Kask GentKask GentBachelor & Master in Fashion
A fascination for the human body and the many facets of the medium of fashion, and an urge for radical innovation are essential traits for a fashion designer. Fashion does not operate inside a vacuum, and is no longer limited to clothing alone. It is an ever current and socially relevant phenomenon, a dynamic and multi-faceted artistic discipline that has for the last couple of decades increasingly been operating at the intersection with an international art scene. Since the era of the great couturiers, fashion designers are increasingly seen as visionary and pivotal figures in society. He or she is an artisan, a designer and a multidisciplinary artist all at once, and the interaction between these three poles makes up the unique quality of a fashion programme in the context of the visual arts. A student of fashion falls back on rich historical and cultural traditions, but is as eagerly focused on the latest developments as on this past. The study of fashion in different spatial and temporal contexts takes up an important place in the programme. This comparative perspective is crucial in the development of a personal innovative style. As a student of fashion at KASK, your ultimate goal is to present innovative avant-garde fashion that is a striking expression of its time.
The programme is organized around five basic clusters: three-dimensional design (with the human body as wearer as the central focus), craftsmanship, study of materials, (re)presentation, and theory and reflection. Each of these topics occasion research and experiment. The curriculum and assignments are devised to make you confront your own conceptions and frames of reference so that you can question, renew and expand these and develop your own personal and recognizable style.
The design studios are the core of the programme. Here you acquire experience as a fashion designer, always in an intensive dialogue and interaction with different instructors who guide and coach you, each falling back on their specific outlook and experience. The programme deliberately chooses to approach fashion as a creative art, offering you the opportunity to test the medium’s boundaries. We consider the formative processes of a design equally important as the finished product. The ethnic or historical references from art, architecture and culture in general are gradually replaced by sources of inspiration and methods of your own choice. This enables you to build an enduring foundation for your future work as a visual artist and designer.
The actual design practice is supported and enriched by theoretical courses of a general and fashion-related nature, and by a balanced cluster of courses that focus on the metier of design. All of these courses offer tools that are indispensable for a fashion designer. Study and experience yield insight in materials, pattern drawing, assembly and knitting techniques, and silkscreen and digital printing. Some unique features of our fashion programme are the integration of the fashion accessories course in the curriculum, and the presence of a professional shoe design studio. The studio introduces new disciplines in which technology, art and science come together, and you are offered the opportunity to participate in various projects in cooperation with leading companies, research centres and museums. If you opt for the master programme after attaining your bachelor’s degree, you also do an internship where you acquire knowledge and skills you can then apply in designing and professionally realizing a graduation collection.
Since fashion is a highly mediatized artistic discipline, the (re)presentation of your work is an essential part of your identity as a designer. Styling, design and anatomical drawing are key elements in this, as are photography and graphic design. By way of your own work you take up a deliberate position in the prevailing visual culture. The annual fashion event, Movement, is of course the apotheosis of your training.
Jozef Kluyskensstraat 2 Gent 9000 Belgium
Universiteit GentUniversiteit GentMaster of Science in Sustainable Materials Engineering
Master of Science in Sustainable Materials Engineering
In this course you will learn all about the properties of materials such as metals, ceramics and polymers, how they can be made, processed, but also recycled, and how engineering applications strongly depend on material choices and knowledge. Two majors are offered in the Master of Science in Sustainable Materials Engineering: Major Applied Metal Sciences and Major Polymers and Fiber Structures
In the major “polymers and fiber structures” the emphasis is on materials that consist of polymers and structures that are built up from fibers, including textiles.
Polymers are the main raw material from which fibers are made, but ceramic and mineral materials are also discussed. The program includes polymer processing starting from pellets to the final end product.
Emphasis is placed on the behavior of the materials during processing and the resulting properties of the acquired structure.
The major therefore includes learning lines about polymer materials and textile materials as well as derived materials such as composites. The emphasis for the learning line on textile materials is on the principles of technology, the behavior of the fibers and yarns during processing and the properties of the structures.
