At the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, fashion is approached in an open and experimental way. Students adopt a critical curiosity to explore fashion and its traditions, systems and semiotics. They push the discipline’s boundaries and are not afraid to cross them. In developing strong personal visions and working methods, they seek to share new narratives and enrich the notion of fashion.

Making, thinking, research and play go hand in hand as students refine their conceptual, technical and visual skills. As students progress, they become increasingly independent in determining their own emphasis and setting goals. By working together across disciplines and engaging socially, they lay the foundation for a critical fashion practice that matches their talents and interests. Primed to see possibilities beyond the traditional fashion industry roles, alumni have the confidence to carve out their own place in the field of fashion.