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The Arts of Fashion Foundation innovative 4-week intensive fashion program - known as the Arts of Fashion MasterClass - is taught in English. This new intensive session will be hosted at the Cristobal Balenciaga Museum in Getaria, Spain - with final projects to be exhibited at the end of the session in the Museum.

This Arts of Fashion Foundation 4-week intensive fashion program is an excellent opportunity and unique frame for excellence to enhance fashion students' creative identity with consistent personal research. We aim to sharpen interest and skills in contemporary fashion draping and silhouette while advancing fashion design and gaining a deeper understanding of the culture of fashion.

For the session, a group of international fashion students and recent graduates have the opportunity to learn genuine couture know-how and develop their own design research. Students have to incorporate research into their own creations under the Art Direction of guest creative designers.

Previous guests included leading creative designers such as Anthony Vaccarello (2010), Aurore Thibout (2011), Christine Phung and Lucile Puton (2012), Zoe Vermeire (2013), Raphaelle H’Limi and Kenta Matsushige (2014), Long-Nam To (2014/15), Yiyu Chen & Haesung Bong (2015), Stephanie Coudert (2016-17), Gustavo Lins (2018), Alicia Declerck (2019), Brandon Wen (2021) and Lucas Sponchiado (2022).


Arts of Fashion Foundation 4-week intensive fashion program 2024

Increase, develop and promote creativity by exposing talented students to different cultural environments, design approaches and new techniques, including the diverse, unique and rich culture of craftmanship from the Haute Couture.
Learn and experience first hand from first class renowned highly creative minded and independant fashion designers.
Give students support and direction to develop their own design DNA while receiving feedback on their portfolios and professional projects including best source of education, senior thesis and international competitions advice.
Initiate and encourage collaboration and exchange of ideas between professionals, designers and students.
Allow students to mingle and network with other fashion driven students from all over the world.

This course studio program is taught in English by a team of fashion and textile designers for a class of 15 students maximun.
(160 hours, over a period of 4 weeks - equivalent to 9 credit hour and consisting of minimum 5-day a week, 9AM-6PM with 1 hour lunch break)


Credit photo: Sara Kryzaniak - Arts of Fashion Summer Fashion

The Arts of Fashion Foundation is offering to fashion students and recent graduates another opportunity to work with rising creative designers and explore the exclusive reservoir of Haute Couture through this unique collaboration.

The main idea is not only to sharpen participants’ skills, increase their vision and develop their creative potential, but also pushing their design and inventiveness boundaries to the appropriation of the know-how or savoir-faire.
Following the inspiration of the current fashion exhibitions and exploring design strategies such as use of unconventional materials, the ideas of transgression and subversion including surrealism and pastiche, selected participants by session will create and design capsule collection around a pre-defined atmosphere, following assignments and specific given theme.

- LAB is a studio course dedicated to design and execute finished garments from the original silhouette with prominent designers as critics. Students develop and define their own concept through the themes given and following their design research.
- COLLAB is a studio course dedicated to explore and experiment textile design techniques from Haute Couture and Savoir Faire. Students develop and apply their research for their design project.
- CULTMODE offers a comprehensive survey of the fashion design fields. Through fashion professionals and guests, field trips and exhibitions as well as our collaboration with the Cristobal Balenciaga Museum and unique access to their collections, students learn the scope, history and dimensions of the fashion Haute Couture and its related fields.

The Cristobal Balenciaga Museum will host the ephemeral exhibition of the work in progress produced by participants the last Thursday of the session (5-9PM). A photoshoot is also organised the last Friday for portfolio purposes. A certificate of participation is delivered to students according to full attendance of the program and work. The Arts of Fashion Foundation certificate of achievement is given only to students who completed all the requirement and which work is exhibited.

The goal of the Arts of Fashion Foundation 4-week intensive fashion program is to further develop and promote creativity in fashion, exchange of ideas, give fashion students access to the best possible sources of fashion education - including the diverse, unique and rich culture of craftmanship from Haute Couture tradition.


The Arts of Fashion Foundation 2024 innovative 4-week intensive fashion program offers to fashion students and recent graduates a fashion design studio course program of 160 hours, over a period of 4 weeks - equivalent to 9 credit hour, and consisting of 6-day a week at least, 9 AM to 6 PM, (with one hour lunch break). Tuition fees $6500.

