Fashion Design, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
The ArtEZ Fashion Masters, one of the best-known Master Fashion courses in Europe, is based in Arnhem, the fashion capital of the Netherlands. Its programmes were developed from the renowned bachelor curriculum of the Fashion Design department set up in 1953, counting Viktor & Rolf and Iris van Herpen among its graduates.



The ArtEZ Fashion Masters, one of the best-known Master Fashion courses in Europe, is based in Arnhem, the fashion capital of the Netherlands. Its programmes were developed from the renowned bachelor curriculum of the Fashion Design department set up in 1953, counting Viktor & Rolf and Iris van Herpen among its graduates.

We offer two unique accredited Masters: the Master Fashion Design and the Master Fashion Strategy. Together they cover the vast variety of subjects of the contemporary fashion sector.

Our mission is to provide a focused and comprehensive education for talented professionals in a considerate environment where novelty, personal style, creativity and originality are embraced and further developed with the aim to help them to turn their talent into business.

Funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, our fulltime, two-year curricula rely on English as language of instruction. Our Masters building, located in the city centre, houses large studios and several seminar rooms. ArtEZ also has many other facilities at its disposal, such as a photo studio, a silk-screen studio and a knitting room.

MASTER FASHION DESIGN(previously Fashion Institute Arnhem)

The Master Fashion Design is geared to ambitious and talented fashion designers who want to pursue a career in the international fashion industry and aim to develop their creative skills and deepen their theoretical knowledge. Our Master curriculum encourages students to excel as independent designers with a strong personal vision, to be applied creatively to the commercial demands of the global fashion industries.

Apart from core classes on fashion design, the curriculum consists of modules on fashion theory and knitwear, supplemented by lectures, excursions, collaborative (exchange)projects and independent study activities, such as participation in international fashion contests.

After graduating students are able to position themselves strategically in the extended field of fashion design. Based on artistic and theoretical knowledge, they have developed a personal signature and professional craftsmanship that allows them to establish themselves as independent designers or find an original position in the fashion industry, for example as Head of Design, Creative Director or Senior Stylist.

Shoe Design

Shoe Design is a recently established specialisation within the Master Fashion Design, aimed at designers who want to develop their personal signature and improve their skills as a professional shoe designer for the fashion industry.

During their Master study, students receive guidance from renowned experts, such as Fredie Stevens (Viktor & Rolf) and Jan Jansen. In addition to design classes and an extensive module on traditional shoemaking, students are encouraged to join external projects and participate in international design fairs.

Programme Structure

Designers who reflect on the meaning of fashion add value to their designs, according toJosé Teunissen, who holds a professorship in fashion theory at ArtEZ and is responsible for the contextual components of the two Masters.

Starting from a solid theoretical foundation, the Fashion Masters aims to equip students with a variety of research and design skills.In addition to the set curriculum in the first year, students are encouraged to engage in experimentation and independent research, as well as participate in a range of external projects. While working in small groups they learn to evaluate their own activities and discover their abilities in terms of talent, skills and motivation. In this way, the Fashion Masters students receive tailor-made education.

Apart from our academic staff, a number of leading experts from the international field of fashion and related creative sectors offer supervision to our Master students, such as the designer duo Spijkers en Spijkers and trend watcher and publisher David Shah.

Personal coaching by experienced professionals supports students in their individual development. This personal one-to-one approach is one of the main tools to ensure the student's academic, creative and professional progress. Our tutors provide students with concrete experience of the fashion industry while simultaneously allowing them to develop an international network of original partners.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

  • An applicant has to register at Studielink in time. Subsequently the applicant will be asked to submit a digital portfolio by email or file sharing (e.g.: We Transfer etc.), a resume (C.V.) and a short letter of motivation (both in English). An initial selection will be made on the basis of this portfolio, letter of motivation and resume. The portfolio contains a visually attractive overview of former work, potentially consisting of free work, assignments, written articles, etc. Selected applicants will be sent an assignment. After receiving the result of the assignment a second selection will take place. The applicants selected will be invited for an interview before an admission committee in the period March-late June.
  • Applicants who are not selected for the second selection or for the interview will be notified within 4 weeks after we received the documents mentioned above.
  • The admission committee will consist of at least three members; a lecturer, a student and the Course Director (or a substitute). After the interview, applicants will be notified within 2 weeks on whether they are admitted or not. If the committee needs more time to make an admission decision, we reserve the right to put the applicant on a waiting list. In that case, the outcome will not be known until 2 weeks after the next admission date.
  • Candidates who have a bachelor degree in Fashion Design are elibigle to apply for the Master Fashion Design. Candidates who want to apply for the specialisation Shoe Design must have a bachelor in Fashion Design, Industrial Design, Product Design or 3D Design. It is also possible to apply for the Master Fashion Design without a Bachelor degree but with a minimum of 8-year relevant work experience. In that case also a minimum of 3 reference letters must be delivered. All applicants will be evaluated in terms of their talent and development potential for the specialisation in question. We will admit a maximum of twelve applicants for the Master Fashion Design within the specialisation Fashion Design and a maximum of six applicants for the Master Fashion Design within the specialisation Shoe Design.
  • The language of instruction of our courses is English. Applicants must have a basic fluency in English, a skill that will be tested at the entrance exam. In case of doubts about the applicants proficiency in English, we may require them to take an IELTS test with a minimum score of 6.0 (for all parts).

Work Experience

At least 8 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 9368 International
  • EUR 1951 EU/EEA


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