By giving textile materials a physical or chemical after-treatment, additional properties (added value) can be imparted. Furthermore, the theory of color, color formation and color perception are discussed, in addition to the different dye types as well as the way of application. As such, insight is provided into the textile materials and processes, with specific attention being paid to the development of products with desired functionalities (flame-retardant, wrinkle-resistant, antibacterial, dirt-repellent, etc.). This also includes nanotechnology and biotechnological materials and processes.
Much attention is paid to the development of synthetic turf for sports and other recreational purposes. A specific type of functional materials are the intelligent (interactive) textile materials. Finally, methods are also discussed for monitoring the quality of products and processes.
Technologiepark 70A Zwijnaarde 9052 Belgium
Royal Academy of Fine Arts – AntwerpRoyal Academy of Fine Arts – AntwerpMode
THE FASHION DEPARTMENT
The Fashion Department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts was founded in 1963. In the early years, the academy mainly focused on fine arts but under the guidance of Mary Prijot and Marthe Van Leemput, it quickly grew into a full-fledged fashion education. Two important milestones have changed fashion history forever. First, the rise of the Antwerp Six, all alumni of the Antwerp Fashion Department. The Six — along with Martin Margiela — were a quirky group of designers: they made a name for themselves in the early 1980s with their contrarian views on fashion, averse to what the commercial fashion dictated and limited. Their international success and reputation was the culmination of the vision and the approach of the Fashion Department, which gained international fame and recognition. Second, from 1985, the Fashion Department entered a new era under the leadership of Linda Loppa. She put the emphasis on not only a greater individual expression of the students but also on international orientation, and especially on boundless conceptual creativity. Thanks to her, the conceptual and experimental education was emphasized. Since 2006, and until today, the Fashion Department of Antwerp continues to produce countless of talented conceptual designers under the guidance of Walter Van Beirendonck, one of the members of the Antwerp Six.
THE BODY | Without the body, there is no fashion. Fashion exists because of it. Through drawing, the students are finding a way for the body to relate to the surrounding reality. That is still the foundation of their education. Otherwise, the experimental idea is purely an artistic matter. The result must have a valid function within fashion but not necessarily a product value. This makes the education at the Antwerp Fashion Department different from other fashion schools that adhere to commercial designs. However, reality is always in the back of the education’s mind. The teachers are or were employed in any branch of the fashion industry. They want to share their experiences. Workshops and theme projects help prepare the students to different aspects of the business.
THE EXPERIMENT | Being able to think and work unlimitedly experimentally is the most treasured part of this education. Students get the opportunities to push their creative boundaries. Moreover, through an intensive personal guidance by the team of teachers, they are continuously driven to push their limits. That way they are be able to maximize their abilities, ideas and imaginations. The Antwerp Fashion Department will continue to focus on creativity because wanting and daring to think in an unrestrained manner is the most powerful tool for a world in constant change.
THE PLACE | Due to MoMu Antwerp Fashion Museum‘s current renovations -and highly anticipated 2020 reopening-, which touches the building at Nationalestraat 28 housing the Fashion Department, the department will find a temporary haven inside the historical Antwerp landmark Handelsmuseum at the Coquilhatstraat, as of June 2018. Handelsmuseum formerly lodged the Department of Translators and Interpreters and is noted for its monumental neo-baroque façade. Closely located to the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Handelsmuseum is equipped to accommodate the students of the Fashion Department for two academic terms.
THE FREEDOM | The goal is not the extensive study of materials, nor the study of both traditional and innovative techniques. They are merely tools for the students, enabling them to think freely and experiment. Tradition, craftsmanship and innovation are key. Being able to create individually and freely is very important. The program offers the students all possibilities, but imposes nothing. Freedom of choice is the basis of innovative creativity. The evolution towards one’s own signature is based on freedom of choice, but also on content, on craft knowledge, and on the quality of the results. The indi vidual In the four-year program, the evolution of the students is closely followed by the teachers. It is a vertical guidance throughout the years. The development of each individual starts with uncovering their knowledge, their interests and their personality. This basis stimulates their inner environment. The process is incredibly intense, not only for the teachers but also the students, and therefore very productive. It enables students to develop a flexible and positive attitude, and a real passion for their work. The constant reflection on their abilities not only molds them into talented designers, but also develops strong personalities.
