutic year, the second year offers students the freedom and opportunity to experiment with a range of basic techniques, including knitting, weaving, printing and patterns, and to explore different textile disciplines as a career option, such as interior or fashion. Students may decide to move in the direction of sustainable or innovative textiles, or they may choose an autonomous approach.

At the end of this study year, the students present the results of all clusters, their historical textile replica and the contemporary three-dimensional interpretation of the design.

Delving into the diversity of ethnic groups

Fashion Design

After having explored the history of the historical costume, third-year students conduct research into the many different types of ethnic groups. Each fashion student chooses a folkloristic or ethnic costume for their collection as the point of departure for an extensive study. Insights gained into ethnic, technical and social characteristics, supplemented by new sources of inspiration, are used to design a relevant, contemporary collection.

At the end of the third year, the students present the results of all clusters, their replica of an ethnic costume and a collection consisting of six silhouettes.

Textile Design

Textile students study an ethnic or folkloristic textile or object to learn about a culture which serves as a source of inspiration for an individual collection. Their research includes analysing historical, cultural and anthropological data, conducting technical research and studying materials, colours, techniques and textures.

The students experiment with various techniques in their search for alternative ways to produce a replica of the selected textile or object. Personal horizons are expanded by drawing inspiration from other sources in order to arrive at a relevant interpretation. The aim of the assignment is to incorporate all this research material in a contemporary and innovative textile project which includes various contrasts, structures, movements, varieties and forms.

At the end of the third year, the students present the results of all clusters, their replica of an ethnic textile or object, and their contemporary textile project with a three-dimensional translation.

Individual collection

Fashion Design

In the final phase of the programme, during the graduation year, students are free to choose a theme of their own. The emphasis during this phase is mainly on the students’ individual and autonomous creation process and their personality as a future designer. The theme and the source of inspiration serve as a guide to arrive at a relevant contemporary interpretation, via their personal blueprint and creative signature.

All acquired interdisciplinary skills will be utilised during this stage of the programme and the graduates will develop partnerships with photographers, graphic designers, fashion agencies, businesses and communications officers. In their thesis, students reflect on their own work, the relevance of their designer role and critically reflect on their learning path.

The fashion designers must have completed all clusters by this phase, and are expected to present their thesis and a collection of 10 silhouettes.

Textile Design

The textile designers are also free to choose a theme and a textile discipline for their graduation project. This project must be of high quality and be an expression of the graduate’s creative personality. The final project must be a three-dimensional dimensional installation. The textile design, entire research process and personal experiment with different textile techniques will be evaluated.

Like the fashion students, the textile students work in an interdisciplinary manner to achieve their project goals and are expected to present the final result in a visual way. The textile designers must have completed all clusters by this phase, and are expected to present their thesis and a three-dimensional textile project.

Walk-through and concept discussion

The final result, the fashion collection or textile installation, is presented to a team of lecturers with their own professional practices from the first year onwards.

For the fashion designers, the presentation includes a number of fittings; for the textile designers, it takes the form of an installation. The fashion designers will be evaluated based the skills they have developed and which are necessary for the métier, such as insight into formal studies, cut, pattern knowledge, moulage, drapery, modelling, knowledge of machinery and materials, converting two-dimensional images into three-dimensional forms working from a fashion drawing, sewing techniques and finishing.

For textile designers, knowledge of textiles is of paramount importance. Students are expected to master all the techniques and finishes, and must be able to apply them to their creation or design, which of course must reflect their unique vision and personal creative style.

Final qualifications

The final qualifications have been summarised in seven competencies. The KABK has established these competencies according to the national final qualifications for Educational Profiles for Fine Art and Design programmes.

Graduates are expected to meet the following final qualifications:

Students can develop an innovative concept and elaborate this into a unique and significant image, product, means of communication or spatial design and can put this into a context in an innovative fashion.

Students can observe, analyse, explain and evaluate their own work and that of others and can use the results of this to the advantage of their own work.

Students can further develop their views, capacities, work and way of working in a way that suits their character and is related to their discipline.

Students can create and maintain an inspiring and functional work situation for themselves.

Students can present and explain their work in an inspiring fashion and can discuss it with clients and other interested parties.

Students have a view about the role and position of their discipline in society and can relate their work and opinions to those of others and to cultural and social developments.

Students can direct cooperative efforts and give both content and quality to them.

Further education

Graduates of the Bachelor Textile & Fashion may enrol in a master programme in either fashion or textile design. For fashion designers, these postgraduate programmes allow them to focus on collections, accessories and specialisations. Textile designers focus on the interior, the industry, product development and concept design.