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Fashion design studies

As already mentioned at the beginning: No, you won't be standing at the tailor's dummy all day thinking about and sewing crazy designs. The Fashion Design course also consists of theoretical lectures and seminars. Even scientific work is on the schedule.

So that you can get a first impression of typical course content, we have listed a few examples:

  • History of clothing and design
  • Fashion sociology
  • Fashion display
  • Design theory
  • visual communication
  • manufacturing engineering
  • Material technology
  • Creative construction systems, pattern construction
  • Digitization of sections
  • Fashion management and fashion marketing
  • Product management

In the Fashion Design course, you will encounter the culturally scientific foundations of fashion (its history, its significance for culture and society), design practice (material and its properties, drawing, color theory) and interdisciplinary qualifications that make sense for the fashion industry (fashion marketing).

Note that this is only an example - each university has its own focus. The best thing to do is to take a closer look at the curricula (study plans) to choose the perfect course.

In some seminars you will work theoretically, in others you will do manual work yourself. The fashion schools and universities have workshops and studios for this.

From developing a model of a piece of clothing to creating a collection - in the fashion design course you will work a lot with scissors, paper, pencil, sewing needles and fabrics. And the universities pay close attention to this creativity and your manual skills when you apply.

Suitable universities for fashion design

Talent is a requirement, but what are the others? Here we explain to you which formal and personal requirements you have to meet in order to be successful in your application and studies.


  • First degree in design with at least 210 ECTS
  • Proof of specialist internships
  • Portfolio with creative work
  • letter of motivation, if applicable

Training: Instead of a bachelor's degree, training to become a fashion designer can be the right choice. It has the advantage that middle school is usually sufficient. You still have to prove talent over a portfolio.

Are you afraid of the portfolio? Do not worry! We are happy to help you. Because the portfolio is immensely important in the application process, we have compiled information and tips that should help you create the perfect portfolio. All information including a database with portfolio courses can be found here:

Fashion portfolio

personal requirements

It is not enough to be interested in current fashion. To study fashion design, you have to deal with all facets of fashion (history) - so you should be very interested in fashion and its meaning and development. Furthermore, of course, you have to be creative and have manual skills. What that means? Well, on the one hand, you should love to draw, because every part of a fashion collection is first created on paper. On the other hand, you should like to work with your hands, because whether on the sewing machine or by hand - handling (difficult) fabrics is of course part of fashion design.

  • Duration: 6 - 8 semesters
  • Graduation: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • Internships or even several company projects are usually carried out
  • Duration: 2 - 4 semesters (depending on bachelor's degree)
  • Graduation: Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Internships with fashion companies or designers are often possible or even compulsory

Because the fashion design course is naturally very practice-oriented - you don't learn fashion design from books, but by doing it - you can only do it in Full time complete. Distance learning or any other part-time study is not possible.

Did you know that...

... the designer Michael Kors designed his mother's wedding dress at the age of 5?

... until 1853 designers had no models at all, but presented their clothes on small dolls?

... Giorgio Armani wanted to become a doctor first? During his military service in the army hospital, however, he realized that he was not happy with it and devoted himself to fashion.

Career after studying fashion design

As a trained fashion designer, you can apply to companies in the fashion industry (manufacturers, brands, etc.) as a junior designer. You will design collections for a company alone or together with other designers in a team and have them produced in consultation with fashion management and production. Incidentally, the same is possible without a permanent position at a certain fashion company. You can also set up your own business as a designer and offer your designs to companies or found your own label. Either way: It is definitely a great feeling to see the first items in the store!

In addition to the pure design job, there are other job options waiting for you in the fashion world. For example, how about a job as a fashion stylist? Could you imagine doing a fashion series for a magazine? Or in an interface function between design and management? There are numerous options. You often get an idea of ​​jobs and potential employers during your studies. Internships and company projects can be used to make initial contacts.

Get to know other professions in the fashion industry. In our Professional world section we introduce you to numerous professions that you can do after studying fashion.

Professions with fashion

What does a fashion designer actually earn? Can you live well on the salary? Well, making a general statement about salary is incredibly difficult, especially in design professions. Because fashion designers are often self-employed. To find out what you earn as a freelance fashion designer, the only thing that helps is to ask a few designers yourself.

Finding information for employed fashion designers is much easier. Your salary is usually between 2,000 and 4,000 euros per month (gross). Of course there is still room for improvement. For example, if you work in a large company and even have management responsibility, you can easily earn more than 5,000 euros (gross) per month.

So that you can get an impression of the salary figures of fashion, fashion and textile designers, we have researched numbers for you:

Job:Gender, Age:Company size:Monthly salary (gross):
Fashion designerw, 30 yearssmall2.794 €
fashion designerm, 35 yearssmall2.522 €
Junior textile designerw, 28 yearssmall2.250 €
Textile designerw, 42 yearsvery large4.754 €
Textile designerw, 32 yearsvery large3.675 €
Head of Design Modew, 46 yearslarge8.637 €
Fashion seamstressw, 29 yearssmall2.040 €
Bespoke tailorw, 45 yearssmall2.350 €
Costume tailorw, 48 yearssmall2.734 €
Fashion stylistw, 27 yearssmall1.891 €
Fashion stylistw, 48 yearslarge2.932 €

Source: Salary.de
Company size: 1-20 employees = small | 21-100 employees = medium | 101-1,000 employees = large | > 1,000 employees = very large

Please note that these are only examples. There are always deviations up and down.

More salaries?

In our big salary article we explain to you what you can earn in the fashion industry and, above all, what the specific salary level can depend on.

Salary in the fashion industry

38 universities and fashion schools that offer fashion design