THE INDIVIDUAL | In the four-year program, the evolution of the students is closely followed by the teachers. It is a vertical guidance throughout the years. The development of each individual starts with uncovering their knowledge, their interests and their personality. This basis stimulates their inner environment. The process is incredibly intense, not only for the teachers but also the students, and therefore very productive. It enables students to develop a flexible and positive attitude, and a real passion for their work. The constant reflection on their abilities not only molds them into talented designers, but also develops strong personalities.
THE WALTER | Walter Van Beirendonck is the Head of the Fashion Department. He describes himself as a watchdog/protector of the extensive experimental approach. Along with his team of teachers, he remains closely involved with his students. Walter himself is an alumnus of the Fashion Department. He graduated in 1980, became one of the Antwerp Six and came back to teach at the Academy in 1985, alongside Linda Loppa. In 2013, the Fashion Department celebrated its 50th anniversary with a magnificent exhibition, ‘Happy Birthday Dear Academie,’ and a book, ‘Fashion / Antwerp / Academy / 50’. Even as the Head of the Fashion Department, Walter Van Beirendonck remains very active as an internationally known and respected fashion designer.
Nationalestraat 28 Antwerpen 2000 Belgium
Helmo ModeHelmo Mode Contact: Juan Herrera-Jimenez Danièle Bayers
The “Bachelor in Textiles: Fashion Techniques” training allows students to put the following skills at the service of their future employer:
Designing trends and models, being able to translate them into technically successful patronage: skills that are both technical (model making, cutting) and artistic (styling),
Know the production processes and industrial constraints and thus manage the making of models: technical and organizational skills
Being on the lookout for the market, consumer needs, understanding marketing mechanisms and thus creating the conditions for commercial success: management and marketing skills.
The training is versatile. In various materials, the creation of models is complete.
From the first days of training, the student is led to develop his creativity by expressing his personality. He is sensitive to the attention to detail, the professionalism and the care expected in the future profession.
Learning throughout the training allows you to master the different stages of making a garment and develop the spirit of collection.
The internship takes place at the end of the third year of study and can thus play the role of a first professional experience which can serve as a springboard for employment.
The purpose of the internship is to immerse yourself in the workings of the professional environment, in Belgium or abroad, in sectors of your choice (P.A.P., Haute Couture, mass distribution, accessories, costumes, etc.)
Professional partners: Agnès B, Louis Féraud, Chloé, Natalia Brilli, Maison Margiela, Nelly Rodi, Peclers, Gaspar Yurkievich, Delvaux, Jean-Paul Knott, Ekjo, Ken Okada, Marcia de Carvalho, Véronique Leroy, Isabel Graham, Bruno Pieters, A.F.Vandevorst, Pelvan, Tim Vansteenbergen, Elvis Pompilio, Ariane Lespire, Delphine Quirin, Daughters of Daddy, Jean-Paul Lespagnard, System, Archimedes, Jn&Joy, Nathan, Gat Rimon (Paris), Léa Peckre (Paris), Niyona, Krijst, Isabelle de Borchgrave, RHIE (New York), Bellerose, Disney Studio, …
BUSINESSES & OPPORTUNITIES
After graduation from HELMo Mode, the job opportunities are varied:
Creative department assistant
Designer of ready-to-wear or formal wear
Technical and production manager
Head of men’s, women’s or children’s department
Design of displays
NB: HELMo trains in the profession of Modelist-Stylist. The official title of the diploma is “Bachelor in textiles, technical option in fashion and styling”.
The student is invited to participate actively in the development of internal and external projects at the establishment in order to confront the real constraints of the sector. For instance:
Competition: Skills Belgium, Springboard, …
Various parades, exhibitions, collaborations, …
Fairs: Brussels Fashion Days, …
rue Natalis, 2 Liège 4020 Belgium
Luca school of ArtsLuca school of ArtsAcademic Bachelor and Master in Visual Arts
Do you have a fascination for textiles, a drive to create and do you want to master the visual language of textiles? Then the Textile Design specialization offers you a challenging research environment that explores the fascinating versatility of this medium. Textiles have a long history and come in many forms.