All applicants have:
- to complete the individual registration form online
- to email their CV/resume in attachment (contact-us@arts-of-fashion.org), in shortly explaining why they think this program can help them (motivation).
- a recommendation letter from professor or from a previous student from the Arts of Fashion is always welcome as well as a link to portfolio and recent work.
- a Skype/Zoom interview may be scheduled.
Upon receipt of your registration form and reception of your CV/resume and motivation letter, the Arts of Fashion will review your application and send you the final decision about your enrollment.

The 4-week intensive fashion program is limited to 15 students, the full payment tuition fees will secure your spot. After the 15th student registered, all next students will be on a waiting list and be contacted if some spots would be available. Students on the waiting list will be contacted in order of receipt of their registration form.

Accommodation is available in an Hostel-Dorminatory in Getaria for registered students at the discounted rate of € 1000 for the entire program breakfast included, shared hotel room with 2 students for a discounted rate of € 1350 for the entire program breakfast included. Individual hotel room for a discounted rate of € 2200 for the entire program breakfast included..


Full payment of tuition fees is requested to secure your spot after acceptation in the program. Payment is in US $ by bank wire transfer. You can also pay by credit card via PayPal but 3% of processing fees will be added to the amount.
All cancellation must be made in writing - before April 15, 2024 - 10% will be deducted for processing fees. After April 15, 2024 no tuition fees will be refunded


Please note that the registration and tuition fees do not include international insurance and medical coverage. Therefore it is the responsibility to each participant to contract a personal international insurance before leaving for the winter and summer programs in Europe. We advice participants to take information first from their own insurance company in order to have additional medical and liability coverage during their travel and stay.

The tuition fees do not include transportations, accommodation, meals, personal expenses, basic materials and medical insurance. The Arts of Fashion Foundation, and their members, volunteers, designers, guests and instructors, and space owner - the Museum, will not be held responsible for liability due to accident, injury, damage, loss of material and belongings or any other incident causing loss or harm to a program participant during the 4-week session, travel time and stay in Europe even if the incident is occurring by the involved parties. It is the responsibility of the student to be insured and to insure or not what they produce, carry or / and submit.


Students are expected to provide some supplies. Participants will receive a list of the needed basic materials before the session begins including fabric, and supplies.


Program participants must take their own arrangements to and from Getaria, Spain.

4-week accommodation possibilities in June in Getaria: Youth Hostel Dorminatory type - € 1000 - Hotel shared room for 2 student € 1350 - Hotel single room € 2200. Students are responsible for their accommodation, and can choose their own. The Arts of Fashion Foundation can help for the reservation with the accommodation listed.

Please note that all visitors will need to present a valid passport (that does not expire just before the visit or before the end of the visit) and proof of sufficient funds and a return airline ticket are often requested by the authorities.

Please check the travel updates for Visa and Vaccination. In normal time, US-citizens don't need a Visa. After going through customs, you will be free to travel in the Schengen space during the period of your stay less than 3-month. For non-US citizen, if your country does not have a special agreement with Europe, you will have to obtain a tourist visa. You need to begin the process as soon as possible before your departure time. Near international Airports are San Sebastian and Bilbao. Buses are available to reach Zahaus, few miles from Getaria every hour.


Cristobal Balenciaga Museoa is a non-profit organization located in Getaria - birthplace of the fashion designer - whose mission is to research and disseminate Cristobal Balenciaga’s life and work, his importance in the history of fashion and design, and the contemporary nature of his legacy. Opened in 2011, the Museum houses a unique collection of about 3000 references. It has organized so far 14 thematic exhibitions about different aspects of Cristobal Balenciaga’s work and launches every year educational programs and activities that aim to share knowledge on the couturier’s design concept and technique.


The Arts of Fashion Foundation is a San Francisco-based 501(c)(3), public, non-profit organization, linking both academics and professionals alike and is dedicated in fostering international cultural exchange through the creation of a variety of educational programs meant to facilitate critical thinking and advance the field of fashion among artists, designers, scholars and students.The primary focus of the foundation is the continuous support of creativity and design process in fashion and the arts linked to it.