PRESENTATION

This new specialisation was launched at the CAD three years ago to meet a growing demand from students.

Two well-known professionals in Belgium and around the world have built this programme with the CAD teaching team and have sponsored it since its creation: Jean-Paul Knott and Edouard Vermeulen.

Fashion design is evolving rapidly. Designers are now choosing materials that are more respectful of the planet, they are designing eco-responsible fashions, they are offering second lives to clothes, they are working with new materials. With the evolution of our society and behaviour, the creation of a new Fashion & Textile Design section from September onwards seems to be a natural step.

The training of future designers begins at the CAD, with the development of their artistic culture, their eye, their curiosity, their sense of proportions, volumes, materials, fabrics, colours… In keeping with the CAD philosophy of preparing its students for the realities of the professional world, the school also strives to prepare them for the real life of a fashion house. To do this, they must learn to create the visual identity of a clothing line, the presentation of products, photography, the different components of a fashion show, etc. Throughout this 3-year cycle, the student will develop his creativity to be able to bring innovative solutions in his concepts. They will start by using  «traditional» textiles to create women’s, men’s, mixed and children’s collections. He will then tackle the issue of the inexhaustible sources of natural materials and recycling…

Finally, and this is an important challenge, our students will develop the technical skills needed to put the most innovative ideas into practice, to work with the new so-called intelligent textiles and to understand the technologies of tomorrow. They will be followed and supported in their ideas to one day create their own concept. They will meet with designers, avant-gardists and stylists who make today’s fashion. They will also do numerous internships. What better way to prepare them for the reality and challenges of these beautiful and creative professions with a bright future.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCES

The CAD is an international institution. Courses are taught in English, giving our students the opportunity to obtain internships abroad, to take part in international workshops and to become familiar with other cultures through visits and cultural trips organised each year. In the framework of the double degree with the ECOLE de DESIGN de NANTES, this programme allows you to go abroad to France, India, Brazil or China for a semester of study in one of the destinations proposed by our partner. These experiences allow our students to pursue international careers all over the world (USA, Brazil, Australia, Thailand, China… and in different European countries).

MAIN CLASSES

  • Fashion Design
  • Study of textile
  • Pattern maker
  • Art direction
  • History of fashion
  • Accessories
  • Up cycling
  • Colors
  • Photography
  • Scenography
  • Digital design
  • Social media communication

Edouard Vermeulen

Artistic director of the Natan Couture House since 1983, he sponsors the new CAD Fashion section. An interior designer in a previous professional life, he devotes his vision of beauty to sublimating femininity and in all things, the balance of lines.

Jean-Paul Knott

A stylist for 13 years with Yves Saint-Laurent, he worked for the Rive Gauche Femme line for 5 years under the direction of Loulou de la Falaise. Jean-Paul Knott, a cosmopolitan personality who studied in New York, was also Monsieur Saint-Laurent’s assistant for Haute Couture.

BEGINNING OF CLASSES

Classes begin late September. A Summer School is organized in September (3-weeks courses in both Drawing and English) for those whose levels in drawing and/or English need improvement. The decision to participate in these courses or not is made by the direction during the interview process.

YEARLY SCHEDULE

The 3 years are divided in 9 quarters of 3 months each:

  • Year 1 – Q1: October – November – December
  • Year 1 – Q2: January – February – March
  • Year 1 – Q3: April – May – June
  • Year 2 – Q4: October – November – December
  • Year 2 – Q5: January – February – March
  • Year 2 – Q6: April – May – June
  • Year 3 – Q7: October – November – December
  • Year 3 – Q8: January – February – March
  • Year 3 – Q9: April – May – June

Year 1

  • Summer school: 2nd, 3rd and 4th weeks of September,
  • Start of Academic Year: last Monday of September,
  • During the first quarter: every Friday, cultural visits in Belgium, France, Great Britain, Netherlands and Germany,
  • 3-week internship in a Fashion house during the Easter break,
  • 1-week study trip during the Easter break: one year in USA (New-York or Chicago), one year in a European city like Berlin, Barcelona, Madrid…

Year 2

  • 4-week internship in a Fashion house during the Summer break,
  • Start of Academic Year, last Monday of September,
  • 3-week internship in a Fashion house during the Easter break,
  • 1-week study trip during the Easter break: one year in a European city like Berlin, Barcelona, Madrid…, one year in USA (New-York or Chicago),
  • One international multidisciplinary workshop with guest students coming from the UK, France and/or Italy.

Year 3

  • 4-week internship in an agency during the summer holidays,
  • Start of Academic Year, last Monday of September,
  • Two weeks multicultural and multidisciplinary workshop in Shanghai during the Easter break (this workshop would be replaced by a 4-week internship in a Fashion house for the students not going to the workshop),
  • Two international multidisciplinary workshops with guest students coming from the UK, France and/or Italy during Q2.

TUITION :

The tuition fees for the Undergraduates B1/B2/B3 programs and the double degrees M1/M2 are 8,700 EUR per year (8,400 EUR + 300 EUR registration fee*) and are to be paid as follows:
  • 300 EUR + 2,800 EUR i.e. 3,100 EUR (first third of costs) upon registration,
  • 2,800 EUR (second third of the costs) for June 30,
  • 2,800 EUR (third third of costs) for 15 September.

For international transfers, bank fees are at the charge of the payer.

Note however that there is a staggered payment possible for some residents (upon acceptance and subjects to a surcharge of 300 EUR).

Those tuition fees don’t involve the cultural visits and study trips.

*Registration fees: this amount covers the general administrative costs as well as individual insurance (taken out by the CAD) in case of accident at the school.

Bank details of the CAD
– BNP Paribas Fortis : IBAN BE93 0017 2185 3767 – BIC GEBABEBB
– ING : IBAN BE45 3631 3208 9889 – BIC BBRUBEBB
– Belfius : IBAN BE85 0689 3121 7306 – BIC GKCCBEBB

Remarks
– The CAD does not accept checks. Tuition fees must be paid into one of the school’s bank accounts. For international transfers, bank charges are at the expense of the originator.
– Tuition fees remain as announced at the time of registration for the entire program (except for repeaters in the first year if the price increases) unless inflation exceeds 5% per year, in which case the fees will be indexed.
– Since the number of students admitted each year is limited, the full tuition is due even in case of withdrawal or exclusion from the course.

CERTIFICATES

In Belgium, private schools can’t deliver states diploma.

The awarded degrees are certificates which may correspond with Bachelor’s degrees and are credited with 60 ECTS per year.