We communicate who we are in the way we dress and in the design of our living environment. Culture, time and social processes play a role in this, so that textiles function as a carrier of cultural values, ideas and meanings.
In the textile workshop you work with this fascinating versatility. New avenues and the changing role of the designer are explored, whereby the design process is not only about functionality but also about historical awareness, sustainability, emotions and topicality.
In this search for experiment, innovation and your own language, the artistic process is always central.
Alexianenplein 1 Ghent 9000 Belgium
Universiteit GentUniversiteit GentEuropean Master Programme in Textile Engineering (E-Team)
The Master of Science in Textile Engineering program is a two-year program in the field of textile technology. It is one of the oldest international programs of Ghent University. The training is a joint initiative of AUTEX, the worldwide association of textile universities. This English-taught master’s program is also called E-TEAM: European Textile Engineering Advanced Master. E-TEAM is still unique and offers students intensive mobility and high-quality multidisciplinary education in the field of textile technology. From the next edition, the global character will be structurally anchored by stronger involvement of partners from outside Europe and a program reform will be introduced to make better use of this potential.
The three main objectives of the program are to acquire knowledge and fundamental insights about textile materials, processes and applications, personal development and international networking.
E-TEAM’s primary goal is to acquire the necessary academic knowledge in the field of textile technology and to learn to apply this knowledge to design and develop innovative advanced textile products and processes.
In the first three semesters, the students follow lessons, each time around a different theme, namely textile materials (semester 1), production processes (semester 2) and technical applications (semester 3). In the fourth semester, students work on their master’s thesis, on a topic and location of their choice.
Teaching is provided by the most renowned teachers from around the world. They give their subject as an intensive course during one week at the location where the students are or supervise a student with the master’s thesis in their lab. Curriculums run across courses and semesters and provide a deepening of specific themes, such as computational methods and sustainability. There is significant industry input and two of the instructors even have their own businesses.
Extensive mobility plays a major role in personal development: students spend two to four semesters abroad, are part of a multicultural group and are taught by international teachers, each with their own communication style and learning method, in a changing environment and culture. Students become flexible, communicative, enterprising and solution-oriented. In addition, competences, skills and attitudes are actively developed through learning lines on scientific, critical and design thinking.
The many formal and informal contacts with local and international students, teachers, researchers and companies ensure that students can already build on an international and diverse network when they graduate.
E-TEAM alumni mainly choose a job in the textile or material industry, the supply sector (textile machine construction, chemistry) or sectors where textile products are used (transport, furniture sector, medical sector, construction, protection, etc.). Furthermore, all jobs are also open to typical engineering profiles: consultancy, government, education and research, …
About 1 in 6 E-TEAM alumni obtains a PhD.
What is particularly striking is the large share of international careers: almost half of the graduates opt for a job abroad.
From the 2020-2022 edition (starting in academic year 2020-2021), the first semester will always be organized at Ghent University, the second semester will rotate between University of West Attica (Greece, edition 2020-2022), Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain) , edition 2021-2023) and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Ingénieurs Sud Alsace (France, edition 2022-2024) while for the third semester, students can choose between University of Borås (Sweden) and Kyoto Institute of Technology (Japan). The fourth semester is reserved for a master’s thesis at a location of your choice.
Technologiepark 70 A Gent 9052 Belgium
Haute Ecole Francisco FerrerHaute Ecole Francisco Ferrer
rue de la Fontaine 4 Brussels 1000 Belgium
La CambreLa Cambre
La Cambre is one of Belgium’s leading schools of art and design.
Founded in 1927 by the architect and designer Henry van de Velde, the Ecole nationale supérieure des arts visuels of La Cambre (ENSAV) has some 700 students spread across 17 departments: ceramics, animation, drawing, urban design, engraving and the printed image, painting, photography, sculpture, and an art restoration department. Its design departments include industrial and textile design, book and paper design (bookbinding), interior design, set design, fashion design, as well as two graphic sections – graphic and visual communication and typography. A new Master’s degree in accessories design completes the curriculum.
