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International School of Fashion Design in English

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  • Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design is opened also for Polish students, who want to  improve their language skills.

    Number of places is limited. There are no entry exams. Classes are held in English.

    Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design (SAPU) is the main organizer of Cracow Fashion Week.

    Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design ( Poland, Europe) offers a two-and-half-year full time program for international students. Our staff, all specialists within different areas of art and design, provide a program of study that enables a student release his full potential. After over 20 years of experience the school has achieved a high standard and an excellent reputation. We have been able to place many students in Polish fashion companies, ranging from cutting-edge boutiques to the largest industry enterprises listed on the Polish Stock Exchange. Some students have also found employment with international companies operating in a diverse range of countries.

    • The school is approved by the Polish Ministry of Culture, and is listed in the Ministry’s Art School Directory. The school is opened for international students and tuition is held in English. Our intensive and comprehensive academic tuition in fashion allows students to prepare an excellent portfolio.
    • The graduates receive diploma – Fashion Designer.
    • Since many years the School’s graduates have been taking part in Polish and international contests for fashion schools in Europe and they have won numerous prizes of high importance for their carriers:
    • Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design (Poland, Europe) is the only private school of fashion to have received the Honorary Golden Thread – a very prestigious award for distinguished individuals and institutions in Polish fashion, granted by the Lodz International Fair (MTL).
    • Our graduates have won numerous awards in Polish as well as international competitions – most recently Anka Letycja Walicka won the international competition Fashion Culture in London, in which the second and third places were taken by graduates from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
    • The school is a partner of international competitions: Fashion Culture (London), Habitus Baltija (Riga), Russian Silhuette (Moscow), Mielnica Fashion (Minsk), Donetsk Fashion Days (Donetsk), Jeansation (Monte Carlo).
    • SAPU’s graduates hold prestigious internships abroad and work in the world’s top fashion houses like Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, John Galliano, Claude Bonucci,
    • In 1999 Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design was awarded prestigious prize „The Silver Loop” for its contribution into the development of Polish fashion industry granted by Poznań International Fair.
    • Since 1994 Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design has educated more than 1,500 designers who work in fashion companies in Poland, Europe and in rest of the World. Many design under their own brand name and are currently recognized in the fashion industry.
    • Thanks to the Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design diploma show and an intensive promotion of SAPU graduates, the City of Krakow was the 23rd in the ranking of the world’s fashion capitals in 2013 overtaking , Frankfurt, Vienna and San Francisco.
    • You can find articles about SAPU and its graduates in significant magazines both Polish and international – Vogue, Collezioni, WGSN, Dexigner and more.
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    • Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design is organizing a prestigious diploma show – Cracow Fashion Awards, which opens Cracow Fashion Week and attracts major media representatives and fashion celebrities from Poland and Europe.

    At SAPU the students are in the heart of a vibrant community, alive with creative energy. They are surrounded by people who love what they do, who have ideas and talent, plans and passion. What happens in the classroom reflects what goes on every day in the industry’s workshops, showrooms and studios. Fashion is a highly diverse industry and it takes determination, hard work, flexibility, and passion to succeed. Our school is for self motivated fashion enthusiasts, informed and mature enough to commit to a course that is demanding in both its breadth and depth. Students receive an intensive education with individual attention. The school, in a single location,allows students to interact freely and often, encouraging an exchange of ideas and debate. The informal, lively atmosphere creates a community of working artists.

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    Graduates’ carrier prospects
    Our graduates work in all areas of fashion and within a wide variety of fashion companies, both manufacturers and retailers. Job descriptions include, design entrepreneurs, freelance designers and consultants, pattern cutters, fashion journalists, stylists, photographers, illustrators, merchandisers and public relations representatives. Some graduates set up their own workshops, and achieve independence and respect as professionals, selling their unique skills and work. During five semesters of study at SAPU you can prepare an outstanding portfolio of art work, paintings, design and photos which will open doors to the best fashion schools in Europe including Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

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    Teachers
    Central to the school’s philosophy is a concept of the artist-teacher. All teachers are employed part-time so they are able to pursue their professional carriers alongside their teaching. Many are established and distinguished fashion designers and bring to the school their invaluable professional experience. This system ensures that the students are taught by a variety of individuals who offer different perspectives. All teachers place a high value on initiative, entrepreneurship, determination, evidence of experimentation, and the students’ willingness to look at the chosen subject with a fresh eye and an enquiring and critical mind. General arts classes are taught by university professors, artists with great professional achievements, participanting in many international exhibitionsWe invite also international experts in various fields of design and art: Lucia Benická (Slovakia), Gary Baseman (USA), Mark Bickerstaffe (UK), Ernestine Ruben (USA), Naomi Rosenblum (USA), Martin Pegler (UK), Veronique Rouge (France), Joanna Błażejowska – Pecorari (France), Carol Morgan (UK) and more. The educational philosophy is not to cram an information but to release creative potential. This is accomplished through the personal attention. Our success is based entirely on the flexibility, variety and quality of the curriculum we offer. We attract students who want to invest in a creative education as their first step towards a fulfilling and expressive future.

