Bachelor and master Visual Arts > 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.
A fashion designer 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. Very consciously our programme considers fashion a creative art form, allowing students to explore and challenge the limits of the medium. 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.
Througout the programme you will engage in an intensive dialogue with your mentors, who are all experienced experts in the field.
Design workshops are at the core of your artistic practice that culminates in the creation of your own collection. You start by experimenting, setting up your proper frame of reference and exploring several ways of presentation. By so doing you develop your own fashion language and methods. After a while you become more independent, discover authenticity and by the third year you should have mastered the entire process. Accessories and styling will also play a role.
To get your designs actually carried out, you get to know a variety of techniques and technological skills: pattern drawing, deconstructing pieces of clothing, on dummy design – as is common in haute couture. Classical drawing techniques and drawing life models are also part of the curriculum. The idea is to find a way to integrate these skills in your personal design process. You will learn how to handle different kinds of fabric and how to manipulate them (colour, texture, prints). Furthermore, there is an introduction to several CADapplications (Illustrator, Photoshop).
Every year you choose a fashion related theory course (History of fashion, Current fashion practices and Sociology of fashion), complemented with a range of more general theory courses such as History of art, Artist writings, philosophy, psychology and anthropology. They provide you with a frame of reference that allows you to position yourself as an artist in our society. A fashion student draws on a rich historical and cultural tradition, but is also involved in the latest trends.
A list of optional subjects stimulates you to cross disciplinary boundaries and browse through other programmes of the School of Arts, hence enriching and deepening your own practice.
The yearly apotheosis consists of our fashion show Movement, in which bachelors and masters present their collections to the public.