Students attend several cross-disciplinary courses, either optional or compulsory, including digital art, live model, colour, video, body arts and performance, book art and illustration. As well as art training, they are taught theory and technical skills, both general and specialised, and are encouraged to go on work experience by taking part in the Erasmus student exchange programme, as artists’ assistants, and at arts centres, creative studios or with companies.
Through its history and its ubiquitous presence in everyday life, textiles embrace symbolic and functional, cultural and decorative dimensions in uses which are both personal and collective. A flexible material, textiles are moveable, made of fibres and threads, wefts and stitching; they nurture complicity with the line, the text and digital processes. They are the bearers of countless expressions of ancestral know-how and a prospective terrain for research, the catalyst for a vast industrial sector. The search for textures and structures, rhythms, drawings and colourations is the very subject of the work of the textile designer, which they implement as a means of autonomous expression or towards established applications.
The studio’s programme enables students to understand the issues of textiles within a wide vista and through them to make coherent choices in accordance with their aspirations. The transversal nature of textiles leads students to imagine it deployed across art, fashion and design and invited into hitherto unseen terrains. The demanding character of interactivity with different fields of application takes the form of individual or collective working partnerships.
The students develop a personal language by fundamentally questioning the medium, as much in terms of its sensory, functional and cultural resonances as through its technical processes. This implies the acquisition of tools of analysis, creation and production through the varied professional backgrounds of the studio’s teachers, and thanks to the assistants who bring to creation the general courses and optional arts-course tutorials. The experimental processes develop through learning the techniques of weaving, stitching and printing. Successive interpretations of the work enable its multiple issues to become more apparent, its special features to be honed, and its status to be formulated. Working partnerships with external bodies or other studios within the school, training courses and enrolling the studio in international networks aim to stimulate the creative processes, to kindle exchanges and encounters, to refine the developments of the project. In addition to the general compulsory training course available to the different studios organized at La Cambre, the bachelor’s aims to provide the student with an understanding of the whole of the textile industry, of its multiple sources and issues. Over the course of the three years, the students develop experimental protocols and respond to given topics by questioning the different levels, statuses and applications of textiles. The demanding nature of a technical polyvalence permits an opening to various specializations.
The master’s entails an engagement on the part of the student in a domain of creation, based on an awareness of what they are undertaking and accomplishing in the professional, artistic and social world. The programme helps the student to choose a personal project, developed over two years and whose implementation transcends the scope of the school. The students have access, in optional form, to different courses and multidisciplinary studios at La Cambre or in other establishments, in such a way to adapt the programme to the demands of the subject chosen. Internships and residences in various contexts at an international level are encouraged during the master’s.
Linda Topic, textile designer Anne Masson, textile designer
The Stylisme and Fashion Design studio offers training which hinges on the two primary axes of its title. Stylisme meets a precise demand in a given context. It immerses itself in brand strategy development from every angle: product, communication, distribution, extensive research. Cultural, social, aesthetic and technical skills combined with analysis abilities, the accuracy of perception and of communication are the assets of a fashion designer positioned at the centre of the company. The design of fashion(s), less influenced by economic logic, develops a more personal and innovative writing. The two disciplines, stylisme and fashion design, have in common the highlighting of the body through the use of volume, images, colours and materials: they study every facet of fashion as a contemporary form of expression.
Through exercises and specific projects, the student is led to work on concrete statements and to develop, collection by collection, an ever-more personal style. Through their investigations they are ineluctably brought face to face with a language rich in signs, which they have to learn how to decrypt in the light of its sociocultural context. It is from this approach that they draw the elements which will permit them to develop a personal and innovative style. Apart from a sound knowledge of what is going on in the world of fashion, a good general grounding in terms of art, history, literature and cinema as well as a large openness of mind and a boundless curiosity will be indispensable for them. The studio’s curriculum highlights a number of fundamentals:
observation of the body and construction of volume ;
creative approach: personal research through the analysis of texts and images, and subsequently the development of themes, collection concepts, the composition of a range of colours and producing a personal dossier;
development of volume through the techniques of moulding, sewing and mesh work, as well as working on materials through various techniques, including screen printing;
construction of a coherent collection through the drawing of silhouette outlines, developing canvas, the choice of materials, producing prototypes in definitive form;
finishing the collection through accessorizing, fashion photography, casting and choosing the staging for the various modes of presentation (installation, catwalk parade, performances, video editing, etc.)
