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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design

University of Borås
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Application deadline: April

About this program

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design

In this program, you learn to master the entire design process: from idea to finished fashion product, both traditionally and more experimentally. After graduation, you could start working directly at a fashion company. These students become the designers of the future with a full grasp on sustainability and how to develop and improve the field.

At the beginning of the education, the students learn what a traditional design process is like and how it is being done. How do you get ideas and how can you develop them? Then, the experimental phase begins. This is where the students search for new methods and approaches. What are the restrictions? What does a traditional mannequin look like? Why? Which conditions and views of the body do this result in? How do we look at fashion in relation to these conditions?

This is also a matter of material knowledge, about learning to get the best out of a material, to see how a material works at a moving body, and knowing about which methods to use in order to succeed.

Unique laboratories

The Swedish School of Textiles has well-equipped laboratories staffed by skilled and experienced technicians, which gives you great opportunities to test and try to realise your ideas with the same types of machines as the industry. There are also well-lit and spacious studios for the students to work in. Each student has their own desk during the entire program, which is another advantage that makes the work easier.

Fashion shows

But fashion is more than just about making clothes. For example, it is important to know about and relate to political and social codes. The students’ works are based on a critical view of clothing and design, which is reflected in the collections that they exhibit in fashion shows during the education.

All degree projects are shown at an exhibition at the textile museum in Borås, at Stockholm’s fashion week, and London Fashion Week. In addition to this, many students participate in international competitions such as Design Nest and HM Design Award. Getting the opportunity to show your work to a professional and international audience gives positive effects, such as recognition, contacts, and constructive feedback.

The Swedish School of Textiles

The Swedish School of Textiles is a place for creativity, knowledge, and innovation. We have courses spanning all textile areas, ranging from textile design and fashion, to production and value chains, to business and textile technology. We have a unique machine park where creativity and theory are combined with practical work.

The Swedish School of Textiles is the only university in Sweden with a specialisation in textiles and fashion that has rights to grant degrees at all levels, including a doctoral degree in artistic work. For those who already have an undergraduate education, you can further specialise through one of our educational programmes at the Master’s level, or develop your skills through one of our popular freestanding courses.

Admission requirements

The following specific admission requirements apply for education leading to a Bachelor of Arts:

  • Artistic design ability to work, experiment, illustrate and realise textile and other elements in an expressive manner, in order to convey intended ideas in a comprehensible manner
  • Technical ability in textile techniques, e.g. weaving, printing, sewing, embroidery, knitting or other textile constructions
  • A certain degree of critical theoretical knowledge within the field of textiles and design.
  • Verified knowledge of English corresponding to the course English B/6 in the Swedish Upper Secondary School.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Design methodology 1: design development
  • Basic design 1: body and structure
  • Design aesthetics 1: historical and contemporary aspects
  • Design project 1: body, structure and expression
  • Dyeing, textile printing and preparation techniques
  • Basic design 2: design experiment, knitting and tricot,
  • Design project 2: techniques and expression

Year 2

  • Basic design 3: materials and expression
  • Design aesthetics 2: perspectives and principles
  • Design project 3: specialisation
  • Design methodology 2: contemporary art and design methods
  • Design aesthetics 3: criticism and assessment
  • Sustainable business development and product development

Year 3

  • Design project 4: applied design
  • Design methodology 3: design research
  • Experimental methods in artistic research
  • Documentation and presentation of design research
  • Degree project

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarship options, please visit the university website.


  • 125500 SEK first payment
  • 753000 SEK full tuition fee
  • EU / EEA citizens and exchange students are not required to pay fees

Continuing studies

This educational program provides the opportunity of further study at an advance level such as the Master's level, including the Master Program in Fashion and Textile design with Spec. in Fashion Design or Textile Design at the Swedish School of Textiles.

Career paths

After graduation, many students continue studying for a master’s degree. Others start working for different fashion houses or start their own business. The internship during the third year often results in valuable contacts for future employments.

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University of Borås

The University of Borås fosters learning, knowledge, and innovation of high quality in an international setting and with significant social relevance. We work together here--for the future and to make a difference! The University of Borås has around 17,000 students...

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Why study at University of Borås

  • Student City of the Year

    We were named Student City of the Year for Sweden 2020/2021!
  • Nine out of 10 students from the University of Borås are employed within six months of graduation!

    Alumni also find that their educations are useful in their professions.

  • Sustainable Development

    The university has a strong sustainability profile and all activities are based on Agenda 2030. In your studies, you are encouraged to think from a sustainability perspective.
  • Close contact with teachers

    Our students experience that it is easy to get in touch with and get help from teachers if a problem should arise during their studies. Our teachers are here for you!

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University of Borås

Allégatan 1
501 90 Borås

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