  • The 2.5 year full-time program introduces students to the essential skills of fashion and textile design from sketch pad to catwalk. It includes design, textiles, fashion illustration, garment construction and garment styling. The graduates receive diploma – Fashion Designer.

    I semester:

    Throughout the first semester students are introduced to the basic skills necessary to develop their creativity. There are separate workshops for fashion design, fashion illustration, jewelry design, life drawing,  composition, painting and color study, history of art and fashion, conceptual design, spacial design, stylization and English. People interested in learning Polish can attend Polish class. At the end of  the first semester  every student can present his work in a fashion show which is held during Cracow Fashion Week.

    II semester:

    The second semester provides students with the opportunity for further development of their skills in fashion design. The classes are the same es in the first semester and the following  workshops are introduced: haute couture, collection concept,  sewing and pattern making and textile design. Different color techniques, modes of expression and numerous presentation methods are offered to the students. Except for regular classes students can take part for free in the open sewing workshop twice a week which is run by a person with experience in preparing patterns for many international companies including Balenciaga. At the end of  the second semester  every student can present his work in a fashion show. 

    III and IV semester:

    The second year employs the basic skills already learned to develop a personal style through design research and through study many different fashion products. Students practise sketching men, women and children, and they research fashion trends, fabric choices, colour cards, and current season’s publicity material. In this year we emphasize definition, development and creation of collections. New workshops are introduced, i.e.: computer design, accessories including millinery, textile technology, fashion photography. Again, at the end of each semester, students’ works are presented at fashion shows.

    V semester:

    The fifth and final semester concludes with an opportunity to design and manufacture a diploma collection. New workshops: visual identification and sales techniques. The best collections are presented at the final fashion show during Cracow Fashion Week in late March, which is the highlight of the school’s academic year.

  • Diploma – click here

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  • Number of places is limited. There are no entry exams.

    Admission
    Admission is open to any applicant with a high school diploma. No former study in the field of art is required, however, it is advantageous. It has been proven, that students without former artistic experience may have the talent to benefit enormously from taking our course of study. All that is required is a true interest in fashion, creativity and commitment. We are dedicated to providing entry to people within age range and from diverse backgrounds. No portfolio is required. Although most of our students will one day work in the fashion industry or begin their own businesses, some complete the course simply for the satisfaction that achievement brings.

    When to apply
    Application and admission are possible throughout the year. International students are strongly encouraged to apply early to allow time to complete all admission requirements. The school year starts at the beginning of October and lasts until around 20th of June. There are no extra entries in spring.

    How to apply

    The admission process is completed only when all components of the application reach the school and the registration fee reaches our bank account.

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    Documents required:

    • An international student application form DOWNLOAD
    • Original certified copy of high school or university diploma with official, notary translation into English by a court approved translator (if not in English)
    • 4 photos
    • A photocopy of the passport page with photo and personal data
    • A medical certificate, confirming eligibility for study, translated into English by a court-approved translator (if not in English).
    • Confirmation of payment of entrance fee
    • Health insurance arranged with insurance agency before coming to Poland, translated into English

    Reservation of admission
    The students should fill in application form (in the attachment), scan it and send the signed document to: katarzyna.cybuch@ksa.edu.pl. Reservation for admission will be held for four weeks until all other documents reach the school by post and the registration fee reaches our bank account.

    Completed application form with all other required documents should be posted to the following address:

    Krakowskie Szkoły Artystyczne
    ul. Zamoyskiego 52,
    30-523 Kraków, Poland

    Certificate of eligibility
    After receiving all application documents and the registration fee, the school will issue by mail or post a Certificate of Eligibility, which may be necessary when applying for visa in Polish consulates. If a student needs a visa please let us know promptly about it.

  • Classes will be held in English and command of English language on intermediate level is required. English classes are held for two years and Polish classes are held for first year of tuition. We advise to complete  at least one month Polish course prior to the beginning of the school year to make your life in Poland easier or to take Polish language courses in your country . For our perspective students who decide to study Polish in Krakow we are opening one month language course in September(80 hours per month). Total cost of the course for our prospective students is 250 Euros per month which is much less in other Polish courses in Krakow (groups 5-10 people). Payment must reach our account by 30th of June. Price for people who are not going to study with us is 300 Euros.

    Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design
    ul. Zamoyskiego 52, 30-523 Kraków
    tel. +48122662111, +48126561726

  • Duration
    Full time :2,5 year. (5 semesters)
    Weekly attendance 25-30 lessons ( 45 minutes each)

    Tuition fees for European Union Citizens and citizens of Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Latvia, Moldova, Slovakia, Ukraine, Hungary, Russia
    Tuition fees in the school year 2017/2018:
    Students are liable for bank charges and must instruct your bank accordingly.
    Registration fee: 120 Euro
    Tuition fees: 680 Euro per Semester
    Fees must be paid by transfer in Euro. Payment before the 15th of September and 15th of February.

    Tuition fees for non EU Citizens
    Tuition fees in the school year 2017/2018:
    Students are liable for bank charges and must instruct your bank accordingly.
    Registration fee: 220 Euro
    Tuition fees: 1400 Euro per Semester
    Fees must be paid by transfer in Euro. Payment before the 15th of September and 15th of February.

    Polish citizens: tuition fees at Fashion School in English – click here 

    Intensive Polish Language Course

    Total cost of the course for our prospective students is 250 Euros per month (80 hours) which is much less in other Polish courses in Cracow (groups 5-10 people). Payment must reach our account by 30th of June. Price for people who are not going to study with us is 300 Euros.

    The bank account details:
    Krakowskie Szkoły Artystyczne,
    ul. Zamoyskiego 52, 30-523 Kraków, Poland
    Deutsche Bank Polska, O. Kraków, pl. Szczepański
    SWIFT:DEUTPLPX
    IBAN: PL06 1910 1048 2102 2006 1786 0002

    Please notice:

    1. The above prices are valid until 31th of December 2017.
    2. The registration fee and tuition fees are non-refundable. No allowance is made for non attendance. Your registration fee will be returned in full only in case you don’t get Polish visa – except there might be some bank costs which you will have to cover.
    3. There are no extra fees for taking part is scheduled fashion shows.
    4. The fees do not include the cost of materials necessary for attending classes such as paints,drawing paper, fabrics for collection, although the school may occasionally provide some necessary materials for students.
    5. Tuition fees are payable in advance and students who are in arrears will not be allowed to enroll for the next year.
    6. Many students may be eligible for financial assistance from their local education authority,in such cases the school is happy to provide any documentation to assist students in obtaining financial aid.


    Average cost of living in Krakow
    The average rent for a one bedroom apartment is around 300 Euros per month. You can also share a flat with other students and lessen the cost dramatically. We can recommend reliable owners and estate agents. The best time for seeking an apartment is July and August. Monthly cost of living for a single person in Krakow is 200-250 Euros.

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  • Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design
    ul. Zamoyskiego 52, 30-523 Kraków

    mail: katarzyna.cybuch@ksa.edu.pl
    phone: 0048 12 656 17 26, 0048 12 266 21 11

    Polish and English only.
    9.00 A.M. – 4.00  P.M. (Central European Time (CET) +01 UTC

  • 11 reasons to study in Krakow

    Krakow is the cultural capital of Poland. It’s a historic city whose unique atmosphere is created by its numerous students!

    Did you know…

    • everything here is within walking distance, so you’re always in the middle of things
    • it’s a city that never sleeps
    • Krakow is a place where dreams come true
    • only here you will find Kazimierz, a charming quarter with hundreds of magical and thought-provoking locations
    • the people in Krakow are truly kind-hearted and helpful
    • there’s always something happening here: you can attend cultural events, performances and festivals
    • the city’s renowned artistic circles will welcome you
    • Europe’s biggest main square is located in the heart of the city
    • Krakow is truly a place to fall in love with
    • it’s a city which constantly attracts and inspires
    • you can spend the best years of your life here – and you will not want to leave!

    See also:

    • Kraków in Top 10 Best Cities of the World – see more
    • „Krakow best European city trip 2014” – see more
    • Krakow one of „The 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Poland” – see more
    • Krakow in 23rd position in The Top Global Fashion Capital Rankings 2013, according to Global Language Monitor’s survey – see more

    Would you like to study in Krakow and develop your artistic intertests? Do you want to turn your passion into a profession? Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design is your best choice! Find out more by phone at (+48) 122662111 or e-mail at ksa@ksa.edu.pl


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