In the bachelor’s, alongside the core curriculum, the student is led to work on concrete statements, to build for themselves a technical vocabulary in terms of cut, couture, the handling and the finishing of textiles, drawing silhouette outlines, graphic design, etc. and to develop over successive projects an ever-more personal style. It is also during the bachelor’s that they acquire the concept of collection and that they complete two external internships in a fashion house or with a designer.
The master’s is the setting for the culmination of a long process of maturation and osmosis between creativity and acquired technical skills. The student must be able to assume full responsibility for their creative choices. They must also be capable of defending them through a coherent sales pitch and an end product which is perfectly in line with them. They complete two long-term internships in a renowned fashion house or with a designer abroad. Their final-year thesis concludes an educational curriculum of at least five years spent within the studio and constitutes a genuine business card to gain entry into the profession.
Pedagogical coordination :
Tony Delcampe, fashion designer
21 Abbaye de La Cambre Brussels 1000 Belgium
Bachelor Fashion Technology GentBachelor Fashion Technology Gent
We are the only faculty in Flanders that offers the professional bachelor programme in Fashion Technology. This programme is an excellent basis for a successful career in the clothing and fashion industry. Our graduates function at a (sub-)top management level as production manager, quality manager, product manager, purchaser or head of the patterning department.
Our courses include fashion, production control, pattern design, industry related software packages such as CAD-CAM and ERP, textile technology, logistics, marketing, safety management and foreign languages. By participating in several projects our students get accustomed to the collaboration between several disciplines and different people while training their innovative qualities.
In recent years, the clothing and fashion industry has become a knowledge-based industry. The value chain is also crucial to this industry. Despite increasing fierce global competition and the relocation of production to low-wage countries, it continues to be an important aspect of the industry in Flanders and Europe. In order to provide course curricula that meet these requirements, we work in close collaboration with companies throughout the entire value chain both on national and on international level.
Valentin Vaerwyckweg 1 Gent 9000 Belgium
Bachelor of Textile Technology GentBachelor of Textile Technology Gent Contact: Monique Dewinter
The Belgian textile industry is one of the most advanced and most successful industries in the world. Textile stands for creativity, diversity and advanced technology. The three-year training combines a theoretical knowledge with a practical know-how and will enable students to follow the technological evolution in the textile industry. Students will also develop their social and communicative skills.
As a professional bachelor in the textile technology students may be employed in the following branches of the textile industry: interior textiles, clothing, technical textiles, finishing industry and spinning industry and preparation. The diversity in jobs is enormous: foreman, head of a technical department, representative, salesman, head of quality control …
The aim of the study programme is to produce graduates who are capable of implementing their basic skills, which they have acquired a the University College, in a dynamic business environment in a critical manner. Graduates with a bachelor of textile technology must, as fledgling professionals, be able to anticipate the fast-moving highly-technological textile sector, implement innovations in the production and workers’ organisation with a view to thus contributing to the growth of the business.
With this bachelor’s degree, the graduates can find employment in three areas, both at home and abroad:
The study programme guarantees that the students, upon completion of their professional
bachelor of textile technology master the following three competences:
– analytical and problem-solving thinking ability;
– high level of responsibility;
– an inquisitive mind/learning ability;
– communication: oral and in writing;
– social skills: team player and flexibility.
Graduates with a bachelor of textile technology have the following professional competences that allow them to carry out their tasks appropriately:
– working in a project-based manner (decisiveness, entrepreneurial spirit and initiative, planning and organising);
– quality, safety and environmental awareness;
– creativity/geared to innovation;
– social skills: leadership qualities;
– customer and market orientation.
Schoonmeersen Valentin Vaerwyckweg 1 Gent 9000 Belgium